Awards shows spark 'Super' sweeps

It's a television trifecta as The Super Bowl, The Grammy Awards and The Academy Awards all take place during February sweeps, which runs through March 2.

In previous years, The Super Bowl was always the last week in January and The Academy Awards was always the first week in March, but this is the second year in a row both shows are in February. That is because the NFL increased its season with bye weeks and ABC wanted The Academy Awards in February for sweeps purposes.

Of course, the top-rated telecast of every year is The Super Bowl. This year, Fox reaps the benefits of airing the game tonight at 6:30 . "The Simpsons" will get the coveted timeslot following the game and postgame show.

Queen Latifah hosts The Grammys on CBS, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. The major nominees this year are Green Day, Usher, Alicia Keys, John Mayer and the late Ray Charles.

For the first time, Chris Rock hosts The Academy Awards on ABC, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. "The Aviator" leads with 11 nominations. Ray Charles also has a major role in this show as the film about his life, "Ray," is nominated for best picture and Jamie Foxx is nominated for best actor for his portrayal of Charles. (Also, Charles is getting exposure in the re-release of "We Are the World.")

Another highlight of the month is "The One Day at a Time Reunion" on CBS, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. I can't wait for that one. "M.S." Romano lives! All I need is an "Alice" reunion and my life will be complete. Trivia Question: There is a character on "O.D.A.A.T." that shares the name with a character on a current television show. The answer appears at the bottom of the column.

And the series finale of "NYPD Blue" airs on ABC, March 1 at 9 p.m. The first hour of the two-hour special will be a retrospective of the show that debuted in 1993. Dennis Franz and Gordon Clapp are the only cast members who have been with the show the entire time. Remember David Caruso, Amy Brenneman, Nicholas Turturro, Gail O'Grady, Esai Morales, Kim Delaney, Jimmy Smits, Rick Schroeder, James McDaniel and Sharon Lawrence?

Plus, NBC celebrates "The First Five Years of Saturday Night Live," Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. That classic first cast of the "Not Ready for Primetime Players" was Chevy Chase, the late John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and the late Gilda Radner. There will be a reality show to choose the next cast member of "Saturday Night Live" in the upcoming months.

Trivia Question Answer - Mackenzie Phillips played "Julie Cooper" on "One Day at a Time." On "The O.C.," Melinda Clarke plays "Julie Cooper."

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February 4, 2005 8:17 AM