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Madonna makes her debut at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis Sunday. CREDIT: AP

Madonna makes her debut at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis Sunday. CREDIT: AP

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This week, it’s all about the Super Bowl Sunday.

If you aren’t into the football, there’s “The Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet. You can also catch Madonna during the half-time show (with rumors that Atlanta’s Cee Lo Green might join in).

TBS counter-programs with chick flicks such as “Mamma Mia!”  During the game, HBO airs “Titanic,” followed by a new episode of “Luck.” And Showtime runs its usual lineup of ‘Shameless,’ “House of Lies” and “Californication.”

And NBC is debuting one of its few non-football hits, “The Voice,” right after the game, hoping to capture new fans. (It’s the only time anybody gets a lead-in of 100 million-plus viewers! NBC will be thrilled if they can keep one-third of them!)

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Ben and the 11 remaining ladies travel to Puerto Rico.
“House” 8 p.m. Fox — An ill homeless teen has issues with her mom.
“Who’s Still Standing” 8 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — This fun game show may have pulled in enough viewers to merit a sophomore year.
“Alcatraz” 9 p.m. Fox — A bank robber from the past causes mayhem in the present.
“Fear Factor” 9 p.m. NBC (seventh season finale) — Teams of twins navigate an electrified maze.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” 9 p.m. Bravo — It’s part one of the reunion episodes.
RuPaul’s Drag Race” 9 p.m. Logo (fourth season debut) — Wigs will fly as 13 queens go heel to heel.
“Lost Girl” 10 p.m. Syfy — Kenzi and Bo go undercover to investigate the disappearance of a sorority girl.

TUESDAY

The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — Two eliminated players return for a chance to win a spot on the ranch.
Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — Is this bad? The episode is based on Michael Jackson songs.
New Girl” 9 p.m. Fox — Nick dates a girl who doesn’t want to characterize the relationship.
Ringer” 9 p.m. the CW —  Siobhan can’t believe Bridget has adapted so well to her new life.
Sorority Girls” 9 p.m. TLC (new series) — Five sorority girls in the U.S. seek Sigma Gamma pledges.
Wife Swap” 9 p.m. ABC (seventh season finale) — Antonio Sabato Jr.’s fiance swaps places with the wife of wrestler Mick Foley.
Justified” 10 p.m. FX — Raylan goes after a tyrannical Oxy dealer.
Southland” 10 p.m. TNT — Sammy leaves a gang territory unattended.
“Tabatha Takes Over” 10 p.m. Bravo — Tabatha tries to fix Pat’s Hair Shoppe in Douglasville after half the hairdressers left in a coup.
Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood” 10 p.m. Oxygen (sixth season finale) — Tori gives birth to her third child
Undercover Princes” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Men shed their royal facades to find a suitable made to return to their kingdoms.

WEDNESDAY

“Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials” 8 p.m. CBS — Boomer Esiason and Jillian Michaels look at classic commercials of Super Bowl’s past.
Beast Tracker” 9 p.m. Discovery (new series) — Examining human interactions with dangerous animals.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Last week, “Idol” finally decided to show more bad auditions. Shall we expect more tonight in Portland, Ore.?
“Mobbed” 9 p.m. Fox — A man tries to reconcile with his brother and bandmate.
Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land — Susan Lucci comes looking for support after “All My Children” is canceled.
“Royal Pains” 10 p.m. USA — Dr. Van Dyke fills in for Hank, who is sidelined with back problems.
“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — Pee-wee Herman shows up.

THURSDAY

30 Rock” 8 p.m. NBC — Kenneth feels snubbed and seeks a new page assignment.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — A new Madonna video is introduced.
“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Leonard tires of Sheldon’s selfish ways.
“The Finder” 9 p.m. Fox — Walter helps Isabel’s boyfriend after his baseball memorabilia is stolen.
“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Meredith dreams about what-ifs in flashbacks.
“The Union” 9 p.m. HBO— Cameron Crowe’s tribute to the collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell.
The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Angela and her senator beau welcome a new baby.
Archer” 10 p.m. FX — ISIS teams with the Mounties to capture a Canadian terrorist.
Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — Vinny is back! Another excuse to party!
“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — A fallen fashion designer mounting a comeback is murdered.

