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February 05, 2012

SUNDAY

The New York Giants, the New England Patriots, Madonna: The first one plays the second and the third headlines the halftime show at "Super Bowl XLVI" in Indianapolis. And in between? Commercials, commercials, commercials! (NBC, 3 p.m.)

Speaking of Madonna — or rather, another fashion-forward dance-pop diva of more recent vintage — the special "Chasing Gaga" charts the rags-to-meat-dress rise of one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga. (TV Guide, 9 p.m.)

MONDAY

So what if Katherine McPhee, above, came in runner-up on the fifth season of "American Idol." The gal's a trouper, and she'll be belting 'em out Broadway style in the new musical drama "Smash." Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston also star. (NBC, 10 p.m.)

TUESDAY

The popular host of an outdoor-adventure show (Bruce Greenwood) finds himself up a creek without a paddle … only it's not a creek, it's "The River" in this new mystery drama set in the Amazon. "24's" Leslie Hope also stars. (ABC, 9 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY

Look who's talking: Late-night host Charlie Rose and "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan attempt to fill the shoes of Edward R. Murrow in a revamped version of the broadcast legend's 1950s-era interview program "Person to Person." (CBS, 8 p.m.)

THURSDAY

Used to be courtin' a gal meant a lot of small talk while sittin' in her parlor under the watchful eyes of her folks. Nowadays it's all done with computers, like in the special "Love at First Byte: The Secret of Online Dating." (CNBC, 6, 7, 9 and 10 p.m.)

FRIDAY

"Valentine's Day Massacre" is what you'll get if you don't to buy candy for your sweetie on that special day. It's also a special reconstructing the infamous 1929 slayings ordered by Chicago mob boss Al Capone. (National Geographic, 10 p.m.)

SATURDAY

An illegal alien of the extraterrestrial variety, below, who sounds a lot like Seth Rogen and goes by the name of "Paul," is befriended by two nerdy Brits (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost) in this 2011 sci-fi send-up. "SNL's" Kristen Wiig also stars. (Cinemax, 10 p.m.)

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