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Thursday, Feb. 15: 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Day 6


All Times Eastern.

Thursday, Feb. 15

2018 Winter Olympics
NBC, 8pm Live

Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu comes into PyeongChang recovering from an injury suffered this past fall; one that kept him out of practice until just a month before the Olympics. How healthy is he and will time away from practice affect his performance? These are the big questions as the men’s short program gets under way. Also on the program are snowboarding; skeleton; freestyle skiing, and cross-country skiing.

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.

The Bachelor Winter Games
ABC, 8pm
Romantic connections are well underway as the participants arrive at an ice rink for their second Winter Games challenge — speed skating!

NBA Basketball: L.A. Lakers at Minnesota
TNT, 9pm Live

Before NBA players break for All-Star Weekend, TNT has a Thursday night matchup from Minneapolis as the L.A. Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

20/20: “Roseanne: The Return”
ABC, 10pm
As ABC’s iconic sitcom Roseanne gears up to return to television this spring, the entire cast reveals behind-the-scenes moments and memories and tells fans what to expect from the revival of one of TV’s most iconic series. Returning actors Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman and Sarah Chalke discuss the show’s legacy and share what life was like starring on the acclaimed but controversial hit. The hour also highlights the guest stars who appeared on the show before they became famous, including George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Portlandia: “Open Relationship”
IFC, 10pm

In the new episode “Open Relationship,” Doug (Fred Armisen) and Claire (Carrie Brownstein) decide that maybe they should consider seeing other people, and the Mayor (guest star Kyle MacLachlan) waits for a helicopter.

Friday, Feb. 16

Mozart in the Jungle
Season Premiere!
Season 4 of the Golden Globe-winning series returns as Rodrigo (Gael García Bernal) and Hailey (Lola Kirke) take their relationship public. Hailey struggles to prove herself as a conductor while Rodrigo fights to keep his inspiration alive. Thomas (Malcolm McDowell) joins a startup orchestra in Brooklyn that challenges Gloria (Bernadette Peters).

College Basketball
ESPN2, beginning at 7pm Live

Friday night college basketball on ESPN2 has Rhode Island at St. Bonaventure in an Atlantic 10 clash, followed by Georgia State at Georgia Southern in a matchup of Sun Belt teams.

Wreck-It Ralph
ABC, 8pm
This Oscar-nominated 2012 Disney hit features hulking video-game character Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) who, for decades, has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the guy who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing a villain, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade and through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. Wreck-It Ralph also features the voices of Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Nathaniel Is Irrelevant.”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!
When Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) decides to make amends for her past, she finds some unexpected challenges. At the same time, West Covina awaits an important new arrival.

Disney Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
Meg Donnelly (American Housewife) and newcomer Milo Manheim star in the latest Disney Channel Original Movie, which combines a pop and hip-hop music soundtrack, eye-popping choreography and acrobatic cheerleading moves. The tale takes place in the picture-perfect town of Seabrook 50 years after a zombie apocalypse, when the lives of the harmless zombies change forever when they are finally allowed to enroll in Seabrook High School.

2 Dope Queens: “Hot Peen”
HBO, 11:30pm
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor Tituss Burgess is Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams’ guest.

Saturday, Feb. 17

College Basketball
CBS, ESPN & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live

A big Saturday of college basketball action features Syracuse at Miami (CBS), Providence at Butler (FOX), Michigan State at Northwestern (FOX), Alabama at Kentucky (CBS), Villanova at Xavier (FOX) and West Virginia at Kansas (ESPN).

NASCAR Xfinity Series: Powershares QQQ 300
FS1, 2:30pm Live

The rising stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series open their 2018 season with the Powershares QQQ 300 at famed Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Premier Boxing Champions
FOX, 8pm Live
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) and Devon Alexander “The Great” (27-4, 14 KOs) headline a show as the former welterweight champions meet in the 12-round main event. In the co-main event, unbeaten contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (16-0, 10 KOs) will battle Rogelio “Porky” Medina (38-8, 32 KOs) in a 12-round 168-pound world title eliminator.

Planet Earth: Blue Planet II: “Green Seas”
BBC America, 9pm
Visit ocean coasts teeming with life in the Blue Planet II episode “Green Seas.” The kelp forests off of southern Africa are home to more than 100 shark species. Garibaldi fish guard their seaweed territory from invading urchins off the Pacific coast of North America. And mangrove forests in coastal waters of Western Australia are home to the fierce and enigmatic zebra mantis shrimp.

