It’s the 2014 Winter Olympics vs. Super Skyscrapers vs. The Walking Dead vs. The Beatles. Who will win the What Else is On battle royale?
Wednesday, February 5
PBS explores extreme architecture in a new four-part documentary series called Super Skyscrapers. In tonight’s premiere, the 1776-foot structure at One World Trade Center will be examined. The building will be the tallest building in the western hemisphere (for the time being, anyway). The show is scheduled for 10pm, but check your local listings.
Thursday, February 6
After some preliminary Olympic coverage from Sochi in primetime, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno will say goodbye (again) to its titular host. Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks will be the show’s final guests, in a perfect encapsulation of the show’s point of view. The real fun will begin Friday, when we see if the world of late night gets upended again at the behest of Jay. The show is scheduled for 11:35pm (though the Olympics may cause a delay in Eastern and Central).
Friday, February 7
The 2014 Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia will officially get underway with this broadcast of the opening ceremony. Unfortunately, a live stream of the ceremony will not be available. With major social politics swirling around the host country, it will be interesting to see how this coverage compares to the edited opening ceremony of the 2012 games from London. The show begins at 7:30pm.
Saturday, February 8
Hallmark movies that crib from The Simpsons might be awesome. This week’s premiere, Chance at Romance, features a woman who gets involved in an online romance, only to find out that her potential beau was actually his kid impersonating him. I’m not gonna lie, I will probably DVR this. The movie premieres at 7pm.
Sunday, February 9
CBS will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion with the special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles. This special will highlight the Fab Four’s first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show and its profound change on the music industry. The special begins at 8pm.
Also, The Walking Dead is back, y’all! Check out our archive to get caught up on the (improbable) events of the first half of the season and be sure to read Clare’s recounting of events on Monday.