TV highlights, Dec. 28-Jan. 10 

2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29
VH-1 (Comcast Ch. 56)

Sure, we like movies. But given the gargantuan egos that revolve around some of Hollywood’s biggest-budget flicks, it’s always nice to get a chuckle at the expense of some fatheaded director, actor or set designer. That’s where this special from VH-1 comes in, spreading the joy of others’ misfortune by pointing out some of the greatest film screw-ups of all time. Prominently on display will be the myriad mistakes from director James Cameron’s weepy disaster epic “Titanic.” With Cameron famously bragging about the historical accuracy of the sets, costumes and overall production, the film was ripe for the goof vultures. Eventually, eagle-eyed fans spotted more than 200 mistakes in the film — everything from screen-featured props that weren’t invented until after Titanic sank to goofs about where historical characters ate, slept and died.

8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31
Sci-Fi Channel
(Comcast Ch. 65)

Though the sets often looked cheap and the monsters seem laughably bad to modern eyes (most notably William Shatner’s “Thing on the Wing,” which looks like an extra from “Planet of the Apes” covered in cotton candy), Rod Serling’s original “Twilight Zone” still has the capacity to scare, horrify and educate us about our failings, even all these years later. Running during some of the most tumultuous years of American history — 1959 to 1964 — the original series was a hotbed of dissenting thought, subtly commenting on race, politics, war and religious and cultural tolerance. Too, it served as the jumping-off point for many of Hollywood’s biggest actors and actresses, with pre-fame appearances by the aforementioned Shatner as well as Robert Redford, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds and Carol Burnett. Tune in to this 24-hour marathon, and remember why that spooky intro music still makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.

9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)

With the success of the Robert Altman movie “A Prairie Home Companion” (the great director’s last film), Garrison Keillor and his old-timey sense of showmanship have been introduced to a whole new audience. Broadcast from St. Paul, Minn., Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” has long been a National Public Radio staple. The show features rousing musical numbers, skits that pay homage to radio plays of old, and — of course — Keillor’s often hilarious and moving reports from the fictional town of Lake Wobegon. Here, in this one-hour special, Keillor gathers together some of his best friends from stage, screen and recording studio to help him ring in the New Year. On hand will be Emmylou Harris, fiddler Stuart Duncan and guitarist Buddy Emmons. It’s sure to be a good time, and a fine way to see the Year of Our Lord 2006 to the door.

— David Koon


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