FRIDAY

A Gifted Man” 8 p.m. CBS — Michael rescues a man from drowning.
“Kitchen Nightmares” 8 p.m. Fox — Gordon Ramsay visits Atlanta’s Park’s Edge, where he sees signs of mismanagement and chaos.
Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — An Alabama guitar teacher has a special learning system.
Who Do You Think You Are” 8 p.m. NBC (third season debut) — The show fishes through Martin Sheen’s family tree.
“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — A role-playing game turns deadly.
“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox — Astrid gets a visit from her counterpart in the alternative universe.
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC — A civil war nearly erupts between a Southern mom and her Northern mother in law.
Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny and his family get caught in a crossfire.

WEEKEND

Secrets of Eden” 8 tonight Lifetime — John Stamos plays a pastor whose faith is shattered when a newly baptized member is murdered.
Saturday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC — Channing Tatum hosts.
Puppy Bowl VIII” 3 p.m. Sunday Animal Planet — The level of cute here is so bright, it might hurt your eyes.
Super Bowl XLVI” 6 p.m. Sunday NBC — Easily the biggest event of the year as the Patriots battle the Giants. Madonna is the half-time musical entertainment.
Luck” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Walter finds a seasoned jockey for his prized thoroughbred, much to Rosie’s dismay.
“The Voice” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — After a surprisingly big freshman year, this singing program is hoping to hit “Idol” even more.
“House of Lies” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — A racist CEO of a motel chain has reservations dealing with Marty.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

18 comments Add your comment

Fear is NOT a Factor

January 30th, 2012
10:58 am

can you confirm if the finale of Fear Factor will in fact be aired tonight? I was seeing reports that this episode has been pulled

Quake Her Oats

January 30th, 2012
11:15 am

Madonna is like Steven Tyler, they just don’t know when to hang it up and bow out with grace

3 Way McGee

January 30th, 2012
11:51 am

John from Little Five Points

January 30th, 2012
12:22 pm

If ahe’s a “legend” then we need a new word for “has been.”

Fred

January 30th, 2012
1:38 pm

LOL Rodney, you are just a font of information. I had never heard of the ‘puppy bowl” before. My daughter will love that. Thanks.

Fred

January 30th, 2012
1:50 pm

Oh man, no love for Spartacus eh? Guess there is no point in asking when Game of Thones comes back then……….

Gringo Bandito

January 30th, 2012
4:12 pm

Hey Rodney,
Put your reporter hat on and find out why Cumulus is playing music during the Regular Guys show.

oldfart

January 30th, 2012
4:53 pm

Didn’t see The Voice at all last year so I’m not even aware of the format but I will be watching this year to see Tony Vincent. Saw him along with his future wife in Vegas a few years ago in a Queen tribute show called We Will Rock You. His exceptional “voice” has had me following his and Aspen’s careers from afar ever since. Anyone who can rival Freddy Mercury ain’t shabby.

KimZ'sPackage

January 30th, 2012
11:33 pm

Sing? I would rather see her make out with Lady GaGa. Do either Madge or Lady GaGa have any talent left?

Tom Tucker

January 31st, 2012
5:04 pm

@gringo-I was wondering the same thing.

Tom Tucker

January 31st, 2012
5:07 pm

How about it Rodney, any word on the Regular Guys absence this morning?

Rodney Ho

January 31st, 2012
5:12 pm

The Regular Guys were on the air today…

Tom Tucker

January 31st, 2012
5:29 pm

Not at 7:45-until around 8:30 was the last time I checked.

Tom Tucker

January 31st, 2012
5:30 pm

As far as Madonna as the halftime show, good job of knowing your target audience NFL, 40 year old gay men.

Rodney Ho

January 31st, 2012
5:38 pm

Hmmm… I listened to them from 8:50 a.m. til 10 a.m., on and off. Heard them play Nirvana. I skipped the Oxygen Financial segment.

Tom Tucker

January 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

Weird, anyways, have a good evening Mr Ho.

Jon

January 31st, 2012
6:14 pm

They should let Cee-Lo do it I think it would be way more entertaining if he did it instead of Madonna.

Pago Flyer

January 31st, 2012
9:52 pm

Is it just us, or does it seem that whenever a commercial needs an idiot, it’s always a male (white)!