Sunday, February 12th
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, awards show from 8 to 11pm on CBS
– Kanye West’s seven nominations leads the pack of 54th Annual Grammy Award nominees though he was nearly shut out in all major categories other than Song of the Year. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars follow with six, and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each earned five. Adele, aka the voice of the year, is nominated in all the major categories so a big sweep by the songstress behind “Rolling In The Deep” is most likely and well-deserved, although alternative British rocker Bon Iver might cause a stir with his popular Starbucks style. Meanwhile, Kanye West is a shoe-in to sweep all the rap/hiphop categories. Fortunately, Taylor Swift is only nominated in a few country categories so I won’t spend most of the evening throwing things at my TV shouting “why can’t you voters tell that she CANNOT SING?!?!?! Didn’t you see her Grammy performance with Stevie Nicks?” Thank you Adele for making me look forward to watching the Grammys for once since Taylor Swift ruined it for me. On a more positive note, Adele will take the stage for the first time since her vocal cord surgery and Nicki Minaj is making her Grammy stage debut, wow has she really only been around for a year, it feels like way longer! Also performing: Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift (barf!). Coldplay will also grace the stage, accompanied by Rihanna, weird…PS LL Cool J is hosting, apparently he used to be a singer back in the day.
The Walking Dead, midseason premiere at 9pm on AMC
– Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, (Andrew Lincoln, Love Actually), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick’s sheriff’s department partner before the apocalypse, who had an affair with Rick’s Wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies, Prison Break), while Rick was in a coma prior to waking up in the midst of the apocalypse. In season 2, the group of survivors left Atlanta to head to Fort Benning, but they were sidetracked when Sophia, one of the child survivors got lost in the woods after being chased by zombies. While searching for Sophia over several days, Carl was accidentally shot by a man named Otis who was hunting a deer. Otis and Rick take Carl to the nearby farm of Otis’ father-in-law, a veterinarian named Hershel, who must perform surgery on Carl. The survivors stay at Hershel’s farm with his family while Carl recovers. Meanwhile, Lori realized she was pregnant with Shane’s baby and Rick discovered the truth about their affair and his wife’s illegitimate pregnancy…baby drama! In the nail-biting midseason cliffhanger, the survivors made an alarming discovery that Sophia, one of the children of the survivors who they had been searching for, was actually locked away in Hershel’s barn of walkers the entire time. Rick had to shoot zombie Sophia as she approached the survivors who were immobilized with horror.
Worst Cooks in America, season premiere at 9pm on Food Network
– Bobby Flay is signing on for season three of Worst Cooks in America, battling it out against seasoned undefeated champ Anne Burrell as they each lead their team of horrible cooks against each other. The country’s most hopeless cooks will compete for a $25,000 prize, which will be awarded to the winning contestant who achieves the most progress and best performance, in addition to bragging rights and victory for his or her culinary mentor. In the season premiere, the 16 “recruits,” each nominated by family and friends for their atrocious cooking skills, arrive at Base Camp and attempt to impress Anne and Bobby with their signature dishes. Each week, the contestant with the least successful dish on each team will be sent home, while the remaining competitors will cook on.
Comic Book Men, series premiere at 10pm on AMC
– AMC’s new unscripted one hour series, Comic Book Men, dives deep into fanboy culture by following the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The six part series documents the daily banter of the Stash staff and customers as they geek out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and the legends behind them. Comic Book Men features Secret Stash employees Walt, manager and de-facto leader; Mike, a comic book virtuoso; Ming, the store’s technical expert and go-to whipping boy; and Bryan, who doesn’t actually work at the Stash, yet can always be found perched on a stool behind the front counter. As the team buys, sells and discovers the treasures of the comic collecting world, they share all the juicy details with Kevin through their outrageous podcast, which is woven throughout the series. The Secret Stash is not only a place for these comic book men to buy and sell, but it’s also a refuge for many to hang out and be part of a community that loves comics.
Full Metal Jousting, series premiere at 10pm on History
– History Channel is bringing back the most dangerous collision sport in history and transforming it into a 21st-century event in this new reality competition series. But this is no Renaissance fair as the toughest riders in the nation face off in a bone-crushing competition for big money. It’s as intense as it was 500 years ago, but with a twist: Traditional armor is replaced by modern suits of steel, while action is captured by high-speed cameras. Each episode features full-contact jousts in which jousters charge and collide at 30 miles an hour, and every joust is a test of courage and strength requiring nerves of steel. The last man standing takes home the cash as this extreme sport is reborn.
My Strange Addiction, season premiere at 10pm on TLC
– This unsettling reality series tells the compelling stories of individuals battling unusual obsessive behaviors. The show follows these addicts as they reveal their strange addictions to friends and family, and meet with psychological experts to understand the underlying causes of their behavior.
Monday, February 13t
136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, special event at 8pm on USA
– This spectacle of canines and their badly dressed handlers features six new breeds, including one called “Xoloitzcuintli.” But I don’t care how “fancy” or “pure” these dogs are, they have a knack for being the opposite of cute.
The BET Honors, special event from 9 to 11pm on BET
– Aretha Franklin performs a tribute to Stevie Wonder, and Patti LaBelle makes Mariah Carey cry. Brilliant and brillianter.
Tuesday, February 14th
Cougar Town, season premiere at 8:30pm on ABC
– This delightful comedy series undeservedly excluded from ABC’s regular fall lineup is finally making its season premiere with a Valentine’s Day-themed episode. This comes after the show’s producers took the cast on the road for local screenings with the fans and paid out of their own pocket to garner up support. I’m just so happy to have this hilarious and dysfunctional gang, I’ll take whatever I can get. Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently divorced mom in her forties facing the often humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life’s next chapter. Along for the journey is her son—a college freshman, ex-husband, boyfriend and friends who together make up her dysfunctional, but supportive and caring extended family… even if they have a funny way of showing it sometimes. Jules’ circle of friends, a.k.a. “the cul de sac crew,” includes next door neighbor Ellie, her sarcastic, unapologetic confidante; Ellie’s average, but loveable husband Andy; Grayson, Jules’ sarcastic and supportive boyfriend who lives across the street; Laurie (Busy Philipps), her younger, feisty protege; ex-husband Bobby, a classic under-achiever who tests her patience and has a strong bromance with Andy; and Travis, her dry and witty son, a veritable mama’s boy, who more often than not is the adult observer amongst the group.
Top Shot, season premiere at 10pm on History
– If a $100,000 prize package and bragging rights as “Top Shot” aren’t enough to tickle a marksman’s trigger finger, consider this: One sharpshooter will also walk away from the new season of Top Shot with a contract from Bass Pro Shops. Hosted by Colby Donaldson, the hit competition series will be fully loaded with more twists and history-inspired challenges than ever before when it returns for a fourth season. The 18 competitors vying for the Top Shot title represent the broadest range of shooting backgrounds ever featured on the series. From a 21-year-old world-champion pistol shooter to a hardworking high school custodian who makes his own ammunition and spends his spare time at the range, these marksmen and markswomen are determined to aim high. Some of the finest self-taught shooters in the country are coming out to prove themselves this season, including an IT specialist from California, a knife maker from Georgia, a chemist from Massachusetts and a grass-fed cattle farmer from upstate New York. The challenges this season include navigating back alleys, rappelling down buildings and hitting moving targets from a speeding World War II-style motorcycle sidecar. They’ll also attempt to hit a target from 1,500 yards—the longest distance in Top Shot history. As they push through physically grueling tests, the shooters will have to demonstrate their mastery of weapons from all eras of human history.
Wednesday, February 15th
Survivor: One World, season premiere at 8pm on CBS
– Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer Jeff Probst returns for the 24th installment of the phenomenally successful reality series. Two significant “twists” have been added to this season. Unlike previous seasons where tribes lived at separate camp sites, the two tribes will be living at the same camp together. The two tribes will also be divided into men and women. The second twist involves the hidden immunity idols. If a castaway finds the idol for their tribe, they can use it for themselves. But if they find the idol for the other tribe, they have to give it to someone on the other tribe. Among the cast this year is the first little person to ever compete on Survivor, a stand-up comedian and the wife of a former NFL player.