Couric and Lil Wayne

The Baltimore Sun

Having a network anchorwoman serve as host of a prime-time entertainment program intended to promote a coming awards show on the same network is a formula that guarantees controversy.

Is this not the blurring of entertainment and news? Doesn't this diminish the credibility of the anchorwoman - et cetera, et cetera, et cetera?

Whatever the answer to those questions, CBS is featuring its anchorwoman, Katie Couric, tonight in Couric's All Access Grammy Special. Before you prejudge, you should know two things: First, Couric is very good in this type of entertainment-interview format. Second, she does a fine interview with Lil Wayne, the rapper who leads all Grammy nominees with eight. And she does much of it while they are bowling - a passion of the musician's.

Here is his view on marijuana: "I will stand up for marijuana any day. ... I'm a rapper. That's who I am, Miss Katie, and I am a gangster, and I do what I want. And I love to smoke. And I smoke."

Also interviewed are Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. (9 p.m., WJZ-Channel 13)

LATE-NIGHT GUESTS: Musician Lyle Lovett performs on the Late Show with David Letterman. Actress Drew Barrymore appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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