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Tina Fey's 'Mark Twain Prize' show airs on UNC-TV

Earlier in November, Tina Fey received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. An edited version of the ceremony aired on most PBS stations on November 14, and we finally get to see the show this Wednesday night on UNC-TV.

Entertainers who appeared to honor Fey were Fred Armisen, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Krakowski, Steve Martin, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, and Betty White. There's also a funny speech by Fey, but you won't get to see the whole thing (see "edited version" link above).

The show airs at 9pm on UNC-TV, Wednesday, November 24.

Click below to watch some teasers for the show.

What to Watch on Wednesday: Loretta Lynn tribute on CMA Awards

CMA Awards (8pm, ABC) - The 44th Annual CMA awards show, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, features a tribute to Loretta Lynn performed by Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow. And get this -- Gwenyth Paltrow makes her country music singing debut. No kidding. Also, Jason Aldean duets with Kelly Clarkson, and there are other performances by Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Reba, George Strait, Sugarland, and Taylor Swift.

Circus (9pm, UNC-TV) - The latest installment finds the Big Apple Circus troupe in Virginia for the first stop on its tour, but things don't go as planned: a pivotal act is cut, forcing a last-minute reworking of the show; a company regular is diagnosed with cancer; and ticket sales are poor. The 10pm episode finds the circus at New York's Lincoln Center, where sales are brisk but the weather is uncooperative.

Law & Order: SVU (9pm, NBC) - An FBI agent (Marcia Gay Harden) is raped while working undercover, and she asks Benson to have her rape kit tested. She then quickly resumes her work to preserve her cover, and only reluctantly allows detectives to become involved in the case.

Biography: The Bee Gees (9pm, Bio Channel) - A special two-hour "Bio" on the Brothers Gibb, who were propelled to fame by the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack in the 70s. Features interviews with surviving brothers Barry and Robin (Maurice died in 2003), plus home movies and family photographs (including "little Andy," my personal favorite).

Harry Loves Lisa (10pm, TVLand) - In the first series finale, Harry takes command of his future after failing to land a job during pilot season, while Lisa must decide about corrective surgery to reduce the size of her lips.

Psych (10pm, USA) - Season 5 resumes as Despereaux (Cary Elwes) uses Shawn and Gus to escape from prison and pull off one last job. But his plan takes an unexpected turn when he's framed for murdering an attorney, so he has to ask Shawn and Gus for help.

Terriers (10pm, FX) - It's Gretchen's wedding day and Hank stumbles back into the conspiracy threatening Ocean Beach as he fights the urge to drink. Great, great show.

UNC-TV has "Biographical Conversation with Howard N. Lee"

Beginning tonight at 7pm, UNC-TV will air the first of three shows devoted to the life of renowned North Carolina statesman, Howard N. Lee.

"Biographical Conversations with Howard N. Lee" covers Lee's life from his election as mayor of Chapel Hill in 1969, making him the first African American mayor of a predominantly white southern city, to his service in the state legislature and to being the first African American to serve in the state cabinet.

Host Shannon Vickery's three 1-hour conversations with Lee cover his efforts to settle worker strife on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, bringing public transportation to Chapel Hill, and much more.

What to Watch on Wednesday: "Terriers," "Terriers," and also, "Terriers."

Circus (9pm, UNC-TV) - A look at the life in the circus through the prism of the Big Apple Circus opens with "First of May," in which the entertainers and crew map out a new show for a 350-performance tour. "One Ring Family" continues at 10pm with tensions at the first dress rehearsal.

Law & Order: SVU (9pm, NBC) - An environmentalist's body is found at an industrial laundry plant, and the investigation puts Benson and Stabler in danger. When more victims are discovered, Benson unexpectedly reflects on her past while bonding with a victim's daughter, played by Maria Bello.

Modern Family (9pm, ABC) - All of the ABC comedies look good tonight, but on "Modern Family," Phil is perplexed by a faulty smoke detector, Gloria and Manny pay a surprise visit to Jay at work, and Cameron tries to get Lily in a commercial.

Terriers (10pm, FX) - Listen up. "Terriers" is not about dogs. It's a great show about private detective buddies that you should all be watching. Tonight, as Gretchen's wedding nears, Hank learns some troubling information about her fiance. Also, Britt tracks down the hooker (D.J. "Shangela" Pierce) who ripped of a teenage boy. Britt also begins to suspect that Katie's odd behavior means that she's pregnant.

The Defenders (10pm, CBS) - When a Las Vegas entertainment icon is suffocated to death in his mansion and his girlfriend is charged with the crime, Pete reluctantly agrees to represent her.

In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville (10pm, ABC) - Robin Roberts interviews Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, and Miranda Lambert. And yes, ABC is air ing the CMA awards next week.

