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Monday, Feb. 20: Check in to the Final Season of ‘Bates Motel’

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Monday, Feb. 20

Bates Motel
A&E, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Rihanna channels her inner Janet Leigh when she joins the cast as Marion Crane for the drama’s fifth and final season. We’ve gotta say, we can’t wait for the Barbadian beauty to take on Hitchcock’s legendary shower scene …

The Equalizer
FX, 7pm

In this 2014 thriller, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is living a quiet “new” life. He works hard at the local home improvement store but suffers from insomnia in a big way. His past experiences will help when he finds himself caught between Russian gangsters and a young woman he just wants to keep safe.

Unlocking the Cage
HBO, 8pm
This documentary explores the animal rights lawyer Steven Wise’s 30-year struggle to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. Wise and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), seek to transform an animal from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections.

The Talk — Race in America
PBS, 9pm
In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police.

The Breaks
VH1, 9pm
New Series!
This new series continues the story started in last year’s breakout TV film of the same name, about three friends fulfilling their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990. The series stars Wood Harris, Mack Wilds, Afton Williamson, Evan Handler, David Call and rapper Clifford “Method Man” Smith, and also features incredible music and performances.

Scorpion: “Dirty Seeds, Done Dirt Cheap”
CBS, 10pm
Strange things are sprouting in the new episode “Dirty Seeds, Done Dirt Cheap.” When a simple mission to protect a vital seed bank goes awry, Team Scorpion must save three of their own when they begin suffering from life-threatening, fear-based hallucinations.

Timeless: “The Red Scare”
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!
With one of group’s lives on the line, the team chases Flynn (Goran Visnjic) to 1954 through the paranoid corridors of Joe McCarthy’s (guest star Spencer Garrett) Washington, D.C., en route to a secret, once-a-generation meeting of Rittenhouse leaders. While there, Lucy (Abigail Spencer) must wager the ultimate sacrifice to save history as we know it.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

New Girl: “Rumspringa”
FOX, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green guest-stars as Winston’s wife, Rhonda, and Winston enlists Cece’s help to turn “the current Mrs.” into “the former Mrs.”

NCIS: “A Many Splendored Thing”
CBS, 8pm
The new episode “A Many Splendored Thing” finds Bishop (Emily Wickersham) more determined than ever to seek revenge for the murder of her late boyfriend Qasim (Rafi Silver) after Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team find a new lead in the Chen case.

American Masters: “Maya Angelou”
PBS, 8pm
Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others.

The Trip: 2017
Travel Channel, 8pm
This one-hour special is a complement to the online sweepstakes Travel Channel is running through March 24. Here, hosts Samantha Brown and Jack Maxwell showcase the distinct attractions, cuisines and luxuries that make the beach locales that are part of the sweepstakes’ prize itinerary so special.

American Housewife: “The Man Date”
ABC, 8:30pm
Greg (Diedrich Bader) makes his first good friend in Westport — a fellow history buff named Stan (guest star Timothy Omundson), who just so happens to be married to Katie’s (Katy Mixon) nemesis Chloe Brown Mueller (Jessica St. Clair).

Fresh Off the Boat: “The Gloves Are Off”
ABC, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Jessica (Constance Wu) unwittingly befriends Marvin’s (Ray Wise) ex-wife, Sarah (guest star Heather Locklear), and tries to help her and Honey (Chelsey Crisp) mend their longstanding rift. Meanwhile, Louis (Randall Park) enlists the boys in a mission to determine Grandma’s (Lucille Soong) true age in hopes of surprising her with a new — and free — motorized wheelchair.

This Is Us: “Memphis”
NBC, 9pm
Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and William (Ron Cephas Jones) take a road trip to Memphis, where Randall learns about his biological father’s past.

Stranded With a Million Dollars
MTV, 10pm
New Series!
In this new reality series, 10 strangers are stranded on an island with only the clothes on their back and one million dollars. Every meal, supply and creature comfort comes with a high price tag, leaving the contestants weighing the cost of survival. At the end of 40 days, anyone who hasn’t tapped out splits whatever prize money is left.

Chicago Fire: “Purgatory”
NBC, 10pm
After exercising his disdain and authority over Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker), Chief Anderson (guest star Michael Hanrahan) reassigns members of 51 to various houses around town, citing the need for improvement. The ramifications are felt by the crew, who are left to make the best of their respective situations in their new surroundings.

The Detour
TBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!
One of TV’s funniest and all-too-honest comedies returns for a second season. The series is created, written and executive produced by Jason Jones (who stars as Nate) and his powerhouse wife Samantha Bee (who makes a guest appearance this season). Thankfully Season 2 finds the Parker family making more terrible and questionable parenting decisions as they move their family to New York City. Everyone is excited for Nate’s new job opportunity — except for Robin (Natalie Zea), who knows that a move to the big city means her mysterious past may catch up with her. While Nate and Robin adjust to new jobs, new neighbors and old flames, their resilient children dive headfirst into the awkwardness of adolescence. Other guest stars this season include James Cromwell, John Oliver, Laura Benanti, Jeffrey Vincent Parise and Max Casella.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Blindspot: “Draw O Caesar, Erase a Coward”
NBC, 8pm

After a set of tattoos produces multiple leads, the team divides into unlikely pairings — Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and Roman (Luke Mitchell), Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Zapata (Audrey Esparza), Patterson (Ashley Johnson) and Reade (Rob Brown) — to chase down a deadly underworld courier.

