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TV picks for Feb. 8: 'Touch' and Whitney Houston special

  • Article by: Neal Justin
  • Star Tribune
  • February 7, 2013 - 2:31 PM

Tackling grief

Minneapolis native Larry Fitzgerald Jr. may not have made it to the Super Bowl, but he does get the spotlight during “NFL Characters Unite” (6 p.m. Friday, USA), an occasional special that shows that star athletes have human problems just like us. The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver shares how he recovered from losing his mother after her long battle with cancer.

Run, Kiefer, run

Kiefer Sutherland tests his popularity by returning to “Touch” (7 p.m. Friday, KMSP, Ch. 9), his 2012 underperforming drama about a father trying to protect his son from bad guys who want to use his supernatural powers. Looks like producers are attempting to create a show more akin to “24” by pumping up the suspense and making Sutherland run. A lot.

Houston, we have a problem

I miss Whitney Houston as much as any pop fan, but isn’t it time to let her rest in peace? “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family” (8 p.m. Saturday, WCCO, Ch. 4) purports to be a look at how the awards show scrambled to react to the untimely demise of its diva, but it smells like just another attempt to capitalize on a tragedy.

Welcome, Matt

Less than two weeks after succesfully sabotaging “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Matt Damon returns to the small screen, playing himself on a new episode of “House of Lies” (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime). The appearance reunites him with “Ocean’s 11” co-star Don Cheadle.

Neal Justin

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