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Plenty of bowls on TV to choose from on Super Bowl Sunday

By Rob Owen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

First, there was the “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet, and it returns this year for its 10th anniversary, airing 3-5 p.m. Sunday and repeating through the evening afterward for a total of six airings. During each airing viewers can vote online (at AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowlMVP) for which puppy should be crowned MVP.

But now “Puppy Bowl” has been joined by other alternatives, including Hallmark Channel’s “Kitten Bowl” (noon-3 p.m. and repeating at 3, 6 and 9 p.m.), hosted by Beth Stern.

The “Kitten Bowl” stars 71 kittens who have been adopted and features appearances by Regis Philbin, Hoda Kotb, Rachael Ray, Lisa Vanderpump, Rocco DiSpirito, Nicky Hilton, Kelly Rutherford, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Carrie Ann Inaba and others.

Not to be outdone, Nat Geo Wild introduces “Fish Bowl” (6-10 p.m.), which will feature a goldfish named Goldie simply swimming around in a bowl.

Desperate for attention, The Weather Channel will air “The Weather Bowl,” with an update on weather conditions at the game and in Denver and Seattle (in anticipation of celebration or dejection), during the Super Bowl halftime, about 8-9 p.m. Sunday.

And in its rush to the bottom, Destination America offers a “Toilet Bowl,” a marathon of episodes of “King of Thrones” (noon-3 p.m.), about bathroom renovations.

NBC has its own alternative to Super Bowl pregame coverage, the “Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals” (5-6 p.m.), featuring dogs competing in Olympic-style events.

As for that possible “Seinfeld” reunion commercial shot a few weeks ago in New York at the show’s Tom’s Restaurant location, Jerry Seinfeld cryptically answered questions about it in an interview with WFAN sports radio in New York, saying it wasn’t a commercial or an episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” adding “It’s a secret project.” (Probably a Super Bowl commercial.)

Last week on the set of TV Land’s “The Exes,” when asked if he was involved in the secret project, Wayne Knight, who played Newman, looked up, smiled and said, “Here’s where your story says, ‘He doesn’t answer.’ 

Fans of HBO’s “Girls” and “Looking” take note: The shows premiere new episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 1 to avoid running new episodes against Super Bowl programming. The same episodes will air again in their usual Sunday-night time slots.

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