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PopWatch Planner: 'Smash' premieres, movies to see with your sweetie, and gearing up for Grammys

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Today’s PopWatch planner is bookended with major events — the Super Bowl today (obviously!) and next Sunday the week kicks off with the Grammy Awards. But in between, there are some major TV premieres and a special DVD release for all the Twi-hards. Have a great week!


Super Bowl XLVI, 6:30 p.m. ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT, NBC

It’s all football all the time today, especially since you’ve probably already seen most of the commercials! But it’s worth staying tuned for Madonna’s halftime show, and after the game, for the premiere of The Voice and Jimmy Fallon’s last late night special from Indianapolis. If you’re not watching the game, here are a few other options


Smash series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC

There’s so much buzz around this “Glee for grownups” that it’s easy to see why NBC is counting on it to be a mid-season hit. I’m already addicted to Smash after watching the pilot online and am crossing my fingers that it doesn’t have the Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip curse of being a little too smart to survive on network TV. See what our TV critic Ken Tucker had to say and then tune in Monday night.


The River series premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

A brainchild of Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli, The River could be like Lost’s cool cousin. The show follows the story of the search for a naturalist and TV host who’s gone missing in the Amazon, with plenty of otherworldly creepy happenings and coincidences to keep you sufficiently hooked. Can the series compete with newcomer Alcatraz and the other supernatural mysteries on TV this season? Catch an exclusive preview on EW.com tomorrow.


Michael Strahan co-hosts Live with Kelly, 9 a.m., ABC

If you are already in football withdrawal after the Super Bowl, whether his team wins or loses today, you can still see a Giants legend, Michael Strahan, as he guest hosts Live with Kelly this week. Today, Denzel Washington is their guest, promoting his new movie Safe House.


On the Shoulders of Giants, 8:30 pm, Showtime

A new documentary, narrated by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, tells the story of the Harlem Rens, a basketball team that broke the color barrier in 1930s New York, winning against all-white teams and emerging at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Jazz, politics, art, and inspiration collide as the story unfolds.


The Vow, Safe House, and Star Wars 3-D: The Phantom Menace open in theaters

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and new movie-wise, you have a few options: Take your sweetheart to the latest Rachel McAdams tearjerker The Vow (guaranteed sob fest), ignore the Hallmark construct of Valentine’s weekend and go see Safe House (bonus: Ryan Reynolds’ six pack), or throw in the towel and see if 3-D actually makes Phantom Menace watchable, while counting down the minutes to the 2015 3-D re-release of A New Hope. Of course, you could also just go see The Artist.


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 out on DVD

Attention Twi-hards: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 is out on DVD today – just in time to curl up with your Edward or Jacob or Bella on the couch to watch!


Grammy Awards, 8 p.m. CBS

Will Adele be rolling five deep in Grammys? Bruce Springsteen, a newly recovered Adele, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj are just a few of the performers who will be featured on Sunday’s big show. In addition, the Grammys will have a host – LL Cool J — for the first time in years. Who are you hoping takes home the gramophones?