Figure skating, skiing and hockey at the Sochi Olympics are likely to command the biggest audiences this week. NBC should score another easy win in the ratings.
But it's a busy week for other reasons. Jimmy Fallon takes over "The Tonight Show," now in New York, at midnight Monday on NBC. Will Smith and U2 will be the first guests Monday. The other first-week guests are Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig and Lady Gaga on Tuesday; Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw on Wednesday; Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell and Arcade Fire on Thursday; and Justin Timberlake on Friday.
Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers host the Hall of Game Awards at 7 p.m. Monday on Cartoon Network. Jason Derulo and Fall Out Boy perform.
The CW rolls out "Star-Crossed," a science-fiction drama, at 8 p.m. Monday. Think "Romeo and Juliet" in a 2024 high school. Earth girl (Aimee Teegarden) and extraterrestrial boy (Matt Lanter) form a bond as political intrigue builds. Will their attraction bloom into something more substantial? A tragic twist would seem to doom them, but they may thrive in The CW galaxy, where romance often defies logic.
"American Idol" enters a new phase this week in three episodes at 8 p.m. on Fox. The top female singers perform Tuesday, the top male contenders sing Wednesday, and the 13 finalists are announced Thursday.
PBS' "Frontline" looks at social media and its influence on teenagers in "Generation Like" at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The program explores marketers' power in these arenas and whether teens feel they are being used.
Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" gets in the Oscar mood with two programs on nominees. An interview with Amy Adams of "American Hustle" airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday. A chat with Matthew McConaughey of "Dallas Buyers Club" can be seen at 8 p.m. Thursday. James Lipton, of course, asks the questions.
Finally, some more good news for NBC. Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes couldn't do it, but maybe David Walton will. The goal: Headline a hit sitcom for NBC.
Walton stars in "About a Boy," which is based on the Nick Hornby novel and the Hugh Grant movie. The best news: Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") created the comedy that will preview at 11:07 p.m. Saturday after the Olympics.
Walton plays Will, a self-absorbed bachelor who befriends a quirky neighbor boy, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham). Marcus suffers because of bullies and a difficult mom, Fiona (Minnie Driver). Yet Will helps the boy out of jams, and a promising friendship and a delightful show are born. NBC will need the show after the Olympics end.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun