Top of the morning, Jan. 24, 2014

Top of the morning, Jan. 24, 2014

Brrrr. Double brrr. It's time to hunker down (Loren Tate term) and catch up on your favorite comedies, dramas and awards shows. Speaking of Loren Tate (Way), why isn't the honorary street designation being extended beyond 10 years? In TOTM's mind, once you name a street for somebody, you keep that name forever. So the sign can come down on Fremont, but it will always be Tate's piece of Champaign. He earned the honor by shaping local opinion on sports for decades. One ill-advised move by the city government can't take that away.

Enough with the civil disobedience. Here's your weekend viewing guide, courtesy of Bob Asmussen, who does not have a street named for him, but calls the sidewalk in front of his house "Asmussen Way."

Today

"Enlisted," 8 p.m., WCCU

One job for a television critic is to sample as many shows as possible. Even ones that seem to have no real value. Like "Enlisted." Watch the previews, and it looks like a TV version of "Stripes," without the comic genius of Bill Murray, John Candy or Harold Ramis. There are a few laughs during "Enlisted," but by the end of the 30 minutes you will be wondering if you ever get the time back. A better plan is to stick around for the clever "Raising Hope," which includes a nice effort by Martha Plimpton.

Saturday

College basketball: Michgan at Michigan St., 6 p.m., ESPN

The Spartans have the best team in the country when everybody is healthy. If Adreian Payne comes back from a foot injury, Michigan State will be the team to beat in the NCAA tournament.

Sunday

The Grammy Awards,

7 p.m., WCIA

Here are my musical favorites: Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Buddy Holly, Robert Palmer, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Jimi Hendrix, Warren Zevon. None of them will be winnng a Grammy this year. None of them are still with us. But there will be live performances on the L.A. stage. And LL Cool J serves as host. How did he get time away from his TV series? Stevie Wonder is on the program. That's cool. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are being honored. That's really cool. Better watch just to add some living performers to my list of favorites.

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