The Sochi Winter Olympics kick off Thursday with most of the networks airing repeats to avoid getting clobbered in the ratings. But alternative programming is out there. Here are some TV picks for Feb. 3-9.
John Larroquette and Gina Carano guest star as a scientist and an ass-kicking fembot, respectively.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful
8 p.m. Monday, NBC
Um, supermodels in swimsuits. What else you wanna know? Flip through the photo gallery at the top of the page.
Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story
8:30 p.m. Monday, Showtime
David Steinberg was going to be a rabbi but became a comedy legend. Gotta be a joke in there somewhere.
9 p.m., ABC
Castle and Beckett investigate a murder in the fashion world. High heels can be killer.
6 p.m. "El Senor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies)," mun2
8 p.m. "Swamp People," History
8:30 p.m. "Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story," Showtime
9 p.m. "The Devils Ride," Discovery
10 p.m. "Inside Comedy," Showtime
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
7 p.m., ABC
Comic book legend Stan Lee does a cameo.
8 p.m., Fox
Adam Brody guest stars as an ex of Jess's (Zooey Deschanel).
9 p.m., FX
A secret from Raylan's past comes back to haunt him. Isn't that always the way it is? Watch a preview video at the bottom of the story.
8 p.m. "Ravenswood," ABC Family; "The Amish: Shunned," PBS
8:30 p.m. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Fox
9 p.m. "Chopped," Food
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Hunting Hitler's Stolen Treasures: The Monuments Men
7 p.m., Nat Geo
A companion to George Clooney's new film "The Monuments Men," this special attempts to shed light on the "greatest treasure hunt in history."
7 p.m., CW
"Spartacus" reunion alert! Katrina Law joins Manu Bennett and Cynthia Addai-Robinson as a guest star. She plays Nyssa, daughter of League of Assassins founder Ra's al Gul.
Nova: Roman Catacomb Mystery
9 p.m., PBS
Forensic investigators dig for answers about hundreds of bodies found in six caverns under Rome in 2002.
8 p.m. "Revealing: Celebutante," Sundance; "Hoarding: Buried Alive," TLC; "Buy This Restaurant," Food
8:30 p.m. "Backroad Gold," Travel
10 p.m. "Super Skyscrapers," PBS
9 p.m. "Top Chef," Bravo
Thursday, Feb. 6
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Crackle and comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com
Howard Stern and Jerry Seinfeld get coffee in the Season 3 finale.
7 p.m., NBC
Yes, the figure skating, snowboarding and women's freestyle skiing competitions begin a day before the opening ceremonies.
The Crazy Ones
8 p.m., CBS
A woman (Missi Pyle) asks Simon (Robin Williams) to eulogize her jingle-writer dad, whom no one liked.
The Spoils of Babylon
9 p.m., IFC
The sweeping spoof ends, but not before a marathon of the first five episodes beginning at 6:30 p.m.
10:30 p.m., NBC
Jay Leno says farewell—hopefully for good this time.
Friday, Feb. 7
Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
6:30 p.m., NBC
From Russia, with Vladimir Putin's love. The Russian president will no doubt loom large at the Sochi Games.
Saturday, Feb. 8
Chance at Romance
6 p.m., Hallmark
Writing as his single dad, boy sends woman a plane ticket so she can visit. Wasn't that the plot of "Sleepless in Seattle?" Anyway, Glen Ellyn native and ex-"Chuck" star Ryan McPartlin stars as the hapless dad, so might be worth a look.
Lil Bub's Special Special
8 p.m., Animal Planet
The feline of the title throws a slumber party for her animal friends--and Amy Sedaris. Things could get weird.
Sunday, Feb. 9
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles
7 p.m., CBS
Exactly 50 years to the night the Beatles rocked America during their "Ed Sullivan Show" debut, surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr hobble onto the stage (I kid!) for a night of musical merriment with John Mayer, Keith Urban, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Maroon 5 and the reunited Eurythmics.
The Walking Dead
8 p.m., AMC
The prison gang is scattered and running from walkers. Read my full review here.
The Making of a Lady
9 p.m., PBS
Things are genteel and lovely for a kind-hearted ladies companion who marries the son of her employer until his creepy cousin comes-a-calling. Then this "Downton Abbey" doppelganger turns dark and mysterious.
Other Sunday premieres
9 p.m. "Talking Dead," AMC
10 p.m. "Comic Book Men," AMC
TTBA "Fresh Meat," Hulu
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