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Sun, February 14
From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter comes this edgy, atmospheric love letter to the glam and grit that was the music scene in 1970s New York. Bobby Cannavale — a 2013 Emmy winner for his role in Scorsese and Winter’s "Boardwalk Empire" — plays record label owner Richie Finestra, a lifelong music lover who is haunted by a lost friendship and addictions he barely holds at bay as he tries to stave off rock ’n’ roll’s assault on his bubblegum roster. Olivia Wilde costars as his wife Devon, a former Andy Warhol intimate trying to salvage her sober, suburban life with Richie even as her glamorous past beckons. Ray Romano, Andrew Dice Clay and Max Casella costar.
A clash of Original Six teams is in the offing today at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, where Henrik Zetterberg and the Red Wings defend home ice from Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins. The B's hope to maintain their winning ways against their Atlantic Division rivals, having won the previous two games from them, the last a 4-3 overtime victory in the Motor City on Nov. 27.
Yes, yes, most of us are ready to let it go, already, but this phenomenally successful 2013 animated fantasy, adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," makes its Disney Channel debut tonight. In case you've been under a rock -- or a snow drift -- it's about a woman (voice of Idina Menzel) whose touch can turn anything, or anyone, to ice. She runs away to prevent hurting those she loves, but her sister (voice of Kristen Bell) goes in pursuit. Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad also are heard.
Love Finds You in Valentine
After Kennedy Blaine (Michaela McManus, "Aquarius") inherits a ranch in smalltown Valentine, Neb., she visits the property, planning to sell it. Instead, she's drawn to the beauty of the area, not to mention ranch foreman Derek Sterling (Diogo Morgado, "Son of God"). As she extends her stay, Kennedy tries to mend fences with estranged family members, including her grandfather, Gabriel Morgan (Ed Asner). Lindsay Wagner also stars in this new romantic drama.
A checkered past can lead to problems in the present -- even for a mission as seemingly simple as presenting the morning announcements, as Gene and Courtney (voices of Eugene Mirman and guest star David Wain) discover -- in the aptly titled new episode "The Gene and Courtney Show." Tina (voice of Dan Mintz) takes her role as a Valentine's Day emissary a bit too seriously, branching out beyond selling carnations to try to make a romantic match.
The EE British Academy Film Awards 2016
From London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Stephen Fry returns to host the 69th edition of the British Academy Film Awards, popularly known as the BAFTAs. "Bridge of Spies" and "Carol" lead this year's pack of nominees with nine nods each; "The Revenant" is up in eight categories, trailed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" with seven. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is nominated in the categories of both best actress (for "The Danish Girl") and best supporting actress (for "Ex Machina").
Saturday Night Live
More than four decades is a long time to be able to put humorous spins on special occasions, and this late-night show certainly has taken such opportunities. Therefore, on this date, it's ready for primetime again with "An SNL Valentine," a special edition compiling sketches related to the annual day of hearts and flowers. Part of the fun, as with all "SNL" offerings of this nature, is to see cast members from earlier years showing their chops again.
"Be careful what you wish for," an adage says -- and Professor Frink (voice of Hank Azaria) learns it firsthand in the new episode "Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4." (Yes, that's really the title.) The scientist uses what he knows to make himself more appealing to the opposite sex, and ends up being way too successful at it. A Valentine's Day visit to Grampa (voice of Dan Castellaneta) unsettles some of the Simpsons.
Playing detective as well as Secretary of State, Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) tries to find out who executed a uranium theft in Eastern Europe in the new episode "Left of the Boom." That's not the only international crisis on her plate, since she also deals with the capture of two U.S. teens -- who allegedly had terrorist activities on their minds -- in Saudi Arabia. Guest stars include Rene Auberjonois. Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Keith Carradine also star.
Wild Sri Lanka
This new three-part special (airing tonight in its entirety) explores a country in the Indian Ocean that is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, even though it's smaller than West Virginia. The first hour, "Sea of Giants," takes people beneath the surface of the ocean surrounding Sri Lanka, where the humpback whale, five different species of sea turtles and spinner dolphin pods flourish.
The Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love
What better day could there be than Valentine's Day for a "Bachelor" wedding -- with none other than Chris Harrison officiating? That's the centerpiece of this new special, as "Bachelor in Paradise" alums Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert tie the knot. Other familiar faces of the franchise are in attendance, including Trista and Ryan Sutter, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jason Mesnick, Andi Dorfman and Ali Fedotowsky ... helping to commemorate the parent show's 20 seasons.
2016 NBA All-Star Game
The NBA All-Star Game brings the Association’s best to Toronto for its high-flying, high-scoring showcase of superstars. Playing in his final All-Star Game, L.A. Lakers great Kobe Bryant led the fan voting. Other top vote-getters include Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life
Cooper (Jack Cutmore-Scott) certainly isn't the first person to do it, and he surely won't be the last, but he finds out just how much trouble losing his phone can cause in a new episode titled -- what else? -- "How to Survive Losing Your Phone." His pals help him on his desperate quest to recover it. Leslie and Kelly (Liza Lapira, Meaghan Rath) decide to do karaoke, but what starts out as spirited fun turns into something else. Justin Bartha also stars.
A newly discovered fondness for phone apps puts Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) into a frenzy to add more and more of them in the new episode "An App a Day." He ultimately decides to buy a phone that has more memory, then gives his old one to Chris (voice of Seth Green) -- with unforeseen consequences. New tennis-club member Stewie (also voiced by MacFarlane) asks Brian (yes, MacFarlane's voice again) to partner with him on the court.
A trip to the racetrack has unexpected results for the Crawleys -- and very particularly for Mary (Michelle Dockery) -- as "Season 6, Episode 7" of "Downton Abbey" brings the series closer to its end. Violet (Maggie Smith) sets her differences with Isobel (Penelope Wilton) over the hospital aside to lend needed help. Mr. Dawes (Patrick Brennan) also offers assistance, in his case to Andy (Michael Fox). Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael also star.
When Ellen lost her husband in the line of duty, that trauma triggered a behavioral change that included hoarding through kleptomania. Since then, her pilfered items have filled her home so totally that her homeowners insurance is threatening to cancel her coverage. Elsewhere in this new episode, Gloria's family may have to call authorities to stop her hoarding of cats, dogs and just stuff in general.
The Good Wife
It definitely feels like a "Monday" for Alicia (Julianna Margulies) -- and for more days beyond just that one -- in this new episode, as her return to Lockhart, Agos & Lee proves much more challenging than she anticipated. Conflicts arise quickly over a case that involves her, Lucca (Cush Jumbo) and a revolutionary computer tablet. John Benjamin Hickey ("Manhattan") returns in his recurring guest role, and Jay O. Sanders also guest stars.
Worst Cooks in America
In the season finale, "Final Food Fight 8," Anne and Tyler each work with their final remaining recruit to help plan a refined three-course menu that will be served to a panel of culinary experts. The recruit who prevails wins $25,000, and his or her mentor gets bragging rights.
The Walking Dead
Deanna’s dead, the wall’s kaput, Sam’s freaking out and Morgan just had to let that Wolf get away with poor Dr. Denise — and a way better idea of who these folks are. Could it get any worse for the Alexandrians? Why, yes. Yes, it could! Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan!) and the Saviors are finally in the picture as Season 6 resumes.
Bouncing off the walls from all her pregnancy hormones, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) desperately searches for a new place the family can live, then realizes she left something important at the house, which now is under new ownership. As Lip (Jeremy Allen White) continues to reel from the very public scandal involving Helene (guest star Sasha Alexander), Ian's (Cameron Monaghan) new relationship with Caleb (guest star Jeff Pierre) blossoms in the new episode "NSFW." William H. Macy also stars.
Season 5 expands its episodes to a full hour of intellectual investigations. This season, host Jason Silva ventures abroad to lead the discovery into our intellect. Tonight, Jason heads to London to investigate our brains’ many distinct structures, regions and neighborhoods, which act in constant conference with each other to guide our behavior.
Anything for Love
Katherine (Erika Christensen, "Parenthood"), a driven female executive, thinks men find her intimidating, so a friend persuades her to create an online dating profile identifying her as an executive assistant. She's matched with Jack (Paul Greene, "Bitten"), a male nurse who only belatedly discovers his best friend secretly changed his online profession to doctor. Romance blooms, with Katherine and Jack both trying to hide their true identities. That gets complicated, in this new 2016 romantic comedy.
