It's nice that once again, the Super Bowl lived up to the hype even if the commercials didn't.
Except for the stunning surprise of the "Late Show" promo featuring David Letterman, Jay Leno and Oprah Winfrey, few of the ads really stood out. One of the few that leaps to mind is the Snickers commercial early on, featuring Betty White and Abe Vigoda.
Also of note was The Who, one of the better halftime shows in recent years, with arguably the best-ever stage show to go with it.
But at the end of the day, it's the game that matters, and the Saints and Colts gave us a great one. The game picked up at the beginning of the second half, with the Saints' onside kick completely changing the game's momentum.
And despite two key reviews by the officials, it was one of the quicker games in recent memory. Overall, it provided a fitting end to a great NFL season.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Tonight marks the season -- and possibly series -- finale for "Heroes" (NBC, 9 p.m.) It's a show that's undergone such a ratings drop (and quality drop) that it would almost certainly be cancelled on another network. But on NBC, it might actually stand a chance of renewal. It follows a new "Chuck" at 8 p.m.
One thing that stood out during the Super Bowl was the promos for "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 8 p.m.), in which commentators Phil Simms and Jim Nantz comment on Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) love life. It leads off a whole new night of CBS sitcoms, followed by "CSI: Miami" at 10 p.m.
"House" (Fox, 8 p.m.) focuses on a day in Cuddy's (Lisa Edelstein) life, while on "24," Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) continues his undercover mission.
ABC has two hours of "The Bachelor," followed by "Castle." The CW airs new episodes of "One Tree Hill" and "Life Unexpected."
On cable, "Secret Life of an American Teenager," "Make It Or Break It" and "Greek" are all new on ABC Family, while on pay cable, Showtime has "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" and "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union."
Also, nearly forgot to mention "Damages" (FX, 10 p.m.) which is brand new.
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