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Entertainment Essentials: February 9, 2018

CREDIT: NBCUniversal; TBS via YouTube; Skip Bolen/Netflix

Every Friday, NewsCult Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Malone recommends the entertainment essentials of the week – at least three, often more, and usually at least one cinematic and at least one televisual, but it could be ANY combination.

1. Sports on TV: 2018 Winter Olympics (February 9-25 on NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC) – The games in Pyeongchang have actually already commenced, but we’ll mark the official start of the Olympiad with the Opening Ceremony, which airs tonight (on tape delay) on NBC. I’ll be watching as much coverage as possible, paying close attention to my favorite events like downhill skiing, speed skating, and of course, curling. I’m looking forward to how much of a legend Mikaela Shiffrin can be on the slopes and what crazy tricks Shaun White and Chloe Kim have in store for us. And is there any chance Tonya Harding could make a surprise appearance alongside Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir for the figure skating commentating? And let’s not forget Leslie Jones (as if that were possible).

2. TV: American Dad! Season 15 Premiere (February 12 on TBS) – Yes, American Dad! is still going strong into its fifteenth season. It repeats some ideas here and there nowadays (how could it not, after more than 200 episodes?), but it never feels the need to comment on its (perceived or actual) obsolescence, and that goes a long way towards maintaining goodwill.

3. Movie: When We First Met (Streaming on Netflix) – It’s slim pickings this week, as most networks and studios opt not to release any big deal premiere against the start of the Olympics. So I’ll give a “why not” recommend to this kind of sweet-looking Netflix flick in which Adam DeVine utilizes a time-travelling photo booth to get another chance (and another and another and another and…) with the love of his life (Alexandra Daddario) after she gets engaged to someone else. It looks like About Time, but goofier.

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