Network television pretty much comes to a standstill on Superbowl Sunday; no one wants to compete against the biggest night in football. Nevertheless, there are a few other options that will serve as some much-needed counterprogramming against the NFL.
PICK OF THE DAY:
“Superbowl LIV” (Fox) at 6:30 PM EST
Tonight, the Superbowl is on TV, which gives everyone an opportunity to gorge themselves on junk food, watch very expensive commercials that are designed to be instant memes but will more than likely fall flat on their faces, and see Jennifer Lopez perform. Also, there will be a football game on. In Superbowl LIV (54, for all you non-Romans out there), the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Neither team is a stranger to Superbowl glory, but it’s been a while for both. The 49ers last Superbowl victory was 25 years ago, and Chiefs sole Superbowl win actually predates the merger between the NFL and the AFL to create the NFL as it stands in its current form.
LIVE TV EVENTS:
“Puppy Bowl” (Animal Planet) at 8:00 PM EST
But in case the Superbowl isn’t quite your speed, the thoughtful people over at Animal Planet have provided us with a thrilling and outrageously adorable alternative: the Puppy Bowl. Here, viewers have the opportunity to feast their eyes on some very cute puppies fighting it out on the gridiron. And the pièce de résistance? The kitten halftime show, which is even more ridiculous and entertaining, considering the general reaction one gets from a cat when it is asked to perform for our amusement.
“73rd British Academy Film Awards” (BBC America) at 9:10 PM EST
This Sunday truly has its bases covered with all kinds of competition, as the BAFTAs are also airing this evening. Despite the controversy over the lack of diversity in its acting and directing categories this year, the BAFTAS nonetheless provide some value. Of particular merit are their celebration of British contributions to film and highlighting of young breakout performers. And as the last major awards ceremony before the Academy Awards, if there are going to be any surprises in the main categories at the Oscars, they’re going to have to come up big here.
MOVIES ON TV:
“On the Basis of Sex” (Showtime) at 9:00 PM EST
“On the Basis of Sex” is the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) and her journey as a women’s rights legal advocate throughout the 1960s and 1970s. It follows her through law school and heavily features her role in getting sexual discrimination cases in front of the Supreme Court. Jones is excellent as Ginsburg, and although it has its share of issues, it succeeds on the strength of its performances and the refreshingly balanced relationship between her and her husband (played here by Armie Hammer.)
NEW TV EPISODES AND FILMS:
Still looking for something else to watch? Check out more of tonight’s lineup!
- “Catch Me If You Can” (TNT) at 6:30 PM EST
- “Doctor Who” (BBC America) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Worst Cooks in America” (Food Network) at 8:00 PM EST
- “The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth” (Showtime) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Howards End” (PBS) at 8:00 PM EST
- “The Impossible” (TMC) at 8:00 PM EST
- “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (TCM) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Our Cartoon President” (Showtime) at 8:30 PM EST
- “Sanditon” (PBS) at 9:00 PM EST
- “The Outsider” (HBO) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Avenue 5” (HBO) at 10:00 PM EST
- “How It’s Made” (Sci) at 10:00 PM EST
- “World’s Most Evil Killers” (Reelz) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Shahs of Sunset” (Bravo) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO) at 10:30 PM EST
- “Beat Bobby Flay” (Food Network) at 11:00 PM EST
What are you watching tonight? Let us know in the comments!