February 2014 TV premieres, specials, movies, finales


January 26, 2014|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

"Scandal," "The Americans," "The Walking Dead," "Portlandia," "Ripper Street," "Vikings," "House of Cards," "Hannibal"—February sees the return of several TV favorites. New series also launch, including "The Red Road" on Sundance, "Mixology" and the Chicago-filmed "Mind Games" on ABC, "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" on NBC, "The 100" and "Star-Crossed" on The CW and a bunch of new Hulu offerings.

Don’t forget the Winter Olympics, Super Bowl and the new NBC late-night lineup with Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. Here's a look at February's TV premieres, finales, specials and movies. (My picks bolded; all times Central.)

Saturday, Feb. 1
7 | "Stan Lee’s Mighty 7," HUB (movie premiere; Comic book creator helps alien become superheroes)
7 | "The Gabby Douglas Story," Lifetime (movie premiere; Olympic gymnast's biography)
8 | "The Incredible Dr. Pol," Nat Geo Wild (season finale)
9 | "We Move Animals," Nat Geo Wild (season finale)

Sunday, Feb. 2
9 a.m. | "Zombie Bowl," AMC (seasons 1 & 2 marathon)
11 a.m. | "Kitten Bowl," Hallmark (special)
4 p.m. | "Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge," NBC (special)
5 | "Fish Bowl," Nat Geo Wild (special)
5 | "Super Bowl XLVIII," Fox (special)¿
7 | "Weather Bowl 2014 Halftime Show," Weather Channel (special)
8:58 | "Sherlock," PBS (season finale)
9:30 | "New Girl," Fox (post-Super Bowl fun)
10 | "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Fox (post-Super Bowl fun)

Monday, Feb. 3
6 | "El Senor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies)," mun2 (telenovela premiere)
8 | "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful," NBC (special)
8 | "Swamp People," History (season 5 premiere)
8:30 | "Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story," Showtime (doc; Comic’s life)
9 | "The Devils Ride," Discovery (season 3 premiere)
10 | "Inside Comedy," Showtime (season 3 premiere)

Tuesday, Feb. 4
8 | "Ravenswood," ABC Family (season 1 finale)
8 | "The Amish: Shunned," PBS ("American Experience" premiere;  7 former Amish reflect on decisions to leave community.)
8:30 | "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Fox (new time slot premiere)

Wednesday, Feb. 5
7 | "Hunting Hitler's Stolen Treasures: The Monuments Men," Nat Geo (special; historians, movie's actors shed light on greatest treasure hunt in history)
8 | "Revealing: Celebutante," Sundance (special; a look at the power of fame)
8 | "Hoarding: Buried Alive," TLC (season premiere)
8 | "Buy This Restaurant," Food (series premiere; Aspiring owners choose between 3 space for their restaurants.)
8:30 | "Backroad Gold," Travel (series premiere; Corky Coker looks for sweet deals on barn finds)
9 | "Top Chef," Bravo (season finale)
9 | "Roman Catacomb Mystery," PBS ("Nova" premiere; forensic investigation into hundreds of bodies found under Rome 2,000 years after being buried there)
9 & 9:30 | "Auction on Wheels," Travel (specials; more sweet-deal hunting)
10 | "Super Skyscrapers," PBS (4-part premiere; creation of 4 buildings)

Thursday, Feb. 6
9 | "The Spoils of Babylon," IFC (miniseries finale)

Friday, Feb. 7
6:30 | "Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony," NBC (From Sochi, Russia; check local listings for 2 weeks of programming)

Saturday, Feb. 8
6 | "Chance at Romance," Hallmark (movie; kid sets his dad up with romantic weekend)
7 | "The Girl He Met Online," Lifetime (movie; Gillian loses it when a guy she met online isn't into her.)
8 | "Lil Bub's Special Special," Animal Planet (special; Amy Sedaris hosts)

Sunday, Feb. 9
7 | "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," CBS (music special)
8 | "The Walking Dead," AMC (midseason 4 premiere)
9 | "Talking Dead," AMC (midseason 4 premiere)
9 | "The Making of a Lady," PBS (movie premiere; London woman finds danger in new living situation)
10 | "Comic Book Men," AMC (midseason 3 premiere)
TTBA | "Fresh Meat," Hulu (season 3 premiere)

Monday, Feb. 10
7:30 | "Top Gear," BBC America (season 21 premiere)
8 | "Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off," Food Network (season finale)
9 | "Spies of Mississippi," PBS ("Independent Lens" premiere)

Tuesday, Feb. 11
8 | "Twisted," ABC Family (midseason premiere)
8 | "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid," PBS ("American Experience" premiere)

Wednesday, Feb. 12
8 | "Great Cathedral Mystery," PBS ("Nova" premiere; investigation into how Florence’s towering cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore—the Duomo—was built during the Renaissance)

Thursday, Feb. 13
10 | "Tattoo Titans," CMT (series premiere; another tattoo competition)

Friday, Feb. 14
12:01 a.m. | "House of Cards," Netflix (season 2 premiere)
9 p.m. | "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," Investigation Discovery (special)
TTBA | "Elite New Face," Hulu (season 2 premiere)

Saturday, Feb. 15
8 | "Atlantis," BBC America (season 1 finale)
8 | "Ghost Adventures," Travel (season 9 premiere)
9 | "Outrageous Acts of Science," Science (season 2 premiere)

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