This is not a busy time for your DVR with most TV series still on hiatus, but you can catch plenty of live football action.
The Georgia Bulldogs, after a disappointing season, play the Independence Bowl today at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. Yup, ESPN2. You can also see the Gator Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.
And if your New Year’s Eve plans revolve around the tube, you don’t have to watch Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest on ABC. Carson Daly (on NBC), Carmen Electra (Fox) and Anderson Cooper (CNN) are among your other options.
Plus, check out an amusing series on Food Network Sunday called “Worst Cooks in America”:
“Monday Night Football” 8:30 p.m. ESPN (40th season finale) — The Vikings and the Bears conclude the regular season.
“Intervention” 9 p.m. A&E — Amy W is a potpourri of problems: self-mutilation, limited diet, bipolar disorder and drinking.
“American Masters: Louisa May Alcott” 9 p.m. GPB — The “Little Women” author, not surprisingly, was a free thinker with progressive values about women.
“Bank of Hollywood” 10 p.m. E! — A man with Olympic dreams and a female rocker ask for cash.
“Motor City Motors” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — This gritty series features Detroit Bros. Custom Cars fixing up classics.
“Men of a Certain Age” 10 p.m. TNT — Owen attends a school function and discovers a secret Joe’s ex wife has been harboring.
“The 32nd Kennedy Honors” 9 p.m. CBS — Among those honored: Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen.
“Dirty Jobs” 9 p.m. Discovery — Mike learns to make syrup the messy, old-fashioned way.
“One Big Happy Family” 9 p.m. TLC (new series) — A family of four fights morbid obesity.
“Better Off Ted” 9:30 p.m. ABC — Veronica gets distracted at work by her out-of-town boyfriend.
“20/20: The True Story Behind the Blind Side” 10 p.m. ABC — A look at the story behind the breakaway hit film shot in Atlanta.
“Shatner’s Raw Nerve” 10 p.m. Bio — Shatner digs into Mackenzie Phillips, followed by Meat Loaf.
“Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” 10 p.m. Bravo — An absentee owner’s male-only business model sounds cool but isn’t working.
“Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” 10 p.m. TBS — Brown gets stuck in detainment at the hospital with Derek and Renee.
“1000 Ways to Die” 10 p.m. Spike — A few featured tonight: cockfighting, sleepwalking and something with a frog.
“Eastwick” 10 p.m. ABC — Kat meets a new neighbor who looks suspiciously like Jerry O’Connell.
“Steven Seagal: Lawman” 10 p.m. A&E — Seagal seeks two suspects on the run. And he won’t be handing out autographs.
“The Real World” 10 p.m. MTV (23rd season debut) — Obama has one more thing to worry about: the latest crew is bringing the drama to D.C.
“A Girl’s Life” 10 p.m. GPB — A documentary about what challenges girls face in the 21st century.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
“Live From Lincoln Center” 9 p.m. GPB — The New York Philharmonic plays Gershwin, Copland and Broadway classics.
“QYear’s Eve Celebration” 10 p.m. QVC — Can’t stop shopping? Richard Simmons joins in the festivities.
“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2010” 10-11 p.m., 11:35-2:15 a.m. ABC — Among the live guests: Jennifer Lopez and Chris Daughtry. Fergie hosts the taped portion .
“New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” 10-11 p.m., 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. NBC — If watching Dick Clark is too cliche, here’s an alternative with Rihanna and Green Day.
“Billboard’s New Year’s Eve Live” 11 p.m. Fox — If watching Carson Daly is too painful, try Carmen Electra and acts such as Sean Kingston and Kris Allen live in Las Vegas.
“New Year’s Eve With Anderson Cooper” 11 p.m. CNN — Kathy Griffin joins Anderson Cooper again and will say something inappropriate.
“All American New Year” 11 p.m. Fox News – Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly at Times Square host with performances by standards singer Matt Goss and country star Lee Greenwood.
“Gator Bowl” 1 p.m. CBS — West Virginia v. Florida State in Bobby Bowden’s final game in charge of the Seminoles.
“Brian Boitano’s Skating Spectacular” 4 p.m. NBC — Chicago provides the musical soundtrack.
“Rose Bowl” 5 p.m. ABC — Ohio State vs. Oregon in Pasadena.
“Sugar Bowl” 8:30 p.m. Fox — Cincinnati faces off against Florida. This is Tim Tebow’s final game with the Gators.
“Better Off Ted” 8:30 p.m. ABC — An employee levels false sexual harassment charges against Ted and Linda.
“Scrubs” 9 p.m. ABC — With J.D. gone, Turk searches for a new best friend.
“Friday Night Alright” 11 p.m. VH1 (new series) — Pink concert in Sydney. Yes, VH1 is showing an actual musical performance!
“Cotton Bowl” 2 p.m. Saturday NBC — Mississippi vs. Oklahoma State.
“Underdog to Wonderdog” 8 p.m. Saturday Animal (second season debut) — A petrified 18-month-old pitbull is about to be adopted when tragedy strikes.
“It’s Me or the Dog” 9 p.m. Saturday Animal — Atlanta’s Victoria Stilwell faces a family’s nine dogs.
“Curb Appeal: The Block” 9:30 p.m. Saturday HGTV (new series) — Shot in Atlanta, a design team updates homes on the same block.
“Atlanta v. Tampa Bay” 1 p.m. Sunday Fox — The Falcons try to finish the year with a winning record, which would be the first time the team has done so in consecutive seasons.
“Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — The wives grapple with life after the plane crash.
“Giuliana & Bill” 9 p.m. Sunday Style (second season debut) — The couple tries out babysitting.
“Worst Cooks in America”10 p.m. Sunday Food (new series) — These admittedly bad cooks join a culinary boot camp.