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TV Diary: A New Year's wish for intelligent TV programming

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 12:01 am

Happy New Year! May 2013 bring us much prosperity and intelligent TV programming, such as:

•PBS is airing “Great Performances” at 9:30 p.m. today. The program focuses on “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.” Joel Grey narrates the special, which looks at the role Jewish composers and lyricists played in creating musicals. Footage includes Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's “Gypsy,” “South Pacific,” “The Great Ziegfeld” and “Funny Girl.”

May 2013 bring us funny TV programming, such as:

•NBC is airing four episodes of “Betty White's Off Their Rockers” 8-10 p.m. tonight. Segments include senior pranks, or moments, which are guaranteed to make you laugh.

May 2013 bring us informative TV programming, such as:

•“60 Minutes on CNBC” airs at 8 p.m. today, while “Anderson Cooper 360” airs at 8 p.m. today on CNN and “The O'Reilly Factor” airs at 8 p.m. today on Fox News Channel.

May 2013 bring us revelations about TV programming, such as:

•Producers finally realize “American Idol” has jumped the shark.

•“The Real Housewives of …” was never a good idea.

•Honey Boo Boo's family needs to return to obscurity.

•No one is really interested in the Kardashians.

May 2013 bring us classic TV programming, such as:

•“The Cosby Show” airs at 8 and 8:30 p.m. today on TV Land.

•“The Twilight Zone” airs four episodes 8-10 p.m. today on Syfy.

•“The Pink Panther” airs at 8 p.m. today on TCM.