The concept of a man hogging the remote is an old wive’s tale – literally.  That’s where “Remote Controlling” can save you, gentlemen. 

Face it, the women get their hot little hands on the TV’s main life force just as much as we do – and that can result in a mean-spirited battle for couch potato domination… or maybe something not quite that dramatic.

Either way, every man could use a leg up on the wife when it comes to the TV – and if I can do my part to help the men of the world survive, then gosh darnit, well… I don’t know what.

But take the following TV nuggets for the week starting Monday February 1st:

Note: All Remote Controlling times based off Eastern Time schedule

Remote Controlling: February 1-7, 2010

Monday February 1

7pm ESPN – College Hoops

If you’re into the college hoops season this year, there’s a doubleheader on the tube:

Starting at 7pm – UConn at Louisville followed by Texas at Oklahoma State

8-10pm FOX – House and 24

Fox has two of the best characters on TV – Dr. Gregory House and Jack Bauer – both kicking tail in his own way.  This week features new episodes of each show, with House at 8 and 24 at 9pm.

BE AWARE: Don’t think it should be a big worry, but there appears to be a Golden Girls mini-marathon on “WE” Monday evening.  Be advised, the wife may have a soft spot for Bea Arthur and Betty White.

Tuesday February 2

8-10 ABC – Lost: The Final Season Premieres

Men and women rejoice – Lost is back!  You should be in the clear, as the wife likely loves it as much you do.  If you don’t watch it – I’d highly recommend checking this show out on Netflix.

9pm ESPN – College Hoops – A Big Ten Battle

Set the DVR, so you can start up Michigan State at Wisconsin a little late.  It’s gold, you still see Lost and you can speed through the commercials during the game.

WARNING: If the wife isn’t into any of the above, you have some competition – as USA is airing the movie Sweet Home Alabama at 730pm.  You may want to hit up the parental lock and hope the wife can’t figure out how to break it.

Wednesday February 3

ESPNU – All Day – National Signing Day Coverage

The future of college football gets highlighted and this is a big day for many sports fans.

8pm CBS – Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials

Super Bowl Sunday often features the best commercials of the year, so there’s bound to be a few classics during this show.

8pm ESPN – Heat at Celtics

Dwayne Wade taking on the C’s in Boston?  Count me in.

9pm ABC – Modern Family

Best new show on TV if you ask me – and this night features another new episode

COMPETITION: American Idol (9pm on FOX) – I admit, I tend to enjoy it as well – but it’s likely the wife is hooked.

Thursday February 4

8-10pm – New Episodes of Bones and Fringe (FOX), plus The Office (NBC)

Quality programs, especially Fringe… better get the DVR ready.

8pm ABC Family – Coming to America

It’s one of the best comedies of all time – Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and more.  The only down side – it’s likely heavily edited, but still worth watching.  Remote Controlling saves the day!

8pm TNT – Heat at Cavs

Dwayne Wade vs. LeBron James?  Yep, should be an entertaining game.

9pm ESPN Classic – Red Sox at Yankees from 2004 Playoffs

For those of you baseball fans on the edge of your seats waiting for pitchers and catchers to report – here’s some drama to keep you satisfied, none other than one of the biggest comebacks in sports history, relived.

RED ALERT: Grey’s Anatomy (9pm ABC) is all new.  It’s like crack to THE WIFE – you’ve been forewarned.

Friday February 5

8pm ESPN – Bulls at Hawks

More NBA action on ESPN – and if you haven’t seen this Atlanta Hawks team play, you should check them out.  They’re the real deal.

WATCH OUT! Oxygen is countering with back-to-back chick flicks – The First Wives Club and Steel Magnolias.

Saturday February 6

12pm ESPN – Villanova at Georgetown

Big time Big East battle in college hoops should be a good one…

715pm CMT – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Hey I don’t care if it’s February – this movie is a classic.  “Can’t see the lines, can ya Russ?”

9pm ESPN – Michigan State at Illinois

Two of the best basketball teams in the Big Ten duke it out in Champagne…

WARNING: 8pm FLIX – Elaine Marie Benes may hate The English Patient, but there’s a chance that the wife doesn’t – so be on the lookout.

Sunday February 7

We all know the importance of this day – it is Super Bowl Sunday!

All Day – CBS – Super Bowl XLIV

Noon – Super Bowl coverage begins

625 pm – Kickoff: Saints vs. Colts

If not into pregame…

12pm NBC – Pens at Caps

Everyone knows how hot this NHL matchup has been since Sid the Kid and Ovechkin joined the NHL.  Therefore, this one is worth checking out on top of the Super Bowl pre-game coverage.

SECURE THE REMOTE, FRIENDS! The wife may not think pre-game is a big deal – and therefore may try and pull a fast one on you!  There’s plenty that she’ll be intrigued by:

5pm E!Sleepless in Seattle

5pm TBSFailure to Launch followed by Titanic

That’s all for this edition of Remote Controlling… until next time – happy watching!

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