What to Watch This Weekend: The Premieres of About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher, the End of the Olympics, and Downton Abbey's Season 4 Finale

By Andy Daglas

Feb 21, 2014


What to watch on Friday, February 21...


8pm, NBC
2014 Winter Olympic Games
Coverage from Sochi includes the women’s Alpine skiing slalom gold medal final, the men’s short track 500m gold medal final, the men's short track 5000m relay gold medal final, the women's short track 1000m gold medal final, and men’s speed skating team pursuit semifinals.


9pm, ABC
Shark Tank
The Sharks welcome a former CIA officer turned escape artistry instructor, former pro wrestler and current fitness program maestro Dallas Page, and a Portland juice and smoothie cart proprietor who powers his blenders with vintage bicycles, because Portland.


9pm, PBS
Great Performances
Sting performs selections from his new album, The Last Ship, which is also set to be featured in a musical that's opening this summer in Chicago and hitting Broadway in the fall. Joined by a 14-piece band at The Public Theater in New York City, the singer-songwriter recounts tales of a humble young lad from the North East of England who grew up to one day dress like this on national television.


10pm, Syfy
Helix
“Bloodline” reveals the truth about Sutton’s link to Hatake, spelling bad news for Walker. Peter’s body fares little better when it’s purloined by the vectors during an attack.


10pm, Cinemax
Banshee
Lucas guns for Proctor’s business in “Ways to Bury a Man,” while Job proves more combustible than imagined. Elsewhere, trouble close to home knits Carrie, Deva, and Gordon together, and the tribal council holds a vote of no-confidence for Alex.


LATE-NITE:
– Anthony Anderson, author Ilyash Shabazz, and the singers from 20 Feet From Stardom on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Justin Timberlake on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Pauley Perrette, Jeff Caldwell, and Lake Street Drive on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Ken Jeong and Léa Seydoux on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


What to watch on Saturday, February 22...


10:30am, The Hub
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Twilight Sparkle offers her tutoring services to the Cutie Mark Crusaders in “Twilight Time.” But the little fillies are more interested in drafting off the princess’s popularity to boost their own.


8pm, NBC
2014 Winter Olympic Games
Coverage from Sochi includes the men’s Alpine skiing slalom gold medal final, the four-man bobsled competition, gala figure skating, the men’s snowboarding parallel slalom gold medal final, and the men’s and women’s speed skating team pursuit gold medal finals.


8pm, Discovery
MythBusters
In “Bullet Baloney” (not “baloney bullet,” which of course is banned by the Geneva Convention), the team tests whether five movie cliches about firearms are [puts on sunglasses] on target. [YEEEAAAHHH!]


SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 9pm, BBC America
Ripper Street
Reid springs into action after an assault on an officer from neighboring K Division in “Pure as the Driven.” The trail leads to Chinatown, where a new designer drug is fueling a Triad turf war.


9pm, Starz
Black Sails
Flint and the crew encounter a formidable foe, while Richard backs Eleanor into a corner. Elsewhere, Bonny fesses up and Rackham hits the 18th century version of LinkedIn to reconsider his professional options.


SERIES PREMIERE, 11pm or after the conclusion of Olympics coverage, NBC
About a Boy
David Walton gets his latest shot at NBC sitcom stardom in this series based on the novel by Nick Hornby and adapted for TV by Jason Katims. Footloose and fancy-free songwriter Will finds his charmed life turned upside-down by the arrival of new neighbors, a single mom (Minnie Driver) and her precocious 11-year-old son. The show moves into its regular time period on Tuesday, February 25, at 9pm.


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


What to watch on Sunday, February 23...


8pm, NBC
2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
The XXII Olympic Winter Games wind to a close with the procession of athletes and flag bearers at Fisht Olympic Stadium. The Olympic flag will be presented to the mayor of 2018 host city Pyeongchang, South Korea, thus formally concluding the games and signaling the return of all your regular TV shows.


SEASON 24 PREMIERE, 8pm, CBS
The Amazing Race
Some of your favorite—and perhaps some of your least-favorite—Amazing Race veterans will be among the 11 all-star teams taking the field this season. Among those criss-crossing Mother Earth in pursuit of the $1 million prize are The Globetrotters, The Cowboys, and at least two people who identify their occupations as “YouTube host,” because the future is a weird and terrifying place.


SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 8pm, Food Network
Food Court Wars
In Traverse City, MI, a married couple and their rock-and-roll-themed hot dog joint House of Doggs square off against two same-named pals and their pastry emporium, Matts’ Beignets.


SEASON 4 FINALE, 9pm, PBS
Downton Abbey
The two-hour finale sends the Crawley clan to London for Rose’s coming-out ball. Back at Downton, Cora’s family pays a visit, Mary juggles her pair of suitors, Carson arranges some recreation for the staff, and the Dowager Countess does Edith a solid.


9pm, HBO
True Detective
“Haunted Houses” sets the Wayback Machine for 2002, which saw the acrimonious end of Cohle’s partnership with Hart and his time on the police force. Working separately, both detectives find reason to believe their investigation in 1995 left more loose ends than they’d thought.


9pm, Showtime
Shameless
Lip is pressed into service as the Gallaghers’ designated responsible adult, what with Fiona under house arrest and Frank… well, being Frank. Elsewhere in “A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin,” Mickey tracks down Ian, and Sammi learns more about Frank from her half-siblings.


9pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
“Claimed” finds Rick settling in for some good ol’ fashioned R&R. Well-deserved too, don’tcha know. Why, surely nothing will disrupt hisOH HOLY CRAP RICK ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE DANGER ON ALL SIDES QUICK GET THE GUNS GO GO GO THIS IS NOT A DRILL DAMMIT GO!!!!!


10pm, HBO
Girls
Adam’s big break on Broadway may throw a wrench into his and Hannah’s relationship, while his new co-star catches Marnie’s eye. Meanwhile in “Incidentals,” old comrade Jasper pays a surprise call on Jessa, and Hanna chats with Patti LuPone for a GQ advertorial.


10pm, Showtime
House of Lies
In “Pushback,” Marty and Jeannie plan their countermoves in the wake of Lukas’s sabotage efforts. Meanwhile, the relationship between Roscoe and Lex raises a few red flags.


10:30pm, HBO
Looking
Patrick introduces Richie to his friends in “Looking in the Mirror,” and his trepidation about their meeting may prove justified. Elsewhere, Lynn throws a dinner party to connect Dom with potential investors, and Agustin brings CJ along to Dom’s 40th birthday festivities.


10:30pm, Showtime
Episodes
Beverly is all set to hop back across the pond, but Sean can’t give up on his Hollywood dreams just yet. Carol’s own hopes are rudely thwarted as well, and even Matt can’t help but feel the sting of loss when his onetime stalker lurks off for greener pastures.


SERIES PREMIERE, 10:30pm or after the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony, NBC
Growing Up Fisher
Adolescent Henry copes with the divorce of his parents, blind dad Mel (J.K. Simmons) and flighty mom Joyce (Jenna Elfman). Luckily, as the lead of a sitcom, he can rely on the wise perspective offered by his adult self in voiceover form (Jason Bateman). The show moves into its regular time period on Tuesday, February 25, at 9:30pm.


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