Wedding March 3: Here Comes the Bride
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
It’s a full Valentine’s Day weekend at the inn when Olivia (Josie Bissett) and Mick (Jack Wagner) host Mick’s sister and her fiancé, Mick’s daughter and her boyfriend, and Olivia’s mother and her boyfriend. Things get chaotic when Mick’s sister decides to have her wedding at the inn that weekend, and Mick’s daughter announces plans to drop out of college.

Falling Water: “Love Is a Dreamer”
USA Network, 10pm
Tess’ (Lizzie Brocheré) sister starts to fall apart; Taka (Will Yun Lee) and Alex pay a visit to Shadowman’s family; Burton (David Ajala) struggles with his guilt; Bennett puts a hit out on Woody.

Sunday, Feb. 18

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Daytona 500
FOX, 2:30pm Live

In the “Great American Race,” top Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, 2017 Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch and 2017 Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. take on the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval.

2018 NBA All-Star Game
TNT, 8:20pm Live

Staples Center in Los Angeles is the site of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game tonight on TNT. The NBA forgoes the traditional East vs. West format in favor of a fantasy draft. The All-Star starter from each conference with the most fan votes serves as a captain and will select his team from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.

When Calls the Heart
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 5 of the historical drama, Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) anxiously awaits Jack’s (Daniel Lissing) return from the Northern Territories so they can plan their wedding. While she focuses on teaching her students, she gets an unexpected visit from her sister Julie (Charlotte Hegele), who reveals a surprising new career. And the town of Hope Valley is threatened by a mysterious illness and a financial crisis.

Victoria on Masterpiece: “The Luxury of Conscience”
PBS, 9pm
Victoria and Albert have to face their worst nightmare as parents, while Peel takes on the ultimate battle in Parliament. When tragedy strikes, they must confront the true cost of standing by their convictions.

Meet the Peetes
Hallmark Channel, 10pm
New Series!
Hallmark Channel’s first unscripted series chronicles the loud and loving lives of Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL star Rodney Peete. The series highlights their busy lives — particularly as parents of four children, including a son with autism — and how they treat life like a team sport. “We want to be that example for other families that, you know, when life is tough, you team up, and you huddle up, and you get a game plan. And you execute that game plan together,” she says. “We win as a team and lose as a team.”

HBO, 10pm
Robert (Thomas Haden Church) catches his teenage son Tom (Charlie Kilgore) in a compromising position, which can mean anything from doing drugs to having sex to watching Bad Girls Club reruns.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
HBO, 11pm
Season Premiere!
The only news-oriented comedy series to be shown on a Sunday night, the Emmy-winning show kicks off its comedic fifth season of John Oliver’s satirical look at weekly news and broader subjects.

Soft Focus With Jena Friedman
Adult Swim, 12am (late-night)
This “live-action comedic human-interest program” blends fact and fiction in a “harmonious union of ‘What the @#$%?’” Jena Friedman created, stars in and executive produces the short-form special.

Eric Andre Does Paris
Adult Swim, 12:15am (late-night)
In this short-form special, comedian Eric Andre hits the streets of the French capital to ponder existential questions with the people of France.

Monday, Feb. 19

Nickelodeon, 7pm
Original Film!
When Jeremy (Jace Norman) puts on mysterious virtual-reality glasses at the mall, he suddenly loses his “inside voice” and starts spouting every thought he has out loud. Making matters worse, Jeremy is running for student council president against his classmate Milly (Daniella Perkins), who is full of great ideas to improve the school. Desperate to get back to normal, Jeremy and his sister Victoria (JoJo Siwa) must figure out how to convince his brain that he can speak up for himself.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Here I Go Again”
The CW, 8pm
After the team returns from a mission, Zari (Tala Ashe) finds herself trapped in a time loop that results in the Waverider blowing up over and over again.

2018 American Rescue Dog Show
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
This tail-wagging special features adoptable mixed and pure breed dogs from shelters competing in a variety of cute categories such as “Best Couch Potato,” “Best in Wiggle Butt” and “Best Snorer,” all with the goal of ending pet homelessness.

Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil
A&E, 9pm
Warren Jeffs is the religious prophet to an estimated 15,000 followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and before going to jail for two felony counts of child sexual assault in 2011, he married at least 78 wives, had more than 50 children, and controlled millions of dollars for the church. This two-hour special includes extensive interviews with current and former church members, Jeffs’ family, and the people who brought him to justice.

Star Wars Rebels
Disney XD, 9pm
In one of the final three episodes of the series, Emperor Palpatine makes his series debut, voiced by actor Ian McDiarmid, who reprises this iconic role from the Star Wars live-action films. This animated series concludes on March 5.

College Basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas
ESPN, 9pm Live

The Oklahoma Sooners head to hostile territory in Lawrence, Kan., for a Big 12 primetime matchup against the Jayhawks on ESPN.

