Bush -- and his posse -- salute entertainers

Caroline Kennedy is host of "The 26th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (8 p.m., CBS). She was called on to replace original host Walter Cronkite, who came down with laryngitis before this ceremony.

This year's recipients include singers James Brown and Loretta Lynn, actress and comedian Carol Burnett, director Mike Nichols and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

A raft of talent is also on hand to praise and present awards to the honored guests. President Bush and first lady Laura Bush are in the audience, as well as Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, former first lady Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush, who also is a presenter. The first President Bush helps honor Loretta Lynn, who campaigned on his behalf in 1988.

  • Mention the words "evangelical Christian" or "Pentecostal minister" and one is led to assume that you will see a member of the "religious right." "NOW with Bill Moyers" (7:30 p.m., PBS) profiles the Rev. James Forbes Jr., the black minister of New York's Riverside Church, a man whose religious background and approach to the gospels may surprise some viewers.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Divine chess lessons on "Joan of Arcadia" (7 p.m., CBS).
  • Ready for a crime spree? Catch five hours of "Forensic Files" (6 p.m., Court TV).
  • Marlo Thomas is host of the documentary "Saving Kids Like Me" (8 p.m., UPN).
  • Scheduled on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): Siegfried and Roy; a reporter investigates his father's murder; Jon Bon Jovi helps a New Jersey charity; the limits of volunteer work.

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