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Television

The ticket: Television

SUNDAY

NEW GIRL 10:30 p.m. (after the Super Bowl), FOX

His name is Prince, and he loves Zooey. So much so that the royal Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is guest-starring on this post-Super Bowl edition of the comedy. Unsurprisingly, he plays himself, as Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and CeCe (Hannah Simone) accept an invitation to attend a party at his house.

MONDAY

QUALITY BALLS — THE DAVID STEINBERG STORY 9:30 p.m., SHOWTIME

A comic’s comic, Steinberg’s long career as a satirist is celebrated in this documentary, which includes archival footage of his many appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and testimonials from friends and fellow comics such as Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. The doc is followed by the Season 3 premiere of Steinberg’s series “Inside Comedy.”

TUESDAY

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE AMISH SHUNNED 9 p.m., CHANNEL 2

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This new PBS documentary explores one of the most painful aspects of Amish life, shunning. It follows seven former Amish and the price they and the family members left behind pay when they are shunned.

WEDNESDAY

FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND 10 p.m., BBC AMERICA

The second installment of a four-part miniseries about Ian Fleming, the British Naval Intelligence officer who bears a striking resemblance to the dashing superspy he created.

THURSDAY

AMERICAN IDOL 8 p.m., FOX

The auditions are mercifully over and Hollywood week begins as the hopefuls face their next challenge. The lighter, friendlier chemistry between judges — returnees Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban and shot-in-the-arm newbie Harry Connick Jr. — hopefully bodes well for a better season.

FRIDAY

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE
2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
7:30 p.m., NBC

Details about what will happen during the always dramatic ceremony are scant as usual but now at least we know what Ralph Lauren uniforms the Team USA athletes will be wearing. They may look a little like Christmas-Cosby sweaters, but at least they will be warm.

SATURDAY

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW 10 p.m., BBC AMERICA

Alright, alright, alright, the white-hot Matthew McConaughey, currently starring in HBO’s “True Detective” and winning awards left (Golden Globe) and right (Screen Actors Guild) for his work in “Dallas Buyers Club,” will be gracing Norton’s couch. He’ll no doubt be advising fellow guests Sheryl Crow, Julianne Moore, and Alan Davies to just keep livin’.

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