1) Super Bowl, 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Fox. The Kansas City Chiefs were at the first Super Bowl, back in 1967. That was before it was even called the Super Bowl; it was in a cavernous Los Angeles stadium, with a third of the seats empty; the Chiefs lost to the Packers, 35-10. Three years later, they beat the Vikings 23-7, to be Super Bowl champs; now (shown here) – after a 50-year break – they’re back, with a 14-4 record this year. They play the San Francisco 49ers, who won four Super Bowls in the 1980s, slumped, to 4-12 last year … then soared to 15-3.
2) Super commotion, Sunday, Fox. Yes, there will be lots of football talk. Fox starts at 11 a.m. ET and brings in its main crew at 2 p.m. But it will also be a musical day in Miami. On a separate stage, Pitbull (a Miami native) sings “Get Ready” and Dan + Shay sing “Tequila.” On the sidelines during warm-ups, DJ Khaled performs. Then it’s Demi Lovato with the National Anthem, Yolanda Adams with “America the Beautiful” and a halftime show with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. And after the game (maybe 10:30 p.m.), “The Masked Singer” starts its third edition.
3) “The Good Place” series finale, 8:30-10 p.m. Thursday, NBC. Life is rarely fair, you know. Bland comedies go on forever – eight seasons of “The Donna Reed Show,” nine of “Alice,” 12 of “My Three Sons”; some good ones decide to leave early. Now the witty “Good Place” is quitting after just four seasons and 51 episodes. It has
changed often, as Michael (Ted Danson) created fake “good places” to test or torture the newly departed. Last week, he finally reached the real “good place” with four humans and Janet … then was abruptly put in charge.
4) “Arrow” series-finale, 9 p.m. Tuesday, CW, with preview at 8. Another major show is wrapping up. Since arriving eight years ago, “Arrow” has virtually consumed a network. It started the “Arrowverse” – seven shows (and two web series), all based on DC comics and almost all produced by Greg Berlanti, generally with great visuals and doom-is-near plots. Most continue, with more on the way, but this one is wrapping up. Two weeks ago, Green Arrow was killed while saving the world. CW says we’ll see him (and his widow Felicity) in the finale.
5) “American Experience: The Poison Squad,” 9-11 p.m. Tuesday, PBS. Does this sound familiar? On one side is a scientist with a warning. On the other, corporations attack him and politicians ignore him. All of this goes back more than a century. Harvey Wiley became a government chemist in 1882 and preached about the danger of preservatives – even formaldehyde – in food. Derided at first, he drew the support of women and (gradually) Teddy Roosevelt. The Pure Food and Drug Act finally passed in 1906. It’s a long and fascinating bit of history.
6) “Miracle Workers: Dark Ages,” 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, TBS. As a young man, King Cragnoor the Heartless had earned his name. His son, alas, remains Prince Chauncley the (to be determined). He’s not the only person hesitant about the family business: Mary lacks her father’s enthusiasm for shoveling feces. She wants to go to school … except, alas, there is no knowledge available. This is from the writer of last year’s brilliant “Miracle Woirkers,” with the same actors (Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, etc.) in new roles. The result is hilarious.
7) “Harry & Meghan: The Royals in Crisis,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox. With its Wednesdays wobbling, Fox must improvise. One Wednesday show (“Flirty Dancing”) was exiled to Saturdays for its final episodes; another (“Almost Family”) will do the same thing next month. In their place, this hour eyes the aftermath of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being removed from the royal life . Fox says it interviewed “more than a dozen people with real ties to the royals.” This is followed by moderately funny reruns of “Last Man Standing” and “Outmatched.”
8) “A Million Little Things,” 10 p.m. Thursday, ABC. Returning last week after a long break, this closed its hour sharply: Maggie, a cancer survivor, is attracted to Eric, who received a transplant of her late brother’s heart. But when she left, he took off his shirt and viewers were jolted – no scars, apparently no transplant. Tonight, Gary (Maggie’s ex-lover) questions Eric about his past. Rome and Regina, busy with the adoption process, try to help Sophie, who’s furious about her mother’s affair with Eddie. Meanwhile, Eddie is now pursuing a music career.
9) “Magnum, P.I.” mid-season finale, 9 p.m. Friday, CBS. This year, CBS has a crime-show surplus. “Criminal Minds” was on the shelf for three-plus months, “MacGyver” for four; “Tommy,” an excellent Edie Falco show, debuts Feb. 6. Now “Magnum” will steps aside; next week, “MacGyver” will be at 8 p.m., with “Hawaii Five-0” at 9. This week’s “Magnum” brings the return of Jin, the incorrigible pickpocket. Learning that an innocent woman is the target of a hit, he asks Magnum and Higgins to protect her. Also, Chef Roy Yamaguchi plays himself.
10) Academy Award movies, Saturday and beyond, Turner Classic Movies. Each year, “31 Days of Oscar” offers a rich feast of Academy Award winners. This time, most of it will happen after the Oscar ceremony on Feb. 9. The first night, Saturday, has two true classics; both were nominated for best picture, but didn’t win. “Doctor Zhivago” (1965, 8 p.m. ET), large and lush, won five Oscars; “Funny Girl” (1968, 11:30 p.m.) won best-actress for Barbra Str4eisand. Sunday includes “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) at noon and the 1949 “Little Women” at 2 p.m.