Clear the decks and cheer on the players of the next Super Bowl. They’ll come from the winners of the conference championships, Ravens vs. Patriots (CBS, 3 p.m.) and Giants at 49ers (Fox, 6:30 p.m.).
And when the NFC Championship is over, they put in another one hour audition episode from San Diego on“American Idol” (Fox, approximately 10 p.m.) on a special night and time.
There is some network counter programming to football tonight, with new episodes of “Desperate Housewives” (ABC, 9 p.m.), “The Good Wife” (CBS, 9 p.m.) and, apparently not dead yet, “Pan Am” (ABC, 10 p.m.).
He won best actor in a miniseries last week at the Golden Globes a week ago. Here’s your chance to see Idris Elba in all four parts of “Luther” (BBC America, 11 a.m.) running to 3 p.m.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) travel to South Africa, wher I can’t believe they’ll be the best ambassadors.
A concert is just the thing to raise spirits at “Downton Abbey” as it becomes a place for the convalescing soldiers. It’s on “Masterpiece Classic” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).
Prince Charming prepares to marry King Midas’ daughter on “Once Upon a Time” (ABC, 8 p.m.), as Alan Dale puts another series on his guest star list.
“Chef Roble & Co.” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) reaches a season finale with the catering of a gay wedding.
Fiona finds an old high school crush on “Shameless” (Showtime, 9 p.m.). It’s followed by new episodes of “House of Lies” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) and “Californication” (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.).
Much as I hate to admit it, I haven’t been enjoying Chris Lilley’s new “Angry Boys” (HBO, 10 and 10:30 p.m.) much at all.
They all race up to the podium at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Speed, 6 p.m.) in Charlotte.
In order to be “Finding Bigfoot” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.) they go to Canada.
A timely visit to Paula Deen is on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” (OWN, 9 p.m.), but probably doesn’t reflect the latest news about the celebrity chef.
Honored at the Golden Globs last week, Morgan Freeman gets the “Master Class” (OWN, 10 p.m.) treatment this week.
And the film that won’t go away this year apparently: “2012” (FX, 7 and 10;30 p.m.).
There’s a Bela Lugosi triple feature on tonight – “Murders in the Rue Morgue” (TCM, 8 p.m.), “The Black Cat” (TCM, 9:15 p.m.) and “Island of Lost Souls” (TCM, 10:30 p.m.). They are followed by Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 silent history of witchcraft, “Haxan” (midnight).
In hockey, it’s Capitals at Penguins (NBC, 12:30 p.m.).
ABC: Rick Santorum. CBS: Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Gov. Haley Barbour. NBC: Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. CNN: Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Jim Clyburn. Fox News: Rep. John Boehner.