Abducted: The Jocelyn Shaker Story
Best known to many for her funny work as comically driven programming chief Carol Rance in the Showtime sitcom "Episodes," Kathleen Rose Perkins undertakes a radical change of pace in this fact-based 2015 thriller. She stars as Caitlyn Shaker, the American mother of 7-year-old Jocelyn, who disappears mysteriously from a Colombian rainforest resort. As the investigation unfolds, officials suspect Caitlin and her wealthy husband were involved in the incident. Kamar de los Reyes and Marcela Mar co-star.
The Tonight Show Valentine's Day Special
Jimmy Fallon has been having an extremely good run in the late-night hours, but NBC takes the occasion of Feb. 14 to bring him into primetime for a showcase of talk and comedy with particular relevance to romance. Within that framework, expect to see some of the regular segments that have been making Fallon's tenure as the steward of the network's flagship after-hours program so successful.
Suddenly the high school's new football coach after the locals force his predecessor out, Bud (voice of Hank Azaria) tries to find a winning formula in the new episode "High School Football." He think he's hit upon one when he spots an athletically adept youth racing across the border -- but the youngster's drug-world connections pose a problem. Alex Borstein, Judah Friedlander and Nicholas Gonzalez also are in the voice cast.
Castle (Nathan Fillion) doesn't only take the witness stand, he's the person who ultimately -- and actively -- could ensure justice is done in the related case in a new episode whose title gives Agatha Christie a nod, "Witness for the Prosecution." After he testifies in a murder trial, he and Beckett (Stana Katic) follow new information to make sure the wrong person isn't convicted. Kristoffer Polaha ("Life Unexpected") guest stars. Tamala Jones also stars.
Axe Capital descends into chaos when Axe (Damian Lewis) unexpectedly disappears after ordering his traders to unload their positions, in the new episode "The Good Life," which was directed by Neil LaBute. As Wags and Wendy (David Costabile, Maggie Siff) struggle to keep the place running, Chuck (Paul Giamatti) steps up his investigation, which takes him to an Iowa farm where he discovers a key witness to a dubious trade. Armed with this evidence, the FBI goes into Axe Capital to make a surprising arrest.
Kelly Osbourne turns up in a guest role in the new episode that pays homage to another Sunday series with its title -- "The Walking Dead" -- playing a hacker whose skills have personal meaning to Avery (Patricia Arquette). Together, they seek the person who used cyberspace to cause big identity-theft problems for Avery's former spouse. Kyle Schmid ("Being Human") also guest stars. Ted Danson, James Van Der Beek and Hayley Kiyoko also star.
Mentors Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern try to teach nine talented home chefs to cook like pros as this reality competition series returns. In the Season 2 premiere, the contestants must prepare a dish using the contents of a lunch box: ham slices, an apple, American cheese and milk. The lowest-ranked cook is eliminated, while the remaining eight pick their mentors based on their ranking. Carla Hall is a guest judge.
An inspector's visit causes immediate concern for the hospital's staff in the new episode "The Dead Room." Mary's (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) evident compassion for a deserter could cause problems for her. Silas (Wade Williams) has a chance to even a score with Samuel (McKinley Belcher III). James Sr. (Gary Cole) takes a gamble in order to look better in the eyes of his family. AnnaSophia Robb, Josh Radnor, Norbert Leo Butz and Donna Murphy also star.
Live to Tell
The new episode "Roberts Ridge" takes place in 2002 Afghanistan, as a quick reaction force of U.S. Army Rangers goes into the country's snowy mountains to rescue a missing Navy SEAL. After a promising start, things quickly take a turn for the worst as multiple teammates are killed under a bombardment from enemy fighters. Somehow, though, the unit's solidarity holds in the face of this devastating loss, demonstrating their true bond of brotherhood.
Adele: Live in London
The red-hot British vocalist performs songs from her recent blockbuster album "25" -- including, obviously, her megahit single "Hello" -- for a live audience in this new special filmed last November. The program also includes her first TV performance of the James Bond theme "Skyfall" since the 85th Academy Awards telecast, along with "Rolling in the Deep," "Rumour Has It," "Hometown Glory" and "Someone Like You." In between numbers, Adele chats with host Graham Norton about her life and career to date.
Mon, February 15
Better Call Saul
Now that his big-time nursing home case has gone to other firms, is this the season that Bob Odenkirk’s put-upon jurist Jimmy McGill stops worrying about his duplicitous brother Chuck (Michael McKean) and reinvents himself as Saul Goodman? McKean says the McGill brothers’ past relationship will become much clearer in Season 2, as will Chuck’s reasons for handing over the Sandpiper Crossing case to HHM and dressing down his brothers’ legal aspirations. “At the end of these next 10 episodes, everyone’s going to understand a lot better,” McKean says. “They still might not like Chuck, but they’re going to get it.”
Comic Book Men
The team behind the counter of Kevin Smith's New Jersey comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, returns with new episodes, starting with their winter premiere, "Stan Saves!" That title refers to comic book titan Stan Lee, who helps the guys assist a customer who's having a comics crisis when he drops by the store. Another customer buys a classic issue of "Fantastic Four." Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen, Walt Flanagan and Michael Zapcic also appear.
Grammy Red Carpet Live
In a first-time move, CBS precedes the recording industry's top event with a special that allows for the burning question, "Who are you wearing?" The "Entertainment Tonight" duo of Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier is joined by "CSI: Cyber" co-star Shad Moss -- alias music's Bow Wow -- at Los Angeles' Staples Center to talk with celebrities as they head toward the arena to be seated for the big show. Expect many facts about nominees to be woven into the hour.
Series creator Chris Carter wrote and directed the new episode "Babylon," giving Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson) a challenging interrogation. They must question a bomber, comatose after an art-gallery attack, about any other targets. The sleuthing partners feel challenged by a younger duo (guest stars Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell). The Lone Gunmen return, played again by Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood and Dean Haglund.
Charleston is the location as a new visit begins, but one of the items surveyed has definite connections to other cities -- New York being one of them -- since it's an archive of Babe Ruth memorabilia. The baseball icon could be worth as much as $80,000 to $100,000 to the collection's owner, since that's the value of something that's assessed during this hour. However, it also could be a Japanese vase made of iron and gold. Mark L. Walberg is the host.
Callie and Jude (Maia Mitchell, Hayden Byerly) enlist the help of foster care advocate Justina (guest star Kelli Williams) after they discover Jack (Tanner Buchanan) is being abused by other boys in his group foster home in the new episode "Under Water." Elsewhere, Jesus (Noah Centineo) tries to get to know Gabe (Brandon Quinn) better at work. Cierra Ramirez also stars.
Kids Baking Championship
A new episode called "Dessert Imposters 2.0" demands dinner in reverse from the four remaining bakers, who must make a dessert item that looks like a savory dish, then follow that up by creating a savory cupcake as a faux dessert. Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are the hosts.
Dina and Jonah (Lauren Ash, Ben Feldman) have a frank conversation about their status with each other in the new episode "Demotion," prompting her to ask Glenn (Mark McKinney) to strip her of her supervisory capacity. Jonah led her to believe he'd date her if he didn't report to her, so he has to find another way to get out of having a relationship with her. At the same time, Glenn has to decide on a replacement for Dina. America Ferrera also stars.
140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Watch for seven new breeds that this prestigious, tradition-loving canine club is allowing to compete and demonstrate their agility in this year's elite competition from Madison Square Garden in New York. The new breeds to watch and listen for are the Bergamasco, the Berger Picard, the Boerboel, the Cimeco dell'Etna, the Lagotta Romagnolo, the American Shepherd and the Spanish Water Dog. Coverage continues tomorrow night on USA Network.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards
LL Cool J returns as host of the Grammy Awards for the fifth straight time as the music industry honors the best recording artists, producers, songwriters and engineers of the past year in this ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Top nominees are Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.
Mortal Kombat X: Machinima's Chasing the Cup
More than a game for those who have gotten this far, the video competition reaches its conclusion with this new special that also wraps up a digital series. The remaining players who vie to be declared the best are profiled, representing such locations as Atlanta and Toronto, Canada -- and boasting such game-play monikers as BioHazard and SonicFox. They discuss the dedication it takes to negotiate the challenges set up for them by the game's creators.
