TODAY'S MUST-SEE: Football, 3 p.m. ET
Fox and 6:30 p.m. ET CBS.
The pro playoffs were jolted last week,
when both top-seeded teams lost to sixth seeds. The New England
Patriots fell to the New York Jets, 28-21; the Atlanta Falcons were
crushed by the Green Bay Packers, 48-21.
Now we learn which teams will be in the
Super Bowl. First, the Packers are at the Chicago Bears, then the
Jets are at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Big ratings are expected. That's why
CBS has a new “Hawaii Five-0” afterward – and why there are
reruns on NBC (“Sex and the City,” 2008, 8-11 p.m.) and ABC
(“Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters,” 9-11
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Nature,” 8
For generations, David Attenborough and
other wildlife filmmakers have focused on New Guinea's spectacular
“birds of paradise.”
Now the New Guinea people have their
own scientists, studying the birds. Attenborough, 84, narrates a
gorgeous film about their efforts.
– “Mean Girls” (2004) and “Mean
Girls 2,” 6 and 8 p.m., ABC Family. First is the excellent Lindsay
Lohan movie, written by Tina Fey. Then a new sequel (rerunning at 10
p.m.) has another high school newcomer facing mean beauties. That
film starts well, then deteriorates. It ends with wretched football
scenes, not even explaining why there are six players on one team and
five on the other.
– “The Simpsons,” 7 and 8 p.m.,
Fox. First is a rerun, with Lisa investing in Nelson's scheme. Then a
new episode has Bart willing to sell state secrets, to get a dirt
– “Masterpiece Classic,” 9-10:30
p.m., PBS (check local listings). Last week, the elegant “Downton
Abbey” ended with odd melodrama: Mary – the earl's eldest
daughter – had sex with an assertive guest, then moved the body
when he died in bed. Tonight, we see hints of aftershocks, amid
quieter stories – a health crisis, a career ambition and potential
romances – among the help.
– “Backyard Wedding,” 9 p.m.,
Hallmark. Alicia Witt stars in this romance, which debuted Saturday.
– “Big Love,” 9 p.m., HBO. Now
that he's in the legislature, Bill hopes to bring some social help to
people in polygamous marriages. Instead, he keeps finding noisy
trouble, in an overwrought hour.
– “Californication,” 9 p.m.,
Showtime. When Hank collapsed last week while writing a note to his
daughter, it seemed like a suicide attempt. That brings some
(temporary) warmth from his ex-wife.
– “Episodes,” 9:30, Showtime. In
a fairly good episode, Beverly fumes when her husband starts a
friendship with the actor (Matt LeBlanc, playing a variation on
himself) who may ruin their show.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” about 10 p.m.
ET (after football), CBS. Hoping to grab a huge post-football
audience, CBS transplants “Five-0,” with one of its bigger
stories: A tsunami is heading to Hawaii … and the head of the
Tsunami Warning Center is missing.
– “Shameless,” 10 p.m., Showtime.
As this well-made series unfolds, we start to admire the qualities of
the kids, amid their dad's shamelessness. Tonight, they cover up his
social security scam.
– “Master Class,” 10 p.m., Oprah
Winfrey Network. After the first night of the “American Idol”
season, it was clear that Simon Cowell will be missed. Here, he's
profiled by Oprah Winfrey.