TV Picks

TV picks for the week ahead

bcain@newsobserver.comJanuary 30, 2014 

Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII gets some competition from the Hallmark Channel's "Kitten Bowl" and the tenth "Puppy Bowl" on Animal Planet.

HALLMARK CHANNEL

New Jersey weather permitting, the biggest TV event of the coming week is Sunday’s Super Bowl, with the Denver Broncos taking on the Seattle Seahawks in frigid East Rutherford. Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at halftime. The pregame show starts at 2 p.m. on Fox, and the game gets underway at 6. Special episodes of “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” air after (approximately 10:30).

Other highlights

• Also on Sunday, Animal Planet’s popular “Puppy Bowl” will be challenged by the Hallmark Channel’s first “Kitten Bowl.” “Kitten Bowl” features two preliminary rounds of kitten play, followed by a championship match in which determined kitties try to scratch out a big win. You also get kitty-player profiles and a look at locker room strategy sessions. Not sure if there’s a Russell Whiskers on the roster, but there is a Feline Manning. “Puppy Bowl” follows pretty much the same format. Both are incredibly cute, and both collaborate with no-kill animal shelters and get the animals adopted out to good homes. “Kitten Bowl” starts at noon and repeats all day. “Puppy Bowl” starts at 3 p.m. and also repeats throughout the day.

• On Tuesday, UNC-TV will air an American Experience documentary called “The Amish Shunned,” which chronicles the Amish practice of shunning those who leave their faith.

The film explores the experiences of individuals who have left their communities and also includes Amish men and women who share the heartbreak they feel when a loved one leaves.

• NBC’s prime-time coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics begins Thursday night with preliminary rounds of snowboarding, freestyle skiing and figure skating.

This is the first of 18 consecutive days of Olympics on NBC. The opening ceremony doesn’t actually happen until Friday, Feb. 7.

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