Sports and politics dominate the week's programming. And, there are some new TV shows, too. The Super Bowl, biggest event in American sports and on American television, kicks off at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, give or take a few minutes, on ABC. President Bush
delivers the State of the Union address on Tuesday. PBS's
"American Masters" goes inside the Juilliard School on WETA. And ABC trots out two fresh horses for prime time, Veritas: The Quest and Miracles.
"Me & Mrs. Jones"
Sunday at 9 on PBS
He's a writer nosing for scandal. She's a prime minister looking for love. When they meet, neither is disappointed.
Robson Green plays aspiring novelist Liam Marple, who makes his living as a faceless showbiz gossip columnist writing under the moniker "Mrs. Jones." Politics is the last thing on Liam's mind until he is assigned to get the dirt on Britain's controversial new leader.
Caroline Goodall ("Schindler's List," "The Princess Diaries") co-stars as the object of this seedy mission: Prime Minister Laura Bowden, a selfless public servant and mother of two who ascended to the top job a few months earlier when the previous PM died. Now Laura faces her first general election and grim prospects. She also must cope with a brewing scandal from the not-so-subtle philandering of her husband.
Also in the cast are Keeley Hawes, Michael Maloney and Philip Quast.
Monday at 8 on Fox
Nine New York brides are followed as each prepares for her walk down the aisle. As Fox puts it, we'll see the "blushing brides to be" turn into "control freaks." "Boston Public" is preempted for this special.
Monday at 9 on PBS
This documentary tracks the construction of the transcontinental railroad, a project that got under way in the midst of the Civil War. On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, a boisterous crowd gathered to witness the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, marking the end of six years of effort. The project is presented as a story of greed, innovation and gritty determination, centered on a project that reshaped the nation.
Wednesday at 9 on NBC
Jeff Goldblum stars in this original network movie that delves into the lives of reporters from around the world who have gathered to cover the latest civil war in Uzbekistan, operating in a competitive environment of their own.
Thursday at 8 on ABC
Peter Falk returns as the raincoat-wearing veteran detective in this new mystery revolving around the Los Angeles rave scene. Matthew Rhys and Jennifer Sky co-star in the movie, titled "Columbo Likes the Nightlife."
Thursday at 9 on Fox
This one-hour newsmagazine series produced by Fox News returns with host Shepard Smith, anchor of Fox News Channel's "The Fox Report." The show intends to explore how people are living during this time of heightened global tension. This series had an initial run last summer.
"Failure to Protect"
Thursday at 9 on MPT, at 10 on WETA
The tragic story of Logan Marr, a 5-year-old who died while under the care of a foster parent, is documented in this two-part series. The second installment is scheduled to air next Thursday, Feb. 6.
STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS
Saturday at 8 on WB
The 18th annual awards show, hosted by Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and Michelle Williams (of R&B trio Destiny's Child), featuring performances by Kelly Price and Smokie Norful among others. Yolanda Adams and Andrae Crouch were honored with special tributes.
The program was taped in Atlanta on Jan. 11.