TV highlights: 'America's Next Top Model, 'Top Chef: All-Stars,' 'Psych'

CULT FAVORITE: "Psych," with James Roday as Shawn Spencer, Sherilyn Fenn as Maudette.
CULT FAVORITE: "Psych," with James Roday as Shawn Spencer, Sherilyn Fenn as Maudette. (Alan Zenuk)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010


At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, two shows highlight World AIDS Day: On Fox News Channel, "Special Report With Bret Baier" talks to U2 frontman Bono and former president George W. Bush about fundraising for AIDS awareness. Music countdown show "106 & Park" (BET) looks at the stigma of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and talks to guests including singer Alicia Keys.

Don't you hate it when you're competing on a reality show and your parents show up to spoil the fun? Before final two competitors Ann and Chelsey battle it out for the winner's title on the season finale of "America's Next Top Model" (CW at 8), they get a shock when their families show up in Italy. Later, designer Roberto Cavalli drops by as a guest judge.

History Channel investigates the "nuclear football," also known as a briefcase with top secret information about nuclear launch codes, on two-hour special "The President's Book of Secrets" (at 9), and talks to Washington insiders including former CIA director Michael Hayden, former Department of Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff and former vice president Dan Quayle.

"Storage Wars" (A&E at 10), a new reality series about people who search for hidden gems in repossessed storage units, is previewed by Hank Stuever on Page C1.

If you haven't had enough Taylor Swift information in the last few weeks, learn even more about the 20-year-old country star's life in "E! Entertainment Special: Taylor Swift" (E! at 10), which talks to her mom, friends and other country artists, such as Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley . . . and a guy who found himself as the subject of one Swift's songs.

Washington's Carla Hall and Good Stuff Eatery owner Spike Mendelsohn are among the participants on this season of "Top Chef: All-Stars" (Bravo at 10), which kicks off challenging the contestants to remake the dish that caused them to be eliminated from their previous season.

"The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night"(CBS at 10) has performances from Justin Bieber, Miranda Lambert, Bruno Mars and more, in between the announcement of award show nominations.

"Psych" (USA at 10) gives a clever wink to the classic series "Twin Peaks" - celebrating its 20th anniversary this year - with an episode titled "Dual Spires," as a few former "Twin Peaks" cast members join in when Shawn and Gus investigate the death of a girl in a spooky small town.

Will "Terriers" (FX at 10) be back for another season? Unclear! In any case, the season finale features Hank scrambling to uncover a scandal.

Former governor Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) and country singer Darius Rucker are guests on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC at 11:35).

Talk show host Larry King visits "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (ABC at 12:05), along with actress Kate Bosworth and comedian Greg Fitzsimmons.

- Emily Yahr

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