Tonight on the Tube: TV Marathons, Super Bowl XLIII & The Office

by Jason the TVaholic on February 1, 2009

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Watch The Office Episodes at Amazon Video On DemandTonight, CBS has Wipeout Bowl I: Cheerleaders vs. Couch Potatos and NBC has Super Bowl XLIII followed by an extended episode of The Office.

Over on cable, Animal Planet has Puppy Bowl V.

If you’re not a football fan or could careless about all the new commercials, then check out the list below of TV marathons to keep you entertained this Super Bowl Sunday.

Prime Picks

Super Bowl XLIII (NBC): Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers. Kickoff is sometime after 6:00 p.m. ET. The Steelers are favored, but the Cardinals have shown that hasn’t meant much so far during the playoffs, as they have yet to be favored. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are this year’s halftime entertainment. Who do you think is going to win the Super Bowl? More importantly, what will you be eating during the game? What’s your favorite Super Bowl snack food? Mine is potato chips with ranch dip.

The Office (NBC): New. Starts after the Super Bowl, whenever that may be and has Dwight trying to makes things up to his fellow workers after a fire safety presentation goes badly. Michael is trying to keep his employees calm. For some reason, Andy believes that Jim and Pam are some sort of film gurus. Was surprised NBC picked this for a post Super Bowl airing, cause it’s not like the show is going anywhere. Kind of wish they had selected Chuck, cause that show could use a boost in the ratings. Anyway, what NBC show would you have given the post Super Bowl slot to, if you were in charge?

Solid Selection

Cold Case (CBS): Repeat. In “Andy in C Minor” from last season, new direction comes in on the death of a deaf teen in 2006, so the team sets out to find the boys killer.

The Unit (CBS): Repeat. In this season’s premiere episode, “Sacrifice,” the team is trying to unravel a plot to assassinate the vice president and president elect. Meanwhile, the teams’ families are being relocated for their protection.

The Mentalist (CBS): Repeat. In “Red Brick and Ivy” from earlier this season, Patrick takes an interest in a case, when it looks like his former psychiatrist is the prime suspect.

Cable Choices

Food Network Challenge (Food Network): Repeat. Four cake makers compete to make the best cake. Plays again later.

Ultimate Recipe Showdown (Food Network): Repeat. This episode covers “Comfort Foods,” as four home cooks battle it out for a $25,000 prize. Guy Fieri hosts. Plays again later.

United States of Tara (Showtime): New. Max ends up out with Buck instead of date night with his wife. Tara gets recommended for a mural project. Plays again later.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime): New. Belle is attempting to have a relationship outside of work. Meanwhile, while on the job, the wife of a customer shows up unexpectedly. Plays again later.

Other Option

  • Flight of the Conchords (HBO): New. Bret disrespected some rappers in a song, so he puts together a gang to protect him from them.

Sports Notes

  • ABC has NBA action with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Detroit Pistons.
  • CBS has Final Round coverage of the FBR Open golf tournament.
  • ESPN2 has coverage of the Australian Open tennis finals.
  • Golf Channel has the Final Round of the FBR Open.
  • NBC has Super Bowl XLIII. See Prime Picks above for more info.

Late Night

  • Damages (FX): Repeat. Last Wednesday’s episode, “Hey! Mr. Pibb,” replays.
  • nip/tuck (FX): Repeat. Last Tuesday’s episode, “Roxy St. James,” replays. Runs 61 minutes.
  • Trust Me (TNT): Repeat. Last Monday’s premiere episode, “Before and After,” replays.

Super Bowl Sunday TV Marathons

A&E has 12 episodes of The Sopranos.
AMC has Death Wish, Death Wish II, and Death Wish 3, which then all three replay.
Animal Planet has Puppy Bowl V replaying all day.
BBC America has five episodes of Doctor Who.
Cartoon Network has 15 episodes of Chowder.
CMT has eight episodes of Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy.
Discovery Channel has nine episodes of MythBusters.
Disney Channel has 18 episodes of Phineas and Ferb.
DIY has episodes of Bathroom Renovations and Bathtastic all day.
Food Network has six wedding themed episodes of Food Network Challenge.
G4 has 15 episodes of Cheaters.
History has seven episodes of Modern Marvels early.
ID has 10 episodes of Deadly Women.
MTV has five episodes of Made.
MTV2 has 15 episodes of Life of Ryan tonight.
The N has 11 episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Oxygen has 12 episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
Science Channel has 18 episodes of How It’s Made.
Sci Fi has 16 hours of alternating Ghost Hunters/Ghost Hunters International episodes.
Speed has 14 hours of Pimp My Ride episodes.
Spike has 12 episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Style has 15 episodes of Clean House.
TNT has 10 episodes of The Closer.
truTV has 12 episodes of Principal’s Office.
USA has 17 hours of House episodes.
Versus has World Extreme Cagefighting repeats all day.

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