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

01/26/2014 12:00 AM

01/24/2014 12:24 PM

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:


“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.


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


“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.


“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.


“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.


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


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

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