Tuesday Night Television

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Ellen DeGeneres: The Mark Twain Prize 8 p.m., Channel 2

She has made viewers laugh with her stand-up act and her eponymous sitcom. She has dabbled in the movies (including an underrated turn in “EdTV”) and of course helms her sunshiney daily chatfest. For that, DeGeneres is being awarded the 15th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. DeGeneres joins some heavyweight company, since past honorees include Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Tina Fey, and Will Ferrell. Other funny folks will be on hand to help DeGeneres yuk it up, including fellow comic/talk show hosts Steve Harvey and Jimmy Kimmel, “The Office” star John Krasinski, former Mark Twain honoree Lily Tomlin, pop singer Jason Mraz, and “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes.

30 for 30 8 p.m., ESPN


If you haven’t seen any of the documentaries in the sports net’s top-notch series do yourself a favor and check out Tuesday’s “30 for 30.” It examines the intersection between civil rights and college football history: the 1962 season at Ole Miss.

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NCIS 8 p.m., Channel 4

Lando Calrissian drops by.

Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 9:30 p.m., Channel 5

The Beek from the Creek goes Greek.


Sons of Anarchy 10 p.m., FX

Someone is definitely getting a “Best Grandma Ever” mug this Christmas.