In TVScreener.com’s new week-in-preview column, here’s what Willis, and everyone else in TV land, will be talking about in the week ahead …
1. Super Bowl XLV
Steelers vs. Packers (Feb. 6, kick-off at 6:25PM ET, Fox), plus halftime performance by the Black Eyed Peas, the national anthem performed by Christina Aguilera, Glee star Lea Michele singing America the Beautiful and a whole sea of Terrible Towels.
2. Super Bowl Commercials
Among the advertisers rolling out big-budget ads (a 30-second spot reportedly costs $2.9 million) during the Super Bowl in Dallas: Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, GoDaddy.com, BMW, Chevy and Doritos, as well as clips for movies like Kung Fu Panda 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Thor, Super 8, Rango and Cowboys and Aliens. And, as in years past, odd celebrity pairings will be among the most buzzed about Super Bowl ads, as Roseanne and Richard Lewis star in a Snickers spot that’s a continuation of last year’s Betty White/Abe Vigoda clips, while Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne (for reals) co-star in a commercial for Best Buy.
3. Puppy Bowl VII
Puppies, kittens, chicken cheerleaders, hamsters on the flyover blimp, the Kitten Halftime Show and the debut of the Puppy Cam, with a puppy-eye-view of the action on the field, make up the most adorable special of the year, the Puppy Bowl (Feb. 6, 3PM, Animal Planet). And be sure to stick around for the post-game awarding of the MVP – Most Valuable Puppy – award.
4. A Glee-ful Super Bowl Aftershow
The Glee gang landed the cushy post-Super Bowl spot on Fox with an episodes titled “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle.” The installment, the most expensive in the show’s history with a budget between $3-5 million, promises to deliver, with a New Directions spin on Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, a guest appearance by Katie Couric and an homage to Katy Perry‘s California Gurls video.
5. A Wayne’s World Reunion?
Hey, if Saturday Night Live can wrangle the real Mark Zuckerberg to meet up with the movie (The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg) and TV (SNL Zuckerberg impressionist Andy Samberg) versions of Zuckerberg, it’s possible that Mike Myers might pop in this Saturday night (11:30PM, NBC) when his fellow SNL alum, and Wayne’s World co-star, Dana Carvey hosts the show for the first time since 2000, right? Sure, the two aren’t actually pals in real life (as detailed in that 2008 Entertainment Weekly article that shed some unflattering light on Myers’ personal relationships with his business cohorts), but it’s not like they couldn’t both use the buzz such a reunion would stir. At the very least, we’re almost certain to see the return of the Church Chat lady.
6. Charlie’s Angels II
It’s never too early to look at next TV season, and already, one of the most anticipated series is ABC’s remake of Charlie’s Angels. Robert Wagner (awesome) has already signed on as the voice of Charlie, Dexter/Veronica Mars/Vampire Diaries director Marcos Siega will direct the pilot, Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are writing and producing the redo and Friday Night Lights alum Minka Kelly just joined Rachael Taylor (who debuts as Callie’s obstetrician in the Feb. 3 episode of Grey’s Anatomy) and General Hospital‘s Annie Ilonzeh as the new Angels.
7. This Charlie’s No Angel
A porn-watching marathon with a porn star, a briefcase full of cocaine, a trip to the hospital, another trip to rehab and a hiatus for Two and a Half Men … that’s Charlie Sheen‘s latest mess, but the headline on this Hollywood Reporter story puts it in a far better perspective: “Charlie Sheen’s Top 5 Scandals of the Past 5 Months.” The fact that his most recent skanky shenanigans have to be narrowed down to a top 5 truly does say it all.
8. Cousin Jeri?
Facts of Life and Deadwood star Geri Jewell reveals in her upcoming autobiography I’m Walking as Straight as I Can that she is gay. The actress and stand-up comedienne, who was born with cerebral palsy, became the first person with a disability to have a regular role on a primetime TV series with her performance as Blair’s cousin Jeri on Facts. Her book will be released on April 1 from ECW Press.
9. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion, Part II
They’ve obviously saved the biggest dramas for Tuesday night’s conclusion (10PM, Bravo), during which we find out exactly what happened between Lisa, hubby Ken and their former houseguest/friend Cedric, as well as the alleged Kim Richards drinking problem that most of the cast members – including Kim’s sister Kyle – have been rudely alluding to every chance they get.
10. Jersey Shore Stars: The Butts of Their Own Jokes
Last week, it was about Deena and the rumor her Ronnie-alike hook-up started about her alleged fondness for a sexual act that no amount of Ron Ron Juice could make appealing. This week, it’s all about the butt again, as Ronnie, the real one, asks Sammi to accompany him to the doctor after sharing with her that he’s got anal bleeding issues. See the clip below, which is uncomfortable to watch, not only because of poor Ronnie’s exam, but also because of the – is it glee? – with which Sammi discusses boyfriend Ronnie’s sitch. On another note, how do you know that it might be time to consider the possibility that your career has taken an unfortunate turn somewhere along the way? When it becomes necessary to use the phrase “anal bleeding” to describe a reality TV show.
Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIV between the Saints and Colts will be a fine game, The Who halftime performance should rock and it’s always fun to see what which company comes up with the coolest and/or most controversial commercial. But the thing I’m looking most forward to on Super Bowl Sunday? Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl VI.
This year’s doggie bowl (3PM ET) promises to be as cute as Puppy Bowls past, with one very notable, adorable addition: cheerleaders. Bunny cheerleaders! There’s also a new Twizzler’s Blimp – piloted by hamsters! – that will provide aerial shots of the action. So. Cute.
As for the starting lineup for the big game, it’s tough to decide who’s cuter: Bandit, the Border Collie mix; Blaze, the Australian Shepherd Mix; Chamomile, the Boxer mix; Chloe, the Labrador Retriever Mix; Dixon, a German Shepherd/Collie Mix; Duncan, a Beagle; Jake, a Chihuahua/Pug Mix; Jersey Boy, a Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier Mix; Mason, a German Shepherd/Collie Mix or Naomi, Akita/Labrador Retriever/Boxer Mix. Kitties, meanwhile, will provide half-time entertainment in an all-new Bissell Kitty Half-Time Show.
And, as usual, the puppies participating in the game are shelter pooches, and the Puppy Bowl Website provides a great resource list of animal shelters in the United States where more dogs and cats are available to be adopted into loving homes.
Check out the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl VI Website for cool behind-the-scenes clips on the making of the annual special, previews of the game and halftime show and pics of the complete Puppy Bowl VI starting lineup.
Charlie Sheen, Russell Brand and Louis C.K. are getting most of the attention, but I’m most excited that one of the best new shows of last TV season — Wilfred — returns for its second season on FX tonight (10PM ET). Season one of the series ended with a cliffhanger — had Ryan (Elijah Wood) […]