Sunday, January 26th
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards, live awards show from 8 to 11:30pm on CBS
– The Grammy stage can get lonely, which is probably why so few performers are flying solo at this year’s show. Tag teams abound, from the strange (Imagine Dragons backing up Kendrick Lamar) to the sublime (Daft Punk with Stevie Wonder). Pink and fun.’s Nate Ruess, Metallica and classical pianist Lang Lang and Robin Thicke and Chicago will also get turns on the mic during the show, hosted again by LL Cool J. The onstage whiplash should distract from the awards themselves, which feel particularly out-of-date considering one of the most talked-about albums of 2013—Beyonce’s stealth self-titled masterpiece—came out too late to be nominated. Still, most fields are wide open, with Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars all potentially leaving with armloads of tiny gramophones.
The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding, live wedding special from 8 to 10pm on ABC
– The most anticipated Bachelor special of Juanuary is finally upon us! Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, the latest to join other Bachelor couples who have walked down the aisle, will share a dramatic new chapter of their love story with millions of viewers and Bachelor Nation live, a Bachelor first! Weeks of planning and anticipation culminate with Sean and Catherine declaring their love for one another before family, friends, past Bachelor and Bachelorette couples, stars and participants, who are all there to help them celebrate at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Before the live ceremony we’ll share in all the exciting festivities leading up to the big day, from the couples’ road trip to move Catherine to Dallas, to the elation of announcing to Sean’s family that they picked a wedding date, to Sean buying lingerie for the wedding night! I cried like a baby back in November 2012 when Sean proposed to Catherine in beautiful, exotic Thailand and they rode off into the sunset on the back of an elephant and tonight will be no different. Single and non-single ladies, park yourselves on the couch with tissues, chocolate, and cake (its too cold in NY for ice cream) and emotionally brace yourselves for the cutest Bachelor couple ever to outdo and outcute your dream wedding.
Tuesday, January 28th
State of the Union, Presidential address at 9pm on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.
– President Barack Obama speaks to the nation in the annual State of the Union address. Will the speech focus on traditional issues like the economy and unemployment or will he focus on the REALLY important things like whether he thinks Scandal is plausible.
Wednesday, January 29th
The SuperBowl’s Greatest Commercials 2014, annual special at 8pm on CBS
– This special delivers exactly what the title promises — I’m guessing talking frogs, running Clydesdales and many many scantly-clad women.
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, series premiere at 10pm on BBC America
– This miniseries about James Bond creator Ian Fleming wants to be as subversive as 007 himself. In dramatizing the novelist’s early life as a womanizing, hard-drinking lout who finds heroic purpose in British naval intelligence during WWII, Fleming sketches the inspirations for Bond and also indulges the criticisms of Bond (misogynistic, brutish) via his boorish creator (played by Dominic Cooper). Yet there’s little depth to Cooper’s rake, and the female characters are Bond-girl problematic. Cast shade on retrograde potboiler values and wallow in them? Doctor says No.
Thursday, January 30th
Saturday Night Live presents an SNL Sports Spectacular, special at 9pm on NBC
– Seth Meyers hosts a Superbowl-week special compilation episode of SNL sports sketches. Does Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley’s Chippendales sketch count as sports?
Saturday, February 1st
Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, TV movie premiere at 8pm on The Hub
– The first installment of the animated superhero movie trilogy features Stan Lee as himself teaching alien prisoners and overlords important lessons — specifically how to work together — and any movie that can bring Teri Hatcher, Sean Astin, Darren Criss and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers together has to be epic.