Top of the morning, Feb. 7, 2014

Top of the morning, Feb. 7, 2014

This space should be reserved this week for telling you all about Sochi. But the curmudgeon in charge of The N-G won't let me mention the Olympics. Even though I love the Olympics. Even though I'm one of few on the staff to actually attend the Winter Games. Even though I can tell the difference between a luge and skeleton. But the first rule of the newspaper business is to do what you are told. Or is that one of the Ten Commandments? I get confused.

Here's your weekend viewing guide. No Olympics as ordered. Going to assume that rule is off for the second week of the Games.


"The Late Show with Craig Ferguson,"

11:30 p.m., WCIA (CBS)

Sure, you are going to want to see actor Thomas Lennon ("Night at the Museum") and actress Sarah Paulson ("12 Years a Slave").But the real reason to tune in is to watch comedian Yakov Smirnoff. (My wife said "I thought he was dead. In a nice way." Where is Smirnoff from? The Soviet Union. There are ways around the rules.


"The Following,"

8 p.m., WCCU (Fox)

Tried to watch this show about a cult when it first came on, but it was just too darn creepy. Probably not a good sign when the parental rating is 16+. If you really want to see the talented Kevin Bacon, rent "Footloose." The original, of course.


"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America,"

7 p.m., WCIA (CBS)

Pop stars got together Monday to cover Beatles' songs. One twist: Living Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were part of the audience. Among the performers were Katy Perry singing "Yesterday," John Legend and Alicia Keys performing "Let it Be" and John Mayer and Keith Urban singing their version of "Here Comes the Sun." Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' U.S. television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." David Letterman interviews McCartney and Starr.

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