Thursday, January 1, 2009

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With the end of the year comes the flowering of the cinematic arts (or at least the films tthat want to win Oscars). So it's fitting that some of the biggest specials on TV this week also concern film.
The most splendid of them is the New Year's Day offering "Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood" (PBS, 9:30 p.m., check local listings) that reminds us that Germany was way ahead in many aspects of film art until the rise of Nazism caused much of its finest practicioners to the United States including directors Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Fred Zinneman, composers Frederick Hollander, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Franz Waxman and cinematographer Rudy Mate as well as actors Peter Lorre, Hedy Lamarr and Felix Bressart.
Hollywood genres from horror to film noir had their roots with the German influx and produced classics from "Casablanca" and "The Bride of Frankenstein" to "High Noon" and "Sunset Boulevard."
Al Roker and Nancy O'Dell host the network broadcast of the 120th Tournament of Roses Parade (NBC, 11 a.m.) from Pasadena. With a parade theme of "Hats off to Entertainment," the grand marshal is Cloris Leachman, who raised her profile with a relatively long run on "Dancing with the Stars."
Forty-six floral floats, 21 marching bands and salutes to "Sesame Street" are part of the event that will be precursor to the Rose Bowl (ABC, 5 p.m.) with Penn State vs. USC.
Jann Carl hosts the parade coverage for HGTV, which uses New Year's Day to premiere a number of shows.
First is "Dear Genevieve" (HGTV, 1 p.m.) in which Genevieve Gorder from "Trading Spaces" answers questions of homeowners tackling home projects (the show moves to its regular time slot Monday at 8:30 p.m.).


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