Ana (Eva Longoria) gets the chance for a do-over on Xavi (Jencarlos Canela), whose new girlfriend Kelly (guest star Fiona Gubelmann) seeks advice, in the new episode "Caught in the Act." Taking the opportunity, Ana sways Kelly to try to "repair" what she considered to be Xavi's flaws while they were married. Rodrigo (Amaury Nolasco) takes the show-within-the-show's pregnancy plot personally. Diana Maria Riva, Jadyn Douglas and Alex Meneses also star.
The Biggest Loser
The season's competition gets closer to its end in the new episode "I Got the Power/The Final Cut," and the game could change -- literally -- depending on how the winner of a challenge uses the prize he or she receives. Then, in a twist familiar to fans of this show, the five remaining rivals have to regain the weight they've lost and take it off again. The final three "losers" will face off in next week's finale, which will determine who gets $250,000.
The hit unscripted series returns to the bayous and swamplands of the American South for Season 7, as cameras capture the action in the Atchafalaya Basin during alligator-hunting season. Episode specifics were not available at press time, but it's a safe bet the season premiere will feature an abundance of action and colorful characters, as always.
In the first episode of a five-part arc that closes out Season 4, a young woman and her 3-year-old son are shot to death while driving through gang territory in the wrong colored car, and the gun used in the murder is quickly connected to the most troubling series of unsolved homicides in LAPD history. As Capt. Sharon Raydor and the rest of her division attempt to solve the mystery, Detective Amy Sykes begins an uneasy alliance with a disgraced former LAPD detective with a novel theory and a corrupt past.
When Stassi runs into her former restaurant colleagues at Lala's house party, Scheana must finally answer for the role she played in Stassi's sex tape scandal in the new episode "Bitch Ghost." Jax brags about his girlfriend's breast enhancement and tries to reassert his social dominance with his unimpressed friends. Tom Schwartz lands in hot water with Katie after he quits his job, while Tom Sandoval works on a new single.
FOX Business Network airs two new episodes of "Strange Inheritance" on Monday. The first episode, “Little House, Big Mall," is about a woman who refuses to sell her home in Hollywood to a developer who builds a shopping mall around it. The city takes notice when she wills it to the person people least expect. Following that, “Picture This” features children who find priceless photographic prints in their mother’s attic made by the early masters in the field.
When the clients of an upscale recovery center have to take temporary residence in Springtime Meadows, Vern (Daniel Franzese) is elated that they include his favorite actress, Olivia O'Brien (guest star Mischa Barton, "The O.C."), but she turns out to be nothing like he expected in the new episode "Parties Without Borders." Elsewhere, Maddie (Jessica Sula) flirts with relapse when she tries to reclaim her place among her old schoolmates during a friend's wild birthday bash. Alexis Carra also stars.
As the Aquarium of the Pacific throws a celebration for their Shark Lagoon nights, the four bakers strive to create a truly "Jaws-dropping" shark-themed centerpiece that is worthy of being the centerpiece of that glitzy bash. Aquarium staff member Luke Richmond helps judges Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas decide which baker's cake is "fin-tastic" enough to merit the $10,000 prize in the new episode "Shark Lagoon."
Although the students are painfully aware they should be rigorously training for the upcoming Welter's Tournament, they're all dealing with serious personal distractions that keep them from staying properly focused in the new episode "Mendings, Major and Minor." Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman and Olivia Taylor Dudley star.
Unable to get Chloe (Lauren German) off his mind, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) decides he has to take drastic action toward her to be able to move forward in the new episode "Manly Whatnots." That background adds considerable challenges to the work they must do together to locate a missing girl. Amenadiel (DB Woodside) confers with Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) about Lucifer. Rachael Harris, Kevin Alejandro and Scarlett Estevez also star.
Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated -- and controversial -- leaders of the civil rights era. Produced by Bonnie Boswell, his niece, the film "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights" follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to the leadership of the National Urban League. Young's close ties, and appeals, to many of those who had the ability to generate change placed him in a unique position praised by some and scorned by others.
An already dangerous mission for Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) is further complicated as she is forced to confront some of her own past mistakes in the new episode "Sweet Valkyrie High." Elsewhere, Lauren (Zoie Palmer) reluctantly must deliver a piece of bad news to one of her friends. Anna Silk also stars; Eric Roberts and Linda Hamilton guest star.
Billion Dollar Wreck
This new unscripted series revolves around treasure hunter Martin Bayerle, who has devoted much of his life to obsessive research into the RMS Republic, a famous White Star ocean liner that met the same watery fate in the Atlantic as its sister ship, Titanic. The Republic sank off the coast of Nantucket, Mass., however, and in the series premiere, "The Mysterious Treasure of the Republic," Bayerle and his estranged son, Grant, begin a quest to recover a fabled treasure aboard the wreck.
Castle and Beckett (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) become caught up in international intrigue when a Russian dignitary's son is killed in the new episode "Dead Red." While working the case, they have to deal with a foreign security officer whose link to the case runs deeper than anyone suspects initially. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc ("Somewhere in Time"), the story features guest star Ann Cusack, the sister of fellow actors John and Joan.
Seeking to solidify his power base, Jeremy (Greg Bryk) dispatches Elena, Nick and Clay (Laura Vandervoort, Steve Lund, Greyston Holt) with orders to recruit all North American Mutts into their pack, as Season 3 of this action horror series begins with "Family, Of Sorts." Subsequently, Elena encounters a mysterious family who challenge her with a startling claim.
Tue, February 16
Rizzoli & Isles
The hit police drama returns with two new back-to-back episodes for its winter premiere. In the first, "Hide and Seek," Jane (Angie Harmon) and her team are quick to respond after Maura (Sasha Alexander) is kidnapped. While waiting to be rescued, Maura discovers her abduction is just part of a larger conspiracy with Jane as its prime target. In the second hour, "Murderjuana," the reunited pair work together to solve the case of a security guard who was shot while foiling a robbery.
A case hits at the heart of the Navy in the new episode "React," as the daughter (Caitlin Carver) of Secretary Sarah Porter (returning guest star Leslie Hope) is kidnapped. T.C. Fornell (fellow returnee Joe Spano) is among the FBI agents working with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and company to rescue the victim. McGee (Sean Murray) is reunited with a Special Agent friend (guest star Christina Chang), who has arrived to give the team tactical training.
Pretty Little Liars
As the investigation into Charlotte's murder keeps yielding revelations, the truth begins to emerge about the Liars' personal lives in the new episode "Where Somebody Waits for Me." Spencer (Troian Bellisario) is dismayed to find out her mother (Lesley Fera) has a secret of her own, while Aria (Lucy Hale) comes clean to Liam (Roberto Aguire) about how much she is involved with Ezra's (Ian Harding) book. Ali (Sasha Pieterse) admits she and Elliot (Huw Collins) are more than just friends.
The presence of Reagan (guest star Megan Fox) -- and Nick's (Jake Johnson) distraction over it -- begins to cause problems for Schmidt and Cece (Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone) in the new episode "Wig," so they decide to do something about the situation. Winston (Lamorne Morris) offers Reagan tips on how to break up with someone artfully. Clea DuVall also guest stars.
Finding Your Roots
Music veterans LL Cool J and Sean Combs are no strangers, thanks to their bounty of activities -- reaffirmed in the case of the "NCIS: Los Angeles" co-star by his hosting of the Grammy Awards this week -- but rarely are they seen in the light that the new episode "Family Reunions" casts them in. Henry Louis Gates Jr. uses the results of DNA tests to inform them about their heritage, generating reactions likely to surprise fans of the two personalities.
Hollywood Game Night
Melodies play a big role in this new episode, as would be expected from the subtitle "Musical Game Night," with Hunter Hayes and Florida Georgia Line duo Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley among the celebrity players. Ciara, Estelle and Ta'Rhonda Jones also take part in the hour's various contests, trying to help win $25,000 for one of two everyday citizens. Jane Lynch, who's won two Emmy Awards for her role here, is the host.
