Off the Wall: Grammys, Boo Boo, dogs
Diane WertsDiane Werts
Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was
Off the Wall goes to the dogs.
BIG AWARDS WEEK
You probably saw one or two or 735 Super Bowl promos for 2013's star-studded "Grammy Awards" (Sunday 8-11:30 p.m., CBS/2; Sunday preshows at 4 p.m. on fuse and 5 p.m. on E!). But this week also brings Britain's "BAFTA Film Awards" (Sunday 8-11 p.m., BBC America), a same-day telecast of the UK's Oscar-equivalent. Shaquille O'Neal and Nick Cannon co-host this year's "Hall of Game Awards" (Monday at 7 p.m., Cartoon), honoring sports celebs, with guests from football (Victor Cruz) to the Olympics (McKayla Maroney). And Madison Square Garden once again hosts the "137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show" (Monday 8-11 p.m., CNBC; concluding Tuesday 8-11 p.m., USA). Live judging of all 187 breeds and varieties streams online, starting Monday at 8:30 a.m., at WestminsterKennelClub.org.
What would Valentine's Day TV be without "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" (Saturday at 8, ABC/7)? Or a Baldwin brother? Billy Baldwin plays a single-dad firefighter in the new TV movie "Be My Valentine" (Saturday at 9, Hallmark). Soap fans voted their all-time supercouples in a classic marathon from "General Hospital" (Sunday 7 p.m.-midnight, SOAPnet). Reality fuels "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (Thursday at 9 p.m., ID). And it's Valentine's Day on "Bob's Burgers" and "Family Guy" (Sunday at 8:30 and 9 p.m., Fox/5), "Mike & Molly" (Monday at 9:30 p.m., CBS/2), "The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBS/2) and "Glee" (Thursday at 9 p.m., Fox/5).
After the season premiere of "Oddities," the new "Odd Folks Home" (Saturday at 9:30, Science) visits kooky collectors' household stashes. "Kings of Crash" (Sunday at 10 p.m., Velocity) idles at a Utah demolition derby. "Reef Wranglers" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., Weather) watches artificial reefs being created on the Gulf coast. Behind the return of "Comic Book Men" come new shows "Freakshow" (Thursday at 9:30 p.m., AMC), visiting a Venice Beach boardwalk museum, and the taxidermy competition "Immortalized" (Thursday at 10 p.m., AMC). Previews at amctv.com.
BEST TV SHOW EVER?
Some people who remember "The Great American Dream Machine" (Sunday at 7 p.m., WNET/13) would argue so. This 40th anniversary hour salutes the Emmy-winning cornucopia of satiric shorts, music performances, political commentary and more, featuring the likes of Chevy Chase, Albert Brooks and Marshall Efron. Video at watch.thirteen.org/program/pioneers-thirteen.
It's also a warning -- because here comes "A Very Boo Christmas" (Saturday at 8 p.m., TLC).
BACK FOR MORE
Prequel webseries "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" (Sunday 8-10 p.m., Syfy) makes its TV debut. "The Walking Dead" (Sunday at 9 p.m., AMC) continues its third season. "Southland" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., TNT) starts Season 5. Judd Apatow, Louis CK, Tina Fey, Robert Klein and Betty White are among those dissecting laughs on host David Steinberg's "Inside Comedy" (Monday at 11 p.m., Showtime). More at sho.com/insidecomedy.
LUKE & LAURA REDUX?
Genie Francis returns to resurgent soap "General Hospital" (Monday at 2 p.m., ABC/7) as '80s pop culture phenom Laura Spencer (to incumbent lead Anthony Geary's Luke). "GH" has stirred the pot by bringing back fan-favorite characters, adding transplants from axed "One Life to Live," and generally getting as nutty, lively, romantic and delicious as in its glory days. Watch aired episodes at abc.com/gh.