It’s a new year and we already have The Kimye Project as the top entertainment story. If Kanye and Kim’s baby news is not what you’re into, there’s plenty else going on. This weekend is the NFL playoffs and prime time for playoff placements in the NBA as the long season begins to separate the pretenders from contenders. In other arenas, “Essence” editors pay tribute to Michelle Obama in a new book. Here’s to 2013!


All Times Eastern

Friday, January 4

“NBA Basketball: Bulls at Heat” 8 p.m. on ESPN at – The first of four 2013 meetings between the dominant teams in the East. Last season, the two teams split victories, with each team winning two games apiece.

“My Naked Secret” on Discovery at 10:00 p.m.

Each episode follows an individual’s journey as they struggle with hiding an embarrassing secret about their body. With the help of a therapist, these individuals grapple with revealing their painful secret to family and friends-but can they ultimately come to terms with their body issues and finally get the medical help that will transform their lives?

Saturday, January 5

“NFL Playoff: Vikings at Panthers” on NBC at 8 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Green Bay in the NFC wild-card game

“My Life is a Joke” on OWN at 10:00 p.m.

Five female comedians in Chicago get their big break while they juggle family, relationships and careers.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child: A Very Boo Halloween on TLC at 9:00 p.m.

Uncle Poodle has an unfortunate pumpkin- carving incident.

“The Best Funeral Ever” on TLC at 10:00 p.m.

A reality show about a Dallas funeral home that specializes on elaborate “home goings” tailored to the lives of the deceased…including a state fair theme for a man whose disability prevented him from riding roller coasters and a tribute to a do wop singer known his barbecue sauce jingle.

“Making of Mr. Right” on VH1 at 9:00 p.m.

Nikki Woods talks with on the of the “Mr. Right” cast members Lamarr Ladd.


Sunday, January 6

“The Notebook” on ABC Family at 6 p.m.

The instant classic movie about a star-crossed but dedicated couple starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams


“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D”

The Leatherface saga continues with Trey Songz as one of the teenagers along for the bloody ride.



“A Salute to Michelle Obama”

Essence editors cover The First Lady in coffee table book style

Friday, January 4



Paul Mooney


(Through January 6)

What else can be said about Paul Mooney that hasn’t already been said? The veteran comic wrote for Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and Eddie Murphy, among others. He’s since established his own stellar comedy career and performs around the country pretty much whenever and wherever he wants to. This weekend, he’s live at the Addison Improv with several shows through Sunday night.


Jon B.

Howard Theater

8 p.m.

Saturday, January 5


K-CI and Jo Jo with Dru Hill and Jon B.

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

8 p.m.

Sunday, January 6



Cobb’s Comedy Club

7:30 p.m.


Chicago Crave Bikini Basketball Try-outs

The L.A. Fitness 18400 Convention Center

Dress Code: Spandex shorts/Sports bra/Gym shoes, Required: Bio/2 Photos, 18yrs & Older, Girls will be selected based on: Athleticism/Attitude/Leadership/Skill/ Personality/Looks.

12:00pm – 3:00pm

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