What to Watch This Weekend: The Sochi Olympics' Opening Ceremonies, Jimmy Fallon's Last Late Night, and the Return of The Walking Dead

By Andy Daglas

Feb 07, 2014

What to watch on Friday, February 7...

7:30pm, NBC
2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony
The XXII Olympic Winter Games officially kick off from Sochi, Russia, on the coast of the Black Sea. Countries represented in the traditional cavalcade of national teams will include the one you live in, the one you swear you’re going to visit one of these days when things settle down, and the one you always confuse with that other one.

9pm, PBS
American Masters
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth chronicles the life, art, and social activism of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple and other celebrated works. Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, and Walker herself are among those interviewed.

9pm, Fox
Pete adopts a new, gung-ho approach to life at Fort McGee in “Rear D Day,” but it’s not long before his enthusiasm earns the ire of a deployed soldier’s husband. Meanwhile, Cody turns to Jill for help settling personal business.

9:30pm, Fox
Raising Hope
Believing that Burt has an extravagant gift planned for their silver anniversary, Virginia treats him to a dude ranch getaway—complete with unhinged cowpoke Keith Carradine—in “Anniversary Ball.” But a secret he’s keeping prevents Burt from fully enjoying all the man-eating jackrabbits and killer cacti.

10pm, Syfy
“Aniqatiga” sees Alan and Jordan making headway on the virus-decoding front, while Hatake enjoys similar success curing Walker ahead of the corporate helicopters’ arrival. Yessir, it looks like everything’s coming up CDC! Nothing could possibly disrupt this positive trajectory they’re on.

10pm, Cinemax
Lucas contemplates making a change as he and Carrie road trip it back to Banshee in “The Truth About Unicorns.” Elsewhere, Agent Racine stews over the flubbed case against Rabbit.

12:05pm, NBC
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The heir to the Tonight Show throne plays the music, lights the lights, and meets the Muppets and Andy Samberg in his final episode behind the Late Night desk.

– Drew Carey, Charlamagne Tha God, and Don Felder on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Jimmy Dunn and Lauryn Hill on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Tom Lennon on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, February 8...

10:30am, The Hub
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Rarity is hopelessly smitten with visiting travel writer Trenderhoof in “Simple Ways.” But after he takes a liking to Applejack, the chic unicorn begins emulating her rough-and-ready friend to try and win his attention.

8pm, Discovery
“Star Wars: SithBusters” revisits the show’s recent Star Wars-themed installment, this time jazzed up with bonus scenes, new factoids, and insights gleaned from Twitter.

9pm, BBC America
In “Touched by the Gods, Part 1,” the time has come for Jason to fulfill his end of the bargain with Circe: He must kill Queen Pasiphaë. If coming to grips with regicide weren’t hard enough, penetrating the palace to do the deed may be even tougher.

9pm, Starz
Black Sails
Flint and Gates recruit more help on their quest for the Urca d’Lima, up to the four-person maximum that any venturing party can contain under RPG law. Meanwhile, Silver and Billy work to boost morale and Vane scores a few points with Eleanor.


What to watch on Sunday, February 9...

8pm, CBS
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles
Fifty years to the day after the Fab Four’s landmark appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS and the Recording Academy pay tribute to the vanguard of the British Invasion. The special will feature archival footage from the episode as well as contemporary artists covering the five songs the mop-tops performed.

The Walking Dead
Rick patches himself up in preparation for the next wave of grisly misery in “After,” while the rest of the Prison Posse adapt to their new surroundings. The episode is followed at 10pm by the return of Talking Dead, featuring Danai Gurira and Greg Nicotero.

9pm, PBS
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey became a show about livestock wrangling so gradually that I barely even noticed, but sure enough, the Granthams greet the arrival of a whole bunch of pigs this week. In non-porcine proceedings, Robert and Thomas set off on a voyage and Edith weathers her worries alone.

9pm, HBO
True Detective
Hart: “Hey, I know we’ve got a long chain of leads to follow in “Who Goes There,” but can’t we take a few minutes to peruse that new True Detective Conversations Tumblr?
Cohle: “The only thing atrophying the soul of this society more relentlessly than popular culture is the reappropriation of that so-called culture in futile stabs at amusement.”
Hart: [Exasperated stare.]

9pm, Showtime
Questionable decisions begin to backfire on both Fiona and Lip in “There’s the Rub,” while Frank and Sammi continue searching high and low for a way to fix his obliterated liver.

10pm, Showtime
House of Lies
“Soldiers” finds Mary and Jeannie conniving to defenestrate Lukas, while Clyde pursues an important client (Happy Endings vet Eliza Coupe). Elsewhere, Marty and Dre make a connection, and Doug comes to grips with the prospect of fatherhood.

10pm, Food Network
Cutthroat Kitchen
“Melts in Your Pot, Not in Your Hand” tasks two chefs with transforming meager ingredients into mouthwatering potato skins. Later, the competitors must make pad Thai with coconut-extracted water.

10pm, HBO
In “Free Snacks,” Hannah’s new gig penning advertorials for GQ threatens to sap her creative energies. Meanwhile, Shoshanna has second thoughts about splitting with Ray, who shares a combative repast with Marnie.

10:30pm, Showtime
The network throws its annual press party, even as Pucks! faces an unpromising future. In happier developments, Matt saves the day after Merc absconds with his ex-wife’s artwork.

10:30pm, HBO
Patrick and Agustin hit the Folsom Street Fair, where the latter runs into CJ and considers enlisting him for an art project. Elsewhere in “Looking for $220/Hour,” Dom and Lynn share a lunch date with murky motives, and a relationship conversation between Patrick and Kevin is interrupted.

Comic Book Men
“Superman’s 75th” finds The Stash celebrating the Man of Steel’s three-quarter-century birthday, and even erstwhile cape-bearer Dean Cain joins the fun.


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