Fresh Off the Boat
"Dr. Ken" co-star Albert Tsai continues his guest role in the new episode "Phil's Phaves," playing the unexpected operator of a Web site that has given Cattleman's Ranch a not-glowing review ... and more than once. After the second time, Louis and Jessica (Randall Park, Constance Wu) try to put him out of cyber-business. Eddie (Hudson Yang) panics when a tape of songs he made for Alison (Isabella Crouch) ends up elsewhere.
It's very much a matter of two Earths in the new episode "Escape From Earth-2," as Barry (Grant Gustin) and company try to locate Zoom on the alternate version of the planet. Back on the real terra firma, it's up to Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) to come up with the means to enable Jay (guest star Teddy Sears) to vanquish the Geomancer (guest star Adam Stafford). Jesse L. Martin and Candice Patton also star.
140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
For the 27th consecutive (and final) year, David Frei returns as co-host for the final competition day of this prestigious canine event, from Madison Square Garden in New York. He's joined by two familiar colleagues, NBC Sports analyst Mary Carillo and reporter Kelli Stavast. This year's Best in Show will be judged by Dr. Richard Meen of Toronto, Canada, who leads a panel of 37 judges from 17 states and two foreign countries.
Who's taunting Gerald (Josh Peck) via threats issued online? Jimmy (John Stamos) sets out to find out in the new episode "Gerald Fierce," and he succeeds only too well -- resulting in Sara and Vanessa (Paget Brewster, Christina Milian) going to the enemy's mother about the matter. Instead of improving the situation, all that does is make it worse. Kelly Jenrette and Ravi Patel also star.
Yes, that's Miss Piggy up there: She starts attending an aerial silks class to make new acquaintances in the new episode "Got Silk?" Gonzo, Pepe and Rizzo all find a new inspiration (guest star Utkarsh Ambudkar, "The Mindy Project"). RuPaul and singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson also guest star.
In a new episode called "One Sweet 'Stang," Danny "The Count" Koker snags a 1967 Mustang he hopes he can transform into another of his company's masterpieces. Looking for inspiration, he visits an extensive local collection of muscle cars, then brings in an expert from the Shelby headquarters just to get the stamp of approval before starting work.
Hitchcock and Scully (Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller) are in the spotlight, prompted by Jake's (Andy Samberg) dismissal of them to prove their worth, in the new episode "House Mouses." They barge into one of his cases. Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) gets help from Amy and Gina (Melissa Fumero, Chelsea Peretti) in overcoming a fear. Holt and Boyle (Andre Braugher, Joe Lo Truglio) have an assignment involving a famous person. Terry Crews also stars.
Marvel's Agent Carter
Peggy (Hayley Atwell) is forced to call upon outside help to rescue Wilkes (Reggie Austin) -- and her choice of ally proves surprising -- in the new episode "Life of the Party." Whitney's (Wynn Everett) concerns involve the Zero Matter and who is able to control it. Currie Graham, Bridget Regan and Kurtwood Smith continue their guest roles. James D'Arcy and Chad Michael Murray also star.
Marvel's Agent Carter
Peggy (Hayley Atwell) is forced to call upon outside help to rescue Wilkes (Reggie Austin) -- and her choice of ally proves surprising -- in the new episode "Life of the Party." Whitney's (Wynn Everett) concerns involve the Zero Matter and who is able to control it. Currie Graham, Bridget Regan and Kurtwood Smith continue their guest roles. James D'Arcy and Chad Michael Murray also star. Another episode follows.
NCIS: New Orleans
The rescue of an officer by someone who then vanishes becomes a puzzle for Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team in the new episode "No Man's Land." Deepening the mystery are clues that indicate the savior was a soldier taken as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan -- and never retrieved -- years earlier. Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder also star.
Liv (Rose McIver) has a problem with telling the truth -- and it's not entirely her own fault -- in the new episode "The Whopper," since she's probing the murder of a pathological liar through her normal process, by consuming the victim's brain. A part of the past resurfaces for Blaine (David Anders). Major (Robert Buckley) runs into danger. Malcolm Goodwin and Rahul Kohli also star.
Married at First Sight
In the new episode "Last Chance at Romance," an unexpected development cuts short Tres and Vanessa's romantic trip away, while time away from Neil makes Samantha realize how much she misses him. Elsewhere, David does everything he can think of to rebuild Ashley's trust after her discovery that he was secretly texting another woman.
With Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) in grave peril, Jace, Clary and Simon (Dominic Sherwood, Katherine McNamara, Alberto Rosende) turn to Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) for help. At the warlock's lair, insights into how Valentine (Alan Van Sprang) became evil and Luke's past with Jocelyn (Maxim Roy) are revealed to Clary, in a bid to trigger her memory about the Mortal Cup. Meanwhile, Alec and Isabelle (Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia) try to restore their family name in the eyes of The Clave.
Continuing effects of 9/11 play into the new episode "Clarity," as related complications arise for a lung transplant intended to be performed by Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Downey (Colin Donnell, guest star Gregg Henry). Sarah (Rachel DiPillo) debates at which hospital she wants to do her residency, but Maggie and April (Marlyne Barrett, Yaya DaCosta) want her to stay at Chicago Med. Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) tries to diagnose a young hockey player.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution -- Independent Lens
At a time when Vietnam and civil rights were among major controversies faced by America, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense became prominent in the social upheaval that was sweeping the country. Initially shown theatrically, this documentary from filmmaker Stanley Nelson ("Freedom Riders") recalls the group's history from start to finish -- with a number of members commenting on their experiences. Included are the views of some who opted to leave the party.
"Saturday Night Live" alum Maya Rudolph guest stars in the new episode "The Ties That Grind," playing Dean's (Rob Lowe) therapist -- who wants him to drop the image he's adopted from his past television role and display the "real" Dean. He becomes so successful in doing that, he sets others on the same course, much to Stewart's (Fred Savage) chagrin. Mary Elizabeth Ellis, William Devane and Natalie Morales also star.
Shortly after what turned out to be her brief run on "Blood & Oil," Miranda Rae Mayo lands her second regular series role of this television season by debuting as firefighter Stella Kidd in the new episode "Bad for the Soul." The character joins Firehouse 51, but not everyone there is comfortable with her. The staff has other concerns, though, given a call from another firehouse that makes Severide and Joe (Taylor Kinney, Joe Minoso) particularly curious.
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
Abby (Lisa Edelstein) finds herself uninvited to Delia's (Necar Zadegan) wedding day after she tells the other friends about Delia's affair in the new episode "Rule No. 876: Everything Does Not Happen for a Reason." With time on her hands, Abby focuses on completing rewrites on her book, but Barbara (Retta) rallies the gang when Abby starts unraveling. At the nuptials, a huge surprise is revealed.
The leaking of a list with the true identities of incognito FBI agents leads to Brian's (Jake McDorman) teaming with a maverick agency operative (guest star Christina Vidal) in the new episode "Undercover." She's one of those who could be exposed, threatening the completion of her current case -- and she and Brian develop a connection that's more than professional. Sands (Colin Salmon) tries to thwart Rebecca's (Jennifer Carpenter) probe of Senator Morra.
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
A new episode called "Twin Cities" takes host Andrew Zimmern to Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., to sample some of the favorite foods of the locals. They include walleye, a tater tot hot dish, bundt cake and an iconic cheeseburger known to regulars as the Jucy Lucy, which features the cheese inside the meat patty instead of on top of it.
Deke tries a new tactic and decides to just play it safe in the semi-finals of the Summer Invitational. Diana, however, enlists some professional assistance she hopes will take her group to the next level, in the new episode "Deke Plays With Fire." One of them may come to regret his decision, since there's an elimination on the line here.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
In “The Dream Team,” Deputy D.A. Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) announces that O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) has been charged in the double murder of his ex-wife and her friend. Simpson’s lawyer Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) strategizes with F. Lee Bailey (Nathan Lane) about assembling a team of high-powered defense lawyers, including Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance).
Fit to Fat to Fit
Personal trainer Corey is an aggressive type who usually delights in pushing his clients to their limits, but in this new episode, he gains 60 pounds as part of his strategy to motivate Raela, a homebody and preacher's daughter who needs to build up her self-esteem on her way to becoming more physically fit.
Wed, February 17
As the 32nd season of the competition begins, it's "Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty" -- the actual subtitle -- as three tribes of six castaways set out to prove which trait can be superior when it comes to this contest. Those vying for the win on a Cambodian island range from a military veteran and an emergency-room doctor to a bounty hunter and a "Big Brother" alum (Caleb Reynolds). As usual, Jeff Probst presides over the season opener, "I'm a Mental Giant."
