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For speech-skippers, Tuesday is the night to (maybe) meet soap actress

On Tuesday (Jan. 28), large chunks of the TV world will obsess on the State of the Union address. That includes ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS and the cable news channels.

But what if you're not interested? As the Tuesday column (hit the TV column part above) says, there are plenty of 9 p.m. alternatives; the choices include "Building Wild" (see previous blog), three shows for fantasy fans ("Supernatural," "Ravenswood" and the amiable "Face Off") and even a prime-time soap opera.

Cable and TV add moreWhitney Houston specials

With Whitney Houston's funeral scheduled for noon Saturday (Feb. 18), TV and cable channels keep adding more coverage.

There have already been documentaries all week, but here's what's still coming:

-- Friday (Feb. 17): "NAACP Image Awards," 8-10 p.m., NBC. A
Houston tribute is being added. That's followed at 10 by a "Dateline" that includes Al Roker interviewing Aretha Franklin about Houston.

TV in 2011: Comedy came back, Oprah struggled

Earlier, I put my TV top-10 list here (see previous blog) and promises to add an overview of the TV year. Here's the the story I sent to paper:


For TV viewers, the new year started
with a new network and new hopes.

Rosie O'Donnell: The Oprah makeover begins

For the Oprah Winfrey Network, this is sort of Launch Day II.

The cable network started on Jan. 1, with high expectations and low ratings. Looking at this sea of talk and reality, viewers shrugged.

But today (Monday, Oct. 10), it sort of starts over -- Rosie O'Donnell's  new talk show at 7 p.m., "Oprah's Lifeclass" (built from 25 years of "Oprah" reruns) at 8, reruns of Lisa Ling documentaries at 9, "Oprah" reruns at 10. A lot more new shows, including the start of Ling's new season, start this weekend.