From a magician with a big secret to music's big night, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards – Sunday, February 10, 5 p.m. & 8:30 p.m., City & CBS
CBSKelly Clarkson has one Grammy nomination this year, and to her, it’s the one that really counts. Now a coach on The Voice, the first American Idol is up for Best Pop Vocal Album for Meaning of Life at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, which someone else with a Voice connection—Alicia Keys—will host. It all goes down live from L.A.’s iconic Staples Center on Sunday.
“When I started making this album, this literally was my goal,” friendly three-time Grammy-winner Clarkson admits of her current bid. “I know most artists want Album of the Year or Record of the Year,” she adds, “and those are awesome and really incredible, but it’s always amazing to get a vocal nomination when you’re really striving for it. So much has been going on, I forgot when it was even being announced, but I’m very excited about it.”
Kendrick Lamar leads all nominees with eight nods (mostly for masterminding the Black Panther soundtrack), followed up by Americana great Brandi Carlile with six and country’s Kacey Musgraves with four.
2. Margaret: The Rebel Princess – Sunday, February 10, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., WTVS; 10 p.m., KCTS
PBSIf you’ve seen the first two seasons of Netflix’s The Crown, then you’re already familiar with the broad strokes of the rebellious streak that lurked beneath the privileged life of the Queen’s younger sister. However, The Crown is really only the tip
of that particular iceberg. Princess Margaret, whose controversial romances and party-hearty lifestyle in swinging London during the 1960s reflected the social and sexual revolution that was transforming the western world during that defining decade. Utilizing extensive archival footage and revealing interviews, The Rebel Princess follows Margaret’s turbulent life as she redefined the public’s image of the modern princess, focusing on
how Princess Margaret’s character combined
the rebellious force of modernity and the respect for royal tradition that
was ingrained in her since birth. Part two airs Sunday, February 17th.
3. Bob's Burgers – Sunday, February 10, 8:30 p.m., Fox
FoxWhen Bob and Linda have a fight on Valentine’s Day, Louise, Gene and Tina are left confused. To keep the mood nice and light, the Belcher family decides to go see a movie, only to have their plans collapse, forcing the kids to “tell their own story as a distraction from the awkward tension.”
4. Studio 54 – Monday, February 11, 7:01 p.m. & 11:04 p.m., A&E
A&EDuring its heyday in the late 1970s, NYC’s Studio 54 was the hottest nightclub in the world, where celebs ranging from Mick Jagger to Liza Minnelli to Andy Warhol partied in style. This original documentary tells the sordid tale of the club’s high-flying success and ultimate demise from financial scandal.
5. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Tuesday, February 12, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m., Slice I Season Premiere
NBC UniversalAmidst the usual gossip, blow-ups and displays of decadence, this season also welcomes a new Housewife to the mix: Denise Richards. And indeed, the Wild Things/The World Is Not Enough actress certainly isn’t shy about letting the cameras into her life right away. Back in September she and fellow actor Aaron Phypers tied the knot, and the entire blessed event was filmed for the show. “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” Richards tells her new pals over a drink in one promo. Oh, Denise... don’t you know they’re all your enemies?
6. An Honest Liar – Tuesday, February 12, 9 p.m. & Midnight, Knowledge
KnowledgeJames Randi was a magician and escape artist—The Amazing Randi, they called him!—and he was quite good at what he did, but over the years he gradually became known less for his prestidigitation and more for his efforts as a scientific skeptic, debunking psychics and other peers who would claim a genuine connection to the Great Beyond. In this documentary, viewers are introduced to both sides of his career as well as to his personal life. With contributions from Alice Cooper, Bill Nye, Penn & Teller and others, it’s evident from the film that Randi was indeed amazing... and, at age 94, still is!
7. Dirty John – Thursday, February 14, Netflix I Series Premiere
BravoValentine’s Day is a time for romance, but if you’re not into the whole chocolate heart, rose-petal bubble bath scenario then this stranger-than-fiction true crime offering might just be the perfect anti-love potion. Based on the podcast of the same name hosted by Los Angeles Times journalist Christopher Goffard, the eight-part limited series dramatizes the ignoble deeds of con man John Meehan. Meehan (played in the series by Troy star Eric Bana) received the nickname “Dirty John” while attending the University of Arizona, where he became known f or sleeping with a slew of women and then speaking poorly of them afterwards. He had been active in the con game since he was a boy, learning from his dad how to run insurance scams and how to purposely get hit by cars. On a positive note, his first marriage seemed normal for a decade, but ended under less-than-ideal circumstances when he was arrested and sentenced to more than a year in prison.
All of that pales in comparison
to the case that was destined for pop-culture infamy, though, which began when Meehan met successful businesswoman Debra Newell (played by Nashville’s Connie Britton) via a dating app. Their whirlwind romance resulted in a Las Vegas wedding a mere two months after they began dating. (Red flag! Red flag!) Once
the honeymoon was over, that’s
when the real terror for Newell
and her two daughters began, as a game of deception, desperation and increasingly tense confrontations culminated in one of the most bizarre endings to a true crime saga you’re likely to see.
8. Little Dog – Thursday, February 14, 9:30 p.m., CBC
CBCAfter a dark start to season two, the CBC comedy continues to lighten up, detailing the raucous adventures of Tommy "Little Dog" Ross and his East Coast brood. Ginny (Vancouver's Katharine Isabelle) struggles with her son's interest in exploring his family roots while Pamela (Julia Chan) juggles Tommy's desire to bond with their own son.
9. The Umbrella Academy – Friday, February 15, Netflix I Series Premiere
NetflixA gaggle of super-powered siblings reunite following the death of their surrogate father in Netflix’s dark, quirky comic book series. Based on comics created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy begins with a life-altering event where 43 women all over the world give birth to children they were not expecting until the day their child arrives. Scientist Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) travels around the globe in an attempt to gather these children under one roof and manages to adopt seven of them.
Twelve years after they last saw each other, the six 30-somethings (something happened to No. 7) gather to bury their father, and the timing of their reunion is fortuitous, as civilization threatens to fall apart, and they are the only ones who can save it.
10. Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy – Friday, February 15, Netflix I Series Premiere
NetflixWith a resumé that includes Seinfeld, Borat and Curb Your Enthusiasm, writer-director Larry Charles knows comedy. In this new docuseries, he travels to some far-flung parts of the world, finding amazing comedians in the unlikeliest of places.