From grid iron champs to red carpet sirens, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Super Bowl LII – Sunday, February 4, 3 p.m., CTV & NBC
NBC SportsThe Philadelphia Eagles look to take home their first-ever Super Bowl trophy, challenging last year’s champs, the New England Patriots, in a re-match of competitors from the same game in 2004. Justin Timberlake headlines the halftime show and Pink performs the American national anthem at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2. This Is Us — Sunday, February 4, 7:15 p.m., CTV & NBC; Tuesday, February 6, 9 p.m., CTV & NBC
CTVThere are plenty of reasons for this hit family drama to nab the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot, and the fact that the Pearson clan are steadfast Steelers fans is just one of them. This Is Us is already one of the most-watched programs on TV, but with football’s biggest night as its lead-in, expect a sizable ratings spike when the series airs this special Sunday episode. Details are still sparse, but pretty much every show that lands in this slot swings
for the fences, plot-wise (see the bomb-defusing surgery on Grey’s Anatomy and a Prince cameo on The New Girl). Note: This Is Us will air another new episode in its regular timeslot on Tuesday.
3. LA to Vegas — Tuesday, February 6, 9 p.m., City & Fox
CityCaptain Dave makes
the mistake of upsetting the cleaning crew, and when they leave behind a smelly “present,” he and Bernard have to figure out where it’s hidden. In other news, Colin and Ronnie look for a teddy bear and Artem takes Nichole to poker school.
4. Queer Eye – Wednesday, February 7, Netflix | Season Premiere
NetflixBack in 2003, a group of gay men known as the Fab Five arrived on the airwaves and used their singular senses of style to revitalize the clothes, homes and food of people in desperate need of a “make-better.” It was called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (eventually shortened to Queer Eye, to allow these saviours to help walking style disasters of any stripe), and it helped shape the still-burgeoning landscape of reality TV. Now, as they’ve done for so many other series, Netflix is reviving Queer Eye, moving it from New York to Atlanta and recruiting a whole new Fab Five to “forge relationships with men and women from a wide array
of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from LGBTQ rights and social commentary to how to make the best farm-to-table guacamole.” Your heroes include food and wine man Antoni Porowski, grooming guru Jonathan Van Ness, design doctor Bobby Berk, culture vulture Karamo Brown and fashion savant Tan France.
5. 2018 Olympic Winter Games – Wednesday, February 7, 3:30 p.m., CBC
CBC SportsThe 23rd Olympic Winter Games kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea. Gracenote Sports projects Canada finishing with 28 medals (our highest-ever Winter Games total) on the strength of speed skating, snowboarding, curling and hockey.
6. Big Brother: Celebrity Edition – Wednesday, February 7 to Friday, February 9, 8 p.m., Global & CBS | Series Premiere
Since host Julie Chen announced last September that the American version of Big Brother would premiere its first-ever Celebrity Edition, rampant speculation began regarding who would take part in this Orwellian experience. Now, we know. The cast includes reality TV stars Omarosa and Brandi Glanville, The Cosby Show alum Keshia Knight Pulliam, pop star/TV host Mark McGrath and UFC fighter Chuck Liddell. And those contestants are going to feel right at home. Unlike the colourful playground Big Brother usually creates for its summer run, this house is designed to feel like a mansion plucked straight out of the Hollywood Hills.
7. Knightfall – Wednesday, February 7, 10 p.m., History | Season Finale
HistoryThe epic story of the fall of the Knights Templar reaches its first-season finale, as the Templars find themselves completely outnumbered, fighting the battle of their lives against the Red Knights.
8. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – Wednesday, February 7, 10:30 p.m., Comedy | Season Premiere
While there are still plenty
of reasons to berate the late-night landscape for the woefully insufficient number of female hosts, viewers can take comfort in knowing that the lone female voice
in the late-night wars, Canadian-born Daily Show alum Samantha Bee, is returning for a new season. There’s no telling what we’ll see next, but if you haven’t tuned in recently, the show’s correspondents kicked off 2018 with a bang, competing in a “Full Frontal Apology Race”—a competition which found them travelling around the globe in an effort to make amends for things that President Trump may have
said. (We don’t know how many individuals on the show’s staff were ultimately treated for exhaustion, but we’re reasonably presuming that the numbers were substantial.)
9. Seeing Allred – Friday, February 9, Netflix
NetflixGiven the flurry of projects focusing on O.J. Simpson in the last year or so, it’s likely that most people are familiar with attorney Gloria Allred, but directors Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman look beyond the sensational headlines of the so-called “Trial of the Century” to explore the life and times of a woman who has kept feminism alive and well in the courtroom from the very beginning of her career. The Simpson trial certainly wasn’t the beginning of Allred’s story—she started the law firm Allred, Maroko & Goldberg in 1976—but it definitely served to raise her profile, and she continued to remain in the headlines as a result of representing actress Hunter Tylo when she was fired from Melrose Place after getting pregnant. (Tylo walked away with a $4.8 million settlement.) More recently, Allred has been defending some of Bill Cosby’s alleged victims. “I feel fortunate that Seeing Allred captures my passion and battle for justice for many victims of injustice,” Allred said in a statement in November, when Netflix originally picked up the rights to the documentary. “The courage that my clients demonstrate, in speaking truth to power, inspires me every day as we fight together.”
10. Red Carpet Icons – Friday, February 9, 7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., E!
E OnlineOne of the best things about watching awards shows is the pre-show red carpets. And as more and more Hollywood galas have popped up on TV, there’s been a correlative increase in swanky crimson-coloured walks to prelude them, where celebs can show off their bold fashion, hair and makeup choices. With so many well-attended ceremonies around, standing out can be a difficult feat, one which the two subjects of these back-to-back instalments have totally nailed. In the first new episode, E!’s team of experts count down all of Beyoncé’s most jaw-dropping red carpet moments, breaking down all of the reasons why she’s become known far and wide as Queen Bey. Then, stay tuned for the second half- hour, in which the experts turn their critical eyes to Rihanna and all of her game-changing fashion choices.