To amp viewers up for the Winter Olympics, NBC’s got a one-hour special, “Shaun White: Russia Calling” (8 p.m.), a look into how the gold-medal-winning snowboarder is preparing for Sochi.
On page C1, TV critic Hank Stuever reviews “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax” (Lifetime at 8), starring Christina Ricci as the famous 19th-century homicidal maniac, with Billy Campbell playing Borden’s lawyer and Clea DuVall as her sister.
SERIES PREMIERE: The Michael Bay-produced drama “Black Sails” (Starz at 9) serves as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” The series is, in part, about the “golden age of piracy” and the fearsome Captain Flint, who’s running amock on New Providence. It stars Toby Stephens, Hannah New and Luke Arnold.
Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 8 a.m.) interviews Nodal Exchange’s Paul Cusenza; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’s Christopher P. Austin; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfals Architects’s Michael Viveiros; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak and White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer.
“Government Matters” (WJLA at 9:30) hosts InformationWeek Government’s Wyatt Kash; “This Week” (ABC at 10) features White House press secretary Jay Carney and Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.); “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins; “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 6 p.m.) talks to U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering; “Meet the Press” (NBC at 10:30) has Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.); “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) talks to Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Sunday night, the “56th Annual Grammy Awards” (CBS at 8 p.m.), airs with LL Cool J (who is no doubt armed with no less than 3 trillion Miley Cyrus puns) playing host. Also expect hyped collaborative performances from top artists such as Taylor Swift, Madonna and Beyoncé with Jay Z.
While you’re waiting for Beyoncé to perform, you can click over to “The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding” (ABC at 8) to watch “The Bachelor” Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici wed in a romantic, intimate, low-key televised wedding ceremony.
— Rachel Lubitz