You must have a heart of stone not to smile at the prospect of Puppy Bowl airing this Sunday on Animal Planet. My personal goal is seeing if I can commandeer a TV at my friend Michael's Super Bowl party to watch the fourth-annual event. After all, for the first time, the adorable doggies will be broadcast in high-definition to capture their thrilling "ruff" housing in stunning clarity. I'm thinking of baking up Yum's original recipe for Gooey Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream so hopefully the goodness will lure the boys away from the flat screen . . . so us girls can go gaga over the pooches! The channel's really releasing the hounds this year – the three-hour show airs essentially on repeat from 3PM to 3AM (EST) – at the very least, I'll try to convince them not to watch Tom Petty and opt for the coinciding Kitty Half-Time Show instead. Benefiting animal rescue, if you see a face you like up there, learn more about the participating, adoptable canines and felines all coming from Maryland-area shelters!
- 20th Century Fox snatches up distribution rights to Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary, says Reuters.
- Shakira and Wyclef Jean will perform together at the Grammys on Sunday, reports Billboard.
- Snickers has pulled its kissing mechanics ad after complaints that it was homophobic, the AP reports.
- Norah Jones's new album moves to No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
- Tired of all those dance competition movies? Weinstein Company has signed on to produce a spoof called Dirty Step Stomp, according to Variety.
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So there's this football game on Sunday. A so-called "Super Bowl," and if you didn't know that, then a few cable channels are looking for you. Most of the big networks just roll over on Super Bowl Sunday, putting on repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" or "Grease: You're the One That I Want" and gift-wrapping the day's ratings for whichever channel has the big game (this year, it's CBS).
But cable networks seem to think there's a niche market of people (mostly women) who don't watch the Super Bowl but would keep the TV on if it were tuned to a knitting marathon.
That's right, a knitting marathon. The DIY Network is showing several back-to-back episodes of its show "Knitty Gritty" during the Super Bowl. On the one hand, it's hip knitting (read: iPod cozies), and there's a charity tie-in for people to help make blankets for the needy. But still: It's knitting. On television. For hours. At least there would be plenty of needles handy if you wanted to stick one in your eye.
That's far from the only bad idea on Super Bowl Sunday, so read more