Sunday, February 3rd
Super Bowl XLVII, live sports event from 6:30pm to Completion on CBS
– I know nothing about sports but apparently the San Francisco 49ers are battling the Baltimore Ravens for the ultimate glory, pitting the two Harbaugh brothers against each other for our amusement, may the better coach win! Also, you can’t miss watching Beyonce lip-sync at the Halftime Show.
Monday, February 4th
Monday Mornings, series premiere at 10pm on TNT
– Doctors face life-and-death decisions each and every day as they fight against often-impossible odds to save their patients. When things don’t go as they should, it’s up to their medical colleagues to determine what went wrong and learn from those costly mistakes. Monday Mornings follows the lives of doctors as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. Every Monday, the doctors must gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care. Leading the staff at Chelsea General are Dr. Harding Hooten (Alfred Molina), the steely-eyed chief of surgery, and Dr. Jorge Villanueva (Ving Rhames), the hospital’s trauma chief. Their cadre of medical talent includes hotshot neurosurgeons Dr. Tyler Wison and Dr. Tina Ridgeway; the abrasive Dr. Buck Tierney; the socially challenged Dr. Sung Park; the petite-but-formidable Dr. Sydney Napur; and inquisitive resident Dr. Michelle Robidaux.
Tuesday, February 5th
Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special, special from 8 to 9pm on NBC
– Betty White’s 90th birthday bash last year went so well, NBC’s celebrating it twice. The guest list includes The Cosby Show’s Bill Cosby, Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes, The Voice’s Blake Shelton, Malibu Country’s Lily Tomlin, Chuck’s Zachary Levi and White’s Hot in Cleveland co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. Former President Bill Clinton (!) and Vicki Lawrence (in character as Mama from Mama’s Family) also will be on hand to pay tribute. White’s first birthday special averaged nearly 14 million total viewers and a 2.7 demo rating and grew its audience as the evening progressed — as the comedienne herself would say, not too shabby for an old broad.
Smash, 2-hour season premiere at 9pm on NBC
– The drama about the making of a Broadway musical on Marilyn Monroe’s life had such a rocky freshman showing that NBC decided to keep it off the fall schedule in order to do a complete makeover, which included the addition of fabulous Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson as a mentor to Katharine McPhee’s (non-actress from American Idol) annoying Karen Cartwright. However, I’m still not sold because previews indicate Karen is still front and center as the undeserved overnight Broadway “Bombshell,” while every real Broadway fan knows Megan Hilty’s Ivy (an actual Broadway star of “Wicked” and “9 to 5: The Musical”) is the real star. Team Ivy all the way! In Season 2, the “Bombshell” team is one step closer to achieving their Broadway dream. The Boston run was the success the team was hoping for, including producer Eileen Rand (Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston, “Prizzi’s Honor”); writers Tom Levitt (Tony Award winner Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”); and Julia Houston (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, Will & Grace); last-minute star Karen; and director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport, “Pirates of the Caribbean”). But, they are all about to learn even a charmed show cannot avoid paying for sins of the past. Will Eileen get away with mixing business and pleasure with her shady paramour, Nick (guest star Thorsten Kaye)? Will Julia’s marriage to Frank (guest star Brian d’Arcy James) survive the revelation of her infidelity? Will actress Ivy Lynn bounce back from the shame of losing the lead role to rival Karen and bedding her fiance in retaliation? And will Tom and Julia’s long-time partnership endure the changing tides of opportunity? As they all scramble to push forward, one of the show’s players finds Brooklyn natives Jimmy Collins (Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, “Newsies”) and Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus, “Carrie: The Musical”) toiling away on a current-day rock musical of their own, which could either become “Bombshell”’s biggest rival, or yet one more Broadway false start. Weighing both the benefits and sacrifices of a career on Broadway, the Smash cast of Broadway hopefuls is rounded out by Karen’s lively new roommate/actress Ana Vargas (Krysta Rodriguez, “The Addams Family”) and Tom’s boyfriend, Sam Strickland (Leslie Odom, Jr., “Leap of Faith”).
Thursday, February 7th
Community, season premiere at 8pm on NBC
– The genius comedy gem about an eclectic study group at Greendale Community College finally returns for its fourth season (sans Creator and former Executive Producer Dan Harmon) after a false October start date, but it was well worth the wait and takes its rightful place kicking off the Thursday night comedy block. At the center of the group is hottie Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, The Soup), a fast-talking lawyer whose degree has been revoked. With some help from his fellow classmates, Winger forms a study group who eventually learn more about themselves than their course work, thus why they still haven’t graduated after 3 years when it’s only supposed to take two. After an explosive third year at Greendale, which included Dean Pelton’s (the brilliant Jim Rash) struggles against Dean Laybourne (guest star John Goodman) and his elite Air-Conditioning Repair Annex, a wedding, a tough biology class and the rise of Chang from campus security officer to megalomaniac dictator, the study group reunites to tackle their fourth year. This season, the group will study history with Professor Noel Cornwallis, played by guest star Malcolm McDowell, (Entourage, Franklin & Bash); they will make an unexpected trip to Pierce’s mansion on Halloween; Jeff will finally meet his long-lost dad; and Shirley will experience the joys of entrepreneurship with her sandwich shop at Greendale.
Friday, February 8th
Touch, season premiere at 8pm on FOX
– Wait, why is this show back on the air? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a diehard 24 fan and love Keifer Sutherland as much as the next guy but this show is a snoozefest.
The Job, series premiere at 8pm on CBS
– From reality show masters Michael Davies (Who Wants to be A Millionaire, Watch What Happens Live) and Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice), this new reality competition series gives candidates selected from around the country a chance to win positions at some of America’s most prestigious companies. Hosted by Emmy Award nominee Lisa Ling (The View), each episode will feature five candidates participating in several rounds of elimination challenges before a panel of executives as they compete for their dream job. In addition to the episode’s featured company, representatives from three guest companies from related industries will have the opportunity to make an on-the-spot offer to one of the candidates, who must decide if they will accept the offer or remain in the running for the featured job. In the premiere episode, five candidates compete for an assistant manager position with the Palm Restaurant Group, a fine-dining steakhouse that has been owned and operated by members of the Bozzi and Ganzi families for 87 years and has 25 locations across the continental United States, as well as international outposts in Mexico City and London.
Saturday, February 9th
Oddities, season premiere at 9pm on Science Channel
– For more than a decade, the East Village’s iconic Obscura Antiques & Oddities shop has been New York City’s foremost destination for one-of-a-kind, bizarre-and often shocking-artifacts. Since becoming the focus of Science’s hit series, Oddities, the Big Apple’s epicenter of the eccentric has become pop culture’s Mecca of the macabre. This season turns up the volume for eleven ridiculously entertaining episodes that redefine the notion of “freak chic.” The merchandise has never been more memorable, with notable highlights including a two-headed pig, a mummified “member,” an occupied coffin, a prostate warmer, and a preserved heart full of bullet holes. However, at Obscura, the people are even more eccentric than the products.