TV critic’s corner for Sunday, Feb. 3

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By Sarah Rodman

Elementary 10 p.m., Channel 4

This modern spin on Sherlock Holmes seems an odd choice for the post-Super Bowl berth. Which isn’t to say it isn’t good; it just feels a little quiet for the big noisy placement. But the season’s number one new show has been consistently entertaining, with Jonny Lee Miller playing Holmes as a curmudgeonly, eccentric genius in recovery and Lucy Liu as his patient, whip-smart-in-her-own-right sober companion, Watson. Miller and Liu were excited about the show’s ratings success and being chosen for the high-profile Super Bowl boost, but when talking to reporters at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, they confessed bewilderment about all of the ratings information. “You hear various permutations of numbers, and who’s doing best, and demographics, and all that stuff, and it can be quite confusing. So we tend to just concentrate on our work,” said Miller. “We just decided it’s better not to pay attention to it,” agreed Liu. The actress also confided that at the Emmys last year she met Martin Freeman, who plays Watson on PBS’s esteemed “Sherlock,” and the pair took a picture together. “He was lovely.” Pictured above: Miller and Liu.

Puppy Bowl IX


3 p.m., Animal Planet


Super Bowl XLVII

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6:25 p.m., Channel 4

Beyoncé headlines halftime.

Downton Abbey

9 p.m., Channel 2


Mourning Sybil.

The Music Man

8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

Trouble in River City.

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