Critic’s picks for Jan. 30: Super Bowl ads, more

  • Updated: January 29, 2013 - 3:51 PM

Keri Russell is a Russian agent in a strange land — the American suburbs — in “The Americans.”

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Boomer Esiason and Aisha Tyler make odd bedfellows as they host “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2013” (7 p.m., WCCO, Ch. 4) or as ad agencies call it, “One Hour of Free Plugs.” If this goes well, expect Tyler to move to “The NFL Today” and leave room for Esiason to join “The Talk.”

The defense doesn’t rest

Nia Vardalos’ career hasn’t exactly soared since her 2002 sleeper, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” but we’re still excited about her guest-starring as a tough defense attorney on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (8 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11). On the docket: The Case of the Missing Career.

Suburban spies

“The Americans” (9 p.m., FX), a new series about Russian agents who have infiltrated the suburbs in the 1980s, has the misfortune of debuting in the wake of “Homeland,” a much stronger spy-vs.-spy series. Still, it’s fun to hear producers recycle Fleetwood Mac tunes and watch Keri Russell recycle the martial-arts moves she learned for “Mission: Impossible III.”

Neal Justin

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