On TV this weekend: About a Boy sneaks out in early, the NAACP hands out Image Awards, BET handles a Scandal-thon, the torch goes out on the Winter Olympics and Downton Abbey delivers finale drama. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
11 am — 9 pm Scandal (BET) | Need to catch up on Season 3 before the drama returns on Feb. 27? You’re in luck: This marathon will include the current season’s first 10 episodes.
8 pm XXII Winter Olympics (NBC) | The final night of primetime coverage (say it ain’t so!) includes Alpine skiing, snowboarding and speed skating.
9 pm NAACP Image Awards (TV One) | Hosted by Anthony Anderson (Guys With Kids), this awards show recognizes achievements in film, television, music, literature and social justice. (Check out the nominees from Scandal, Grey’s, Sleepy Hollow and other TV shows.)
9 pm Ripper Street (BBC America) | Season 2 premiere: After a sergeant is found hurled from a window, the investigation leads Detective Inspector Reid to discover a new and powerful opiate.
11 pm About a Boy (NBC) | Commercial-free premiere: Based on Nick Hornby’s bestseller (and adapted from the 2002 Hugh Grant flick), this comedy follows Will Freeman (David Walton, New Girl), a onetime writer of a hit song and lover of the single life. But his charmed existence is turned on its head when single mom Fiona (Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting) and her son Marcus (Benjamin Stockham, 1600 Penn) move in next door. (The regular time-slot premiere is Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9/8c.)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
7 pm Nancy & Tonya (NBC) | Exactly 20 years after the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, sportscaster Mary Carillo revisits the infamous ladies’ figure skating competition of that year, which linked Tonya Harding to a brutal attack on Nancy Kerrigan. The doc will include an exclusive sit-down with Kerrigan, a one-on-one interview with Harding and probably more drama than even The Bachelor can stir up.
8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Season 24 premiere: Past favorites return for the show’s All-Star season… though it pains me to know “Brenchel” is considered an all-star team. (Check out the full roster.)
8 pm Dallas (TNT) | Just in time for Monday’s Season 3 premiere, play catch-up with a 25-hour marathon of every episode to date.
9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | Two-hour season finale: Lady Rose meets the Prince of Wales, while trouble plagues Cora’s mother, brother and others.
9 pm Shameless (Showtime) | Guardianship duties fall upon Lip, who gets some unexpected assistance. (Perhaps this good news will also help?)
9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | A number of immediate threats plague Rick. So… business as usual?
10 pm Girls (HBO) | During a GQ interview, Tony winner Patti LuPone warns Hannah about Adam’s new career path.
10:30 pm Growing Up Fisher (NBC) | Series premiere: Ever heard of a family that’s brought closer by divorce? If not, meet the Fishers: Blind patriarch Mel (The Closer’s J.K. Simmons), mom Joyce (Dharma & Greg’s Jenna Elfman), teenage daughter Katie and 11-year-old Henry, who is crestfallen when a seeing eye dog threatens to break the bond he has with his father. (The regular time-slot premiere is Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30/8:30c.)
10:30 pm Episodes (Showtime) | Matt’s former stalker loses interest in him; Carol’s dreams are dashed.
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