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Best choices for alternate New Year's Day TV viewing

If you're planning to spend the first day of 2010 inside and you're not planning to watch any of five college football bowl games being televised, here's a quick guide to the best TV alternatives on Friday.

THE SHOW "Tournament of Roses Parade"

WHEN | WHERE NBC/4 (with hosts Nancy O'Dell and Al Roker, right), ABC/7, TLC, HGTV and Travel at 11 a.m.

THE DEAL Hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger serves as grand marshal for the 121st annual event in Pasadena, Calif. This year's theme is "A Cut Above the Rest."

THE SHOW James Stewart movies

WHEN | WHERE 6:45 a.m.-8 p.m. on TCM

THE DEAL Aw, shucks! A chance to catch six movies starring the plain-spoken star: "Bell, Book and Candle" (6:45 a.m.) with Kim Novak; "Anatomy of a Murder" (8:30 a.m.) with Lee Remick; "The Stratton Story" (11:15 p.m.) with June Allyson; "The Man From Laramie" (1:15 p.m.); "The Man Who Shot Libery Valance" with John Wayne (3 p.m.); and "How the West Was Won" (5:15 p.m.)

 

THE SHOW "The Twilight Zone"

WHEN | WHERE The marathon continues on Syfy through 6 a.m. tomorrow

THE DEAL Best bets include: Ghosts of concentration camp victims confront a Nazi officer (1:01 p.m.); a man (Telly Savalas) is haunted by a talking doll (5:01 p.m.); a businessman on a train wakes up in 1888 (6:32 p.m.), and a woman (Donna Douglas) hopes surgery has given her a normal face (9:48 p.m.).

 

THE SHOW "The Honeymooners"

WHEN | WHERE The marathon resumes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on WPIX/11.

THE DEAL Best bets include: Ralph (Jackie Gleason) goes to the Raccoons' costume party as the man from space (1:30 p.m.); Ralph and Ed (Art Carney) share a TV (3:30); Ralph and Ed do a television commercial (4); and Ralph goes on a big-money quiz show (4:30).

 

THE SHOW "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2010" on "Great Performances"

WHEN | WHERE 2:30 and 9 p.m. on WNET/13

THE DEAL Julie Andrews hosts the 26th annual New Year's celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic.

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