We’re not suggesting that you wouldn’t want to watch NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIII, which begins at 9 a.m. ET Sunday with a special two-hour Today from Tampa; continues at noon, with the Road to the Super Bowl special; kicks into high gear at 1 p.m., with a five-hour pre-game show that includes interviews with President Obama and halftime performer Bruce Springsteen, as well as performances by Journey, John Legend, and Faith Hill; finally gets down to business at 6 p.m, with the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers taking the field and Jennifer Hudson singing the national anthem; and concludes with a special hour-long episode of The Office. But shouldn’t you, here are some TV alternatives.
ABC: Wipeout Bowl I: Cheerleaders vs. Couch Potatoes (airing at halftime, and again immediately after the game): The title says it all. As do the results of an EW.com poll showing that 67 percent of our readers plan on sticking with Springsteen and The Office, which will feature guest stars Jack Black and Jessica Alba. (Twenty-four percent said they’d watch Wipeout at halftime and The Office post-game. Six percent said they’d watch Wipeout whenever possible. Only three percent said they’d watch Springsteen at halftime and Wipeout after.)
Animal Planet: Puppy Bowl V (on repeat, from 3 p.m. to 5 a.m.): Pepper the Parrot performs the anthem; kittens handle halftime, and a Chinese Crested ‘Naked’ dog streaks.
A&E: The Sopranos (noon until 4 a.m.)
BBC America: Doctor Who (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Bravo: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (6 p.m. to 2 a.m.)
CMT: Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Daddy and Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy (2 p.m to 10 p.m.)
Discovery: MythBusters (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Jesus: The Complete Story (a three-part special, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.): I just like that juxtaposition.
DIY: Bathroom Renovations and Bathtastic! (7 a.m. to 3 a.m.)
FX: Chick flicks (Little Black Book, 2 p.m.; Maid in Manhattan, 4:30 p.m.; 13 Going on 30, 6:30 p.m.; The Devil Wears Prada, 8:30 p.m.)
Hallmark: I Love Lucy (8:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.)
Oxygen: America’s Next Top Model (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
Sci Fi: Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters (9 a.m. to 1 a.m.)
Spike: CSI (noon to 4 a.m.)
SPEED: Pimp My Ride (1 p.m. to 3 a.m.)
Style: Clean House (noon to 3 a.m.)
TBS: Chick Flicks (Clueless, 11:30 a.m.; My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1:30 p.m.; Failure to Launch, 3:30 p.m.; What Women Want, 5:30 p.m.; My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 8 p.m.)
TLC: Dateline: Real Life Mysteries (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and sex documentaries (Forbidden Love: Polygamy, 7 p.m.; My Husbands Three Wives, 8 p.m.; Anatomy of Sex, 9 p.m.; Mother Knows Sex, 10 p.m.)
TNT: The Closer (noon to 11 p.m.)
USA: House (11 a.m. to 4 a.m.)