Top of the Morning, Feb. 21, 2014
The Olympics are winding down, which means you can put a few terms out of your mind for four years: "triple lutz," "carving" and "halfpipe." Give the folks at NBC polite applause for their coverage. Not their fault that Sochi is a half a world away and the timing wasn't right.
Here's your non-Olympic weekend viewing guide as we wait for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio (yeah, that will go off without a hitch).
"The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon"
Now that Jay Leno is gone, it is time to give the legendary gabfest a chance. Fallon is off to a good start thanks to the move to New York and a string of high-profile guests. Playing charades with Emma Thompson, Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw earlier in the week was inspired. Tonight, Fallon welcomes Justin Timberlake, who is about as big as it gets these days.
"About a Boy," 10 p.m., WAND (NBC)
It's the pilot episode of a show based on a movie that you have probably long forgotten. The movie starred Hugh Grant as Will, an aimless bachelor who has his life changed by Marcus, a quirky lad with an even stranger mother. David Walton takes the Hugh Grant role, and Minnie Driver plays the goofy mom. With the Olympics as a lead-in, the ratings figure to be monstrous. If the show makes us laugh just a bit, it has a chance to be another NBC hit.
Daytona 500, noon, WCCU (Fox)
Would you have the Super Bowl in the third week of the regular season? Would you schedule the World Series for May? No and no. But for some reason, it is OK to have NASCAR's premier event at the start of the competitive year. Of course, the folks in charge have a track record of success. They must know what they are doing. Just to spice things up a bit, those in charge might want to consider a grudge match between Danica Patrick and racing legend Richard Petty, sponsored by godaddy.com. The ratings would be through the roof. Patrick and Petty need to work out their problems. And Patrick needs to show she can compete in the big race.