The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Sunday

On TV this super Sunday: A mysterious stranger arrives at Downton Abbey, The Voice‘s game of musical chairs resumes, and oh yeah — there’s a football game on, too! Here are nine programs you may want to keep on your radar.

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6 pm Super Bowl XLVI (NBC) | In a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, the New England Patriots face the New York Giants in Indianapolis. Kelly Clarkson will tackle the national anthem, and Madonna (with various guests) will perform at the halftime show. TVLine’s Matt Mitovich will be live-blogging the good and the bad of the ads, while Michael Slezak will be weighing in on the assorted musical performances. Not super interested? Check out our Super Bowl TV alternatives list. Otherwise, tell us right here who you are rooting for:

9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | Isobel’s post-war plans create an indomitable, if unlikely, alliance; Downton faces more turmoil when a mysterious stranger arrives.

9 pm Luck (HBO) | Chafing under his parole conditions but eager to move forward in the racetrack deal, Ace (Dustin Hoffman) showcases his temper during a contentious meeting with a one-time colleague and a potential investor.

9 pm Shameless (Showtime) | Although Frank is a prime suspect, he still tries to claim Eddie’s insurance benefits and pension; Karen’s pregnancy news elicits a variety of reactions. Oh, and Steve returns.

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10 pm The Voice (NBC) | Season 2 premiere, after the Big Game: Blind auditions begin, and this year, 12 contestants will vie to become “The Voice.” Christina Milian joins the cast as Social Media Correspondent.

10 pm House of Lies (Showtime) | Jeannie is put in charge when it becomes clear that the racist CEO of a motel chain won’t take Marty seriously; Clyde tries to make inroads with a virginal Mormon woman; Monica and Roscoe’s parent-son bonding takes a dark turn.

10 pm Angry Boys (HBO) | In back-to-back episodes, Tim gets fed up with Jen imposing a gay lifestyle on him, then Daniel and Nathan assume special roles in their mother’s wedding.

10:30 pm Californication (Showtime) | Hank’s worst nightmare comes true when Samurai Apocalypse invites the boys on a ride-along with the Santa Monica PD — only to have it evolve into a joyride that goes sexually awry for someone.

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11:30 pm Jimmy Fallon’s Super Bowl Special (NBC) | The Super Bowl coverage continues, with guests Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler and Taylor Swift — or at least Fallon dressed as the country singer.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to share your own tune-in suggestions.

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  1. Josh says:

    Exicted for The Voice tonight!!

  2. t.t says:

    wait a second wasn’t that House of Lies description last week’s episode? Is this week a repeat of last week’s then or is this a mistake?

  3. Tay says:

    What? No Once upon a time?!

    • Liz says:

      Not opposite the Super Bowl. ABC would be nuts to have anything new opposite The Super Bowl. Regular season football games on NBC already beat out everybody else, but this is the big game. Kinda surprised that there is not even a repeat of Once Upon of Time though.

    • V says:

      They would be going up against the Super Bowl. It’s easier for the network to move it to next week. Several shows are doing this because their ratings would be horrible.

  4. rebecca says:

    PATRIOTS!!!!! We need another Championship in Boston. ;)

  5. kevin says:

    I’m rootin’ for the New York Giants to win the Super Bowl and I’m also tuning in for the long awaited return of THE VOICE after the big game. :)

  6. Liz says:

    Go Giants! And I really don’t care about anything else on tonight. Don’t haver HBO or Showtime and I got sick of singing competitions after season 5 of AI.

  7. fernando says:

    House of Lies and Cupcake Wars it is for me

  8. Brendan says:

    So conflicted… The Pats are the evil empire, but I hate Eli Manning, and the Giants knocked my Niners out of the playoffs… I can’t decide who I’m rooting against less!

  9. Mike says:

    Shameless!! And also House of Lies & Californication

  10. Bad Breaker says:

    I’m going to a Super Bowl party so my dvr will get a lot of action tonight: Downton, the Voice, Luck and the Showtime trio.

  11. Renee says:

    Giants need to win this. If they are going to kill my Falcons like they did they better go on and win the whole thing.

  12. V says:

    PUPPY BOWL! In case you want to waste a few hours going “Awwwwwwwwwwww!!”

  13. blingedup.susan says:

    You left one of the options of off your Super Bowl poll: C) Couldn’t care less.
    I feel about the Super Bowl this year the same way I did about the Kardashian wedding hoopla — Get it over with already so people will quit talking about it!

  14. Jenny says:

    I don’t watch sports, so it’s all about Shameless for me!