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TV picks for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1

  • Austin American-Statesman
  • Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at 12 a.m.

Super Bowl tie-in programming throws a Hail Mary pass, the president pre-empts and PBS hawks Hawking. Here’s what caught my eye on television this week:

Sunday

“Pro Bowl,” 6:30 p.m., NBC: Aloha! The NFL’s All-Star game kicks off from Honolulu.

“The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding,” 7 p.m., ABC: “Nuptials” always sounded like a dirty word to me, but that’s OK – it is “The Bachelor.”

“Grammy Awards,” 7 p.m., CBS: Pop (and rock, and hip-hop, and country, etc.) goes your television as LL Cool J hosts with performers Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder and others.

Monday

“Independent Lens,” 9 p.m., PBS: Tonight’s episode takes a look at Arizona’s controversial immigration laws.

Tuesday

“Dads,” 7 p.m., Fox: Oh, my – it’s so funny when two straight guys are mistaken for a gay couple. No, wait – that’s not funny at all.

“State of the Union Address,” 8 p.m., all broadcast and some cable news networks.

“The Capones,” 9 p.m., Reelz: This new series follows Al Capone’s descendants, who run a suburban Chicago restaurant. I'll bet that place is mobbed.

Wednesday

“Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond,” 9 p.m., BBC America: This four-part miniseries dramatizes the life of author Ian Fleming.

“American Horror Story: Coven,” 9 p.m., FX: Season 3 concludes with a new Supreme, and it’s not Diana Ross.

“Hawking,” 9 p.m., PBS: This profile of physicist Stephen Hawking looks back at his childhood and brilliant career.

Thursday

“Rake,” 8 p.m., Fox: I don’t watch this show, but that’s just because likable former “Talk Soup” host Greg Kinnear basically plays unlikable former “Daily Show” host Craig Kilborn.

“Saturday Night Live Presents a SNL Sports Spectacular,” 8 p.m., NBC: Yeah, it’s a long title.

“Two and a Half Men,” 8:30 p.m., CBS: The only time you'll ever see me mention this show is when Carl Reiner, Tim Conway, Garry Marshall and Steve Lawrence guest star on the same night.

Friday

“The Carrie Diaries,” 7 p.m., CW: I hope you enjoy the second-season finale, because it’s probably the series finale, too.

Saturday

“NFL Honors,” 7 p.m., Fox: Alec Baldwin and others present awards to the league’s top players.

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