What to Watch: January 31 - February 6
by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 30th 2011 2:00AM
Puppy Bowl VI - Sunday February 6, 6PM ET, Animal Planet
Returning to compete against the Super Bowl, Puppy Bowl is sort of like a live-action version of Cute Overload. To put it bluntly, it's a bunch of cute puppies on a miniature football field. They lick each other, cuddle with each other and pee on stuff. There a puppy's-eye-view cam and a water dish cam, a kitten half-time show and at the end of the 'game,' there's even an MVP. If this wasn't all adorable enough, it turns out all the puppies on screen are available for adoption through the SPCA. Canadians can follow up here.
Also This Week:
Lie to Me - Monday January 31, 9PM ET/PT, Global/Fox
This week, 'Lie to Me' asks what would happen if 'The Social Network' had a woman instead of a man best friend? And what if, instead of just squeezing her out of the company he also maybe tried to kill her? Would people want to watch the season finale of this show if it somehow put them in the mind of Jesse Eisenberg? And while we're asking questions, I have one: Since when is the end of January anyone's season finale?
Fairly Legal - Wednesday February 2, 10PM ET/PT, Showcase
Sarah Shahi of 'The L Word' stars as a former lawyer-turned-mediator. I have no trouble seeing why we've never had a show about a mediator before -- it really doesn't sound very sexy. If only it was a portmanteau of lawyer and medium we might have something, but alas no. Anyhow, as is the way in all TV scripts, Shahi plays a brilliant negotiator who can't apply those skills to her personal life. But the casting has me intrigued. Michael Trucco (Anders in 'Battlestar Galactica') plays the soon-to-be ex-husband, and Virginia Williams (Claudia on 'How I Met Your Mother') plays the evil stepmother, and of course Shahi stole most of her scenes on 'The L Word,' which is no small feat when you share a screen with Jennifer Beals.
Glee - Sunday February 6, 8PM ET/PT, Global/Fox
Hoping to get the audience thoroughly lathered up for the new episode at 10:30, a few reruns are being called a 'Gleek-a-thon' -- sort of like how Ryan Murphy calls peddling iTunes downloads to kids 'music education' -- but I know you lunatics out there who love this show will be happy, so here it is: It's the Sue's Mom episode, then the Rocky Horror episode, then a random episode of 'The Office' and finally the big showdown between glee club and football, which invokes Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.'