Independent Lens: “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities”
PBS, 9pm
Emmy-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders) explores the 150-year history of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and the profound power of higher education to transform lives, advance civil rights and reshape our national identity. Nelson uses archival footage, letters, diaries, photos and home movies to bring to life the tenacious Americans determined to create an incubator and national platform for educated and powerful African-American voices that refused to go unheard.

James Patterson’s Murder Is Forever: “Murder Beyond the Grave”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
The small town of Kankakee, Ill., is about an hour’s drive south of Chicago and is well-known as a quiet summer retreat. But nearly 30 years ago, this idyllic community was rocked by a kidnapping and ransom scheme that targeted one of its most beloved citizens — shocking the town and the nation.

X Company
Ovation, 10pm
New Series!
Set during World War II, this drama is inspired by the true story of Camp X, a top-secret Allied spy training facility on Lake Ontario. It follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits, torn from their ordinary lives and trained to conduct one risky mission after another to help Allied forces change the world. Evelyne Brochu (Orphan Black), Jack Laskey (Endeavour), Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint), Warren Brown (Luther) and Dustin Milligan (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) lead the cast.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

We’ll Meet Again: “Freedom Summer”
PBS, 8pm
Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: “Old Friends”
ABC, 10pm
Desperate to repair his friendship with Tyler (Dustin Ybarra), Kevin (Jason Ritter) enlists Kristin’s (India de Beaufort) help to pull off a grand gesture to win him back. In the process, Kevin and Kristin’s relationship deepens, plus they meet a strange and mysterious duo (guest stars Bret Harrison and Tyler Labine, reprising their Reaper roles). At the same time, Kevin tries to help Marc (Rhenzy Feliz, Teen Wolf), a young man who left home in search of adventure, and Yvette (Kimberly Hebert Gregory) and Dave (Will Sasso) continue to struggle with human tendencies.

Hunting Hitler: “Hitler’s Last Will”
History, 10pm
Series Finale!
Tim and Gerrard discover a mysterious militarized Nazi compound deep in the jungle of Paraguay. Mike and Lenny explore a Nazi concentration camp in Chile before an anonymous source leads them to Hitler’s last will and testament.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

College Basketball
ESPN, ESPN2 & FS1, beginning at 7pm Live

Some of the nation’s top college hoops teams are on display tonight, with games including Georgia Tech at Virginia (ESPN2), North Carolina at Syracuse (ESPN), DePaul at Villanova (FS1), Louisville at Duke (ESPN) and Florida at Tennessee (ESPN2).

History, 8pm
Based on the bestselling book Team of Rivals, Lincoln follows the 16th president as he grapples with a war with no end in sight and fights with his own cabinet about his decision to pass an amendment that would end slavery once and for all. Lincoln was nominated for 12 Oscars, winning two. The Steven Spielberg-directed film, making its cable debut, stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn.

Nature: “The Last Rhino”
PBS, 8pm
Meet Sudan, the last male of his kind, the northern white rhino, living in a Kenyan sanctuary under 24-hour armed guard. Trace his harrowing journey as scientists and animal experts race to save the species before it dies out forever.

The Magicians: “Poached Eggs”
Syfy, 9pm
Margo (Summer Bishil) makes a bold stand against the Fairy Queen (Candis Cayne); Quentin (Jason Ralph) and Penny (Arjun Gupta) try to retrieve a lost item.

Homicide City
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
New Series!
In each episode of this series, Philadelphia’s finest members of law enforcement come out of retirement to tell the inside story of a headline-making case that they will never forget. In the series premiere, “A Manager’s Murder,” the Montgomery County P.D. calls upon Chief Oscar Vance to resurface valuable clues when a Philly restaurant manager is murdered at work five months before he is to be married, and seemingly few concrete details leading to a suspect are found at the scene or from potential witnesses.

Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block: “All You Ghost Mice”
Syfy, 10pm
Alice (Olivia Luccardi) has a terrifying encounter in an abandoned hospital; Luke (Brandon Scott), Louise (Krisha Fairchild) and Nathan (Aaron Merke) play cat-and-mouse with Robert Peach (Andreas Aspergis).

Thursday, Feb. 22

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
TNT’s Thursday NBA doubleheader has the Washington Wizards at the Cleveland Cavaliers, followed by the L.A. Clippers at the Golden State Warriors.

The Bachelor Winter Games: “World Tells All”
ABC, 10pm
Following The Bachelor Winter Games finale, this hourlong special reunites the participants from around the world for a revealing tell-all.

Portlandia: “You Do You”
IFC, 10pm

In the new episode “You Do You,” Kath (Carrie Brownstein) and Dave (Fred Armisen) learn the art of taking photo-booth pictures.

