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Must See HDTV for the week of February 17th: Winter Olympics, Daytona 500 and Strider

Must See HDTV for the week of February 17th: Winter Olympics, Daytona 500 and Strider
Richard Lawler
Richard Lawler|@Rjcc|February 17, 2014 7:39 PM

This is the final week of the Winter Olympics, with the closing ceremonies scheduled for Sunday night. Bob Costas is back (with less creepy demon-possessed eye infection stare) plus plenty of action including bobsled, short-track speed skating, hockey finals and of course, curling. Game of Thrones season three will hit the shelves on Blu-ray, so whether you're looking for a recap or just getting your first look in 1080p, now is the time. Racing fans can also look forward to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, while gamers can enjoy a remake of the classic game Strider on current and next-gen systems this week -- although honestly, many of us are just trying to finish off House of Cards before the spoilers become impossible to avoid or filter out. Usually we don't point out the late-night weekly shows, but tonight Jimmy Fallon takes over the Tonight Show chair from Jay Leno. Check after the break for trailers plus our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and gaming.

Blu-ray, Streaming movies & Games

  • Game of Thrones (S3)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (Criterion Collection)
  • Darkman (Collector's Edition)
  • Nurse Jackie (S5)
  • Earth Defense Force 2025 (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Strider (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
  • Rayman Legends (PS4)
  • NASCAR '14 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)


  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games, NBC, 8PM
  • Almost Human, Fox, 8PM
  • The Bachelor, ABC, 8PM
  • Switched at Birth, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Star-Crossed (series premiere), CW, 8PM
  • Bitten, Syfy, 8PM
  • Top Gear, BBC America, 8:30PM
  • The Following, Fox, 9PM
  • Being Human, Syfy, 9PM
  • Beauty and the Beast, CW, 9PM
  • The Fosters, ABC Family, 9PM
  • Lost Girl, Syfy, 10PM
  • The Devil's Ride, Discovery, 10PM
  • Castle, ABC, 10PM
  • Intelligence, CBS, 10PM
  • Don't Trust Andrew Mayne, A&E, 11 & 11:30PM
  • Inside Comedy, Showtime, 11PM


  • 2014 Winter Olympic Games, NBC, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, 8PM
  • American Experience, PBS, 9PM
  • Face Off, Syfy, 9PM
  • Twisted, ABC Family, 9PM
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Killer Women, ABC, 10PM
  • Opposite Worlds, Syfy, 10PM
  • Cougar Town, TBS, 10PM
  • Kroll Show, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Are You The One?, MTV, 11PM


  • 2014 Winter Olympic Games, NBC, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • Opposite Worlds, Syfy, 8PM
  • WWE Main Event, ION, 8PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM
  • Super Fun Night (season finale), ABC, 9:30PM
  • Workaholics, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Men at Work, TBS, 10PM
  • CSI, CBS, 10PM
  • Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond (season finale), BBC America, 10PM
  • Unsung: Nile Rodgers and Chic (season finale), TV One, 10PM
  • Broad City, Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • NASCAR Budweiser Duels, Fox Sports 1, 7PM
  • 2014 Winter Olympic Games, NBC, 8PM
  • Heat/Thunder, TNT, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • The Taste (season finale), ABC, 8PM
  • Rake, Fox, 9PM
  • King of the Nerds, TBS, 10PM
  • Rockets/Warriors, TNT, 10:30PM
  • Jerks with Cameras, MTV, 11PM


  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games, NBC, 8PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Cold Justice, TNT, 8PM
  • APB with Troy Dunn, TNT, 9PM
  • Banshee, Cinemax, 10PM
  • Helix, Syfy, 10PM


  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games, NBC, 8PM
  • The Daytona 500 Bash at the Beach, Fox, 8PM
  • Ripper Street (season premiere), BBC America, 9PM
  • 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards, TV One, 9PM
  • Black Sails, Starz, 9PM
  • About a Boy, NBC, 11PM


  • Daytona 500, Fox, 12PM
  • 2014 Winter Olympic Games, NBC, 7PM
  • The Amazing Race (season premiere), CBS, 8PM
  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9PM
  • True Detective, HBO, 9PM
  • Downton Abbey (season finale), PBS, 9PM
  • Shameless, Showtime, 9PM
  • House of Lies, Showtime, 10PM
  • Talking Dead, AMC, 10PM
  • Girls, HBO, 10PM
  • Looking, HBO, 10:30PM
  • Episodes, Showtime, 10:30PM
  • Growing Up Fisher (series premiere), NBC, 10:38PM
  • Comic Book Men, AMC, 11:59PM
Must See HDTV for the week of February 17th: Winter Olympics, Daytona 500 and Strider