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Tuesday, Feb. 5: BET’s ‘American Soul’ Is the Untold Story of ‘Soul Train’

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Tuesday, Feb. 5

American Soul
BET, 9pm
New Series!
This scripted drama from the producers of BET’s hit biopics The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story recounts how the iconic series Soul Train became the first nationally syndicated black music show. It also goes behind the music to detail battles with record labels for top talent and off-camera drama as young dancers vie for the spotlight. Sinqua Walls plays legendary series creator Don Cornelius, and music artist Kelly Rowland will act and sing in a multi-episode guest arc as Gladys Knight. The series begins with back-to-back episodes tonight.

American Housewife: “The Things You Do”
ABC, 8pm

Greg’s (Diedrich Bader) insistence on doing the family’s taxes prompts Katie (Katy Mixon) to take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) and Anna-Kat (Julia Butters) join forces in an attempt to win a popular radio contest.

The Flash: “Goldfaced”
The CW, 8pm

Barry (Grant Gustin) and Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) must go undercover as criminals in an illegal black market to purchase a device that could help them stop Cicada (Chris Klein). Once inside, Barry and Ralph find their morality tested as they slip deeper into the criminal world, eventually having to choose between committing a crime or losing the means to defeat one of their greatest foes.

Ellen’s Game of Games: “Life As We Know or Go It”
NBC, 8pm

This week’s contestants play “Danger Word,” “Mount St. Ellen,” “See You Later Alligator” and “Aw Snap.” The winner of each of the first four rounds advances to “Know or Go,” and the person who wins that game advances to “Hot Hands” for a chance to win a cash prize.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.: “Freedom Tales”
PBS, 8pm

Host Henry Louis Gates Jr. delves deep into the roots of two African-American guests, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan. Both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

Two Eastern Conference contenders collide when Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors visit Jimmy Butler and the 76ers in Philadelphia. The second game of TNT’s doubleheader has the Miami Heat at the Portland Trail Blazers.

State of the Union Address
Various Networks, 9pm Live

Postponed from Jan. 29, President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union Address tonight. Expect coverage from the usual broadcast and cable news networks, like ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, Fox News, NBC and PBS.

Food Truck Nation: “Crepes, Indian-Spiced Meatballs and Hot Dogs”
Cooking Channel, 9pm

Host Brad Miller visits North Carolina for a taste of Indian street food made by an award-winning chef and checks out a larger-than-life hot dog cart that’s putting a delicious spin on the American classic. Then, he travels to Los Angeles to visit a husband-and-wife-owned truck whose authentic, buttery French crepes are winning over Californians.

My Great Big Live Wedding With David Tutera
Lifetime, 10pm
New Series!

Celebrity wedding designer David Tutera helps deserving couples plan lavish weddings that are worthy of their inspiring love stories. Then, the happy couple will tie the knot — live — before family, friends and all of America. In the premiere episode, David helps Redmond Ramos, a military vet who now works as a motivational speaker, and Krista Cona, Redmond’s firefighter fiancée, plan a wedding fit for a pair of heroes.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

The World’s Best
CBS, 8pm

The new global talent competition series, which premiered after Super Bowl LIII, moves to its regular day tonight with a special two-hour episode.

Riverdale: “Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale”
The CW, 8pm

Amidst preparations for their upcoming wedding, Sierra (guest star Robin Givens) and Tom (guest star Martin Cummins) receive an unsettling message, which forces “The Midnight Club” to reunite. Meanwhile, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) take drastic measures to clean up a mess they created.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks host Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum, followed by the San Antonio Spurs heading to Oakland’s Oracle Arena to face the Golden State Warriors.

Chicago Med: “Ghosts in the Attic”
NBC, 8pm

Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) withholds some important information from Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto), and she begins to question his suspect behavior. Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) comes to some difficult conclusions involving April (Yaya DaCosta) over a patient’s care. An incident in the OR involving Dr. Bekker (Norma Kuhling) at the hands of Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) may have serious implications.

Incredible Animal Moments
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

From the arid deserts to the deepest oceans, this special counts down some of the greatest wildlife video footage ever captured in five jaw-dropping categories: Deadly Showdowns, Freaks of Nature, Gang Wars, Rough Romance and Extreme Parenting.

Chicago Fire: “The Plunge”
NBC, 9pm

Cruz (Joe Minoso) leads the charge in getting the firehouse to gear up for the Polar Plunge. Herrmann (David Eigenberg) has a hard time bouncing back after dealing with a tough call. Foster’s (Annie Illonzeh) personal relationships begin to interfere with her job.