ACC rivalries are the order of the evening in tonight's ESPN doubleheader, which gets going in Louisville, where Damion Lee and the No. 16 Cardinals welcome in Michael Gbinije and the Syracuse Orange. And then in the nightcap, another chapter of an age-old rivalry goes down as Brice Johnson and the second-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels host Grayson Allen and the No. 24 Duke Blue Devils.
Though his late brother Richard starred in "Jurassic Park," Sir David Attenborough says it's simply a coincidence that he's the host of the new episode "Raising the Dinosaur Giant." The program examines the discovery of giant fossils in Argentina that clued scientists into the existence of a previously unknown species. Using those bones as references, a model of the creature was constructed -- and it's brought to "life" here via computer animation.
Twelve of the final season's top 24 contestants already have shown -- or, rather, sung -- their stuff, and it's time for the remaining dozen to do the same in the new episode "Showcase No. 3: 2nd 12 Performances." The resulting cuts (to be revealed in Thursday's telecast) will be substantial, since only 14 of the hopefuls will remain from the combination of this round and the previous one. Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are the judges.
Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) first-ever excursion to a movie theater proves eventful -- for the wrong reasons -- in the new episode "Hecks at a Movie." His dismay over a coming-attractions trailer spurs him to action ... to try to keep the related film from ever playing anywhere. Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn) have different recollections of how a disagreement played out. Sue (Eden Sher) has renewed designs on Logan (guest star David Hull).
HIVE has a definite blueprint to destroy Oliver (Stephen Amell) and company, who find out about the scheme and try to derail it, in the new episode "Code of Silence." The imminent assault makes Lance (Paul Blackthorne) fear for Donna's (Charlotte Ross) safety. Oliver debates making full disclosure to Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) as the wedding draws nearer. Katie Cassidy and David Ramsey also star.
Young & Hungry
Gabi's (Emily Osment) date with a dreamboat turns into a voyage of the damned when a surprise guest crashes the dinner and sets off warning flares in the new episode "Young & First Date." Sofia (Aimee Carrero), meanwhile, is sitting on a huge confession that may change how her bestie feels about some things. Elsewhere, Yolanda (Kym Whitley) gets lucky, but Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) nearly gets killed in his eagerness to play the hero. Rex Lee also stars.
Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) feels tempted to settle an old score when he recognizes a pretty applicant to become his new bar manager as Sam (guest star Daniella Monet), an old high-school crush who never noticed him back in their teens. Elsewhere, Bonnie (Melissa Peterman) has second thoughts about marrying Brad (recurring guest star Peter Porte) if that means he's going to be around all the time, while Danny (Derek Theler) finds Riley's (Chelsea Kane) cooking hard to stomach. Tahj Mowry also stars in the new "Ben-geance."
A popular song parodist guest stars in the new episode "Weird Al" -- as in Yankovic -- as himself. He's giving a concert that Adam (Sean Giambrone) desperately wants to attend, but the visiting Dana (guest star Natalie Alyn Lind) isn't as wild about it, strongly indicating to him that they're moving in different directions. Erica and Barry's (Hayley Orrantia, Troy Gentile) new roles as school peer counselors give them insight into Murray (Jeff Garlin).
Kept remarkably preserved for more than 5,000 years in a frozen crypt, the European mummy known as Otzi is examined by artist Gary Staab -- one of very few people to be granted such permission -- in the new episode "Iceman Reborn." Staab's mission is to develop a replica of the so-called "iceman" that scientists and citizens can get close to, and in the process, he uncovers surprising information about the life his subject led ... largely tied to genetics.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Pedophiles who prey upon victims via cyberspace are targeted by Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her colleagues in the new episode "Collateral Damage." The results yield surprising, well-known suspects -- producing a fresh set of challenges for the detectives. Peter Gallagher and Andy Karl, who also worked together in Broadway's "On the Twentieth Century," continue their recurring father-and-son guest roles. Ice T, Kelli Giddish and Raul Esparza also star.
In the guise of Castiel (Misha Collins), Lucifer arranges for Dean (Jensen Ackles) to go back in time -- on a quest to find a weapon that can stop Amara (guest star Emily Swallow) -- in the new episode "The Vessel." Lucifer has his own agenda for the mission as Dean ends up on a submarine in the World War II era. In the present day, Sam (Jared Padalecki) remains unaware "Castiel" isn't himself, quite literally. John Badham ("WarGames") directed the tale.
Phil (Ty Burrell) isn't happy with his household role reversal in the new episode "Thunk in the Trunk," as he takes a relative backseat while Claire (Julie Bowen) becomes the dominant force in career terms. Jay (Ed O'Neill) is irritated by others' reactions to a lifesize store display of Gloria (Sofia Vergara). Cam and Mitch's (Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson) plan to get better reviews for their rental business backfires.
It may be just a few days after Valentine's Day," but a new episode called "Death's Doorstep" sounds more like Halloween fare, as the remaining artists are tasked with creating whimsical ghost characters based on unique, even comical, obituaries.
Once almost unanimously hailed as a courageous hero, explorer Christopher Columbus has become a far more polarizing figure over the course of recent decades. As the title of the new episode 'Columbus: Legend or Liar" hints, host Josh Gates travels to two different continents on a quest to discern whether the Italian explorer was the hero of legend or, in fact, one of history's biggest villains. Among his goals: finding the personal remains of Columbus, as well as remnants of his famous flagship, the Santa Maria.
A dinner service that went south in a big way sets up the new episode "12 Chefs Compete," as a new participant enters the competition -- just in time for a challenge that involves grocery carts and the correct spelling of cooking ingredients. Actors Thomas Ian Nicholas ("American Pie") and Omar Benson Miller ("CSI: Miami") factor into another contest that threatens the unity of the culinary teams. Gordon Ramsay is the traditionally demanding host.
The Big Bang Theory
"The Spock Resonance" involves the Spock this series is most likely to invoke, the "Star Trek" character played by the late Leonard Nimoy. The tale features his filmmaker son, Adam, and Wil Wheaton as themselves as Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is interviewed about the world's most famous Vulcan ... but has trouble keeping his mind off ex-girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik). Stephen Merchant ("Hello Ladies") also guest stars.
In the appropriately named new episode "Twindependence," a problem that can affect twins impacts Jack and Diane (Miles Brown, Marsai Martin), who resent being ... well, twins. Each wants to do his or her own thing, and Dre and Bow (Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross) agree to let them do so. After Zoey (Yara Shahidi) gets her first car, others give Dre second thoughts about letting her have the vehicle. Jenifer Lewis and Wanda Sykes guest star.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
As its title indicates, comic courtroom drama abounds in the new episode "McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century," in which The Lawyer (recurring guest star Brian Unger) agrees to represent Liam McPoyle (recurring guest star Jimmi Simpson) in a suit against Bill Ponderosa (recurring guest star Lance Barber) for the loss of Liam's eye. In case you've forgotten, Bill once dosed the inbred McPoyle boys with bath salts, turning them temporarily into ravening zombie-like creatures.
Among the items on display and up for grabs in a new episode called "No Pawn for You" are a chair that once belonged to Abraham Lincoln, a vintage Nintendo Donkey Kong arcade game and a signed script from the hit sitcom "Seinfeld." Rick hopes not to get hosed as he considers some antique firefighting buckets that are brought in.
Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan
The new episode "Brazil's Brilliant Patanal" takes Dominic to the largest wetland on the planet on a quest to find a bizarre beast, the giant anteater. During his visit, he watches caimans (crocodile-like creatures) attacking a group of rodents called capybara, gets caught in an electrical storm while herding cattle on horseback, visits a house of horrors that's filled with 50,000 creatures and -- perhaps the biggest gamble -- samples the nightlife in Sao Paulo.
Stars and creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are back for Season 3 of this comedy about two best friends and their unexpected and often outlandish adventures as 20-somethings in New York City. This season includes a guest appearance by Hillary Clinton. Comedy Central has already renewed Broad City for Seasons 4 and 5.
