TV Heartbeat! It’s Super Bowl Sunday with a Side of Superhero Smackdown! Scandal is Back! The Outlander Preview!

Are you ready for some football? The big TV event of the week is clearly the Super Bowl, but there’s plenty more to watch this week!

ABC is happy to have Shondaland back! Their self-proclaimed TGIT (Thank Goodness It’s Thursday) is new again with fresh episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.  What happened to Olivia?!?!

Scandal Kerry Washington

Meanwhile, Parenthood has its series finale on Thursday nights. Say goodbye to the Bravermans! Break out the tissues…


Red Band Society starts its final run on a new night – Saturday. Yeah, Fox moved it to the TV graveyard. Next week the final two episodes will air to cap off the show.

Sunday will be all about the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and who has the most entertaining commercials (who paid roughly $4MM for 30 seconds). Idina Menzel will open with the national anthem (it’d be great if they got John Travolota to introduce her!), John Legend will sing “America the Beautiful” and then look for a halftime show with Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz (and probably additional guests).

Super Bowl logoFor even more fun during the game, follow Chris Evans and Chris Pratt on twitter as Captain America and Star-Lord champion their home teams. Pratt will not only be cheering on the Seahawks, but he’ll also be looking for the debut of a new Jurassic World trailer during the game.

NBC will follow up the Super Bowl with an endless post-game show and then a new episode of The Blacklist which will move to Thursdays next week.


ABC debuts Fresh Off the Boat, a new comedy about an Asian-American family adjusting to life in Orlando. Buzz is good on this show which has gone through a couple of different titles. A rose by any other name…right?

Fresh off the boat

Tonight: The Americans season debut (FX), Suits season debut (USA), Web Therapy season finale (Showtime), SNL Rewind: 2015 Mega Marathon (VH1)
Thursday: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder return (ABC), The Biggest Loser season finale (NBC), Parenthood series finale (NBC)
Saturday: Beautiful and Twisted debut (Lifetime), Red Band Society on a new night (Fox)
Sunday: Super Bowl (NBC), The Blacklist (NBC)
Tuesday: Being Mary Jane season premiere (BET)
Wednesday: Fresh Off the Boat debut (ABC), Broadchurch season premiere (BBC America), Earth: A New Wild debut (BBC America)


ICYMI, Starz previewed the first minute of the next episode during the second season premiere of Black Sails! We’re still months away from the April 4th premiere of the second half of the season, but it’s great to see this little teaser which signals how much more of Jamie we’ll see in the coming episodes!

Health check

No big news on the health of your favorite shows this week. Looks like a general holding pattern as the new shows are getting settled in.

HBO renewed Togetherness for a second season and we should hear about Empire’s renewal any moment now. That show is the biggest breakthrough hit of the season so it’ll be interesting to see if Fox orders a bigger second season since the first is 12 episodes.

Empire Cookie and Lucious Stay tuned!

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