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Critic’s picks: Television

CBS

Cristin Milioti on “How I Met Your Mother.”

SUNDAY

56th GRAMMY AWARDS 8 p.m., CBS

LL Cool J hosts “music’s biggest night” as the award train rolls on to its latest stop. Expect to see a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles hitting Stateside that will include Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney as well as the quirky artist pairings that are the show’s calling card, including a collaboration between heavy metal titans Metallica and classical piano virtuoso Lang Lang.

MONDAY

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 8 p.m., CBS

The wedding weekend continues in Farhampton and we learn what has been going on in the mother’s life these last eight years. Planting the seeds — and Easter eggs — for the spinoff perhaps? (Pictured: Cristin Milioti.)

TUESDAY

STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 9 p.m., ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and others

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President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress and the nation for the fifth time. For those looking for an enhanced experience, WhiteHouse
.gov/SOTU will be offering live graphs, charts, and information during the speech.

WEDNESDAY

SUPER BOWL’S GREATEST COMMERCIALS 8 p.m., CBS

The Super Bowl is perhaps the only programming on broadcast television in which people actually want to watch the commercials. This special, hosted by the odd couple of Sarah
Shahi and Boomer Esiason, rounds up some of the most memorable ads of the past and previews a few coming next Sunday.

THURSDAY

PARKS AND RECREATION 8:30 p.m., NBC

It is literally time to say goodbye to Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) and Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) as they depart Pawnee for Michigan. And since Leslie (Amy Poehler) is throwing their goodbye bash, we know it’s going to be a humdinger.

FRIDAY

BILLY JOEL: A MATTER OF TRUST — THE BRIDGE TO RUSSIA 9 p.m., Showtime

In 1988, the piano man — and his family — went on a mini-tour to the former Soviet Union to perform the first fully staged rock shows. The trip was immortalized in his song “Leningrad” and its video and the live “Kohuept” album. This film documents both the high points and difficulties of Joel’s excursion back in the USSR.

SATURDAY

NFL HONORS 8 p.m., Fox

On the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII, the National Football League salutes its best players and season highlights. Alec Baldwin hosts this two-hour special from Radio City Music Hall. The newest class of enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be introduced during the show.

SARAH RODMAN

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