Football, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Classic.
For one night,
college football grabs our attention. It's the national championship
game, with teams that made it clear they belong here. Undefeated
Clemson silenced doubters by beating Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl,
37-17; Alabama (13-1) crushed Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl,
Now they collide in
Arizona, with cable giving it the Super Bowl treatment. ESPN has
“GameDay” at 4 p.m. and a “Championship Drive” special at 6;
then four channels have a preview at 8.
“Telenovela,” 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Bright and broad,
this show seems to have everything except subtlety.
tonight, when we see the feud between two prime-time soap operas.
Even at a charity project – building a house for a low-income
family – the casts battle wildly. Many moments are overwrought, but
the story ends cleverly.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Bachelor,” 8 p.m., with follow-up at 10:01.
While some shows
retreat into reruns tonight, this one booms ahead. It's possible that
many of the “Bachelor” buffs aren't big football fans.
Tonight, Ben Higgins
takes 10 women to a high school, asking them to re-live teen
memories. Six others go to the “Love Lab,” to test who has the
best connection with him. And the first one-on-one date is spiced by
movie stars Kevin Hart and Ice Cube and music from Amos Lee.
“Midwinter of the
Spirit,” any time, www.acorn.tv.
Americans are used to seeing Anna Maxwell Martin playingt the normal
one in “Bletchley Circle” and many “Masterpiece” tales.
Here's a much-different character and story (complete with exorcism),
released over the next three Mondays.
p.m., NBC. Amy (America Ferrera) has to bring her son to work – a
violation of the rules. When she gets an assignment, Jonah is the one
who has to keep the kid a secret.
p.m., CBS. In the rerun of a good episode, Kara is torn between three
duties – stopping two bombings and babysitting for Cat's son.
p.m., CBS. This rerun offers another tough day at the office: The
team tries to stop a nuclear-powered satellite from crashing into
Loser,” 9 and 10 p.m., NBC. Both hours involve the temptations of
food. In the first, contestants face a trivia test in a food court;
in the second, they must pull food trucks ... with the losers eating
(selectively) from the trucks' contents.
Angeles,” 9:59 p.m., CBS. Chasing a tip, Sam and Callen are
Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). This documentary is
called “Autism in Love,” but don't get your hopes up. Yes, one of
the stories is an upbeat tale that is warmly involving. The other
two, however, are tough rides that involve the loneliness of feeling