Sunday, February 13th
– Can Eminem, the night’s most nominated artist, take it all? Will Lady Gaga outdo herself yet again by donning an outfit more outrageous than her red meat costume? I am still livid that Gaga’s “Bad Romance” was snubbed of a nomination for Record of the Year. My queen of pop will perform music from her upcoming album tonight and Bob Dylan and Dr. Dre will join Eminem for a special performance. Also belting out hit songs are fellow nominees Katy Perry, the Biebs, Arcade Fire, and there are also conflicting rumors whether Britney Spears will be taking the stage. Country legend Dolly Parton and her ginormous twins will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
British Academy Film Awards, special awards show from 8 to 11pm on BBC America
– It’s the Oscars of Britain, the prestigious BAFTA. In case you aren’t into the Grammy’s and prefer to watch one of the 50 bagillion movie award shows, unfortunately for me I want to watch both… It’s looking to be a good night for Tom Hooper’s acclaimed drama The King’s Speech, which leads the pack with a staggering fourteen nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Outstanding British Film, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter) and Best Original Screenplay. Psychological thriller Black Swan will also be hoping for glory with nominations in twelve categories including Best Film, Best Director (Darren Aronofsky), Best Actress (Natalie Portman), Best Supporting Actress (Barbara Hershey instead of Mila Kunis, I’m confused…) and Best Original Screenplay. These two frontrunners are joined by Inception, True Grit and The Social Network for the prestigious Best Film Award.
Monday, February 14th
Mad Love, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS
– This new sitcom is about a quartet of New Yorkers – two who are falling in love and two who despise each other… at least for now. Ben (Jason Biggs, American Pie franchise), a lawyer, is a hopeless romantic trying to build a relationship with Kate (Sarah Chalke, Scrubs), a beautiful, smart girl whom Ben thinks is the woman of his dreams. They are perfect for each other but their best friends couldn’t hate each other more. The husky Larry (Tyler Labine, Sons of Tucson), Ben’s unrefined best friend and co-worker, is a guy who doesn’t believe in love and has a long track record as the third wheel. The sassy Connie (the hilarious Judy Greer, Arrested Development), Kate’s roommate, works as a nanny and finds Larry aggravating… or does she? Larry and Connie have a lot in common, but refuse to let their guard down long enough to see it. Although not an original concept, the star cast makes me believe this could end up being a pleasant and endearing show.
Tuesday, February 15th
Our America with Lisa Ling, series premiere at 10pm on OWN
– Oprah’s field correspondent Lisa Ling viewers takes viewers along for an in-depth look at some of the most controversial and thought-provoking issues in the United States today, including religious movements, sex offenders, drug addiction and online brides in her long-awaited new series. In each episode, Lisa immerses herself into the lives of the people she meets, offering compelling accounts of varied experiences and providing insight into some of our nation’s most contentious issues. In sharing these stories, Lisa challenges viewers to understand different perspectives and even question what they themselves have always known to be true.
Wednesday, February 16th
Survivor: Redemption Island, season premiere at 8pm on CBS
– Clearly Survivor is trying to get creative with new themes for each season that involve bringing back some of our favorites from seasons past as well as changing up the format and strategy of the long-running (21 going on 22) reality competition series. Eighteen castaways will try to outwit, outplay and outlast for a chance at the top prize. Of those 18, two are former castaways vying for redemption: villains Russell Hantz and “Boston” Rob Mariano. During the game, eliminated contestants will still have a chance to redeem themselves and go for the $1 million prize. After a contestant is sent out of the main game during Tribal Council, they will be transported to ‘Redemption Island,’ where they will live in exile. After the next elimination, the exiled contestant and the newest ousted player must duel. The winner of the ‘Redemption Island’ duel stays to face the next, with the last exiled player returning to the main game to go for the title of Sole Survivor.
Jamie’s Food Escapes, series premiere at 8pm on Cooking Channel
– Jamie Oliver aka The Naked Chef hits the road for a culinary expedition through the world’s cultures and cuisines. Travelling across Europe and North Africa, Jamie discovers as much about the people as the food. Heading off the tourist track, he finds authentic ingredients and extraordinary characters, preparing delicious recipes en route. From truffle and boar hunting in the French Pyrenees to spear fishing off an island near Athens, Jamie attempts to uncover the freshest, most authentic dishes; including the street food of Marrakesh, herring in Sweden and sweet prawns in Venice. He immerses himself in the diverse cultures, learning traditional cooking practices from the locals and taking part in their cultural ceremonies.
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, series premiere at 10pm on CBS
– This is the first long-awaited spinoff of the hit CBS crime procedural Criminal Minds (now in season 6). Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo star in this new crime drama about an elite team of agents within the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) who use unconventional methods of investigation and aggressive tactics to capture the nation’s most nefarious criminals. Whitaker’s character and his team were introduced in Criminal Minds Season 5 to test the waters before the spin-off was green-lit. Unit chief Special Agent Sam Cooper (Whitaker) is a mentally and physically fierce natural leader who is not afraid to put his career on the line in order to stand by his convictions. Cooper strives to avoid political bureaucracy and has handpicked an eclectic group of profilers to work outside the confines of Quantico. They include Beth Griffith (Garafalo), strong-willed and outspoken, the newest member of the team who joins them from the FBI Threat Assessment Task Force; Former British Special Forces soldier Mick Rawson, confident and handsome, works as a highly-skilled marksman with an undiluted eye for rooting out evil; John “Prophet” Sims a former convict with a street-smart edge and a calm, Zen-like presence, who is determined to make amends for past sins; Gina LaSalle an attractive, tough agent armed with a cunning sense of perception; and Penelope Garcia, a computer wizard who has spent years aiding Agent Hotchner and his BAU team on its toughest cases.
Thursday, February 17th
Man vs. Wild, season premiere at 9pm on Discovery
– This exhilarating reality series brings seasoned adventurer Bear Grylls face to face with the grueling task of navigating remote locations, sharing invaluable survival strategies along the way. Survival expert Grylls shows us how to survive step-by-step in life threatening situations and hostile environments. The premiere episode is 127 Hours-themed as Grylls shows us how to survive in the Arizona desert, which involves eating a live scorpion and straining water through a dirty sock, ewww.
Saturday, February 19th
Being Human, season premiere at 9pm on BBC America
– The American remake of this hit British series premiered last month on SyFy to rave reviews but the internationally acclaimed original version premieres its 3rd season this week on BBC America. This supernatural dramedy is a witty look into the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives: George the werewolf, Mitchell the vampire, and Annie the ghost. The 3 housemates struggle to live normal lives, despite their strange and dark secrets. George’s on and off girlfriend Nina, whom he accidentally scratched and transformed into a werewolf in season 1, becomes a series regular this season. At the end of last season, Annie went through the wrong door and found herself trapped in Purgatory. Mitchell, George and Nina promised to find some way to free her. This season, George, Nina, and Mitchell leave the memories of their much-loved former house behind and settle into their new home – a kitschy B&B named Honolulu Heights in Wales that boasts many benefits for supernatural types, including a large basement providing safe haven on a full moon, for starters.
Craig Ferguson: Does This Need To Be Said?, comedy special at 8pm on EPIX
– Late, Late Show host Craig Ferguson, aka my favorite late night host ever, will deliver his one man stand-up show on the premium cable channel Epix. Known for his wry observational humor, the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning Scotsman has broken rating records with his unconventional late night talk show that highlights his unique brand of humor. Ferguson will be cussing up a storm (censor free as it should be!) at Nashville’s Polk Theatre in this one-hour comedy special. Unfortunately, most of us will have to wait for the DVD release because we don’t get EPIX, for shame…