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What to Watch This Sunday Instead of the Super Bowl

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 4th 2011 12:55PM
Not interested in football this Sunday? A 'Jersey Shore' marathon is one viewing alternative.This weekend, the annual non-federal holiday known as Super Bowl Sunday will bring this country to a standstill as millions of folks overeat, over-drink and bet large sums of money on whether the coin toss will result in heads or tails.

It will also be an historic game of sorts, pitting two iconic NFL teams -- the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers -- in their first championship game together.

Of course, for some of you, it wouldn't matter if the game were the Scooby Doobies against the Yogi Yahooies because your interest in the Super Bowl is practically nil. Luckily for you there are some alternative viewing options on Sunday that should keep your interest while your significant other is screaming "Where's the defense?!" in the next room.

Here are some options to consider.

* All times Eastern

The Pittsburgh Penguins square off agains the Washington Capitals on NBC.Other Sporting Events

• ABC provides coverage of the Orlando Magic vs. the Boston Celtics at 2:30PM.

-- CBS has college basketball, Michigan State at Wisconsin, at 1PM followed by the PGA's Phoenix Open at 3PM.

-- It's hockey afternoon on NBC as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals square off at 12:30PM. That's followed by the Freestyle Skiing World Championships at 3PM.

-- Like your football with a round, white ball? Telemundo provides coverage of the Toluca vs. Atlas soccer match in their 1PM Mexican Futbol game.

-- ESPN provides coverage of college basketball and PBA Bowling on Sunday. Ohio State and Minnesota battle it out at 2PM followed by the Chris Paul Celebrity Bowling Invitational at 4PM.

Showtime has new episodes of 'Californication,' 'Episodes' and 'Shameless.'New Episodes

• NBC has a new edition of 'Dateline' at 9PM.

• HBO presents another installment of 'Big Love' at 9PM.

• Mike Holmes inspects more troubled homes on 'Holmes Inspection' at 9PM on HGTV.

• Showtime goes against the grain with new episodes of 'Californication,' 'Episodes' and 'Shameless' starting at 9PM.

• Style has a new episode of 'The Dish' at 10PM.

• We has new episodes of 'My Fair Wedding With David Tutera' at 9PM and 'Rich Bride, Poor Bride' at 11PM.


• It's three hours of 'The Sopranos' on A&E starting at 2PM, followed by a marathon of 'Criminal Minds'.

• ABC Family offers viewers a Pixar marathon, starting with 'Cars' at 11AM and continuing with 'Pixar Short Films,' 'Toy Story,' 'Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins,' and 'Toy Story 2.'

Animal Planet goes dog crazy with episodes of 'Dogs 101,' 'America's Cutest Dog 2010' and 'Puppy Bowl VII.'

BBC America offers an all-day marathon of 'Top Gear' on Super Bowl Sunday.• BBC America has 'Top Gear' all day starting at 2PM on Saturday.

• It's 10 hours of 'The Mo'Nique Show' starting at noon on BET.

• Cartoon Network has a marathon of its live action series 'Hole in the Wall' and 'Destroy Build Destroy' from 2 until 6PM.

• To do its part to cover some avenue of the NFL, CMT has a marathon of 'Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team' from 4 until 8PM.

• Discovery has a marathon of 'Destroyed in Seconds' starting at 6PM, followed by 2 new episodes beginning at 10PM.

• Food Network provides a helping of this season's 'Worst Cooks in America' starting at 5PM with a new episode at 10PM.

• ID (Investigation Discovery) has plenty of 'Deadly Women' starting at 1PM.

• MTV: Six hours of 'Jersey Shore' begin at noon. The network follows that up with four episodes of 'Teen Mom' and 'Teen Mom 2.'

• National Geographic has a marathon of the series 'Taboo' that begins at noon.

• Oxygen provides viewers with a dozen episodes of 'Snapped' starting at 2PM.

• Viewers will find out at least 100 out of the '1,000 Ways to Die' beginning at 1PM on Spike.

• Style has an all-day marathon of 'Jerseylicious' starting at 6AM.

• Sundance has a marathon of 'Brick City' episodes starting at 5PM and ending at 10PM with a new episode.

• Plenty of spirits will be hunted in Syfy's 'Ghost Hunters' marathon that starts at 9AM.

• TLC has a dozen episodes of 'Say Yes to the Dress' starting at 9AM followed by a marathon of 'Toddlers & Tiaras.'

• More afterlife experiences on Travel Channel with a 'Ghost Adventures' marathon beginning at noon.

• Rate the Darrins again during TV Land's 'Bewitched' marathon starting at 2:30. That's followed by the 'Roseanne' marathon beginning at 7PM.

• USA offers up a marathon of 'Law & Order: SVU' starting at 10AM.


• ABC presents the network version of 'Knocked Up' at 9PM which should probably end up being about 45 minutes long once all the swearing is removed.

• Ion offers up 'The Right Stuff,' 'Frequency,' 'City Slickers' and 'Goodfellas' starting at 1:30PM

'Rocky,' along with 'Terminator,' 'Money Train' and 'Bad Boys,' grace the AMC schedule on Super Bowl Sunday.• AMC provides a testosterone-laden lineup of movies starting at 9AM that includes 'Terminator,' 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day,' 'Money Train,' 'Bad Boys' and 'Rocky.'

• CMT presents the comic stylings of 'Airplane!' at 9PM.

FX goes family-friendly starting at 1PM with 'Cheaper by the Dozen 2,' 'Alvin and the Chipmunks,' 'Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!' and 'Kung Fu Panda.'

• Disney Channel presents its broadcast premiere of 'Enchanted' at 7PM.

• The Titanic sails again and ironically gets into trouble in the SyFy movie 'Titanic II.'

• TBS focuses its attention on the Super Bowl widows with 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' 'Mamma Mia!,' 'The Holiday' and 'Pretty Woman.' Start time is 1PM.

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