TV Highlights: Skating With the Stars finale, What Not to Wear
Right before everyone starts heading out of town for the holidays, Diane Sawyer interviews three members of the president's national security team (Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan) about airport travel on "ABC World News With Diane Sawyer" (ABC at 6:30).
Before one amateur skater can be named champion on the season finale of "Skating With the Stars" (ABC at 8), the experts show everyone how it's really done, as judge Johnny Weir and three other professional skaters perform a routine to an Alicia Keys song.
Though "What Not to Wear" (TLC at 9) has been end-of-the-week comfort viewing for nearly seven years, nestled in the channel's lineup on Friday nights, the make-over show is moving to Tuesdays starting tonight. Fashion gurus Stacy London and Clinton Kelly proceed business as usual, helping everyday people improve their look - though in a series first, one of the experts walks off set after dealing with an impossibly defensive (and fashion-challenged) lawyer.
Instead of concentrating on just a few of of Mike Rowe's strange gigs, "Dirty Jobs" (Discovery at 9) features footage of Rowe in conversations with all kinds of quirky characters that he's met during his odd experiences on the show.
The bakers on "Cupcake Wars" (Food Network at 9) try to incorporate hockey into cupcakes as they race to create treats for a Los Angeles Kings game.
Documentary "Price of Admission: America's College Debt Crisis" (CNBC at 9) looks at the rising cost of college tuition and at what happens when young college students graduate with thousands of dollars of debt because of student loans.
"Independent Lens" (WETA and MPT at 9) airs the second part of documentary "The Calling," which follows a group of students as they become religious leaders in the Christian, Jewish and Islamic worlds.
The contestants on "The Fashion Show" (Bravo at 10) have quite a challenge on their hands when they're tasked to use abandoned items from a New Jersey train station and then magically transform them into a collection of clothes.
Actor Jamie Foxx is a guest on "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35) along with actress Sofia Vergara.
"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC at 11:35) hosts actress Emma Stone and animal expert Jarod Miller with a performance by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings.
- Emily Yahr