What to Watch on Wednesday: Billy Graham's influence on "God in America"

God in America (9pm, UNC-TV) - The final installment of a three part series on the mixing of religion and politics in our nation. Tonight recalls the post-World War II era when evangelist Billy Graham (left) led a religious revival that wedded faith with patriotism. Also, the Supreme Court's decision on religious expression in public schools and the rise of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Modern Family (9pm, ABC) - Claire and Mitchell vow to be honest with each other's mates, respectively, about Cameron's attire and Phil's speech at an upcoming banquet.

Cougar Town (9:30pm, ABC) - Jules learns about Grayson's fling with Laurie, but is more confused than angry. And Travis gets romantic advice from Andy.

Law & Order: Los Angeles (10pm, NBC) - A pro surfer is murdered after he returns home to care for his ailing mother, but the detectives think there's more to the case than a robbery gone wrong.

Terriers (10pm, FX) - Hank and Britt go on a wild goose chase through Ocean Beach's more colorful neighborhoods in search of an antique engagement ring.

What's Eating You? (10pm, E!) - A six-part series on eating disorders. Tonight, a dancer battles anorexia and a woman tries to suppress her bulemic tendancies.

Storm Chasers (10pm, Discovery) - The fourth season opens with Sean and his crew facing down a twister in west Texas.

Harry Loves Lisa (10pm, TV Land) - Harry Hamlin and his wife Lisa Rinna visit a couples counselor for tips on rekindling their marriage, and the counselor suggests they explore each other's interests. Harry winds up at a psychic and Lisa has to go camping.

"Woodwright" is back for 30th season

The 30th season of "The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill" begins today on UNC-TV.

This season, Roy tries to outdo his previous years with special guests like Popular Woodworking editor Chris Schwarz and a daytrip to delve into the historic woodworking of Thomas Day.

"The Woodwright's Shop" premieres today at 4pm on UNC-TV with new episodes each Saturday at 4pm.

Learn about friction with "Sid the Science Kid"

Calling all parents: Today, new episodes of "Sid the Science Kid" begin airing (UNC-TV, 11 am, 2 pm).

If you're new to the show, it's a Jim Henson Company show featuring a vivacious five-year-old and his friends that aims to teach kids about science concepts.

Today's episode is "Slide to the Side." Sid has invented a new dance, The Sid Slide to the Side. It works fine in his socks, but when he puts on his new red sneakers, he can't slide. Thus begins a lesson about friction.

Other lessons this week include a look at elasticity, inertia and force.

What to Watch on Saturday: Clay Aiken rocks Raleigh

Clay Aiken: Tried & True Live (8pm, UNC-TV) - A broadcast of Clay Aiken's Raleigh concert for which he was joined by "American Idol" pal Ruben Studdard and vocalist Linda Eder. Clay sings classics like "Unchained Melody," "Moon River," "Mack the Knife," "Crying," and "It's Impossible." UNC-TV airs this again at 9:30pm. UNC-TV is also hosting a Twitter party during the show.

Cops (8pm, Fox) - The 23rd Season and 800th episode of "Cops" opens in Boynton Beach, Florida, with an officer chasing a car on foot after he finds something left behd by a suspect. Another officer reponds to a call about a boa constrictor in a residential area.

Dogs 101 (8pm, Animal Planet) - The Season 3 opens with profiles on a bunch of dogs, including the Irish Wolfhound, the Gordon Setter, and Wonder Dogs.

Fairfield Road (9pm, Hallmark) - Jesse Metcalfe ("Depserate Housewives") stars in this new Hallmark movie about a Boston man with political aspirations who goes to Cape Cod after a series of personal setbacks and finds himself becoming involved in a local election. During his stay, he also meets a spunky bookstore owner (Natalie Lisinska) who helps him appreciate the charms of small-town life.

America's Most Wanted (9pm, Fox) - Season 24 uses the occasion of the Sept. 11 anniversary to review the attacks and offer an update on the hunt for surviving perpetrators. Included is a profile of Adnan El Shukrijumah, whom the FBI believes is Al Qaeda's operations chief.

"NC Bookwatch" returns with Lee Smith interview

Season 13 of "NC Bookwatch" premieres on UNC-TV tonight with a special interview with celebrated North Carolina author Lee Smith.

Smith appears on the interview show to talk to "Bookwatch" host DG Martin about her latest collection of new and selected stories, "Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger."

In addition to her latest work, Smith is the author of twelve novels and three short story collections, and is a New York Times bestseller. Smith lives in Hillsborough.

"NC Bookwatch" will air each Friday night at 9:30pm through October 29, with encore episodes on Sundays at 5pm.

Be with Clay Aiken for his big night on UNC-TV

Clay Aiken kicks off UNC-TV's SeptemberFest pledge event next weekend with the premiere of his special "Clay Aiken: Tried and True Live," and you could be there with him live in the UNC-TV studios.

Here's how it works: UNC-TV's 4000th fan on Facebook will win a tour of the studio and a "meet and greet" with Clay. If the station doesn't reach 4000 fans by the deadline, September 10, the UNC-TV fan with the most mutual friends who are also UNC-TV fans will win. As of today (September 4), UNC-TV has just over 3,400 fans on the site.

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