Super Bowl, 6:30 p.m. ET, NBC.
After a pre-game
marathon (starting at noon ET), the action moves to the field, in
Arizona. At 6 p.m. ET, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth take over
coverage, with Michele Tafoya on the sidelines.
Idina Menzel sings
the national anthem and John Legend does “America the Beautiful.”
Kick-off is at about 6:30, with Tom Brady's pass-heavy New England
Patriots facing the run-pass-scramble approach of Russell Wilson,
Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks. Katy Perry sings at
“Downton Abbey” and “Grantchester,” 9 and 10 p.m., PBS (check
While others put
reruns against the Super Bowl, PBS' “Masterpiece” boldly
(foolishly?) booms ahead. This happens to be a relative weak round of
“Grantchester,” the usually excellent tale of a crimesolving
village priest; leading into it, however, is a typically terrific
There are painful
moments for Thomas (juggling his fondness for the upper-crust
Crawleys and for Sarah and her socialist ideals) and for Edith, who
kept her pregnancy a secret, with the baby now being raised by a farm
family. And Robert, the Earl of Grantham, has an explosively
ALTERNATIVE: “Shameless,” 9 p.m., Showtime,
Even HBO is ducking
the Super Bowl, resting its shows for a week. Showtime not only has
new ones – including “House of Lies” at 10 and the dandy
“Episodes” at 10:30 -- but it has a pivotal “Shameless.”
At the core is
Frank's scheme to get a big insurance settlement; it worked, but he
soon forgets where the money is. Then there are his brainy kids –
Fiona (who met a music guy) and Lip, who heads to the lush Miami home
of his college lover. There are great moments that shouldn't be
blocked by football.
noon ET, NBC. Bob Costas opens the deluge and will do one of the key
interviews, of Brady; Dan Patrick does the other, of Wilson. There
will be other profiles of the Patriots (by Rodney Harrison) and
Seahawks (Tony Dungy and Josh Elliott). Beyond football, Elliott
interviews Katy Perry, Savannah Guthrie talks to President Obama,
Jimmy Fallon adds humor and Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski visit the
tailgate party, with music and celebrities.
“Puppy Bowl,” 3
p.m. to 5 a.m., Animal Planet. Here are 14 hours of puppies –
actually, six hours, repeated two-and-a-third times. For alternate
cuteness, Hallmark has The Kitten Bowl (three hours, repeated three
times) at noon, leading into “Puppy Love” (2012) – yes, it's
cute – at 9 p.m.
Family movies, 6
p.m., cable. TBS has the three “Shrek” films, from 6 p.m. to
midnight; FX counters with “Ice Age 4” (2012) at 6 p.m. and “How
to Train Your Dragon” (2010) at 8 and 10. Also, ABC Family has the
great “Back to the Future” (1985) at 7 p.m. and its sequel (1989)
7:30 and 8 p.m., Fox. A Fox night of comedy reruns is highlighted by
the Halloween segment in which the Simpsons meet the early,
primatively drawn version of themselves. That's followed at 8 p.m. by
Apu becoming a rock star.
“And the Oscar
Goes to ...” (2014), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. This
documentary launches TCM's Academy Award month. The first
best-picture winner, the silent “Wings” (1927), airs at 10.
post-game, NBC. Sometime after the locker-room interviews -- maybe at
10:30 p.m. ET – this show returns from its three-month break. Red
is arrested and meets a man from his past. That starts a two-parter;
this reruns at 8 p.m. Thursday, setting up a 9 p.m. conclusion in the
Show,” after local news (maybe midnight ET), NBC. This will be live
from near the Super Bowl, with plans to include the game's hero ...
which could be difficult, if that's the silent Lynch.