A possible, unlikely heroin dealer -- a college professor -- confounds Burgess (Marina Squerciati) in the new episode "A Night Owl." He claims innocence, prompting Voight (Jason Beghe) to send Olinsky and Antonio (Elias Koteas, Jon Seda) to seek other potential suspects. Roman (Brian Geraghty) discusses his career aims with Platt (Amy Morton). Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) gets after-hours work via Mouse (guest star Samuel Hunt). Sophia Bush also stars.
Taylor's (Connor Jesssup) grief has a potentially deepening impact on him in the new "Season Two: Episode Seven." Anne (Lili Taylor) also suffers torment when someone releases her medical records online, prompting Sebastian (guest star Richard Cabral) to react. Leslie (Felicity Huffman) proposes a settlement from the school, while Eric (Joey Pollari) seeks comfort in the wrong place. Series creator John Ridley wrote and directed the story. Timothy Hutton also stars.
Christa (Bonnie Somerville) tries to keep it professional as she and Grace (Meagan Good) tend to a supposedly abused youngster (guest star Cameron Boyce) in the new episode "Love Hurts." Campbell (Boris Kodjoe) catches Grace off-guard by asking her on a date. Jeff Hephner ("Agent X"), Gabrielle Carteris ("Beverly Hills, 90210") and Jillian Murray continue their guest roles. Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey and Luis Guzman also star.
This new unscripted series follows four teams of courageous experts as they travel to different locations to gather venom from deadly snakes, a vital ingredient in anti-venom serums. Even as bites from venomous snakes claim more than 100,000 lives each year, supplies to treat snakebite are steadily dwindling, upping the stakes for these experts -- including 76-year-old Miami veteran Ed Chapman -- who put their lives on the line to harvest venom.
Man Seeking Woman
In keeping with a Valentine's Day week theme, Josh (Jay Baruchel) screws up his courage and decides finally to make a move on the object of his affection, Rosa (guest star Rosa Salazar) in a new episode called "Cactus." That's all FX has revealed about this week's story and yet -- call us crazy -- we're guessing things are not going to end well for Josh.
Thu, February 18
Join or Die With Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson hosts this lively new conversation/debate series in which a group of guests (celebrities and history experts) gather to discuss six people or events related to a topic. Eventually, with the help of an audience, the contenders will be whittled down to the “best” or “worst” in unscientific, opinionated fashion. Generally lighthearted, the sometimes fiery debate on the show will also tackle contentious historical subjects like slavery.
PGA Tour Golf
Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., is the scene today through Sunday as the PGA's top players vie in the Northern Trust Open. The 7,298-yard, par 71 course is a thorough test of a golfer's skill, requiring him to use every club in his bag and every shot in his arsenal. James Hahn was equal to the challenge a year ago, defeating Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson in a playoff.
The 2016 Sprint Cup season is but a few days away as tonight's Can-Am Duels mark the last warm-up races before Sunday's Daytona 500. The twin 150-mile races on the 2.5-mile Florida oval determine the starting lineup for the "Great American Race," a field that will include Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and 2015 Cup champion Kyle Busch.
The aftermath of the attack on Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) continues to play out in the new episode "All I Want Is You." Alex (Justin Chambers) doesn't approve of a chancy procedure that Callie and Maggie (Sara Ramirez, Kelly McCreary) want to perform on his teen patient. Maggie's bond with Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti) continues to deepen, while the discord between Owen and Nathan (Kevin McKidd, Martin Henderson) remains evident. Chandra Wilson also stars.
The Big Bang Theory
Bernadette's (Melissa Rauch) big news becomes generally known in the new episode "The Positive Negative Reaction," and while the gang generally is happy about her pregnancy, dad-to-be Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) reacts somewhat differently. He's visibly worried about making enough money to support the forthcoming child, and the others try to calm his fears. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Kunal Nayyar also star.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Given that Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are involved in this show, it's somewhat amusing that a prison break -- the theme, as well as the title, of their previous show together -- fuels the new episode "Fail-Safe." Miller's Snart heads the attempt, resulting from the capture and imprisonment of some of the Legends in Russia during the Cold War. Sara (Caity Lotz) gets a related assignment that could end up thwarting the escape.
You, Me and the Apocalypse
"What Happens to Idiots" is the rather telling title of a new episode that takes Jamie and Dave (Mathew Baynton, Joel Fry) inside a psychiatric hospital, where they hope a certain patient can direct them to Ariel (also played by Baynton). Jude and Celine (Rob Lowe, Gaia Scodellaro) get assistance in seeking a messiah. Spike's (Fabian McCallum) plan to rejoin Rhonda (Jenna Fischer) backfires. Megan Mullally, Diana Rigg and Kyle Soller also star.
TNT offers up a real gem of an NBA doubleheader that gets going tonight in Cleveland, where LeBron James and the Cavaliers will welcome in Central Division rivals in Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls. Then immediately following is a clash of Western Conference playoff contenders, as Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs pay a visit to Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Life in Pieces
John (James Brolin) wants to fight getting older by changing his physical appearance, but his family is alarmed by the measures he takes in the new episode "Hair Recital Rainbow Mom." Sophia's (Giselle Eisenberg) piano recital worries Heather (Betsy Brandt). Fellow birthday-party guests give Jen and Greg (Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks) preschool concerns. Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl ("The Fisher King") guest stars as Colleen's (Angelique Cabral) mother.
Mellie (Bellamy Young) seeks out a surprising source for help -- Olivia (Kerry Washington) -- in the new episode "The Candidate," and the outcome may be unexpected for both women. Susan Ross (guest star Artemis Pebdani) gets encouragement from Liz (Portia de Rossi) to enter the presidential race. An article about Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) generates different reactions from, and a showdown between, Abby and Cyrus (Darby Stanchfield, Jeff Perry).
Project Runway All Stars
It's all in the movement in a new episode called "Let It Flow," in which the remaining designers are tasked with creating looks that are both elegant and dramatic, while showcasing how their fabric of choice moves. To enhance that latter element, the runway challenge will include a wind machine. Let hope the designers don't blow this chance! Alyssa Milano, Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman are the judges; Zanna Roberts Rossi plays mentor.
The circumstances surrounding the death of an Internet start-up's leader convince Red (James Spader) that he knows who's responsible in the new episode "Drexel." He, Liz (Megan Boone) and their associates have to rely on a questionable, covert source to find their quarry. Tom's (Ryan Eggold) life is imperiled, while Liz makes plans for her forthcoming bundle of joy. Harry Lennix and Diego Klattenhoff also star.
Efforts to establish peace rarely are easy, as Clarke (Eliza Taylor) discovers all over again in the new episode "Hakeldama." Raven (Lindsey Morgan) is endangered, while Murphy's (Richard Harmon) activities also pose a potential threat. Guest stars include Michael Beach ("Sons of Anarchy"). Paige Turco, Henry Ian Cusick, Isaiah Washington and Devon Bostick also star.
Comedy veteran Rhea Perlman ("Cheers") guest stars in the new episode "Diabetic Lesbians and a Blushing Bride" ... the bride in this case intended to be Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy), who suddenly declares she's heading to the altar. Christy and Bonnie (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) become determined to make the occasion run as smoothly as possible. Jaime Pressly and Beth Hall also star, and Emily Osment continues her recurring role.
2 Broke Girls
As it's turned out, the sitcom wasn't gone from Thursdays very long: It returns to that night with the new episode "And the Storytelling Show," launching an arc that will give the show a different basis for a while. Caroline's (Beth Behrs) story of going from wealth to very modest means intrigues a Hollywood mogul, who wants to film it -- meaning a westward trek for her and Max (Kat Dennings). Sophie and Oleg (Jennifer Coolidge, Jonathan Kite) pursue a surrogate.
Angel From Hell
After the broken romance that launched this series, Allison (Maggie Lawson) has a tough time getting back into the social scene in the new episode "Practice Guy." That title is exactly what Amy (Jane Lynch) recommends to her, but the situation has a surprising outcome. Guest stars include Jonathan Togo ("CSI: Miami"), Henry Zebrowski ("Heroes Reborn") and Constance Marie ("Switched at Birth"). Kevin Pollak and Kyle Bornheimer also star.
It looks as if Ragnar Lothbrok narrowly escaped a brush with death near the end of the action-packed Season 3, since Travis Fimmel is back as the hit history-based drama returns for its fourth season. Plot specifics are scarce for the season premiere, "A Good Treason," but History Channel reveals three new cast additions: Peter Franzen as King Harold Finehair, who seeks the throne of Norway; Jasper Paakkonen as Halfdan the Black, Harold's younger brother; and Dianne Doan as a newcomer who fascinates Ragnar.
