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'Kennedy Center Honors' - An American TV Treasure returns

'Kennedy Center Honors' - An American TV Treasure returns

"The Kennedy Center Honors" is one of the nation's great TV treasures. And while this year's show is a little uneven, the high points still make it one of my favorite TV viewing experiences of the year.

Maybe you have to be a little older to appreciate this annual production on some levels.

If you grew up with TV in the 1950s and '60s, the golden age of variety shows hosted by such stars as Judy Garland and Danny Kaye, you can appreciate "Kennedy Center Honors" as the last, great variety show on television.

And it seems fitting that it is on CBS, because in that era, at least for news and variety shows, CBS really was "The Tiffany of...