Pick Of The Week
Super Bowl XXXII
Sunday, Jan. 25, 6-10 p.m. (NBC)
TV highlights for the week of Jan. 24-30. All times are Eastern; check local listings.
Snoopy Bowl (Nickelodeon, 2-5 p.m.): Grab a blanket and snuggle up in your favorite chair. It's "Snoopy Bowl" on Nickelodeon. The weekend celebration begins Friday (8-8:30 p.m.) with the special "It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown," followed by two three-hour blocks of "Peanuts" episodes airing Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. both days.
News Saturday Night (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): To coincide with Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba, anchorman Peter Jennings will take you there live and talk to the people about their homeland. He will also take a look at historic "Old Havana" and examine Cuba's nightlife in its jazz and disco clubs. The program is hosted by Forrest Sawyer.
Super Bowl XXXII (NBC, 6-10 p.m.): For 13 years, no American Football Conference team has won the Super Bowl. Can the Denver Broncos buck the trend? No, if you believe in polls or pundits. The Green Bay Packers, with four-time MVP Brett Favre, are overwhelming favorites. The pregame show begins at 3:30 p.m.
American Music Awards (ABC, 8-11 p.m.): Drew Carey hosts the 25th annual awards show, which recognizes the public's favorite artists (measured through sales) in 29 categories from pop/rock to country. Nominees include Jewel, Mary J. Blige, and Trisha Yearwood. But topping them all is rapper Puff Daddy, who's nominated for best artist in three categories: Pop/Rock, Soul/Rhythm & Blues, and Rap/Hip-Hop.
The Irish in America: Long Journey Home (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): This six-hour documentary evocatively captures the Irish experience in America. From the 17th-century Irish settlers and the potato-famine refugees of the 1840s, "Long Journey" is a tapestry of Irish stories: the families, workers, athletes, entertainers, industrialists, and the Kennedys. Rare film footage enlivens this interview-based documentary. Parts 2 and 3 air Tuesday and Wednesday. (TV-PG)
State of the Union Address (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, 9-10 p.m.): In his fifth annual address, President Clinton will share with Congress his vision for the year. Among the likely topics are child-care subsidies, expansion of Medicare to younger retirees, balancing the budget, education, and a Health Care Bill of Rights. The Republican response and expert analyses will follow.
Seinfeld (NBC, 8:30-9 p.m.): "Seinfeld" on Wednesday night? That's right - one of several extra installments before it signs off this spring. In a repeat from October, Kramer (Michael Richards) hires a college intern so he can concentrate on Kramerica Industries. Meanwhile, George's (Jason Alexander) boss tries to fire him, and Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) bets Jerry she won't get back together with her ex-boyfriend. (TV-14)
Australian Open (ESPN, 9:30-11:30 p.m.): Women's tennis final. The competition is expected to be tough throughout the year, so 1998's first Grand Slam event will be a barometer of things to come.