Anyone who's ever dismissed a warning to be careful what he or she eats would do well to heed the lessons of "A Study in Charlotte," a new episode in which mushrooms become murder weapons. Poisonous ones are used to eliminate a professor and some of his students, putting Holmes and Watson (Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) on the case. On the homefront, Watson is troubled by the noise generated from a neighbor (guest star Richard Kind) renting out his house.
How to Get Away With Murder
The focus is on Annalise's (Viola Davis) home life, which isn't particularly happy, in the new episode "She Hates Us." The domestic tension threatens to spill over to her dealings with her students, each of whom is trying to get back to normal ... or his or her own definition of "normal," at least. Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King and Matt McGorry also star.
Shades of Blue
An emotionally torn Wozniak (Ray Liotta) mulls completing his attempt on Saperstein's (guest star Santino Fontana) life in the new episode "Undiscovered Country," but Harlee (Jennifer Lopez) tries to prevent such an effort. The rest of the police unit is shaken by the recent events, while Stahl (Warren Kole) gets new information on Harlee. Drea de Matteo, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker and Sarah Jeffery also star.
In "If This Is a Lie," the finale to this five-part series, Detective Taylor (Samantha Spiro) tells Danny (Ben Whishaw) that she believes his story, but her bosses are discouraging further investigation. When Danny sends out copies of Alex's (Edward Holcroft) research, they all are returned or deleted. Frances (Charlotte Rampling) gives Danny insight into his late lover's upbringing and joins him in a bid to bring his killers to justice. Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Adrian Lester also star.
Many a good man eventually reaches his breaking point, which is what happens in the new episode "Uncle Dad" to Chip's (Zach Galifianakis) identical twin brother, Dale. To put it bluntly, Dale is fed up with always missing out on great furniture bargains, so when an opportunity arises to buy a hutch for a song, Dale leaves his daughters in the care of Uncle Chip, consequences be hanged.
Recipe for Deception
In a new twist for this series, one round sees both chefs being given the same secret ingredient, unbeknownst to them, in the new episode "You're Bacon Me Crazy." In another round, one chef tries to use his opponent's own secret ingredient to knock him out of the game. Jonathan Waxman and Chris Oh are the judges; Max Silvestri is host.
It's not a secret that the Internet offers many people an escape from their mundane or painful reality. Sometimes the results are benign, as in the case of a quadriplegic who uses adaptive digital robotics and virtual reality to slip the bonds of his damaged body. As the new episode "Trapped" illustrates, however, the Dark Web frequently conceals dangers, as in the story of a woman who becomes drawn into an online cult.
Fri, February 19
Million Dollar Genius
Looking for some inspiration? Check out this new series that chronicles incredible yet true stories of ordinary people who came up with an idea and then, through hard work and perseverance, transformed that intangible concept into a wildly successful product. And we're not necessarily talking high-tech either: Just ask the folks who created the Java Jacket, that simple cardboard coffee cup holder that's part of everyday use, or the collapsible garden hose.
The Vampire Diaries
The sudden presence of a vampire hunter (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff) makes Damon (Ian Somerhalder) regret his participation in finding her in the new episode "This Woman's Work." It isn't entirely by his choice, since Enzo (Michael Malarkey) uses information on him to blackmail him into joining the quest. Stefan and Valerie (Paul Wesley, guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) try to help Caroline (Candice King), whose pregnancy runs into major problems.
Last Man Standing
One of Tim Allen's former television "sons" calls the shots on the new episode "Eve's Band," since fellow "Home Improvement" alum Jonathan Taylor Thomas is its director. Mike (Allen) is so distraught by the sound of the music group Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) and her friend Cammy (guest star Sarah Gilman) form, he schemes to end the act. Kyle and Mandy (Christoph Sanders, Molly Ephraim) have an eye-opening experience as Boyd's (Flynn Morrison) babysitters.
Just when the Kindred (guest star Derek Mears) seemed to be vanquished, he becomes a problem all over again -- threatening the efforts of Ichabod, Abbie and Jenny (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood) to return to somewhat normal lives -- in the new episode "Kindred Spirits." Ichabod has additional concerns, since his romantic ties to Zoe (guest star Maya Kazan) appear to be yielding troubles as well. Nikki Reed also stars.
American Diner Revival
Glenburn Grill and Bakery in Clarks Summit, Pa., has been a longtime favorite among locals, but business has fallen off noticeably in a new episode called "Bakery Shake-Up." The eatery sorely needs to amp up its line of baked goods, and chef Amanda Freitag has a few creative ideas on that score. With additional help from renovation expert Ty Pennington, it won't be long before this Pennsylvania business is rolling in dough once again.
A co-star of another ABC sitcom makes a guest appearance in the new episode "The Wedding Sitter," as Ian Chen ("Fresh Off the Boat") plays a friend of Dave (Albert Tsai) -- who wants to avoid having a babysitter, so he asks the friend to pose as him. Ken (Ken Jeong) and others attend a co-worker's nuptials, where Allison (Suzy Nakamura) has great fear of Ken displaying what he thinks are his dancing skills. Tisha Campbell-Martin and Dave Foley also star.
One of pop music's veteran singer-songwriters is profiled in the new offering "Carole King: Natural Woman," tracing the recent Kennedy Center Honors recipient's life and career from before she became a celebrated performer herself up to her iconic status. Her story also has been told in the stage musical "Beautiful," and this year marks the 45th anniversary of her album "Tapestry," with multiple hits including "You've Got a Friend" and "It's Too Late."
Plastic bottles may be in the past if a Florida teen environmentalist gets financial backing in this new episode -- which also features soap-opera veteran Sarah Buxton, now marketing a swimsuit that offers protection from the sun. Washington, D.C. residents introduce an app related to exercise, and a Texas man pitches a way to determine the cleanliness of a mattress ... or lack thereof. Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Barbara Corcoran are among the Sharks.
Melanie Griffith reprises her guest role as Danny's (Scott Caan) mother, who draws the interest of the FBI, in the new episode "Ke Koa Lokomaika'i" (Hawaiian for "The Good Soldier"). The murder of an autistic youth's sole friend prompts him to help McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) find the killer. Julie Benz continues her recurring role, and Willie Garson ("White Collar") also guest stars. Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Chi McBride also star.
One phone call can change everything, as the new episode "Map of the Seven Knights" reaffirms. A message from Germany puts Nick (David Giuntoli) on the trail of his ancestors, but others with less pure motives take up a similar pursuit. Eve and Trubel (Bitsie Tulloch, guest star Jacqueline Toboni) have a showdown over Nick and Adalind (Claire Coffee). Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner and Russell Hornsby also star.
With Freya (Riley Voelkel) as her pawn, Aurora (guest star Rebecca Breeds) targets Klaus and Elijah (Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies) in the new episode "Heart Shaped Box." Davina (Danielle Campbell) uses magic to try to save others, bringing Kol (guest star Nathaniel Buzolic, "Significant Mother") into the picture in the process. Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) has to make a devastating decision. Charles Michael Davis also stars.
Celebrated "dog whisperer" Cesar Milan kicks off a new season with a major celebrity guest, as he heads to New York to visit comic Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica, who need his help with their temperamental dachshunds, Jose and Foxy. Jose barks all the time, while Foxy ... well, Foxy has a "hating Jerry" problem, as the Seinfelds tell Cesar.
Adam Sandler had yet another career disappointment with this heavily promoted 2015 comedy from director Chris Columbus ("Home Alone") that combines animation and live action. Sandler plays a home-theater installer who leads a team of former arcade champions against aliens who base their attacks on 1980s-era video games. Despite the presence of such stalwarts as Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Jane Krakowski, the film earned toxic reviews, although it turned a profit. Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan also star.
Alonzo Bodden: Historically Incorrect
The stand-up comic, podcaster and frequent panelist on the radio show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" returns with another meditation on the decline of western civilization, this time focusing on historical inaccuracies in both past and present. "My hope is that 100 years from now, they won't believe we were anti-healthcare, feared gay marriage and had the nation's largest news outlet claim cops shooting unarmed blacks was not a racial issue," Bodden recently posted on social media about his set.
