What to Watch This Weekend: Seth Meyers' SNL Send-Off, Super Bowl, Sherlock Finale and More

SNL Seth MeyersOn TV this weekend: Melissa McCarthy hosts Seth Meyers‘ final Saturday Night Live, Girls and Looking come early, the Super Bowl puts an ice cap on the NFL season, Sherlock gets a new nemesis and Episodes seeks a perfect pitch. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.

SATURDAY, FEB. 1
8 pm The Gabby Douglas Story (Lifetime) | Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas performs the stunts in this biopic chronicling her path to the 2012 summer games, while Sydney Mikayla and Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris) take turns playing the gymnast. Regina King (Southland) and S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) co-star.

9 pm Black Sails (Starz) | Flint finds a thief on his crew; Silver hides in the brothel with Max.

10 pm Girls (HBO) | Special day and time: Hannah’s attempt to help Adam and Caroline work through their issues doesn’t go the way she planned. Also, per the synopsis, Ray gives Marnie “candid advice.” (Euphemism, much?)

10:30 pm Looking (HBO) | Special day and time: At a video-game launch party aboard an aircraft carrier (just go with it), Patrick and his co-worker Owen meet Kevin (played by Russell Tovey of the UK’s Being Human), a gay Brit who’s Patrick’s new boss.

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Late Night-bound Seth Meyers anchors his final Weekend Update, Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) returns for a third stint as host and Imagine Dragons is musical guest.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 2AFC Championship - New England Patriots v Denver Broncos
10 am — 6 am The Walking Dead marathon (AMC) | AKA “The Zombie Bowl,” forgo pigskin for human flesh with this marathon of the first two seasons. (Seasons 3 and 4A get replayed next weekend.)

11:30 am – 7 pm Top of the Lake marathon (Sundance) | If you missed Elisabeth Moss’ award-winning turn as a New Zealand detective searching for a missing pregnant girl, do yourself a favor and view this rebroadcast of the entire miniseries.

Noon Kitten Bowl (Hallmark) | The channel’s inaugural feline showdown includes obstacle courses (with lasers! and toys on strings!) and – according to a promo video – lots of “cattitude.”

3 pm Puppy Bowl (Animal Planet) | Not a cat person? Dog lovers can enjoy the channel’s 10th annual pup face-off, featuring a halftime performance by Keyboard Cat. (Should the PTC worry about a catnip slip?)

6 pm Super Bowl XLVIII (Fox) | The Seattle Seahawks go up against the Denver Broncos at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, with halftime show by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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After the Super Bowl | New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) | A special episode of New Girl finds Jess and Cece invited to one of guest star Prince’s mansion parties… which the guys decide to crash. Also RSVP’d: Victoria’s Secret models Alessandra Ambrosio and Ana Beatriz Barros and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. (Get a first look.) Then, in B99, Jake turns on Amy when he thinks she may leave the precinct to work with The Vulture (returning guest star Dean Winters, SVU). Fred Armisen (SNL) and former Washington Redskins QB Joe Theismann also appear.

9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | Rose’s surprise party for Robert courts scandal; Mary meets an old suitor.

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10 pm Sherlock (PBS) | Season finale: Holmes and Watson find themselves facing off with the loathsome Charles Augustus Magnusson (Lars Mikkelsen, The Killing) – a far too influential newspaper owner — and one of his victims. (Not yet renewed; find out its status.)

10 pm House of Lies (Showtime) | Marty deals with hip-hop clothing moguls.

10:30 pm Episodes (Showtime) | Matt’s career takes a turn while Merc pitches new shows to Carol. Jay Leno appears as himself, and Merrin Dungey (Alias) guest-stars as The Tonight Show‘s talent booker.

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22 Comments
  1. Roni says:

    Looking, SNL, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

  2. Tran 2.0 says:

    SNL with Melissa McCarthy and Seth Meyers’ final show pre-Late Night and the Super Bowl. GO BRONCOS!!

  3. Guest says:

    What about Shameless?

    • Pedro says:

      This week they’re airing a Shameless repeat because of the Super Bowl. Surprised Showtime didn’t do the same with Episodes and House of Lies

  4. Joey says:

    SNL I can’t wait to see which SNL alums will appear on Seth Meyers final show tonight. Sunday: New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

  5. Lecholls says:

    Sherlock, New Girl, and B99. Cannot wait for Sunday!

  6. TD says:

    I hope Stefon shows up to bid Seth Meyers farewell (and maybe run off with him to get married?).

    • Thea says:

      They got married for Hader’s send-off, so maybe Stefon shows up complaining about how he works too much and doesn’t spend enough time with him? lol I’ll take Bill in any capacity, but I really hope it’s as Stefon.

  7. Badpenny says:

    If the Superbowl runs long into Sherlock I’m going to get cranky. :)

    • Ing says:

      Totally agree! I am a huge football fan, but Sherlock is too damn good. Guess that is what DVRs are for! I’ll set mine just in case, but I really don’t want to have to wait to watch it!!

  8. Francine says:

    Just Shameless for me.

  9. Your synopsis for Episodes and House of Lies are for last week’s shows

  10. Thea says:

    Black Sails
    SNL
    Shameless
    House of Lies
    (I will be forced to watch the Super Bowl. And probably the Kitty and Puppy Bowls as well. *sigh*)

  11. Kay says:

    PUPPY BOWL!!!!!!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Watching the Super Bowl and DVRing Downton Abbey.

  13. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Girls was on tonight?? Weird. Was it moved because of the Superbowl? So strange they would move it for that, but yet not move it for the Golden Globes where Girls and Lena Dunham were actually nominated and had a stake in the proceedings.

    D*mn that kitten bowl. I’m gonna watch it and it’s going to make me want to go out and get a kitten, and I’ve already got two cats here that hate each other.

  14. Ginger Snap says:

    Super Bowl for me. DVR Sherlock and Downton. Go Broncos!

  15. Mary says:

    I wish Sherlock wasn’t on so late – I will instead be watching tomorrow through roku. Of course B99 on Hulu tomorrow. Since I don’t have a neilsen box, guess it doesn’t matter so much.

  16. Heathers says:

    Thanks- I was wondering if Shameless is new. I’ll be watching.

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