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SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 1
2015

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Animal Planet, 3:00 p.m. ET

It’s Puppy Bowl XI, with different blocks of animal cuteness served up every few hours on Animal Planet, starting at 3 p.m. ET. Different species, story lines, toys and other elements are provided by each, but I’m hoping for a timely, ripped-from-the-headlines Puppy Bowl controversy. Maybe an investigation on what they use to keep the competition infestation-free. Call it… Defleagate…

 
  
 
 

NBC, 6:00 p.m. ET

On the field, it’s the defending champion Seattle Seahawks vs. three-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. On the sidelines, its Seawhawks coach Pete Carroll vs. Patriots coach Bill Belichick. In the broadcast booth, it’s lots of talk about Deftategate. Throughout, there are the high-priced, high-profile ads. And at halftime, it’s Katy Perry, teamed with Lenny Kravitz. Hmmm. Guess which picture I’m going to pick to accompany this particular best bet… (Sorry, Lenny.)
 
  
 
 

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

This 2014 documentary is a history of the Academy Awards – and presented, tonight on TCM, for viewers who might get more enthused about Oscar trophies than Super Bowl ones. At 10 p.m. ET, this documentary is followed by a showing of the first movie to win an Academy Award as Best Picture: the aviation WWI action picture Wings (pictured), from 1927. Only two silent motion pictures in history have won the Best Picture Oscar – this one, which won the year Hollywood began its transition to sound, and The Artist, which won in 2012, 85 years later.

 
  
 
 

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

A lot’s going on in tonight’s fifth episode of Season 5: Anna’s secret is closer to surfacing, as is a new friend of Rose’s, while Daisy tries to help others find happiness. Check local listings.

 
  
 
 

NBC, 10:15 p.m. ET

SERIES RETURN: Part 1 of 2. The post-Super Bowl slot used to be the perfect slot for a network with rights to the big game that year to launch a new series. The past few years, it’s been employed instead as the perfect place to re-launch a series, and gain a huge, previously untapped audience sampling. Tonight NBC’s The Blacklist gets that honor, and relaunches its winter season with a two-part episode – which means it’s teasing new viewers with a cliffhanger, hoping they’ll follow as the show moves to its new night on Thursdays. James Spader stars as Red Reddington, an FBI most-wanted fugitive who’s actually working, in top secret, with an FBI task force. Tonight’s plot makes that clear for new viewers, but also muddies the waters, because Red is captured by an FBI operative who knows nothing about Red’s undercover status. That operative, by the way, is played by guest star Ron Perlman (pictured), returning to TV after Sons of Anarchy.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Will the Real Locker Room Guy Stand Up? -- As we count down to the Super Bowl, it seems the high drama of “Deflategate” just won’t end. Accusations have been thrown at Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and now, it seems, the latest character to be tossed under the bus is a locker room attendant. But Patriots fans aren’t taking any of this lying down. They are dedicated and, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, some of the more recognizable fans are stepping forward to take the blame.  – Linda Donovan

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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Archer
FX
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Downton Abbey
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET
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Episodes
Showtime
Sundays
10:30 PM ET

Independent Lens
PBS
Mondays
10 PM ET

Justified
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

The Good Wife
CBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

Man Seeking Woman
FXX
Wednesdays
10:30 PM ET

Parenthood
NBC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Portlandia
IFC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Togetherness
HBO
Sundays
9:30 PM ET


 
 

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From TV Worth Watching
TOP PICKS FOR YOUR HOME LIBRARY

The TVWW Seal of Approval is an honor we save for TV’s very best – our picks for a truly teleliterate home video library.
 
 

SGT. BILKO – THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES – Forgotten by many, this 1955-59 sitcom is revered by some – including Larry David, who considers it TV’s funniest comedy, and by Britain’s Radio Times, which not too long ago voted the series the Number One sitcom of all time. Silvers plays a quick-thinking, quicker-talking sergeant running an Army motor pool. Great cast, great setups and deliveries, with the type of tight writing and hilariously uncomfortable situations that bring to mind Fawlty Towers and, yes, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Released, for the first time, in grand fashion by Shout! Factory. – David Bianculli

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When Things Were Rotten

ABC’s current miniseries Galavant has been a fun, musical spoof of the Robin Hood era. That’s been done before, although without the music, back in 1975, by Mel Brooks. When Things Were Rotten was very short-lived, lasting only 13 episodes – they're all included here, starring Dick Gautier as Robin, Dick Van Patten as Friar Tuck, and Misty Rowe as Maid Marian. Until now, this DVD release was one of the missing links in the Mel Brooks chain of outrageous comedy, so this compilation hits the bullseye. Under $20 at Amazon. –David Bianculli