What to Watch Besides Super Bowl LVII
Most TV shows are taking Super Bowl Sunday off—but not all of them. We’ve rounded up six new TV episodes for the sportsball-averse.
So, you’re not interested in the Super Bowl, and you couldn’t care less if the Eagles beat . . . the Maple Leafs, I want to say? Welcome to the (small) club. But what are you going to do on Sunday? Read a book? Didn’t think so—we need our TV time.
Fortunately, only some TV networks are backing down from the Super Bowl counter-programming challenge this weekend. Here are a few shows daring to air new episodes against the Big Game on Sunday, February 12 (besides the Puppy Bowl, that is).
New TV episodes to watch instead of Super Bowl LVII
S1 E5: HBO’s hottest new series hits the halfway mark of its debut season, as Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) continue their trek across the monster-infested US. As of this writing, it’s unknown what the fifth episode of The Last of Us will be about, but rest assured that CTV’s Eric Chiu will have a recap ready for you next week.
S1 E6: Uber-producer Taylor Sheridan’s latest prequel series in the extended Yellowstone universe, about Jacob and Cara Dutton (Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren) settling in the mountain west of 1923, is also nearing the end of its eight-episode run. But, unlike its predecessor, 1883, 1923 will return for a second season next year.
Mayor of Kingstown (Paramount+)
S2 E5: Sheridan’s present-day crime drama Mayor of Kingstown drops its fifth episode on Sunday, and it’s probably safe to say that “Mayor” Mike McLusky (Jeremy Renner) will be in and/or causing trouble. The series is brutal, but even more so when you learn it takes inspiration from actual events in the Michigan prison system.
S1 E6: Mayfair Witches, a series based on the Anne Rice novels, proceeds along its not-so-merry way as Rowan (Alexandra Daddario) joins the Mayfair fam in a ritual to get rid of supernatural creeper Lasher (Jack Huston). There are only two more episodes left in Mayfair Witches’ debut season, so he’ll probably be sticking around.
Your Honor (SHOWTIME)
S2 E5: As I wrote when previewing Your Honor, there’s little reason for a second season when the first season wrapped up the story so conclusively. But what do I know? I’m not a TV executive at a venerable premium channel that’s about to get swallowed up by Paramount+. Anyway, there’s a new Your Honor episode, and Bryan Cranston is still fantastic.
Kitchen Commando (Tubi)
S1 E1: Launching a new show on Super Bowl Sunday takes guts, and Tubi’s first-ever reality cooking show has ‘em in former US Army Master Sergeant and White House chef Andre Rush. Kitchen Commando, produced by Gordon Ramsey (of course), follows Rush as he whips struggling indie restaurants into shape. Yes, chef!