Football fans can't really complain about last night's Super Bowl, one of the more exciting games of the last decade.
And that's what it should be. Until last year and this year, it seems all of the attention has been on the ads and the halftime acts rather than the game itself.
The game came down to the final minute before Pittsburgh came away with its record sixth title.
As for the rest of it, Bruce Springsteen was OK, though please explain why he opened with "10th Avenue Freeze Out," complete with a crotch-first slide into the cameraman. And what the heck was the little skit they through in with Little Steven and the referree throwing the flag during "Glory Days?"
None of the ads were especially memorable, except early on. The two best were the Bud Light one where the guy is tossed out the office, and the Doritos ad with the "crytal ball" and the vending machine.
The much-hyped 3-D ad didn't do a whole lot. Considering I saw it on a large, plasma HD screen, the 3-D effects were pretty mediocre. Let's hope the effects for tonight's 3-D "Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.) are much better.
But, like last year, it was nice to see the focus of the evening back to where it should be: the game itself.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Sweeps month means a whole bunch of new stuff, beginning wit the aforementioned 3-D "Chuck." It's followed by a new "Heroes" (NBC, 9 p.m.), which is notable for the return of writer Bryan Fuller, who takes over as showrunner after the cancellation of "Pushing Daisies." Fuller promises to get the show back on track by returning to the core premise -- ordinary people with extraordinary gifts. We'll see how it goes. It's followed by the season premiere of "Medium."
CBS' comedy lineup is back with new episodes, followed by a new "CSI: Miami" at 10 p.m.
"House" (Fox, 8 p.m.) takes on the case of a famed cancer researcher, while the danger continues on "24." (I'm not really sure what's happening on "24," so that seems like a fairly safe description.)
ABC continues with "The Bachelor" and "True Beauty." On The CW, there are new episodes of "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill."
"American Experience" (PBS, 9 p.m.) traces the search for the cure to polio.
On cable, "The Closer" (TNT, 9 p.m.) is new, followed by the second episode of "Trust Me," which won't have a hilarious cameo from Jason O'Mara, unlike last week's pilot.
"The Secret Life Of An American Teenager" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) is brand new, as is "Kyle XY," which is in its last season, the network announced over the weekend.