Awards show season begins

Eric McCormack of "Will & Grace" is host of the 9th Annual Critic's Choice Awards (7 p.m. today, E!), live from Tinsel Town. The event recognizes achievements in film in the past year as selected by the 180 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. For what it's worth, these awards have become a pretty accurate barometer of Oscar-worthiness. Last year, 11 of the 13 actors and actresses nominated here went on to Oscar nominations. The films up for best picture this year include "Cold Mountain," "Finding Nemo," "In America" and "Mystic River."

  • "UNCF: An Evening of Stars" (7 p.m. today, BET) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Negro College Fund telethon. Guests include Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Ashanti, Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert, Musiq, Jaheim, Vivian Green and Yolanda Adams. The special will pay tribute to singer Lou Rawls, who has been host of the telethon for most of the past 25 years.
  • Charlie Sheen and John Cryer of "Two and a Half Men" are hosts of the 30th Annual People's Choice Awards (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS). As the title implies, no critics had a hand in these festivities.
  • While I have never been a fan of "Sex and the City" (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO), Sunday's episode deserves special attention. As the anti-romantic Carrie tries to cope with her new lover's (Mikhail Baryshnikov) old-world charm, Miranda announces that she and Steve are going to tie the knot in the least corny way possible. Meanwhile, another member of the randy quartet receives news that will take "Sex" in a new direction for its final episodes. This is one half-hour of "Sex" that lives up to its hype.

Tonight's other highlights

  • New England meets Tennessee in AFC playoff action (7 p.m., CBS).
  • U.S. Championships: Women's Figure Skating Final (7 p.m., ABC).
  • "Teen Titans" (8 p.m., Cartoon Network) begin a second season of saving the world.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz star in director Martin Scorsese's 2002 epic "Gangs of New York" (9 p.m., Starz).

Sunday's other highlights

  • Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill; outsourcing jobs to India; a bakery hires and helps the disadvantaged.
  • In Vietnam, JJ faces hostile fire for the first time on "American Dreams" (7 p.m., NBC).
  • Nine candidates appear in a Democratic presidential debate (7 p.m., MSNBC).
  • "The Division" (8 p.m., Lifetime) returns for a fourth season.
  • A victim of police brutality turns to Eugene on "The Practice" (9 p.m., ABC).


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