Weekend Preview: The NFL Conference Championships Go Down And ‘Constantine’ Returns

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NFL Conference Championship Games
(FOX and NBC, Sunday 3:05 and 6:40 p.m.) — Can Aaron Rodgers negate the impact of Seattle’s 12th man homefield advantage in the early game to earn passage to the Super Bowl? How about Andrew Luck and the Colts? Toppling the Broncos last week was like beating an end-level boss on Luck’s way toward realizing his destiny as the AFC’s premiere signal caller. Can he do the same to Brady and the Patriots?

I should also point out that there are other players and compelling storylines, but Quarterbacks, man. They get all the fire.

Constantine (NBC, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — John is still possessed by a demon in the conclusion to the two-parter that began with the mid-season finale. He’s also possessed by the spirit of the groove, but that force never loosens its grip. Trust me.

Grimm (NBC, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — Monroe and Rosalee are under attack from those pesky Wesenrein in the mid-season premiere and time-slot debut.

12 Monkeys (SYFY, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — SYFY’s adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 Bruce Willis/crazy-eyed Brad Pitt film finally debuts as Aaron Stanford (Nikita) arrives from the future to prevent a viral plague that will one day decimate mankind. He is too late.

Whitney (Lifetime, Saturday 8:00 p.m.) — Lifetime bio-pics have a mixed track record — remember the fun we all had on twitter when Lindsay Lohan played Elizabeth Taylor? — but with Angela Bassett behind the camera, something tells me that this is going to be played close to the bone.

Saturday Night Live (NBC, Saturday 11:35 p.m.) — Kevin Hart hosts, Sia musical guests, and I wait patiently to see if Kate McKinnon once again pays tribute to the Chandelier music video.

Galavant (ABC, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — Weird Al Yankovic plays a doo-wop singing monk in the first episode and Ricky Gervais plays a magician named Xanax in the second. Unto you, I have delivered relevant information.

The Librarians (TNT, Sunday 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.) — The two-part season finale starts with an alien invasion (Falling Skies tie-in?) and ends with Baird surfing through alternate timelines.

Girls (HBO, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Hannah’s classmates don’t react to her story in the way that she had hoped that they would. How meta-mazing would it be if her story was an essay about Peter Pan and salad tossing?

LATE NIGHT GUESTS: Johnny Beehner and Ella Henderson on Letterman; George Lopez on The Talk; Brian Williams and Victoria Justice on Fallon; and Kathryn Bigelow and Josh Gad on Real Time.