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The week ahead on TV

January 23, 2014 

Change Begins Within Concert

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two surviving Beatles, will reunite at this year’s Grammys.


  • Other highlights

    • Friday at 9 p.m. on UNC-TV, the story of writer Pamela Travers and her popular character, Mary Poppins. “The Real Mary Poppins” will be especially interesting to those who have seen the new film “Saving Mr. Banks,” which presents a fictionalized version of Walt Disney’s efforts to make the “Mary Poppins” film with the aid of the cantankerous Travers.

    • Monday at 9 p.m. on HBO, the documentary “Herblock – The Black & the White” details the life of political cartoonist Herbert Block’s 55 years at The Washington Post – a legacy marked by three Pulitzer Prizes, the coveted Medal of Freedom and a crucial role in exposing the Watergate scandal.

    • The State of the Union Address takes over the airwaves on Tuesday starting at 9 on all network broadcast channels and cable news channels. If you’re into avoidance, “Justified” airs at 10 p.m. on FX.

    • Wednesday night brings the season finale of “American Horror Story: Coven” at 10 p.m. on FX, opposite “Hawking,” a documentary chronicling the life and career of Stephen Hawking, the world’s most influential living scientist. That airs on UNC-TV.

The Grammy Awards show always delivers a few water-cooler moments, and this year’s reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr promises to be epic. In addition to that performance by the only two surviving Beatles, expect music from Taylor Swift, Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Lorde. If you prefer your music a little more old school, the Grammys will serve up some Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Stevie Wonder, Carole King and the bands Chicago and Metallica. The show, hosted by LL Cool J, airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

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