Spy in the Wild: “Bad Behavior”
PBS, 8pm
Spy Creatures infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime and retribution. Spy Monkey is in the crossfire as real monkeys fight over beach-bar alcohol. Spy Egret is also a waterhole victim when elephants throw mud everywhere!

Speechless: “O-S—OSCAR P-A—PARTY”
ABC, 8:30pm
When the DiMeos throw their annual Oscar party, Maya (Minnie Driver) feels threatened by seemingly perfect mom Becca (guest star Michaela Watkins). Meanwhile, Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) encourages the fathers at the party to let loose, while Ray (Mason Cook) tries to impress a girl by pretending to be someone he’s not.

Criminal Minds: “Collision Course”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Collision Course,” the BAU investigates the cause of several fatal car crashes involving drivers and pedestrians.

College Basketball: Louisville at North Carolina
ESPN, 9pm Live

The Louisville Cardinals head to the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., for a matchup against the North Carolina Tar Heels tonight on ESPN.

NOVA: “Why Trains Crash”
PBS, 9pm
Trains are essential for moving freight and people throughout the world, but they are far from accident-free. Follow investigators as they probe the wreckage of infamous accidents and watch safety experts test the latest crash-prevention designs.

The Magicians: “Cheat Day”
Syfy, 9pm
Quentin (Jason Ralph) adjusts to his new life; Penny (Arjun Gupta) seeks help from an unexpected source; Eliot (Hale Appleman) and Margo (Summer Bishil) contend with the dangers of ruling; Julia (Stella Maeve) and Kady (Jade Tailor) discover another consequence of Reynard’s attack.

Major Crimes
TNT, 9pm
New Episodes!
Eight new episodes are on tap for the second half of Season 5, where Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) will lead her team of detectives in solving more mysteries.

Doubt: “Then and Now”
CBS, 10pm
As Sadie (Katherine Heigl) tries to keep her relationship with Billy (Steven Pasquale) strictly professional, she works on a case involving one of Isaiah’s (Elliott Gould) oldest friends in the new episode “Then and Now.”

Chicago P.D.: “Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will”
NBC, 10pm
When Lindsay (Sophia Bush) is tipped off about a grieving father looking to avenge his daughter’s death, Olinsky (Elias Koteas) goes undercover as a hitman-for-hire. With Gang Intelligence lacking enough evidence to arrest the original gangbanger in question, the team works to reinvestigate the case.

City in the Sky: “Arrival”
PBS, 10pm
What goes up must come down — and getting passengers safely back to earth depends on complex global networks and some astonishing technology. Around the world, 100,000 flights a day make touchdown — almost every one safely. Learn what’s involved.

The Expanse: “Home”
Syfy, 10pm
The Rocinante chases an asteroid as it hurtles toward Earth.

Suits: “Quid Pro Quo”
USA Network, 10pm
When Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) class action hits a snag, it might cost him more than the case. Harvey (Gabriel Macht), Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) consider getting their hands dirty, while Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Benjamin (David Reale) seek an investor.

Thursday, Feb. 23

“The Hunt” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 12pm

BBC America presents all seven episodes of the 2016 nature documentary series The Hunt, which dramatically and beautifully presented stunning footage of animals’ life-and-death struggles to eat or avoid being eaten.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Can-Am Duels
FS1, 7pm Live
NASCAR Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway features tonight’s Can-Am Duels, two 150-mile qualifying races that determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500.

Superstore: “Wellness Fair”
NBC, 8pm
When Amy (America Ferrera) sees Mateo (Nico Santos) out on a secret date with Jeff (recurring guest star Michael Bunin), she ignores Garrett’s (Colton Dunn) advice to stay out of it, and ends up throwing multiple relationships — both real and imagined — into chaos. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) resents Jonah (Ben Feldman) for outshining him during Cloud 9’s wellness fair, and Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to prove that Amy faked an illness.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
The NBA returns from All-Star Weekend tonight, and TNT features a compelling doubleheader with the N.Y. Knicks at the Cleveland Cavaliers, followed by the L.A. Clippers at the Golden State Warriors.

How to Get Away With Murder: “He Made a Terrible Mistake/Wes”
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!
Tonight’s two-hour, two-episode finale begins with Annalise (Viola Davis) attempting to thwart a surprising new angle in the D.A.’s case, as alliances shift amongst the Keating 4 when they discover crucial information about Wes’s (Alfred Enoch) death. In the second hour, Annalise and the Keating 4 discover just how far they’ll go to save themselves, while chilling details from the night of the fire reveal who really killed Wes.

