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Depending on how you feel about the New Year’s holidays and Japanese TV programming in general, the first week of the year is either the best week for TV or the worst. Most New Year’s specials mimic what the average Japanese family is doing at home. Celebrities sit around in their finest holiday duds drinking, eating, and, it is hoped, being funny. The main joke, however, is that most of these shows were taped at the end of November. The celebs usually spend their New Year in Hawaii.

“The Best Ten 2001,” 7-10:54 p.m., TBS

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