On TV this weekend
Smallville, 8 p.m., CW Comic-book nerdery meets blaxploitation fandom as Pam Grier shows up as a villainess. It's like an episode tailor-made for us.
Shark Tank, 9 p.m., ABC Some guy tries to sell an umbrella that straps on your body. But then what will we put in our briefcase?
Medium, 9 p.m., CBS Allison keeps seeing the same guy's face on everyone she meets, including her husband. Wait 'til the marriage counselor hears this one.
NUMB3RS, 10 p.m., CBS Marilu Henner and William Katt guest star in every fan of '80s TV's dream episode.
The Motown Maurice Show, 1 a.m., MyTV Tampa Bay You read about Maurice Jeoffroy in tbt* Thursday, so welcome his new late-night show, featuring a baseball player, a local rapper and Thelma from Good Times. Tune in after you wobble home from the clubs.
Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America, 9:30 p.m., VH1 Not only was Don Cornelius's black American Bandstand revolutionary TV, the music was a whole lot better, too.
NASCAR 2010: Budweiser Shootout, 8 p.m., Fox Our resident NASCAR fan tells us this is the first official race of the season, but it's not points-paying. So this is kinda like the preseason still, right?
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, 8 p.m., Animal Planet Speaking of preseason, this is sort of like the AAA version of dog shows before the major leagues of Westminster.
Puppy Bowl VI, 3 p.m., Animal Planet Want to make this interesting? Make the losers from Saturday's dog show play each other here for second place.
Super Bowl XLIV, 6:30 p.m., CBS Who shall we root for? The thoroughly inoffensive (but in a good way) Indianapolis Colts, who've won a ring before and are peaking, or the downtrodden New Orleans Saints, who have never made the big show before and stumbled through the last third of the season? Peyton Manning vs. Drew Brees is a tough call, but we have to decide, because the commercials aren't good enough to hold our attention anymore.
SERIES PREMIERE Undercover Boss, 10 p.m., CBS We don't want to watch a show where white collar bosses take on menial tasks. We want to watch their blue collar underlings drop 'em in a dunking booth. That's entertainment.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org