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Around the Remote: CBS special pays tribute to Beatles

Chuck Barney Mcclatchy-Tribune

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“THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA: A GRAMMY SALUTE TO THE BEATLES:” We still love them, yeah, yeah, yeah. This special, airing 50 years to the night that four mop-topped Brits made their debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” offers a mix of fresh performances by contemporary artists and nostalgic archival footage.

Among those covering Beatles tunes are John Mayer, Keith Urban, John Legend, Katy Perry and Maroon 5.

Also, surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr take the stage together and get by with a little help from their friends. 8 p.m. today, CBS.

Other bets

TODAY: “The Walking Dead” lurches back to life tonight, picking up the story just moments after the brutal bloody battle with the Governor. And as you might expect, no one is in a very good mood. 9 p.m., AMC.

TODAY: “The Making of a Lady” has the makings of some suspenseful viewing. It’s a period drama about a young woman (Lydia Wilson) who is married off to her employer’s widowed nephew and gradually comes to fear for her life while in the company of his relatives. 9 p.m., KSPS; 10 p.m., KCDT.

MONDAY: “Spies of Mississippi” is the latest documentary from “Independent Lens.” It tells the story of the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a secret intelligence agency created by the state government in the 1950s to repel desegregation. 10 p.m., KSPS and KCDT.

TUESDAY: For one special episode, “Pretty Little Liars” is plunged into the world of a 1940s black-and-white noir film, complete with period costumes. Why? Because a frazzled, pill-popping Spencer (Troian Bellisario) loses touch with her own reality and wakes up in a new/old one. 8 p.m., ABC Family.

TUESDAY: Let’s hear it for the mutts! For the first time ever, the storied “Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show” is allowing mixed-breed canines to compete in a new agility event, which is fine with us because we like rooting for the underdog. 8 p.m., USA.

WEDNESDAY: More contestants are forced to face the music on “American Idol” as the Hollywood rounds continue. On Thursday, we’ll find out who the semifinalists are. 8 p.m., Fox.

THURSDAY: Painful memories of dodgeball are dredged up on “King of the Nerds.” But no worries: Tonight’s showdown features teams composed solely of robots. 10 p.m., TBS.

FRIDAY: The Winter Olympics continue as one of the games’ high profile sports – men’s figure skating – looks to crown a champion. 8 p.m., NBC.

SATURDAY: The new pirate drama “Black Sails” continues to shiver our timbers with an episode that brings disaster to members of the Walrus crew. That’s fine, but when does Jack Sparrow show up? 9 p.m., Starz.

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