And now, one final look back at 2013
ABC's '20/20: The Year' recounts the top stories
December 19, 2013
There’s something about the end of the calendar year that makes us want to look back on all that we’ve accomplished.
Or, as is often the case for pop culture, all that we’ve endured.
From twerking to nonstop coverage of the Jodi Arias case on cable news, ABC’s “20/20: The Year” recounts it all in a two-hour special airing tonight at 9 p.m.
Some of the major stories were sad ones.
There were tragedies, including the Boston Marathon bombings, and media spectacles, including the trials of Arias and George Zimmerman. Arias was convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend, while Zimmerman was acquitted of killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Some fell between happy and sad. Three women endured horrific torture being held captive in a Cleveland home for years, but their rescue after 15 years of hell provided some touching and heartwarming moments.
Some stories were uplifting. The birth of Prince George sparked joy throughout the world, and the ascension of Pope Francis has proven that a leader can be both decisive and humble.
Some were just plain baffling. With apologies to Miley Cyrus, her twerking confused more people than it titillated.
“Year” will probably draw merely so-so numbers. While it’s airing against minimal competition, including the season finale of Fox’s “The X Factor,” these types of specials usually draw low numbers.
It’s airing in a week where ABC has aired largely repeats, which means not a lot of audience to promote the show to. A 2.0 adults 18-49 Nielsen rating or above would be a happy surprise for ABC.
A look at this week’s top TV draws
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
|8 p.m.||CBS||“Charlie Brown Christmas” (A)||In case you missed it the first time, another airing of the classic 1965 special.|
|8 p.m.||Fox||“The X Factor” (A)||Season finale. The season-three winner is revealed in a live two-hour finale.|
|9 p.m.||USA||“White Collar” (D)||Peter investigates a case that Neal is responsible for in the fall finale.|
|9 p.m.||ABC||“The Year” (A)||Robin Roberts host a look at the biggest and most important news stories of the year.|
|10 p.m.||TLC||“A Very Merry Gypsy Christmas” (A)||Christmas and a surprise wedding are celebrated in the UK.|
|11:35 p.m.||NBC||“Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (T)||Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow guest, and Libera performs.|
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
|8 p.m.||CBS||“I Love Lucy” (C)||An airing of the hour-long “I Love Lucy” Christmas special from 1956.|
|8 p.m.||TNT||“Christmas in Washington” (A)||The 32nd annual event, hosted by Hugh Jackman. Performers include Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick and the Backstreet Boys.|
|9 p.m.||CW||“Nikita” (D)||Ryan reveals a secret that could be potentially devastating to Nikita.|
|9 p.m.||Showtime||“The Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun Return to Hyde Park” (A)||The Stones perform in London, at the same site where they performed the famous free concert in 1969.|
|10 p.m.||CBS||“Blue Bloods” (D)||Danny investigates one of his childhood friends, who is now caught up with the mob.|
|10:30 p.m.||ESPN||“NBA Basketball” (S)||Minnesota travels to Los Angeles to take on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.|
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
|2 p.m.||ESPN||“College Football” (S)||The first bowl game of the season is the New Mexico Bowl between Washington State and Colorado State.|
|3:30 p.m.||ABC||“College Football” (S)||The Las Vegas Bowl between 11-1 Fresno State and 9-4 USC.|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||“College Football” (S)||Yet another bowl game, this time the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (yes, that’s a real thing) between Buffalo and San Diego State.|
|8:30 p.m.||Fox Sports 1||“College Basketball” (S)||Interesting non-conference matchup between Michigan and Stanford.|
|9 p.m.||Disney Channel||“Lab Rats” (C)||The kids come up with a plan to save Dr. Evans at Davenport’s secret location.|
|11:30 p.m.||NBC||“Saturday Night Live” (C)||Jimmy Fallon hosts, with musical guest Justin Timberlake.|
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
|7 p.m.||ABC||“The Sound of Music” (M)||No Carrie Underwood here–the classic 1965 edition starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.|
|8:20 p.m.||NBC||“Sunday Night Football” (S)||Heavy playoff implications as the Bears take on the Eagles in Philadelphia.|
|9 p.m.||E!||“I Am Britney Jean” (A)||Two-hour documentary looking at the life and career of Britney Spears.|
|9 p.m.||Investigation Discovery||“Evil In-Law” (N)||Series premiere. New series looking at cruel and oftentimes dangerous in-laws.|
|10 p.m.||Travel Channel||“America Declassified” (N)||Among tonight’s topics is a look at conspiracy theories surrounding Martin Luther King.|
|10:30 p.m.||HBO||“Ja’mie: Private School Girl” (C)||Ja’mie returns to school with a new reputation as a rebel.|
|A = awards show or special, C = comedy, D = drama, DD = daytime drama, G = game show, K = kids, M = movie, N = news/documentary, R = reality, S = sports, T = talk/variety show.|
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