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What TV Events To Look For In February

Mike Vulpo |
January 30, 2011 | 5:21 p.m. PST


Super Bowl XLV (NFL)
Super Bowl XLV (NFL)
Super Bowl 45 (February 6)

The most watched television event by Americans is almost here. Sure the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will fight it out in what is expected to be a great Super Bowl game. However, for the non-sports fans, game day means memorable commercials that companies pay at least one million dollars for 30 second time slots. What will Doritos and Bud Light do this year? Finally, this year’s halftime show has the Black Eyed Peas performing, quite a change from last year’s performance from The Who.
“Glee” Post Super Bowl Special (February 6)

The coveted post-game show for this year’s Super Bowl is none other than “Glee.” Fox hopes this episode can get some new viewers, including macho men who think “Glee” is too feminine, to tune in. The episode will feature an elaborate song-and-dance number choreographed to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll.” The performance takes place during halftime of the episode’s football championship game filmed in Long Beach, CA. The show’s budget is the highest yet with an estimated total cost between $3-5 million.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (February 13)

Known as the biggest night in music, the Grammy’s will bring almost every performer you hear on the radio together for one night. Justin Bieber, Usher and Jaden Smith are expected to perform together. All five Album of the Year nominees are set to perform during the show: Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Bruno Mars and Lady Antebellum lead the way with the most nominations. The show airs live from the Staples Center on CBS.

 “Real Housewives of New York City” (February 15)

After an impressive season three with alliances drawn- Jill, Kelly and LuAnn vs. Bethenny, Ramona and Alex- the New York ladies are back. Bethenny is out and continuing her own show (more on that later), but Cindy Barshop is in. In the season trailer, we see a girls’ trip to Morocco, LuAnn with a new man and Sonja and Alex butting heads at a dinner party. Without Bethenny, the entire cast has some huge shoes to fill. Here’s to hoping Ramona can be crazy as ever and Jill can stop crying.

“Our America with Lisa Ling” (February 16)

Former host of “The View” and current contributor to the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” Lisa Ling is known for reporting on important issues world-wide many news organizations choose not to cover. In her new show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ling will explore controversial, taboo issues in the United States such as sex offenders, online brides and sexual orientation. With each episode, Ling hopes Americans will gain a new perspective on issues many are too uncomfortable to talk about.

The 52nd Academy Awards (February 27)

The announcement of James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosting this year’s Oscars brought plenty of huh responses. However, for any movie fan, this awards show is the highest in honor and most important. Sure there are the boring categories such as costume design and makeup- no offense to those working in the profession. Nonetheless, viewers should tune in to see if Natalie Portman will win for “Black Swan” or perhaps Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech.” There’s also the award for best picture where 10 of your favorite movies are nominated. “Toy Story 3,” “The Social Network,” “Inception”- who will win? You have to tune in to find out.

“Bethenny Ever After” (February 28)

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes another season of Bethenny Frankel’s own show. Frankel is content with life as a mom to baby Bryn and wife to Jason Hoppy. However, with a stint on “Skating with the Stars” and working nonstop on yoga DVDS, books and the SkinnyGirl Brand, you can count on Frankel to have some crazy, freak-out moments. Frankel is Bravo’s A-list star and doesn’t need girl fights or weddings to keep viewers interested. This show can not be missed.



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