New Jersey weather permitting, the biggest TV event of the coming week is Sundays 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).
• Also on Sunday, Animal Planets popular Puppy Bowl will be challenged by the Hallmark Channels 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 theres 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.
• NBCs 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 doesnt actually happen until Friday, Feb. 7.