We’re in Super Bowl Week now, so it’s time to peek ahead at Sunday. It will have lots of talk, some music from The Weeknd (shown here), some football … and then the surprisingly good debut of an “Equalizer” reboot.
Under “stories” — top of the main page, on the left — I’ll have three things: A look at the game itself, an overview of the day and a story about “The Equalizer.”
First, however, here’s the schdeule for CBS on Sunday (Feb. 7); sll times are ET:
– 11:30 a.m.: “That Other Pregame Show.” It’s a quick preview; an un-quick one is coming later.
– Noon: “Road to the Super Bowl,.” This is the annual NFL Films production, culled from the entire season – including more than 125 players and coaches who were miked during games.
– 1 p.m.: “Tony Goes to the Super Bowl.” Tony Romo talks to the game’s quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, plus two Super Bowl winners, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.
– 2-6 p.m.: “The Super Bowl Today.” Here’s the marathon, hosted by James Brown, with Boomer Esiason, Phil Simms, Bill Cowher, Nate Burleson, Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and more.
– 6 p.m.: Coverage moves to the field, with Jim Nantz doing his sixth Super Bowl and Romo doing his second. The National Anthem will sung by Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan; he’s country, she’s R$B and they have a combined 21 Grammy nominations. “America the Beautiful” will be sung by H.E.R. Also, Amanda Gorman.22, will do a poem. The nation’s first Youth Poet Laureate, she did a poem at the Joe Biden inauguration; this one will honor a teacher, a nurse and a Marine veteran.
– 6:30: Kick-off: Mohomes, 25, and the Kansas City Chiefs go for their second straight Super Bowl title. Brady, 43, goes for his seventh (in 10 Super Bowls), but his first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tracy Wolfson will work the sidelines, as usual, now supplemented by Evan Washburn and Jay Feely. Gene Steratone is the rules analyst.
– Halftime: The Weeknd performs and Brown hosts an abbreviated halftime show.
– Post-game: Nantz rushes down to the field for the trophy presentation. Wolfson and others do interviews.
– And then: “The Equalizer” debuts, with Queen Latifah now in a role that previously went to Edward Woodward (in a TV series) and Denzel Washington (in two movies.). CBS estimates this at 10 p.m. ET, but it often ends up at closer to 10:30. Next week, it settles in at 8 p.m. Sundays.