Friday TV: NAACP Image Awards, More Whitney Memories

Sanaa Lathan, left, and Anthony Mackie, stars of the film “Vipaka,” host The 43rd NAACP Image Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.) from Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Nominees include Macke, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Laurence Fishburne, Octavia Spencer, Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Wright and Cicely Tyson.

Among the TV nominees are Dule Hill, Vanessa Williams, Andre Brauger, Taye Diggs, Wendell Pierce, Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh.

But there will likely be some time too to honor Whitney Houston as well.

Elsewhere, it’s all about the late pop star with the whole of a two hour “20/20” ABC, 9 p.m.) devoted to “One Moment in Time: The Life of Whitney Houston.”

But Whtiney can only manage No. 6 on the “100 Greatest Women in Music” (VH1, 10 p.m.), which reaches the top of the weeklong countdown tonight. At the top of the list is Madonna, follwed by Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Adele.

You can also see two of her movies, “Waiting to Exhale” (Encore, 8 p.m.) and “The Preacher’s Wife” (Encore, 10 p.m.).

In the new TV movie “Radio Rebel” (Disney, 8 p.m.), Debby Ryan stars as a shy high-schooler who tries to convince teens to avoid cliques through a podcast.

Two more episodes of “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) will wrap up the second season.

For the season finale of “The Life & Times of Tim” (HBO, 9 p.m.), Tim is asked to take the fall for Omnicorp’s role in an ecological disaster.

A middle aged couple tries to reclaim youth by getting motorcycles on “Portlandia” (IFC, 10 p.m.). And Joanna Newsom has problems loading her harp into a car after a gig.

A man who got lost in a Mayan ruin admits “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” (Animal Planet, 10  p.m.).

“Gold Rush” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) has just been granted a third season this wek. Which probably means they don’t strike gold this season.
“Wayne’s World” (HBO Family, 9 p.m.) is marking its 20th anniversary this week.

The South is the theme of movies on Turner Classic Movies tonight, but there’s only time for three movies: “Glory” (8 p.m.), “Gone with the Wind” (10:30 p.m.) and “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” (2:30 a.m.).

NBA action includes Hornets at Knicks (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Suns at Lakers (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Nicolas Cage, Chris Byrne, Carson Kressley, Josh Groban. The Talk: Joan Gruffudd, Khloe Kardashian. Ellen DeGeneres: Reese Witherspoon, Nathan Lane. Wendy Williams: Taylor Armstrong, Doug Savant.

Late Talk

David Letterman: Kristen Wiig, Mike Birbiglia, Butch Walker. Jay Leno: Dave Salmoni, Timothy Olyphant, the Fray. Jimmy Kimmel: Gry Oldman, Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim, Korn (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Ricky Gervais, Thandie Newton, Sinead O’Connor. Craig Ferguson: Simon Helberg, Margret Cho. Tavis Smiley: Pico Iyer. Carson Daly: Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele, Carrie Preston, Kellie Overbey, Anne Heche, m83 (rerun). Chelsea Handler: LeAnn Rimes, Bobby Lee, Fortune Feimster, Ryan Stout (rerun).

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