Archive for Saturday, April 2, 2011

Tune In: Two-time host Jack Black returns to lead the ‘Kid’s Choice Awards’

April 2, 2011


Jack Black hosts the 2011 “Kid’s Choice Awards” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon). A slime-filled tradition since 1988, “Choice” honors the shows and movies from the past year as chosen by Nickelodeon viewers. But its real purpose is to promote projects soon to reach theaters during the forthcoming summer silly season.

Black, who recently appeared in the largely unseen “Gulliver’s Travels,” also hosted the awards in 2006 and 2008. Justin Timberlake, a host in 2007, will be honored as a philanthropist and environmentalist with the “Big Help” award. I’m not sure whether his performance in “The Social Network” fell into any of the kids’ categories.

Look for musical performances by the Black Eyed Peas as well as the manufactured Nickelodeon artists Big Time Rush. For the record, the hosts for the first awards in 1988 were Tony Danza, Debbie Gibson and “Head of the Class” co-stars Brian Robbins and Dan Schneider.

l Things go bump, often in the night, on “My Ghost Story” (9 p.m., Biography), now entering its second season.

l Jeannie Mai returns to host “How Do I Look?” (7 p.m., Style), now in its 12th season. In a spasm of originality, the season opener will concern a high-school reunion and wedding insecurities.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Shia LaBeouf stars in the 2007 toy-inspired movie “Transformers” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Houston hosts a Final Four game of the NCAA Basketball Tournament (7:30 p.m., CBS).

• Full-moon madness on “Being Human” (8 p.m., BBC America).

• A tale of self-absorption tarted up as spiritual empowerment, the 2010 adaptation of “Eat Pray Love” (8 p.m., Starz) stars Julia Roberts.

• Rihanna and Rhod Gilbert appear “The Graham Norton Show” (9 p.m., BBC America).

• Elton John hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Leon Russell.

Cult choice

Few 2010 movies were subject to more scathing reviews than “Sex and the City 2” (7 p.m., HBO).

Series notes

Business can be murder on “Harry’s Law” (7 p.m., NBC) ... On back-to-back episodes of “Cops” (Fox), Sacramento (7 p.m.), Amarillo (7:30 p.m.) ... A hit-and-run driver leaves a pregnant victim for dead on “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (8 p.m., NBC) ... John Walsh hosts “America’s Most Wanted” (8 p.m., Fox) ... Gambling and violence on “Law & Order: SVU” (9 p.m., NBC).


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