Something's coming

Perhaps the only person who can challenge Bob Dylan's title as the greatest songwriter of the past 100 years is Stephen Sondheim, the prolific Broadway baby. "Six by Sondheim" (8 p.m., HBO) finds a new way to profile him by going deep on some of his most beloved tunes, including "Send in the Clowns," "I'm Still Here" and "Being Alive."

Louie, Louie

Louie Anderson prepares for his annual New Year's Eve shows in the Twin Cities by stopping by "The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (11:35 p.m., WCCO, Ch. 4), an appearance that will most likely include a conversation about Anderson's physical resemblance to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Class dismissed

"The Story of Film" (1 a.m., TCM) wraps up its 15-week course with a look at the future of cinema. Host Mark Cousins has done a terrific job of mixing in populist films, foreign greats and neglected gems. In that spirit, the final episode features "Mulholland Drive" and the work of Russian director Alexander Sokurov.

Neal Justin