What to Watch Sunday: The Olympics End, Nancy & Tonya, Downton Finale, a New Race and More

About a Boy NBC PremiereOn 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.


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.)

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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.

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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.

sochi-olympics-closing-ceremonies8:30 pm XXII Winter Olympics (NBC) | From Fisht Olympic Stadium, the Sochi Games come to a close (sniff), and the flag is passed to Pyeongchang, South Korea, where the 2018 games will be held.

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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?

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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.

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from this weekend’s lineup!

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  1. DL says:

    Is True Detective not on this weekend, or just omitted?

    • Simon Jester says:

      Looks like it’s a repeat of last week’s episode. :-(

      • Jared says:

        Actually, per HBO’s schedule, Episode 6 of True Detective (“Haunted Houses”) is running on Sunday, February 23rd at 9 PM as scheduled. HBO is running a repeat of “The Secret Fate of All Life on Saturday at 4:15 PM – maybe that’s where the uncertainy set in.

        As for why True Detective isn’t listed in the post above, the author probably just didn’t mention it in order to provide exposure to some other shows. Looking, House of Lies, and Episodes are all slated to air new episodes on Sunday, but they aren’t listed here either.

  2. Marcinho11 says:

    Really hope that About A Boy doesn’t flop like all David Walton shows.

  3. c-mo says:

    Really looking forward to AaB! Also watching the Closing Ceremony and maybe GUF but it’s gotten such bad reviews that I just might wait.

  4. Tran 2.0 says:

    Amazing Race All-Stars. Which team do you predict won’t make it to the starting line? My prediction and I hate to say this: Brendon & Rachel :-(

  5. Ded says:

    I’m going to try Ripper Street ’cause I really miss Copper.

  6. OkieDokie says:

    Does it mean lack of confidence to premiere a show at that time?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Leading out of the Olympics and its ~20 million viewers? No, I think it means NBC is giving these shows the best sampling platform possible. And ABOUT A BOY, at least, deserves it.

  7. Tomaz says:

    Is Looking on this weekend? I am hooked!!

  8. Eric7740 says:

    Amazing Race: All-Stars
    Nancy and Tonya

  9. Olympic Hell says:

    WOOHOO – Sunday is the closing ceremonies and we get back to a normal TV schedule

  10. Anna says:

    Looking forward to About a Boy- hope it doesn’t disappoint.
    Will also watch some Olympics, especially the ice skating gala featuring Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky!

  11. Lisa says:

    I’m going to watch About a Boy, but I’m actually really looking forward to Growing Up Fisher. I happen to be a blind individual myself, and since this show is based on the writer’s own life, I have high hopes that the show will adequately portray a blind person. Tv and movies almost always misrepresent blind people. I’m sorry to see it’s gotten some bad reviews so far, but I’m giving it a shot, because the previews look amusing. I never judge a show based on the first two episodes, so I tend to give a show that appeals to me a shot, regardless of the reviews.

  12. Luli101 says:

    Nooooo! Not Downton already….good thing The Good Wife will be back in a few weeks. I really need a life :)

  13. Gaara says:

    True Detective
    The Walking Dead

  14. Joey says:

    Check out About A Boy. Sunday Walking Dead, Talking Dead, and Comic Book Men.

  15. Cathy says:

    About a Boy was good; the real star of the show is the kid, though. He’s worth watching.

  16. Steve says:

    True Detective
    The Walking Dead
    House of Lies

  17. DanielleZ says:

    True Detective

  18. spartan says:

    Feels like “Downton Abbey” just resumed, and now it’s ending?! Not a fan of these super-short seasons.

  19. benis says:

    Shameless (most underrated show on tv, period)
    House of Lies (another greatly underrated show)
    Walking Dead
    True Detective