Next week it will be all Olympics, all the time, meaning my column will be focused on suggesting alternatives. Meanwhile this week, there’s college hockey, a couple of interesting PBS shows, and a 50th anniversary Beatles tribute.
Monday, February 3
Beanpot Hockey (5-11 pm, NESN)
The annual college hockey tournament returns: the early game (5 pm) is Harvard vs. Northeastern, and at 8 pm it’s Boston College vs. Boston University. (The finals are next Monday.)
Tuesday, February 4
American Experience (9-11 pm, PBS)
Following up on a 2012 program about the Amish, The Amish: Shunned spends time with members of Amish communities who chose to leave, observing their lives in the larger world, and how leaving has affected them as well as those they left behind.
Wednesday, February 5
Super Skyscrapers (10-11 pm, PBS)
This four-part series examines the world’s most advanced tall buildings, beginning tonight with One World Trade Center.
Thursday, February 6
M*A*S*H (8-10 pm, Encore)
The 1970 movie that spawned the hit TV series stars Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye Pierce and Elliott Gould as Trapper John; directed by Robert Altman.
Also tonight: there are some Olympic events on, even though the games don’t officially open until Friday. Catch figure skating, snowboarding, and freestyle skiing from 8-11 pm on NBC.
Friday, February 7
2014 Winter Olympics: Opening Ceremony (7:30-11:30 pm, NBC)
No doubt these things are somewhat hokey, but are also grand spectacle of a sort and on a scale we don’t get to experience very often (only once every two years, in fact).
Saturday, February 8
Frozen River (9-11 pm, Sundance)
A single mother (Melissa Leo) struggling to support herself and her two sons reluctantly partners with a Native American woman in a scheme to smuggle illegal aliens across the border from Canada.
Sunday, February 9
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles (8-10 pm, CBS)
I’ve been anticipating this one for weeks: a celebration of The Beatles’ music on the 50th anniversary (to the day and hour) of their first appearance on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show. Performers include Maroon 5, Eurythmics, John Mayer and Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and John Legend, Stevie Wonder, and of course Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.
Double Indemnity (1944)
Superb noir thriller about an insurance salesman who conspires with a client’s wife to kill the client, making it appear to be an accident in order to collect on the husband’s policy, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray; directed by Billy Wilder.
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)