What's On TV
SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR DEC. 31 - JAN. 7
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Millennium Coverage: Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric will host NBC's The Millennium, an entertainment and news special from 9 to 11 p.m. with musical appearances by Sting, Aretha Franklin, and Gloria Estefan. After local news and a shortened version of Jay Leno's nightly monologue, Brokaw and Couric return to the air until 3:30 a.m. Meanwhile, CNN will air 100 hours of Y2K coverage, beginning at 5 a.m. and running until Tuesday, Jan. 4. PBS's 25-hour special begins at 4:45 a.m. and will welcome in 2000 around the world, showing Maori warriors on a New Zealand mountaintop, Nelson Man- dela at Robben Island prison off Cape Town, love songs from India's Taj Mahal, and a view from the South Pole.
Rose Bowl (ABC, 4:30-8:30 p.m.): Following the traditional pre-game parades, Stanford takes on Wisconsin and their Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. Six Bowl games air New Year's day on various channels.
Ladies' Home Journal's Most Fascinating Women (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): Roma Downey hosts a one-hour special on the women who made a mark in 1999: The honorees include Jodie Foster, Susan Sarandon, Aretha Franklin, and Mia Hamm, among others.
Sugar Bowl (ABC, 8-11:30 p.m.) Florida State plays Virginia Tech for the college football national championship.
Inside the Animal Mind (PBS, check local listings): Steve Kroft ("60 Minutes") narrates this three-part "Nature" miniseries that probes animal intelligence, emotions, and self-awareness. The first episode looks at the behavior of a diverse group of animals including dolphins, dogs, baboons, and chimpanzees. The series continues Jan. 11 and Jan. 18.
Zoom (PBS, check local listings): The daily interactive TV series starts its second season with a cast of seven kids solving brain teasers, playing games, and tackling science experiments.
PICK OF THE WEEK
Paul Taylor: Dancemaker (PBS, check local listings): This compelling profile chronicles a year in the life of the acclaimed choreographer and disciple of Martha Graham. Director Matthew Diamond follows Paul Taylor's dance company from India to New York's City Center, from the tentative first steps of a new dance to its magnificent stage premire. Features interviews, performances, and candid backstage footage. This Oscar-nominated 1998 film of the master choreographer is a must-see documentary.
The Artists' Specials: 'Monet: Shadow and Light' (HBO, 7-8 p.m.): HBO continues the family-oriented series with a fictional retelling of how Impressionist Claude Monet learns the importance of family life during difficult times. Repeats throughout January.
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