Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
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MOVIE MANIA! Richard Pryor gets a four-film tribute Saturday with "Blue Collar" (6 p.m.), "Silver Streak" (8 p.m.), "The Toy" (10 p.m.) and "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" (11:45 p.m., all on Starz in Black). Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field discuss their film "Lincoln" on "Oprah's Next Chapter" (Sunday 9-10:30 p.m., OWN). And Turner Classic Movies launches its December tributes -- actress Barbara Stanwyck (Wednesday nights) and director Ernst Lubitsch (Fridays). Details at tcm.com/this-month.
END OF THE WORLD! Is it here? Is it coming? Or is it bo-o-o-o-gus? The ancient Mayan calendar prediction provokes a spate of December shows. H2 gets speculative with "Nostradamus 2012" (Sunday 8-10 p.m.), followed by "2012: The Beginning" on "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" (10 p.m.) and "Countdown to Apocalypse" (11 p.m.). NatGeo's two-night event includes shows like "Evacuate Earth" (Sunday at 9 p.m.), "The Mayan Apocalypse 2012" (Monday at 9 p.m.) and "Maya Underworld: The Real Doomsday" (Monday at 10 p.m.). More world-enders at history.com and natgeotv.com.
SPOOKY WOOKY! What else can one say about a series titled "The Haunting Of" (Saturday at 10 p.m., Bio) when this week's new episode completes its title with "Regis Philbin"? Sneak peek at biography.com/tv/the-haunting-of.
THE BAD BOSS! (NOT BRUCE!) Scott Adams' office-life comic strip comes to life in "Dilbert" (Sunday 9:30 a.m.-noon, IFC), as the animated 1999 UPN half-hour starts a weekly encore run. More office hell at dilbert.com.
AWARDS ALERT! Samuel L. Jackson hosts the 10th "Video Game Awards" (Dec. 7 at 9 p.m., Spike), with music from Linkin Park and Tenacious D. Info at vga.spike.com.
TORA! TORA! TORA! Japan's Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Hawaii fuels "Pearl Harbor Declassified" (Dec. 7 at 10 p.m., Military), using the latest "image stabilizing techniques." More at military.discovery.com.