Friday, Feb. 23

The Tick
New Episodes!
The second part of Season 1, featuring six new episodes, drops today. Starring Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley and Valorie Curry, The Tick is based on the cult comic book by Ben Edlund, who also created this series.

Season Premiere!
In Season 2, journalists surround the hospital where Robert Taro (Gérard Depardieu), the incumbent mayor of Marseille, is still in the intensive care unit as a result of his recent stroke. As the upcoming elections approach, Taro’s absence offers Lucas Barrès (Benoît Magimel) his shot to try to rise to power, but he is still nine votes short to become the new mayor of the city. The negotiations with all the different political parties begin, with the extreme right waiting backstage to make its move.

Original Film!
Set in Berlin in the near future, this film follows Leo (Alexander Skarsgård), who — unable to speak from a childhood accident — searches for his missing girlfriend through the full spectrum of the city’s shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent U.S. Army surgeons on a mission all their own. Described as a “soulful sci-fi journey,” the film comes from director Duncan Jones (Moon).

Seven Seconds
New Series!
This anthological crime thriller comes from creator and executive producer Veena Sud (The Killing) and stars Regina King alongside breakout British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey. In the series, after a white cop accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager, a northeastern city explodes with racial tensions, an attempted cover-up and its aftermath, and the trial of the century.

Ugly Delicious
New Series!
Over eight episodes of this docuseries, James Beard Award-winning chef David Chang travels the world with writers, chefs, activists and artists who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and uncover shared experiences. Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom) helms the series.

Great Performances: “Movies for Grownups Awards With ‘AARP The Magazine’”
PBS, 9pm
Watch as Helen Mirren receives the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award. The Movies for Grownups Awards were established to celebrate and encourage filmmaking that appeals to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind — and to recognize its artists.

Strike Back
Cinemax, 10pm
More trouble for Section 20! Islamist terrorist Jane Lowry (Katherine Kelly) has recruited Magyar Ultra, the Hungarian gang of white nationalists that holds Mac (Warren Brown) hostage, to abduct a Russian chemical weapons expert.

2 Dope Queens: “Black Nerds”
HBO, 11:30pm
Series Finale!
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba does her homework on the plight of “Black Nerds” (a.k.a. Blerds) in the finale of HBO’s comedy specials featuring the “2 Dope Queens” Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams.

Saturday, Feb. 24

College Basketball
CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 & FOX, 12pm Live

With conference tournaments and March Madness just around the corner, catch a full Saturday of college hoops action, with top games including Seton Hall at St. John’s (FOX), Louisville at Virginia Tech (CBS), Villanova at Creighton (FOX), Iowa State at West Virginia (ESPN2), Gonzaga at BYU (ESPN2) and Arizona at Oregon (ESPN).

NASCAR Xfinity Series: Rinnai 250
FS1, 2pm Live

Tyler Reddick, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe and other emerging NASCAR Xfinity Series stars head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Rinnai 250.

Shot in the Dark
FOX, 4:30pm
After the conclusion of the Villanova vs. Creighton basketball game, catch this sports documentary executive produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper. The film follows a Chicago high-school basketball team and its stars as they aspire for greatness despite the challenges they face and the systemic inequities that threaten to claim their future. “Shot in the Dark is an authentic and realistic look at high-school sports in Chicago and what it means for our youth,” says Chance. “It’s not really a game for some folks.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Active Pest Control 200
FS1, 4:30pm Live

A Saturday twin bill of NASCAR racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway wraps up with the Camping World Truck Series’ Active Pest Control 200.

FOX UFC Fight Night
FOX, 8pm Live
It’s a clash of featherweight fury when No. 4 Josh Emmett takes on hard-hitting No. 7 Jeremy Stephens in Orlando, Fla.

NBA Basketball: Oklahoma City at Golden State
ABC, 8:30pm Live
This ABC primetime matchup of NBA Western Conference rivals has Russell Westbrook leading the Oklahoma City Thunder against Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors.

Royal Hearts
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
When Kelly (Cindy Busby), a hopeless romantic, and her rancher father, Hank (James Brolin), receive news that Hank has inherited an estate from a faraway land, they discover that he has also received a royal title that goes along with it.

Falling Water: “Nothing Personal”
USA Network, 10pm
Burton (David Ajala) faces his past, with Tess’ (Lizzie Brocheré) help. Shadowman stays one step ahead of Taka (Will Yun Lee) and Alex, while Woody (Kai Lennox) agrees to help bring Taylor Bennett (Mary McCormack) down, and Boerg (Zak Orth) remembers his lost sister.