From gridiron champs to the best entertainers anywhere on Earth, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Super Bowl LIII – Sunday, February 3, 3:30 p.m., CTV, CTV2, TSN1 & CBS
CBSIt’s hard to believe that in his 14 seasons as a Dallas Cowboy, Tony Romo has never been to a Super Bowl; in fact, he owns the highest rating, 97.1, of any QB never to have played in the big game. But that drought ends for him (in
a manner of speaking) this Sunday, when he teams with CBS boothmate Jim Nantz and reporter Tracy Wolfson to call the action between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots at Super Bowl LIII from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
2. The World’s Best – Sunday, February 3, 7 p.m., CBS; 10 p.m., City & Wednesday, February 6, 8 p.m., City & CBS I Series Premiere
Facebook/The World's Best CBSThis new competition series is getting big buzz ahead of its premiere thanks to a plum post-Super Bowl timeslot, but also because of the mega-talent involved. That includes James Corden as host and exec producer, and a trio of A-list judges in Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and Faith Hill. (And here we were impressed back in the day when JLo joined Idol.) Also, working behind the scenes are legendary producers Mark Burnett (Survivor) and Mike Darnell (American Idol).
So what exactly sets The World’s Best apart? According to CBS, this show is the first of its kind in that it searches the entire globe to find the best talent across every form imaginable. Then, not only do these acts need to impress the celeb judges, they must break through “the wall of the world”—a panel of 50 accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. (But you know, no pressure or anything!)
Following its Super Bowl launch, the series settles into its regularly scheduled time slot with a two-hour episode on Wednesday.
3. The Challenge – Wednesday, February 6, 6 p.m. & 11 p.m., MTV Canada I Season Premiere
MTVThere’s no telling how H.G. Wells would feel about this year’s War of the Worlds season of the long-running Real World spinoff, but we’re pretty jazzed. 17 vets meet 17 new contestants hailing from a slew of other reality shows, making it a must-watch for reality junkies of all stripes.
4. Criminal Minds – Wednesday, February 6, 10 p.m., CTV & CBS I Season Finale
CBSIt’s wheels up for the BAU team one last time as this abbreviated 14th season comes to a close, hot on the heels of the announcement that next season’s 10-episode order will be the show’s last. Considering how many times this series has been “on the bubble” the last few years, forcing the writers to leave things open-ended, it’s nice to know cast and crew enter into next year with the clear goal of crafting a fitting sendoff for fans.
But before all that, tonight’s season-ender begins with a rare bright- and-happy moment for this exceptionally dark serial killer drama, as Rossi walks down the aisle—followed inevitably by a less happy moment involving the latest psychopath-of-the-week.
5. Supernatural – Thursday, February 7, 6 p.m. & 11 p.m., Space; 8 p.m., The CW
The CWThe Walking Dead has been his television home lately, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently made his way back to Vancouver, to help his former show mark a big milestone. Known these days as the sinister Negan, Morgan reprises the role of John Winchester—the deceased father of demon fighters Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles)—as Supernatural airs its 300th episode this coming Thursday. Titled “Lebanon,” the story is set in that Kansas town, where Dad resurfaces when his sons delve deep into the occult to help them solve a dilemma.
6. Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger – Thursday, February 7, 9 p.m. & Midnight, Knowledge
KnowledgeWith a name like Rock Hudson and looks that actually enabled him to pull off a screen name like Rock Hudson, it’s no wonder that the man born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. became a matinee idol. But when he wasn’t making his mark on the silver screen, he was living a lie, keeping his homosexuality deep in the closet. After being diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, a diagnosis confirmed to the press only a few scant months before his death, Hollywood was shaken. This film digs into the lives Hudson lived on both sides of the camera.
7. One Day at a Time – Friday, February 8, Netflix I Season Premiere
NetflixAfter a season-two finale which inspired more than a few tears, it’s practically a given at this point that the adventures of the Alvarez family will once again prove to be an emotional—yet still very funny—ride. But who would’ve figured that the first episode of season three would actually focus on a funeral? Beyond that, as was made clear in a recent promo, the relationship between Elena and Syd is still going strong, which doubtlessly will result in new trials for both of them. Alex is growing up—like, way, way up (or in other words, puberty provided him with a serious height increase)—and experimenting with pot, which probably won’t go over well with his mama. Then again, Penelope is clearly going to be a bit distracted this season: she’s in the midst of a new relationship which seems to be pretty hot and heavy.
Oh yes, and Lydia—played by the legendary Rita Moreno, still waiting for that Emmy nomination—is just as feisty as ever.
As if that isn’t enough, there’ll be some high-profile guest stars this season, too: Penelope’s cousins, Estellita and Pilar, are played by Brooklyn Nine-Nine duo Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz, and Lydia’s estranged sister, Mirta, will be brought to life by Gloria Estefan.
8. Remastered – Friday, February 8, Netflix
Facebook/Sam CookeWith songs like “You Send Me" and “Twistin’ the Night Away,” Sam Cooke
was one of the most popular soul singers of the late 1950s and early 1960s, but his success was abruptly cut short on December 11, 1963, when he was murdered at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles. In the wake of his death, however, many wondered whether the record industry tried to suppress the story of his murder because of the circumstances as well as the subsequent controversy, much as they tried suppressing his politics. It’s all explored in The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, the latest instalment of Netflix’s musical doc-anthology.
9. Hell’s Kitchen – Friday, February 8, 8 p.m., City & Fox I Season Finale
FoxIt’s a double-sized season-18 finale for Gordon Ramsay’s profanity-laden kitchen battle. The last of the rookies and vets go head-to-head for a coveted position as executive chef at Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Caesars Palace Las Vegas, where the winner will get the chance of a lifetime to carve out a career in the ultra-competitive world of fine dining.
And have no doubt, for this episode, the fiery British chef and his producers have whipped up a culinary crucible that’s guaranteed to weed out any pretenders.
First up, the final two
chefs get some “unexpected
help” in devising their menus,
before a morale-boosting
visit from their families. Then,
it’s time for the main course:
a gargantuan dinner service
at Six Flags Magic Mountain,
wherein both quality and
quantity are essential. Be prepared for a rollercoaster.
10. 2 Dope Queens – Friday, February 8, 11 p.m., HBO Canada I Season Premiere
HBOPhoebe and Jessica are back with season two of their podcast-turned-talk-show. Their first guest: Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o, who finds herself on the receiving end of a challenge by the Queens. Prepare for a braiding competition!