Super Sunday TV: Roman Numerology

puppy-bowlRoman numerals have their biggest day of the year with not only the hype surrounding Super Bowl LIII (CBS, 6:30 p.m.) between a couple of teams with little national love, the Los Angeles Rams vs. the New England Patriots, but also Puppy Bowl XV (Animal Planet, 3 p.m.) and Kitten Bowl VI (Hallmark, 2 p.m.). New this year is the unpalatable new “Dr. Pimple Popper: The Poppy Bowl” (TLC, 5 p.m.), which is essentially a six hour marathon of the best from previous episodes, with updates.

You could even refer to the lackluster halftime performer as Maroon V. Travis Scott and Big Boi will try to help out.

The big post-game slot is being used to debut what looks to be a slight variant in the internationally flavored “America’s Got Talent: Champions.” The new “The World’s Best” (CBS, approximately 10:30 p.m.) has 50 international “experts” who each have one vote compared to the dubious Security Council of Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and RuPaul. The acts are the usual kind of acrobats, singers, and revved up vaudeville acts that hardly qualify as the global best. And host James Corden will do his best to mug his way into the acts and into prime time, as the show takes a Wednesday night slot.

Will anyone have the endurance to see the special Sunday night edition of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS, approximately midnight)? If so, the guests include Conan O’Brien and James Taylor in addition to unnamed surprise guests.

The first episode of the upcoming new series “Hanna” (Amazon Prime, streaming) gets a sneak preview tonight for 24 hours following the Super Bowl, tied into an ad it’s running during the game. David Farr’s adaptation of his 2011 assassin movie reunites Joel Kinsman and Mirelle Enos of “The Killing,” with Esme Creed-Miles as the young title character. The full eight episode season drops in March.

Sad to watch the relationship of Amelia and Wayne crumble as new evidence is found on “True Detective” (HBO, 9 p.m.).

“The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) looks at the rise in Democratic presidential candidates.

As fun as Pete’s new relationship with Kat is on “Crashing” (HBO, 10 p.m.), it may impede his comedy career.

Barbie looks for a new place to live on “High Maintenance” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.).

It’s meat and potato challenges on the first of three episodes of “Worst Cooks in America” (Food, 8 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar continues with Hepburn vs. Streisand with “The Lion in Winter” (8 p.m.) and “Funny Girl” (10:30 p.m.) followed by political stories “All the King’s Men” (1:15 a.m.) and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (3:15 a.m.). It’s nominated romance films all day with “Camille” (5 a.m.), “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (7 a.m.), “The Enchanted Cottage” (8:45 a.m.), “Marty” (10:30 a.m.), “Wuthering Heights” (12:15 p.m.), “The Way We Were” (2:15 p.m.) and “Doctor Zhivago” (4:30 p.m.).

NHL action has Boston at Washington (NBC, 12:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Georgetown at Villanova (Fox Sports 1, noon), Wake Forest at Clemson (ESPNU, noon), East Carolina at Connecticut (ESPNews, 2 p.m.) and Stanford at California (ESPNU, 4 p.m.).

Women’s games include Duquesne at Fordham (CBS Sports, noon), South Florida at Central Florida (ESPN2, 1 p.m.), George Washington at St. Louis (CBS Sports, 2 p.m.), Florida at Kentucky (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), Creighton at Villanova (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.) and Tennessee at Vanderbilt (ESPN2, 3 p.m.).

Final rounds are played in the Phoenix Open (Golf, 1 p.m.; NBC, 3 p.m.).

It’s Nebraska at Michigan (ESPN, 2 p.m.) in women’s college gymnastics.

Late Night

ABC: Sens. Roy Blunt and Dick Durbin, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. CBS: Trump. NBC: Sens. Sheered Brown and Rick Scott, Reps. Karen Bass and Donald McEachin. CNN: Sen. Richard Shelby, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Fox News: Sens. John Hoeven and Ron Johnson, Reps. Henry Cuellar and Dan Kildee.

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