Mom: “Night Swimmin’ and an English Muffin”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Wendie Malick guest-stars in the new episode “Night Swimmin’ and an English Muffin.” When Bonnie (Allison Janney) discovers Adam (William Fichtner) is still close with his ex-wife Danielle (Malick), Christy (Anna Faris) worries the emotional fallout could jeopardize Bonnie’s sobriety.

The Blacklist
NBC, 9pm
Winter Finale!
While we’re bummed Red’s season goes on hiatus, we’ve got Tom Keen’s new journey — The Blacklist: Redemption — to fill the void.

Training Day: “Code of Honor”
CBS, 10pm
When Frank’s (Bill Paxton) longtime friend and informant is killed by Yakuza assassins, his quest for revenge jeopardizes an FBI operation against the Yakuza in the new episode “Code of Honor.”

Sun Records
CMT, 10pm
New Series!
This eight-part series tells the story of Sun Records’ historic Million Dollar Quartet recording sessions, featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Chad Michael Murray stars as Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, with Drake Milligan playing Elvis Presley, Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash, Billy Gardell playing Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, and twins Christian and Jonah Lees playing real-life cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.

The Blacklist: Redemption
NBC, 10pm
New Series!
The elusive criminals from Red’s infamous list get their own spinoff as members of a covert mercenary team set on righting wrongs that are too shady for legitimate governments to touch. Unbeknownst to the team’s gorgeous and cunning head, Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen), her newest team member, Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), is her son who was kidnapped decades before. Other team members include Tom’s nemesis Matias Solomon (Edi Gathegi), weapons expert Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress) and hacker Dumont (Adrian Martinez). Eggold tells us, “If you like spy shows or films, if you like action, if you like fast-paced, if you’re into that stuff, then I know you’re going to like the show.”

Friday, Feb. 24

Ultimate Beastmaster
New Series!
In Netflix’s first global competition series, 108 competitors — 18 each from six countries — take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, known as “The Beast.” Each of the 10 hourlong episodes will feature 12 competitors, two from each country. Each country also has its own hosts; Terry Crews and Charissa Thompson handle the duties for the United States. Other countries competing are Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Original Film!
When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals. Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow and Jane Levy star.

MacGyver: “Ruler”
CBS, 8pm
Bozer’s (Justin Hires) first overseas mission goes terribly wrong when Mac (Lucas Till) and the team are blamed for a terrorist bombing and the Phoenix Foundation is forced to disavow them in the new episode “Ruler.”

Grimm: “The Son Also Rises”
NBC, 8pm
Deadly attacks on a team of scientists lead Nick (David Giuntoli), Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Wu (Reggie Lee) on an investigation unlike any they have had before. Meanwhile, as the research continues into the origins of the cloth, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) learn that Eve (Bitsie Tulloch) is still feeling the aftereffects of the death grip.

Emerald City: “The Villain That’s Become”
NBC, 9pm
As the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio) arrives in the Kingdom of Ev, an intense negotiation may lead to a standoff with Langwidere (Stefanie Martini). Dorothy (Adria Arjona) and Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) find themselves on opposite sides. Meanwhile, Jack (Gerran Howell) makes a decision that may have deadly consequences.

Great Performances: “New York City Ballet Symphony in C”
PBS, 9pm
Enjoy two classic ballets by George Balanchine: Georges Bizet’s sparkling Symphony in C, and the rarely seen Sonatine to the music of Maurice Ravel, in performance in Paris.

Uncommon Sense Live
MTV2, 11:30pm Live
Season Premiere!
Heading into its third season, the Charlamagne Tha God-hosted series is reinvented as a live weekly destination to make “uncommon sense” out of the news. Viewers will also have the opportunity to call or Skype in as Charlamagne and guests have in-depth, open and real conversations exploring all sides of an issue.

Saturday, Feb. 25

College Basketball
CBS, beginning at 12pm Live

With March Madness closing in, CBS airs a Saturday afternoon college basketball tripleheader featuring SMU at Connecticut, Florida at Kentucky and Duke at Miami.

2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards
IFC, 5pm Live
Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney host the 32nd edition of these awards, which celebrates the best of independent film, honors artist-driven films made with limited means, and promotes these films to a wider audience.

Ransom: “Say What You Did”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Say What You Did,” Eric (Luke Roberts) and the team must delve into a senator’s darkest secrets to try to bring his kidnapped daughter home.

NHL Stadium Series: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
NBC, 8pm Live

There’s a mystique about playing hockey outdoors, and tonight in primetime, the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Penguins under the lights of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field in this NHL Stadium Series game.

NBA Basketball: Chicago at Cleveland
ABC, 8:30pm Live

Dwyane Wade leads the Chicago Bulls into Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena for this Saturday primetime meeting with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Planet Earth II: “Mountains”
BBC America, 9pm

Episode 2 of BBC America’s Planet Earth II climbs high into the world’s great mountain ranges, where only a few pioneering animals — among the most elusive and mysterious on the planet — have what it takes to survive.