Of course the Grammy Awards can't go by without honoring Michael Jackson, who died suddenly in June. To honor the late singer, the awards show will broadcast a 3-D clip the singer made for "Earth Song," while performers including Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, and Carrie Underwood sing alongside the clip. You'll need the special glasses, available free at Target. (Grammys air Jan. 31, 8 p.m., CBS.)
"House" returns! The crabby doctor apparently attempts to make amends to a medical-school colleague he wronged long ago. House, apologize? This we've gotta see... (Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Fox.)
Did Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic, anti-woman rant back in 2006 forever ruin his movies for you, or can you separate the man from the movies? We'll find out this week if moviegoers still care. Gibson stars as a detective investigating the murder of his activist daughter in "Edge of Darkness," an adaptation of a British TV show from the 1980s. (In theaters Jan. 29.)
If you didn't make it to Michael Jackson's "This Is It!" when the late singer's concert-planning documentary hit theaters, now's your chance. The film features some of the very last footage of the legendary singer performing, as he planned for his 50-show London concert series that was never to be. The film surprised Roger Ebert, who called it "an extraordinary documentary, nothing at all like what I was expecting to see." (Out on DVD Jan. 26.)
Canadian horror film "Pontypool" seems like it shouldn't even exist in the same universe as "This Is It!" This quiet but creepy movie didn't have a large budget and there are no special effects along the lines of the Jackson spectacular. But the film, about a creepy, zombie-like epidemic that creeps over a small town, and the radio-station staff that must try to battle it from their basement studio, gets under your skin. So to speak. (Out on DVD Jan. 26.)
Country trio Lady Antebellum had a great 2009. The band was nominated for two Grammys, was named top new duo or group by the Academy of Country Music, and won single of the year and vocal group of the year from the Country Music Association. And "Need You Now," the first single off their new album, went to No. 1. Now that album that song is on, also called "Need You Now," hits stores. The band can likely expect a 2010 that's just as good as last year.
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