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Wednesday, Feb. 1: Laurence Fishburne Is Nelson Mandela in BET’s ‘Madiba’

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Wednesday, Feb. 1

BET, 9pm
New Miniseries!
As the cornerstone of its Black History Month programming, BET is airing the three-part, six-hour movie event Madiba, starring Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela. The film is described as a “definitive” story of the revolutionary and politician who was the face of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and who later served as the country’s first black president in the years following apartheid. Orlando Jones, David Harewood and Terry Pheto also star. The film airs over three Wednesdays starting tonight.

31 Days of Oscar
TCM, beginning at 6am
Turner Classic Movies’ annual event features an entire month of Oscar-nominated and -winning features from its collection. This year’s theme is Oscars from A to Z, with the films being aired in alphabetical order beginning today with Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), and concluding early morning March 4 with Z (1969).

Hunted: “Operation Cupid’s Revenge”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Operation Cupid’s Revenge,” the Hunters set up a fake online dating profile in an attempt to lure two fugitives out of hiding, and a pair of video game enthusiasts discover that their online skills may not translate to the real world.

Showtime at the Apollo
FOX, 8pm
Steve Harvey hosts this one-hour special of music and comedy from Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater. Artists participating in the event include the legendary Chaka Khan; T.I. featuring Meek Mill, Quavo and RaRa; Mike Epps; and Gabriel Iglesias. The special will also feature the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night — where up-and-coming artists perform in front of the world’s toughest audience.

Spy in the Wild
PBS, 8pm
New Miniseries!
More than 30 animatronic “spy cameras” disguised as animals secretly record animal behavior in the wild. These Spy Creatures reveal that animals show emotions and behavior similar to humans — a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, cooperate and invent. In the first episode, “Love,” explore the rarely seen emotions of animals. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love and are mourned by a troop of monkeys!

The 100
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In the Season 3 finale, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) destroyed the artificial intelligence being, A.L.I.E., despite A.L.I.E.’s claim that she is humanity’s only hope. This season, Clarke will discover if Earth faces a new threat — worldwide nuclear meltdown — and plan humanity’s survival.

History, 9pm
Season Finale!
The fourth season comes to a close tonight with Prince Aethelwulf finding himself subject to the Vikings’ battle master plan. Ecbert remains behind with a plan of his own.

NOVA: “Search for the Super Battery”
PBS, 9pm
Renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet.

The Magicians: “Hotel Spa Potions”
Syfy, 9pm
Quentin, Alice, Penny and Margo seek a new weapon. Meanwhile, Eliot struggles with being king, and Julia and The Beast find an unexpected ally.

Aurora — Fire in the Sky
PBS, 10pm
Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow that often brightens the night sky in Earth’s polar regions. Investigate the myths of Finland’s Sami, Alaska’s Inuit, Canada’s Native Americans and New Zealand’s Maori.

The Expanse
Syfy, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The epic space opera returns for Season 2 with limited-commercial, back-to-back airings of the season’s first two episodes. Along with the original actors returning, this season Frankie Adams joins the cast as Martian Marine badass Bobbie Draper. As Season 2 unfolds, tensions between each division continue to grow, positioning the crew of the Rocinante in an ever more precarious situation. And the Protomolecule threatens the safety of the entire solar system, while the larger conspiracy that led to its unleashing begins to be exposed.

Suits: “The Painting”
USA Network, 10pm
Harvey (Gabriel Macht) tries to repair a broken relationship, leaving Louis (Rick Hoffman), Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) to manage PSL in his absence. Meanwhile, Mike (Patrick J. Adams) gets a helping hand from an unexpected place.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Grey’s Anatomy: “Jukebox Hero”
ABC, 8pm
Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and the attending doctors set out to make Eliza’s (Marika Dominczyk) first day at Grey Sloan a bumpy one. Meanwhile, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) tries to track down Alex (Justin Chambers).

