Saturday, February 4, 2012

What to watch when you could care less about the Super Bowl

Not everyone dreams of the big game day in the same way.

You know, that overblown extravaganza of food, football and Madonna in floozy mode?

Some people, no matter how the media tries to manipulate them the other way, actually prefer to pretend that the Super Bowl doesn’t exist.

After all, since the majority of networks shy away from programming new episodes of anything currently on the air – Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ and PBS’ ‘Downtown Abbey’ being the notable exceptions this year – we’re essentially stuck with marathons of older shows to fill the television void.

With that in mind, I put together a listing of what to watch when you don’t want to watch football.

My personal favorite, by the way, is Animal Planet’s ‘Puppy Bowl VIII’ – which essentially just puts a pile of puppies on a fake field and lets them play for an entire afternoon. That’s better than watching overpriced athletes in an overblown production any day of the week – for me at least.

So, here’s a list of alternative programming for your enjoyment:

Kitchen Nightmares – The CMT is running the show from 6 p.m. to 3 p.m. so viewers can get their share of foul-mouthed fun with Chef Gordon Ramsey.

Best of I Love The ‘80s/90s’ – VHI is running the perennial pop culture favorite from 1 to 5 p.m.
Puppy Bowl VIII – Animal Planet will play the “game” in a loop from 3 p.m. Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday.

Absolutely Fabulous – The long running British sitcom has a devoted following and the BBC is banking on the fact that if you like British humor, you probably don’t like football. The marathon runs from 10 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

High School Musical – This one is probably more for teenage girls, but Disney is running all three of the musical monstrosities from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Being Human – Sadly, this is the Americanized show and not the vastly superior British version. SyFy is showing 13 episodes from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bring It On-Athon – ABC Family wants viewers to be aggressive with a marathon of episodes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Law and Order – TNT is running the original crime procedural from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cupcake Wars – The Food Network is hoping some viewers have a sweet tooth and tune in from 6 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday.

Real Housewives – Bravo is doing counter-programming for those who think this type of show is entertaining. Thankfully, I don’t know anyone that will be watching between noon Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday.

Swamp People – The engrossing History Channel show is running episodes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – so people can have their fill of the swamp and still watch football if they so choose.

Law and Order: SVU – USA Network is running episodes of the sexual deviant procedural from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Movies Women Want – At least that’s what TBS is terming their programming slate of movies that includes ‘What Women Want,’ ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’ and ‘The Perfect Man,’ among others. The movies start at 9:15 a.m. and run through 8 p.m.

Oxygen – The women’s television channel is running ‘America’s Next Top Model’ from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., ‘Snapped’ from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’ from 11 p.m. Sunday until 2 a.m. Monday.

Soapnet – The network hasn’t changed their scheduling, but they offer blocks of ‘Brothers and Sisters,’ ‘One Tree Hill,’ ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ throughout the day.

By the way, after seeing all these photos, I defy you to not be intrigued by the 'Puppy Bowl.'


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