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From the Kennedy
Center in Washington,
Carol Burnett receives


the 16th Mark Twain
Prize for American
Humor. Among those
paying tribute: Julie
Andrews, Tony Bennett,
Tim Conway and Vicki
Lawrence (repeat).
(Starts streaming today
on Netflix) The third Carol Burnett receiving the 16th
season begins for the Mark Twain Award for American

Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin Humor, WNET/13 at 9 p.m.
Guest judge Lady Gaga, left, with host RuPaul on RuPauls Drag Race. ] Video: THE GODFATHER (7 p.m., AMC) (Drama, 1972) Crime boss
Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his sons rule their New York
empire with Mafia justice.

RuPaul revs up offthewall

his Drag Race
the story for rock idols such
as the three covered on
tonights How It Really

Happened (7-11 p.m.,
BY FRANK LOVECE a big resurgence. But that Thats not what we do. HLN). Host Hill Harper
Special to Newsday darkness is just a huge fear, It doesnt hurt, of course, to (CSI: NY) probes the final

and it knows that we as a have music star and cultural moments of Michael Jack-
ts just a TV show. And a human race are moving for- icon Lady Gaga on the season son (7-9 p.m.), Whitney
reality show, at that. Yet ward and its power is diminish- premiere. She wrote to me Houston (9 p.m.) and Prince How It Really Happened
despite rising homophobia ing so this is the last big years ago wanting to be a judge (10 p.m.). probes the final moments of
and hate crimes, the gasp for that darkness. Dark- on the show, RuPaul says. DIANE WERTS Princes life at 10 p.m. on HLN.
LGBTQ-inclusive drag- ness cannot survive in the She got her start in nightclubs
queen competition RuPauls presence of light, and our in the Village in New York and
Drag Race not only remains
popular but is actually expand-
ing from the gay-oriented Logo
secret weapon is our love, our
movement, our light, our abil-
ity to open our hearts. . . . I
this is her tribe. It took this
long for us to coordinate our
schedules so it could work out.
to the more mainstream VH1, gotta tell you, kiddo, we as And thats true of all of our DAYTIME
where season 9 premieres humans are moving forward, judges: The most difficult part TODAY (7 a.m., NBC/4) Jane Fonda and

tonight at 8. Episodes will then not backward. of our show is coordinating Lily Tomlin
encore on Logo. schedules for our judges. GOOD MORNING AMERICA (7 a.m.,
This is our 11th cycle [in- DRAG DEMOGRAPHICS ABC/7) Anthony Anderson
cluding two all-star seasons] And thats true, he says, even TAKING A STAND KELLY (9 a.m., WABC/7) Michael
and we dont seem to be going in red states, from where a Drag Race for which Keaton
away anytime soon, says couple of this seasons contes- hes just won the Emmy Award RACHAEL RAY (10 a.m., WABC/7)
RuPaul, 56, the impresario of a tants, including Johnson for outstanding reality-show Kelly Clarkson (repeat)
drag empire that has also County, Tennessees Eureka host is already working on WENDY WILLIAMS (10 a.m., WNYW/5, Morgan Freeman
included the behind-the-scenes OHara, hail. The South has its next season. And RuPaul 4 p.m., WWOR/9, 2 a.m., BET) Trendy at sits down with
show RuPauls Drag Race: always had a place in its cul- himself, who in January mar- Wendy (repeat) Jimmy Fallon.
Untucked, the womens- ture for eccentric behavior. ried his longtime partner THE VIEW (11 a.m., ABC/7) Anthony
makeover show RuPauls Drag And the South has always been Georges LeBar, remains busy Anderson
U and the Gay for Play Game a mecca for drag queens, says with numerous guest spots, THE REAL (11 a.m., WNYW/5, 5 p.m., WWOR/9) The Best of
Show Starring RuPaul. RuPaul, a Louisiana native who most recently on CBS Two Girl Chat
lived in Atlanta for 11 years. Broke Girls and in the Netflix THE TALK (2 p.m., WCBS/2) Carl and Rob Reiner
A PHILOSOPHICAL VIEW New York has never had a comedy series Girlboss, STEVE HARVEY (2 p.m., WNBC/4) Josh Henderson


How does he and RuPaul really big drag community, but premiering next month. His HARRY CONNICK JR. (2 p.m., WNYW/5) Martha Plimpton
is indifferent to which pronoun the South has always had that. 11th studio album drops today DR. PHIL (3 p.m., WCBS/2; 8 p.m., WLNY/10/55) Homeless
one uses explain this expan- And its not like he would titled, as if anyone doubts man wants to be a rapper (repeat)
sion in the face of new difficul- change the show to appeal to his willingness to take a stand ELLEN DEGENERES (3 p.m., WNBC/4) Melissa McCarthy
ties confronting LGBTQ indi- broader demographics. No, American.
viduals since the election? RuPaul says with a laugh, we Its really about reclaiming NIGHT
Philosophically, it turns out. are drag queens we dont try the American creed, he says, CARSON (10 p.m., Antenna TV) Lawrence Welk (Sept. 13,
Its not just homophobia or to appeal to anybody. We do our which is life, liberty and the 1974)
xenophobia or sexism or thing thats what makes our pursuit of happiness. Actually, FALLON (11:35 p.m., NBC/4) Morgan Freeman
racism, he says. That dark- show fascinating; we dance to reclaiming it, because its been COLBERT (12:35 a.m., CBS/2) Hugh Jackman (repeat)
ness is always a component of the beat of a different drummer. hijacked by a used-car sales- MEYERS (12:35 a.m., NBC/4) Tracy Morgan (repeat)
our planet. And its now having We dont try to fit into anything. man. CORDEN (1:37 a.m., CBS/2) Laura Dern (repeat)