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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS, 7:30 p.m.): Since the dawn of civilization, tones and rhythms arranged in a pleasant fashion have delighted mankind. But it wasn’t until 1958 that the bold innovators of the Recording Academy thought to honor these tones and rhythms with miniature, metallic replicas of gramophones. To honor that tradition, The A.V. Club gathers once more in its virtual living room to livechat the Grammys. Join us for music’s biggest night that insists on being recognized as music’s biggest night!



The Simpsons (Fox, 8 p.m.): Timeliness alert: The Simpsons presents a Google Glass-based episode mere days after Homeland Security hassled that guy for wearing his Glass in a movie theater. Dennis Perkins believes this can only mean one thing: The conspiracy to dissolve your inalienable right to wear a doofy piece of technology wherever you please goes all the way to the top (of the Simpsons writers’ room)!

Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 8:30 p.m.): The Belchers didn’t get an invite to Fox’s Super Bowl party (theirs must’ve gone to Prince), but that isn’t stopping the family from producing a commercial to run during the big game. Pilot Viruet reminds you that phrases like “the big game” only exist to prevent the NFL from filing costly intellectual property lawsuits.

Shameless (Showtime, 9 p.m.): Pushed to drastic actions by his rapidly failing liver, Frank takes to stalking his previously unseen eldest daughter. Which, if Joshua Alston had to make a list of “Worst things done by a Gallagher,” wouldn’t even end up in the top 10. 



True Detective (HBO, 9 p.m.)
Downton Abbey (PBS, 9 p.m.)
Sherlock (PBS, 9:58 p.m.)
Girls (HBO, 10 p.m.)
Looking (HBO, 10:30 p.m.)



Doctor Who (11 a.m.): David Tennant’s first season in the TARDIS begins in earnest, guiding Alasdair Wilkins to “New Earth” before he must fight “Tooth And Claw” with a very hairy adversary.


The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): Child-protective services has temporarily placed David Sims in the custody of the Flanders. Please forgive him if he’s a little groggy today: He’s getting over a rough Saturday night of Bombardment (YAY!) Of Bible Questions (YAAAAAAY!).


The Bachelor: Sean And Catherine’s Wedding (ABC, 8 p.m.): A wedding on a Sunday? How’s anyone supposed to have any fun at this sacred ceremony orchestrated by a reality show?


Brian Boitanos Italian Adventure (Cooking, 8 p.m.): What would Brian Boitano do? Travel to his ancestral home and prepare an elaborate Italian feast, apparently.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (VH1, 6:30 p.m.): Grammy winners on film, part one: Angela Bassett plays Tina Turner, who took home the Record of the Year honors for the song that gave this movie its name. (Bassett herself took home some hardware for the performance, along with an Oscar nod.)


In Time (FXX, 9 p.m.): Grammy winners on film, part two: In line with this film’s “time is money” concept, taking home a few mini record players tonight will surely add some hours to the glowing green clock on the forearm of In Time star Justin Timberlake.

2014 NFL Pro Bowl: Team Rice Vs. Team Sanders (NBC, 7:30 p.m.): Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders put a new spin on pro football’s all-star game, each selecting a squad of the NFL’s best. Too bad they didn’t do this in 1994, when Team Sanders could’ve actually been nothing but Neon Deion.



Angela Chase better teach Jordan Catalano to read—and quick—because Todd VanDerWerff is giving My So-Called Life the One Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes treatment. Both characters would need to brush-up on 20th century politics to comprehend the cartoons at the center of Herblock—The Black & The White—fortunately, Phil Dyess-Nugent is here to decode the work of the man otherwise known as Herbert Block.



Black Sails (Saturdays): Avast! Weekend TV Club just got 85 percent more swashbuckling, thanks to Starz’s new pirate series. Read Rowan Kaiser’s review for absolutely no instances of the exclamation “Yarr!”


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