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12/29/2006 07:00:00 PM Eastern

Monday, Jan. 1

New Year's Day probably ranks around 365th in terms of which day we'd
want to start a new job on. But we're not Nancy
Dubuc
, who takes over as president of History
Channel
today. One word of advice, Nan: Go easy on the hung-over
staffers. Us, we'll be sitting around all day, Bloody Mary in one hand, remote
control in the other. Or a mouse—as PBS
premieres three pilots on pbs.org.
Wired Science,
Science Investigators and
22nd Century debut
online, then get their TV unveiling Wednesday. Web viewers vote to decide which
one gets a spot on the fall schedule. And it being Jan. 1 and all, the
Tournament of Roses Parade goes down, with
George Lucas as grand marshal. Coverage starts
at 11 a.m. ET on ABC, NBC and Univision,
among others.

Tuesday, Jan. 2

Fame has its price, as Dirt's tagline goes, and Monica
from Friends is here to
collect. Courteney Cox gets back at those
nasty paparazzi by playing the editrix of a sleaze-peddling celeb-gossip mag.
Dirt debuts on
FX at 10, as America learns just how glamorous
magazine publishing is, from changing commas to semi-colons and attempting to
type after a sixth venti coffee. Speaking of substance abuse, the season
premiere of True
Life
—depicting young people and their struggles
with the likes of meth addiction, obesity and self-mutilation—airs on
MTV at 9.

Wednesday, Jan. 3

Will a Wednesday comedy block work for ABC? The sixth season of According to Jim—that's
right, the sixth season of According to
Jim
—premieres at 8, followed by another new ep at 8:30. Then,
it's a long-awaited series premiere that went through several name changes,
from Let's Rob Mick Jagger to Let's Rob David
Bowie
to Let's Rob the Singer From Herman's
Hermits
. (OK, maybe we made up the last two.) Donal Logue and his merry band get to ply their
nefarious trade when The Knights of
Prosperity
airs at 9. And not to be outdone by his
Dirt-dishing missus, David
Arquette
stars in ABC comedy In Case
of Emergency
at 9:30. Meanwhile, over at
CBS, the new press Website, CBS Press Express,
is unveiled.

Thursday, Jan. 4

Is there a little naked man in your future? If they call your name at
the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood a
little after 6 a.m. local time, you're getting a Screen
Actors Guild
trophy later this month. In New York,
Noggin throws its Jack's Big Music Show hootenanny at
John Jay College, with a performance from
The Laurie Berkner Band. And talk about
Leaving Las Vegas—check out CSI on CBS at 9 for a last look at
brooding boss Gil Grissom for the foreseeable future. Played by
William Petersen, Grizz bolts Sin City for a
teaching gig. While they're saying good bye in Vegas, they're saying hello in
Washington. The new Congress is sworn in, as the Dems take over key
communications-related committee posts. Let the hearings begin!

Friday, Jan. 5

After revealing that How I Met Your
Mother
lothario Neil Patrick
Harris
was the most surprising celebrity "I'm gay" announcement,
Bravo's OutZoneTV.com comes out, so to speak, with a new poll:
Sexiest Gay 2007. Let's see if Doogie Howser
can repeat. And are you in the mood for a little Blue humor? If you just can't
get enough of cerebral palsy sufferer/Last
Comic Standing
champ Josh
Blue
, today's your day. Bravo offers a Standing
marathon at 1 p.m. Then Blue is the focus of a Bravo special at 6:30. Feel free
to yell, "You're my boy, Blue!" from home.

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