Hell’s Kitchen: “Leaving It on the Line”
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!
It’s down to the top two chef-testants and Chef Ramsay surprises them with makeovers before taking them to the premiere of a new musical. But when the two arrive at the theater, actor Rob Morrow (Numb3rs, Northern Exposure) reveals this is their final challenge — they must create four dishes in an hour in front of a huge audience! Celebrity chefs help decide the winner of the challenge, and the final dinner service features celebrity diners. In the end, Chef Ramsay announces the Season 16 winner of Hell’s Kitchen.

Superstore: “Ladies’ Lunch”
NBC, 8pm
During the morning meeting, Glenn (Mark McKinney) accidentally tells the employees the real reason Amy (America Ferrera) has been late to work lately. Meanwhile, Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to cheer up Amy by kidnapping her for a “ladies’ lunch.” Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) invent a game to pass the time, tricking Glenn and Mateo (Nico Santos) in the process. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) helps Amy take a fearless step with a dramatic new look.

Superior Donuts
CBS, 8:30pm
New Series!
Donut shop owner Arthur Przybyszewski (Judd Hirsch) struggles with the gentrification of his beloved Chicago neighborhood and meets his match when he hires charismatic hustler Franco (Jermaine Fowler) as his sole employee. While both men want to protect the legacy of the neighborhood breakfast spot, Arthur wants to keep things as they are, while Franco has plans to bring the humble shop into the 21st century.

NBC, 8:30pm
New Series!
Set in the DC Comics universe, this workplace comedy stars Vanessa Hudgens as Emily Locke, the new director of research and development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Bruce Wayne’s Wayne Enterprises. The company specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer in the wake of collateral damage caused by superheroes and supervillains in Charm City. Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk also star.

Scandal: “Hardball”
ABC, 9pm
In the aftermath of the shocking election results, flashbacks reveal what just happened on the campaign trail and how far Olivia (Kerry Washington) was willing to go to win. Meanwhile, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) face an unprecedented national crisis.

30 for 30: “This Was the XFL”
ESPN, 9pm

Charlie Ebersol directs this 30 for 30 documentary about the XFL, the pro football league created by WWE’s Vince McMahon and NBC’s Dick Ebersol that played its lone season in 2001 and introduced America to Rod “He Hate Me” Smart.

Chicago Med: “Mirror Mirror”
NBC, 9pm
Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) treat a teenage girl with a rapidly changing set of symptoms that has everyone perplexed. Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and medical student Jeff Clark (guest star Jeff Hephner) encounter a 19 year-old tough guy who is brought into the hospital in severe distress. Once they establish the cause of the pain, the situation quickly turns dangerous, and a resolved Dr. Reese (Rachel DiPillo) does her best to help.

How to Get Away With Murder: “Not Everything’s About Annalise”
ABC, 10pm
Annalise (Viola Davis) reaches her breaking point as she struggles to adapt to life behind bars — but a surprise confession could change everything. Meanwhile, the Keating 4 find their own freedom at risk when they discover the D.A.’s investigation is much bigger than they thought.

Training Day
CBS, 10pm
New Series!
Bill Paxton and impressive newcomer Justin Cornwell star in this series update of the hit 2001 thriller. The action-packed dramedy is executive produced by action master Jerry Bruckheimer and director Antoine Fuqua, who guided Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke to Oscar nominations (Washington won Best Actor) in the original. “You’ve got the dynamic that you had in the original movie, but it’s 15 years later,” says Paxton, who plays wisecracking, rule-bending Detective Frank Rourke. “As you get towards the last couple episodes, it goes directly back into the movie, insomuch as characters like Tom Berenger’s comes back. Justin’s character, Kyle, finds his way to a secret group who really are those characters from the movie, who still control a lot of things in the shadows and behind the scenes.”

The Blacklist: “Natalie Luca”
NBC, 10pm
The task force chases an elusive assassin who kills by imparting a fatal disease on her victims. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) enlists Tom (Ryan Eggold) for an undercover operation inside his criminal organization.

