What to Watch Tonight: The Olympics, American Idol, and Broad City

By Andy Daglas

Feb 12, 2014

What to watch on Wednesday, February 12...

8pm, NBC
2014 Winter Olympic Games
Primetime coverage from Sochi includes the women's Alpine skiing downhill gold medal final, pairs’ figure skating gold medal final, women's snowboarding halfpipe gold medal final, and men’s speed skating 1000m gold medal final.

8pm, Fox
American Idol
The Hollywood round rolls on. Keep your eyes peeled for one auditioner who bears an uncanny resemblance to a wayward Jay Leno wearing a fake mustache and bowler hat.

8pm, Cartoon Network
DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk
In “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” slick yet brooding ad man Don Draper meets with a cigarette company client and… wait, hang on, wrong episode summary. In this one, a rogue dragon species absconds with all the town’s metal. Still, I’m sure Pete Campbell is somehow to blame.

8pm, ABC Family
Melissa & Joey
While attending one of Mel’s work functions, Joe unleashes a torrent of political opinions that lands the councilwoman deep in the soup of bad press. Elsewhere in “Plus One,” Ryder tries to light a spark with his new chem partner.

8:30pm, ABC Family
Baby Daddy
In “Life’s a Beach,” the guys scheme to displace the president of their apartment board after she shuts down Ben’s rooftop surf-and-sand simulacrum. In apolitical proceedings, Riley joins Bonnie on a double date, but one of their companions for the evening may not, technically, exist.

9pm, PBS
“Great Cathedral Mystery” examines the secrets of the Duomo, the largest masonry dome on Earth, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi during the height of the Renaissance to adorn Florence’s Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. More than 300 feet high and comprising more than four million bricks, the architectural wonder baffles and intrigues engineers, historians, and many more to this day.

9:30pm, ABC
Super Fun Night
Kimmie’s first Valentine’s Day with a valentine is thrown asunder by work—and by Richard’s puzzling signals. Meanwhile in “Lesbihonest,” Marika’s new friend (Barden Bellas alum Hana Mae Lee) makes a pass at her, and Kendall celebrates February 14th with a sex toy-themed shindig.

10pm, BBC America
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Fleming draws up a blueprint at the request of the CIA. Later, he convinces Godfrey to assemble an elite unit to carry out morally murky missions.

10pm, TBS
Men at Work
Book publisher Jane Seymour woos Milo and dutifully collects a paycheck in “Gigo-Milo,” while seven-time Emmy-winner Ed Asner hopefully buys himself something nice with his own guest-star fee after playing Neal’s new intern.

10pm, Comedy Central
Local consumer reporter “Miss BS” arrives to expose the company’s chicanery, but the fellas are too busy trying to earn their own positive reviews from the captivating journalist to even notice.

10pm, TV Land
The Exes
In “When Haskell Met Sammy,” Holly inadvertently lands Haskell a date with a fella who plays for the other team, if ya know what I mean. (Gay, I mean he’s gay.) (Haskell goes out with a gay man.) (Because that’s awkward and hilarious, see.) (Also it may be 1985 again, someone oughta check on that.)

10:30pm, TV Land
When Thelma’s caddish former husband returns in “Thelma’s Ex,” Maddie fears the reunion could cost her one (1) best friend/assistant.

10:30pm, Comedy Central
Broad City
Good news, everyone! Abbi’s very first gallery show is all set to open, and it could be her big break! Ehh whaa? Abbi’s forced out of her apartment by a bug bomb? And Ilana’s also out on the street after losing her keys? Bad news, everyone!

– T.I., Rocsi Diaz, and The Jacksons on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Larry King, Cristin Milioti, and Jhene Aiko on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Alison Brie on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Joel Kinnaman on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Godfrey Reggio on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Andy Samberg, Michael B. Jordan, and Ellie Goulding on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Nathan Fillion, Abbie Cornish, and Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Kurt Russell and Aimee Garcia on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


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  • Placebo_obecalP Feb 13, 2014

    Fucking olympics :( Not a thing on NA television, Line of Duty S02E01 on UK TV that's it.

  • LeslieDenning Feb 13, 2014

  • SyFy_fan Feb 13, 2014

    very slim pickings indeed...

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  • lottadi Feb 13, 2014

    Fleming is a bit boring, it never reachers greatness....in my opinion

  • WanMaanita Feb 13, 2014

  • Vicky8675309 Feb 13, 2014

    wow, it's a slow night on tv tonight

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