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.
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.
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.
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.
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