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The Ticket: Television

“Puppy Bowl XII.”
“Puppy Bowl XII.”Damian Strohmeyer for Animal Planet

SUNDAY

Puppy Bowl XII, 3 p.m.,
Animal Planet

Panthers blah blah blah Broncos blah blah blah commercials blah. The real Super Bowl is, of course, the Puppy Bowl, as Team Ruff and Team Fluff duke it out for the second year in a row. Which group will be the new champions of the cuteness realm? Which player will be named the competition’s MFP — most fetching player? And who of the many deserving pups will take home the coveted prize for best puppy breath?

MONDAY

Angie Tribeca, 9 p.m., TBS

In order to like this new Rashida Jones series, you have an abiding respect for really good bad puns. It’s a spoof of “Law & Order”-like crime procedurals, and it has the flip tone of movies like “Naked Gun” and “Hot Shots!” The character names include Lieutenant Chet Atkins, Jean Nate, Fisher Price, John and Jane Dough, Sergeant Pepper, and my favorite, Monica Scholls, who is, of course, a doctor. And there is a long list of guest stars, including James Franco, Bill Murray, and Lisa Kudrow. If you’re able to turn off your brain, “Angie Tribeca” can provide a lot of silly fun.

TUESDAY

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story 10 p.m., FX

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This episode of the new show, which did well for FX in last week’s premiere, features a re-creation of the immortal Bronco chase. While Cuba Gooding’s suicidal O.J. Simpson flees, John Travolta’s Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer’s Robert Kardashian deal with the fallout. I thought I had O.J. burnout for the rest of my life, but Ryan Murphy and his clever series have sucked me back in.

WEDNESDAY

Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall 8 p.m., Showtime

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Well, the title kind of says it all. This documentary looks at Jackson’s rise to fame. I’m thinking the archival footage and the rarely seen interviews with the Jackson family will be of interest.

THURSDAY

London Spy 10 p.m., BBC America

Props to Jim Broadbent, who turns his supporting role in this mesmerizing drama into something special. He plays Scottie, who has been smitten with his younger friend, Ben Whishaw’s Danny, for many years. Can he help Danny through the mysterious loss of his lover?

FRIDAY

American Masters: B.B. King
9 p.m., WGBH 2

In this profile of B.B. King, who died last year, we see him talking about his life and career, including an explanation for why he named his guitars Lucille. The documentary also includes footage of King in a 1968 Fillmore West concert. Among those interviewed: Bono, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, and Ringo Starr.

SATURDAY

Being There 10:15 p.m., TCM

Hal Ashby directed this brilliant 1979 adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s satire of television and politics. Is there a better film to watch at this point in the campaign process? Peter Sellers is perfection as Chance the gardener. I like to watch . . . this movie.

MATTHEW GILBERT


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.