By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service
"The NFL Playoffs," 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., ABC. The road to the Super Bowl starts this weekend with battles of the wild card teams. Today ABC has this doubleheader. On Sunday afternoon, CBS and FOX take over with one game each. That all leads up to the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in New Orleans.
Pretend You Don't See Her," 8 p.m., Pax TV. Mary Higgins Clark has turned out 23 mystery novels, consistently hitting the best seller list. Now here is the second of six being turned into Pax movies. Emma Samms ("Dynasty") plays a stylish Manhattan real-estate agent who accidentally witnesses the murder of a woman whose daughter has already been killed. Now she must duck to Minneapolis and enter a witness protection program. She can't resist investigating the killings herself even as a hit man tracks her. All of this is done in a fairly straightforward style. Like most Pax movies "Pretend" is neither good nor bad. It's a decent, low-budget effort to keep us interested.
"The Real World Marathon," Begins at 10 a.m., MTV. On Tuesday, MTV will launch its new edition, set in Chicago. First, it's getting us in the mood with rerun marathons.
"Top of the Pops," 2 p.m., BBC America. This show began in 1964 with the Rolling Stones singing "I Wanna Be Your Man" (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney). It went on to range from The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to Madonna and Michael Jackson. Now it begins its American run. It promises Jennifer Lopez, Paul McCartney, Destiny's Child and more.
"Figure Skating: U.S. Championships," 6 p.m., ABC Family. Now that it's owned by ABC, this channel (formerly FOX Family) will have some instant reruns. Here is the U.S. men's championship round.
"That's Life," 8 p.m., CBS. This well-made drama/comedy has floundered since it was moved to Fridays. Now it gets a Saturday shot. Heather Paige Kent stars as a tough-talking New Jersey bartender remaking her life by going back to school in her 30s.