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Must See HDTV (February 25th - March 3rd)


Among the usual returning shows we have a few all new entries, including two new Comedy Central series as well as ABC's Red Widow conspiracy drama. For something we truly have not seen on TV before, Syfy is tossing in Robot Combat League, while ESPN does its part with a couple of 3D broadcasts planned. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

Robot Combat League
If you were an avid Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots player or a huge fan of the movie Real Steel, Syfy's latest reality / game show is probably made for you. Robot Combat League is hosted by wrestler Chris Jericho and features competitors strapped into suits that translate their movements to eight-foot-tall robot avatars that actually do the fighting. Not sold? Take a peek now with not only a trailer embedded after the break, but also the first two episodes in their entirety (also viewable on the site in a larger window here). It's different, to say the least, and there's $100,000 on the line to make things interesting.
(February 26th, Syfy, 10PM)

One of our favorite shows returns for its seventh season as Shawn and Gus continue to operate their fake psychic detective agency. As always, we expect a number of nostalgic 80s and 90s throwbacks, complete with guest stars from the era. The show has managed to operate in a basic cable niche in a way network shows like Community don't get the chance to, although if you're not into its particular comedic flavor, it's unlikely to change gears at this point. Check out a trailer after the break.
(February 27th, USA, 10PM)

A new season of MLS kicks off this weekend, and for US soccer fans all 20 matches will be aired ESPN channels, with 18 of them on Sundays for a more consistent -- and potentially subbing in for that other football -- schedule. Notable this season is that this is the first time the soccer league will be in 3D, with plans for seven live broadcasts, plus an eighth that will be tape delayed. There are also plans for international matches, the All-Star game and the playoffs, dates and times TBD. The Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls game this weekend will be the first in 3D, check the schedule for the rest.
(March 3rd, ESPN 2 / ESPN 3D, 7:30PM)

Blu-ray & Games

  • The Master
  • Chasing Mavericks
  • Silent Hill: Revelation (3D)
  • Holy Motors
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Company of Heroes
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 (March 2nd)
  • Rayman Legends (Xbox 360, PS3)


  • The Bachelor, ABC, 8PM
  • Bones, Fox, 8PM
  • Continuum, Syfy, 8PM
  • The Carrie Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM
  • Switched at Birth, ABC Family, 8PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • Rules of Engagement, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Dallas, TNT, 9PM
  • Top Gear, BBC America, 9PM
  • The Following, Fox, 9PM
  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 9PM
  • 90210, CW, 9PM
  • Being Human, Syfy, 9PM
  • Bunheads (season finale), ABC Family, 9PM
  • Mike & Molly, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Monday Mornings, TNT, 10PM
  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10PM
  • The Devils Ride , Discovery, 10PM
  • Deception, NBC, 10PM
  • Castle, ABC, 10PM
  • Inside Comedy, Showtime, 11PM


  • Robot Combat League (series premiere), Syfy, 10PM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM
  • Raising Hope, Fox, 8 & 8:30PM
  • Betty White's Off Their Rockers, NBC, 8PM
  • Hart of Dixie, CW, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Parade's End: Part 1/2, HBO, 9 & 10:30PM
  • Go On, NBC, 9PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter, FX, 9PM
  • The Lying Game, CW, 9PM
  • New Girl, Fox, 9PM
  • The Taste, ABC, 9PM
  • The Bachelor, ABC, 9PM
  • Cult, CW, 9PM
  • Dual Survival, Discovery, 9PM
  • The Mindy Project, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Body of Proof, ABC, 10PM
  • Smash, NBC, 10PM
  • Africa, Discovery, 10PM
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Cougar Town, TBS, 10PM
  • White Collar, USA, 10PM
  • Justified, FX, 10PM
  • The Jeselnik Offensive, Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • Guys With Kids (season finale), NBC, 8:30PM
  • Boston's Finest (season premiere), TNT, 9PM
  • Psych (season premiere), USA, 10PM
  • Stranded (series premiere), Syfy, 10PM
  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • Arrow, CW, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • Whitney, NBC, 8PM
  • WWE Main Event, Ion, 8PM
  • Knicks/Warriors, ESPN, 8PM
  • The Neighbors, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM
  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 9PM
  • Parade's End: Part 3/4, HBO, 9 & 10:05PM
  • Suburgatory, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Workaholics, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Southland, TNT, 10PM
  • CSI, CBS, 10PM
  • The Americans, FX, 10PM
  • Nashville, ABC, 10PM
  • Nuggets/Trail Blazers, ESPN, 10:30PM
  • The Kroll Show, Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • The Ben Show (series premiere), Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Nathan for You (series premiere), Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Zero Hour, ABC, 8PM
  • Community, NBC, 8PM
  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 8PM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • 76ers/Bulls, TNT, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • Parade's End Part 5 (miniseries finale), HBO, 9PM
  • Comic Book Men, AMC, 9PM
  • 1600 Penn, NBC, 9:30PM
  • Anger Management, FX, 9:30PM
  • Freakshow, AMC, 9:30PM
  • Immortalized, AMC, 10PM
  • King of the Nerds, TBS, 10PM
  • Archer, FX, 10PM
  • Bellator MMA Live, Spike TV, 10PM
  • Legit, FX, 10:30PM
  • Timberwolves/Lakers, TNT, 10:30PM
  • Brand X with Russell Brand, 11PM


  • Last Man Standing, ABC, 8PM
  • Nikita, CW, 8PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Grizzlies/Heat, ESPN, 8PM
  • Malibu Country, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Touch, Fox, 9PM
  • Spartacus: War of the Damned, Starz, 9PM
  • Friday Night Fights, ESPN2, 9PM
  • Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 10PM
  • Banshee, Cinemax, 10PM
  • Portlandia (season finale), IFC, 10PM
  • Out There, IFC, 10:30PM
  • Thunder/Nuggets, ESPN, 10:30PM


  • Cops, Fox, 8PM
  • American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 8PM
  • Ripper Street, BBC America, 9PM
  • Arizona/UCLA men's college basketball, ESPN / ESPN3D, 9PM
  • Saturday Night Live: Kevin Hart / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, NBC, 11:30PM


  • The Apprentice (season premiere), NBC, 9PM
  • Red Widow (series premiere), ABC, 9PM
  • Enlightened (season finale), HBO, 9:30PM
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Phoenix, Fox, 3PM
  • Timbers/Red Bulls MLS, ESPN2 / ESPN 3D, 7:30PM
  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7PM
  • SEC Storied: Miracle 3, ESPN, 8PM
  • Bulls/Pacers, ESPN, 8PM
  • Once Upon A Time, ABC, 8PM
  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM
  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 8PM
  • The Cleveland Show, Fox, 8:30PM
  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9PM
  • Girls, HBO, 9PM
  • The Good Wife, CBS, 9PM
  • Shameless, Showtime, 9PM
  • Bob's Burgers, Fox, 9:30PM
  • House of Lies, Showtime, 10PM
  • Kings of Crash, Velocity, 10PM
  • Talking Dead, AMC, 10PM
  • Californication, Showtime, 10:30PM

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