Colony: “Panopticon”
USA Network, 10pm
Jennifer (Kathleen Rose Perkins) keeps an eye on the Bowman house. The family encounters unexpected challenges when Charlie (Jacob Buster) returns home.

Friday, Feb. 3

Santa Clarita Diet
New Series!
Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) are husband and wife real estate agents leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change that sends their lives down a road of death and destruction … but in a good way.

“Star Trek: The Original Series” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 4pm
Spend Friday night with Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Kirk (William Shatner) in a stunt of classic Star Trek episodes, including the two-part episode “The Menagerie,” in which Spock faces a court-martial.

MacGyver: “Fish Scaler”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Fish Scaler,” MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Jack (George Eads) must track down a corrupt FBI agent who has framed a man for murder.

Grimm: “The Seven Year Itch”
NBC, 8pm
After being dormant for seven years, a new Wesen is unearthed with a deadly hunger. Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) join Wu (Reggie Lee) to investigate a bizarre murder in a local park. Elsewhere, Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) continues to deal with a ghost from his past. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) visit the doctor to see if Diana’s (guest star Hannah R. Loyd) premonition is true.

Dr. Ken: “A Dr. Ken Valentine’s Day”
ABC, 8:30pm
Ken (Ken Jeong) lets Allison (Suzy Nakamura) think he wrote her the love poem Dave (Albert Tsai) penned for Emily (guest star Zooey Jeong). Clark (Jonathan Slavin) plans a romantic scavenger hunt for Connor (Stephen Guarino). And complications arise when Damona (Tisha Campbell-Martin) and Eric (Jerry Minor) have dinner at a restaurant that she and Pat (Dave Foley) frequented when they were dating.

Hawaii Five-0: “Ka Pa’ani Nui (Big Game)”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Ka Pa’ani Nui (Big Game),” Five-0 works a murder case involving the illegal practice of shark finning, which leads to the discovery that a former Nazi war criminal may be hiding out in an old leprosy colony in Hawaii.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Can Josh Take a Leap of Faith?”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!
Rebecca’s (Rachel Bloom) father (guest star John Allen Nelson) makes a surprise appearance, which gets Rebecca’s hopes up for her future, while Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) takes a hard look at himself.

Emerald City: “Beautiful Wickedness”
NBC, 9pm
Dorothy’s (Adria Arjona) confrontation with the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio) brings her closer to discovering the truth about her past. Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) goes to great lengths to recover his memory, even if it means allying with West (Ana Ularu). The Wizard enacts his plan with Langwidere (guest star Stefanie Martini) to prepare for the battle to come.

Live From Lincoln Center: “50 Years of Mostly Mozart”
PBS, 9pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals. The visionary programming celebrates the genius of Mozart with signature performances and new commissions.

Saturday, Feb. 4

College Basketball: Pittsburgh at Duke
CBS, 1pm Live

The Pittsburgh Panthers visit Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., for a Saturday afternoon college hoops clash with the Duke Blue Devils on CBS.

Let’s Be Cops
FX, 8pm

In this 2014 comedy starring Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr. and Rob Riggle, two buddies attend a costume party dressed up as cops. As people start to mistake them for genuine cops, things get real, and they find themselves in the middle of an actual case.

NBA Basketball: Cleveland at New York
ABC, 8:30pm Live

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers head to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for this Saturday primetime matchup against Derrick Rose and the Knicks.

Walking the Dog
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Jennifer Finnigan and Sam Page star as rival lawyers who battle each other in court while their respective dogs fall madly in love. The smooching pooches bring their guardians together at every turn until the stubborn humans realize that puppy love belongs to more than just their pets.

Saturday Night Live: “Kristen Stewart/Alessia Cara”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Kristen Stewart, star of the upcoming feature film Personal Shopper, makes her first SNL hosting appearance tonight. Musical guest Alessia Cara is also an SNL first-timer.