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A few choices beyond the Super Bowl

February 5, 2012

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Sequels tend to pile up when you’re not watching. I’m still not sure how many movies “Leprechaun” has spawned. ABC Family is hoping that football-besotted fans will want to spend their Super Sunday with all five incarnations of the “Bring It On” oeuvre, starting with “Bring It On Again” (8 a.m.), “Bring It On: In It To Win It” (10 a.m.), the original and unsurpassed “Bring It On” (noon), “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish” (2 p.m.) and the never-to-be-forgotten “Bring It On: All or Nothing” (4 p.m.).

• Competition of a more lethal nature can be found on Nat Geo Wild’s “Predator Bowl” marathon, beginning with “Croc Ganglands” (11 a.m.) and concluding with the world premiere of “Lion Battle Zone” (9 p.m.).

• Viewers who prefer their critters cute can indulge in the two-hour “Puppy Bowl VIII” (2 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet). I can’t believe the “Puppy Bowl” is only VIII. I could swear it was at least XI!

• Lifetime invites nonfootball fans to spend the day with mystery movies based on Nora Roberts’ novels, starting with “Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence” (9 a.m.) and wrapping up Monday morning with “Nora Roberts’ Montana Sky” (1 a.m.).

• Also in the anything-but-football mode, Bravo recycles 18 episodes from its “Real Housewives” franchise, beginning with “Orange County” (10:45 a.m. Sunday) and concluding with “Atlanta” (midnight).

• Of course some folks will probably just tune into Super Bowl XLVI (5:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC) between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. At the end of the big game, NBC will air the second season premiere of “The Voice” (9 p.m., time approximate). This was as close to a hit as the network had last year. I credit those “Star Trek” style chairs.

Tonight’s highlights

• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): Morley Safer interviews three notable women: Dolly Parton, Anna Wintour and Meryl Streep.

• The war concludes, but not the suffering, on “Downton Abbey” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

• Ace shows his cards and flashes his anger on “Luck” (8 p.m., HBO). This new series has been picked up for a second season.

Cult choice

Set against the Suez crisis of 1956, a washed-up vaudevillian’s (Laurence Olivier) personal failings seem symptomatic of the British Empire’s decline in the 1960 drama “The Entertainer” (7 p.m. Sunday, TCM), adapted from a play by “angry young man” John Osborne.

Series notes

Bully for Bart on “The Simpsons” (7 p.m., Fox) ... “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7 p.m., ABC) ... A hurricane on “The Cleveland Show” (7:30 p.m., Fox).

Keeping the eyes peeled on “CSI: Miami” (8 p.m., CBS) ... Stormy weather on “Family Guy” (8 p.m., Fox) ... Three’s a honeymoon crowd on “The Middle” (8 p.m., ABC) ... Cloudbursts on “American Dad” (8:30 p.m., Fox).

An abandoned ship goes missing on “NCIS” (9 p.m., CBS).

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