A particularly savage killer is the quarry of Jimmy and Duval (Rob Kazinsky, Tim DeKay) in the new episode "Palimpsest." The felon doesn't merely murder his victims, he disfigures them -- setting the Pritchards on a race against time before another life is claimed. Otto (Adhir Kalyan) isn't happy about Jimmy's deepening relationship with Mary (Dilshad Vadsaria), to the extent that he wants another donor. Ciara Bravo and Vanessa Lengies also star.
A criminal's rehabilitation can't necessarily be guaranteed, and Erin (Bridget Moynahan) fears she has given too much credit to one in the new episode "Fresh Start." She's instrumental in a felon's release, but shortly afterward, the man becomes a suspected cop-killer. Mayor Poole (David Ramsey) plays coy, for political reasons, about rehiring Frank (Tom Selleck) as police commissioner. Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Len Cariou and Marisa Ramirez also star.
The Rap Game
Did series executive producer Queen Latifah successfully groom one or more hip hop stars of the future under the tutelage of superstar producer Jermaine Dupri and some special guest mentors? We'll find out after these youngsters show what they've learned in the Season 1 finale of this unscripted series.
Guy and Hunter's European Vacation
Guy fulfills a longtime dream of witnessing the making of true Parmigiano-Reggiano as he and Hunter's culinary trek through Europe takes them to Parma in the new episode "Italy and Switzerland." While in Italy, they also observe the years-long process that goes into curing prosciutto. Crossing over into Switzerland provides an opportunity for a pit stop to sample some authentic Swiss fondue.
The Thin Man
Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers owe much of their "Hart to Hart" rhythm to William Powell and Myrna Loy, who perfected the concept of married, often bickering sleuths in this classic 1934 comedy-mystery movie. The stars play Nick and Nora Charles, a high-living couple who investigate an inventor's supposed involvement in a murder. Maureen O'Sullivan plays his daughter, who enlists the couple.
Bluegrass Underground Special
Televised since 2011, the "Bluegrass Underground" series has become a haven for various iterations of the musical form, as well as rock and soul, and this new special compiles highlights of the show. Veteran talents are seen along with new artists -- and the "Underground" part of the title is quite literal: The program originates from the acoustically effective Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns, more than 3,000 feet below McMinnville, Tenn.
No pressure, but this new weekly series is promoting itself as "the ultimate talk show for animal lovers." In each episode, two veterinarians, a wildlife expert and a field reporter provide the latest pet news and advice for human companions. Topics for the series premiere include decoding sounds that cats make, building a cat hammock, how long you can safely leave your pet at home unattended and the new trend in adopting pet pigs and mini-goats. Cesar Milan is the special guest.
Burgers, Brew & 'Que
Pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel enjoys "Tastes of the Tropics" in a new episode set partly in Baton Rouge, La., where he savors a juicily delicious, Caribbean-inspired brisket melt, followed by a mile-high key lime pie. The same episode features two stops in Kentucky: Lexington, home of a spicy fried chicken sandwich, and Louisville, where an eatery serves up a chorizo-topped burger and a bacon "cina-bomb."
Just in case you weren't already maxing out on felines in all their mercurial moods via Facebook and elsewhere online, a new episode called -- what else? -- "Cats" presents us with two pampered upper-crust female siblings who have their oh-so-perfect day interrupted by a sly alley cat. Elsewhere, a bored goose sets out to find a less monotonous life, which includes trying to bond with a flock of swans in Central Park.
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Austin City Limits
With the "Coal Miner's Daughter" herself, Loretta Lynn -- soon to be featured in an "American Masters" profile -- and Asleep at the Wheel among the honorees, this series' "2015 Hall of Fame Special" clearly takes its intention seriously. The careers of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez also are celebrated by a cast that includes Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and Gillian Welch.
NCIS: Los Angeles
Callen (Chris O'Donnell) causes concern for his colleagues as he goes off on his own, with no one else knowing exactly why, in "Active Measures." Hetty (Linda Hunt) only knows she doesn't want a rogue agent on her hands, so she tasks Sam (LL Cool J) and the others with finding Callen and stopping whatever he's up to. Erik Palladino ("ER") guest stars. Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen and Miguel Ferrer also star.
Morris Chestnut plays the pathologist-for-hire title character in this medical-mystery series, which sees Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. frequently outdo the Miami police. That doesn't stop one of its detectives (Jaina Lee Ortiz) from becoming his new ally, despite her skeptical take on his methods, in getting to the bottom of crimes. Gabrielle Dennis co-stars as his toxicology expert, who happens to be his sister, with Lorraine Toussaint also in the "Pilot."
Pregnant at 17
Thinking she has finally turned her life around after an early trauma, Chelsea (Zoie De Grand Maison, "Orphan Black") falls in love with Jeff (Roark Critchlow), an older married man who says all the right things. When they find out she's pregnant, however, Jeff pulls away. Meanwhile, his meek wife, Sonia (Josie Bissett, "Melrose Place"), meets Chelsea and feels sorry for her, but they're both going to need more than sympathy when a sinister figure from Chelsea's past resurfaces in this new thriller.
The Incredible Dr. Pol
It's a miserably rainy morning in Michigan, but that doesn't stop Dr. Jan Pol and his team from tackling an assortment of challenging chases in the new episode "Piggin' in the Rain." Animal patients include testy bulls, coughing pigs and some wobbly reindeer.
Thomas Gibson -- who stars as "Hotch" on this long-running crime drama -- directed "The Night Watch," a creepy, appropriate-for-Halloween outing that finds the BAU team in Detroit, pursuing a series of murders in which the corpses are incorporated into macabre graffiti art. A notorious but elusive street artist soon becomes their prime suspect. Elsewhere, Dr. Lewis (Aisha Tyler) tries to balance work and her relationship with her fiance. Johnny Sneed guest stars.
It's Not You, It's Men
The creator of the popular dating app Tinder joins Tyrese and Rev Run for a frank talk about the advantages and drawbacks that come with dating in the digital age, in the new episode "Modern Romance." Model and actress Amber Rose talks about the dangers and frustrations of harassment on social media as well as society's double standard on the expression of sexuality, while Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community") shares her online dating experiences.
Jeff Gordon's Daytona 500 Kickoff Celebration
One of auto racing's top events is about to happen, and in preparation for it, this new special unites veteran driver Gordon -- now part of the Fox sportscasting team -- with celebrities from several disciplines for a related beach bash. NASCAR stars, Fox-series actors and musical guests enjoy a party before the flag drops ... and you also can expect plenty of stats on those who will be in their cars and revving their engines at the starting line the next day.
This new documentary takes viewers behind the scenes in the making of the James Webb Space Telescope, the latest innovation in the 400-year history of these space-viewing devices. Its predecessor, the 25-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, helped determine the age of the universe and confirmed the existence of black holes, but the Webb telescope, which is 100 times more powerful than the Hubble, may be able to answer other questions and identify evidence of life on planets far outside our solar system.
This new documentary takes viewers behind the scenes in the making of the James Webb Space Telescope, the latest innovation in the 400-year history of these space-viewing devices. Its predecessor, the 25-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, helped determine the age of the universe and confirmed the existence of black holes, but the Webb telescope, which is 100 times more powerful than the Hubble, may be able to answer other questions and identify evidence of life on planets far outside our solar system.
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
A new episode includes celebrity updates on rocker Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed; environmental activist and alpine ski racer Heather Mills; actress and singer Telma Hopkins ("Family Matters"); and U.S. women's soccer icon Brandi Chastain. In another segment, Karen Neuburger confides to Oprah how she lost her pajama empire in a bad business deal.
In the new episode "XXIII," as Silver (Luke Arnold) faces the prospect of almost certain death, he pushes Flint (Toby Stephens) to take action. Elsewhere, a new threat looms for Eleanor and Rogers (Hannah New, Luke Roberts), while Teach (Ray Stevenson) shows Vane (Zach McGowan) a possible way forward. Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy), meanwhile, makes her play.
Sex Sent Me to the E.R.
The episode title "Dirty Laundry" packs a double meaning for the hapless woman who winds up in the emergency room after a weekly "date night" on a washing machine goes awry. Elsewhere, a couple sneaks around a meat packing plant to find the perfect place to make love, and a woman's naughty knitting leads to a strange diagnosis.