NOVA: “Decoding the Great Pyramid”
PBS, 9pm

Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza — and how they did it. Join researchers as they delve into the logbook of a work crew and discover how the massive project transformed Egypt.

The Magicians: “The Bad News Bear”
Syfy, 9pm

Kady (Jade Tailor) gets a puppy; Quentin (Jason Ralph) meets a snake.

Criminal Minds: “Truth or Dare”
CBS, 10pm
Season Finale!

Season 14 comes to a close with the finale episode “Truth or Dare.” CBS announced that Criminal Minds will end after a 15th season of 10 episodes.

You’re the Worst: “A Very Good Boy”
FXX, 10pm

In the new episode “A Very Good Boy,” Jimmy (Chris Geere) attempts to prove that, despite being on the verge of becoming a married man, he has not lost his edge.

Chicago P.D.: “Night in Chicago”
NBC, 10pm

Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) goes undercover to bring down the longtime head of a criminal enterprise and becomes entangled in a situation that tests his allegiances as well as his conscience.

The Dictator’s Playbook: “Francisco Franco”
PBS, 10pm

Learn how Francisco Franco won the Spanish Civil War and became dictator of Spain.

Deadly Class: “Mirror People”
Syfy, 10pm

Saya (Lana Condor) and Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth) have to survive an attack on the school when Saya’s past comes back to haunt her.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Figure Skating: ISU Four Continents Championships
NBCSN, 5pm Live

NBCSN has live coverage of the ISU Four Continents Championships, featuring figure skaters representing nations outside of Europe, from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 7-10.

Song of Parkland
HBO, 7pm
Original Film!

This documentary follows Tony-honored drama teacher Melody Herzfeld and her Marjory Stoneman Douglas drama students as they help their community to come together and heal following a tragic shooting inside their school. They use their production of a musical to demonstrate that positivity and good things can come from the horrors they’ve witnessed.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Girlfriend in a Coma”
ABC, 8pm

A patient gives Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) some clarity on her dating situation around the holidays. The strain on Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Ben’s (Jason George) marriage comes to a head. Meanwhile, Betty (Peyton Kennedy) drops a bomb on Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone).

Supernatural: “Lebanon”
The CW, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
In this special 300th episode, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) look to occult lore for a solution to their latest problem, but instead of a resolution, they find much more than either of them had anticipated. Jeffrey Dean Morgan returns as their father, John Winchester.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
FX, 8pm

Zac Efron, Adam Devine and Anna Kendrick star in this 2016 comedy about two brothers who get more than they bargained for when they find dates for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding.

Young Sheldon: “A Math Emergency and Perky Palms”
CBS, 8:30pm

Sheldon (Iain Armitage) and Dr. Sturgis (recurring guest star Wallace Shawn) have their first fight when Dr. Sturgis marks a question wrong on Sheldon’s test in the new episode “A Math Emergency and Perky Palms.”

A Million Little Things: “someday”
ABC, 9pm

On the eve of the new restaurant opening, Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) tracks down a handsome expert to help with the last-minute details. Meanwhile, Regina (Christina Moses) struggles with her overbearing mother, who causes friction by bringing up disturbing details of her past.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “A Tale of Two Bandits”
NBC, 9pm

Terry (Terry Crews) believes the Pontiac Bandit is stealing cars again, but Jake (Andy Samberg) is convinced his friend wouldn’t do that. The rest of the squad fight to keep Shaw’s a police bar after some firemen stake their claim to it.

S.W.A.T.: “The B-Team”
CBS, 10pm
Guest Star Alert!

Hondo (Shemar Moore) reunites with an old flame, FBI Special Agent Elle Trask (guest star Tricia Helfer), when the SWAT team works with the FBI to bring in a separatist group in possession of weapons-grade plutonium. Former NFL players Willie McGinest, Eric Dickerson and James Harrison guest-star in the new episode “The B-Team.”

Broad City: “Bitcoin & the Missing Girl”
Comedy Central, 10pm

In the new episode “Bitcoin & the Missing Girl,” Ilana (Ilana Glazer) visits an old flame to cash out her Bitcoin share, while Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) drops off her laundry for the first time and loses her favorite sweatshirt.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Part 33”
NBC, 10pm

As Stone (Philip Winchester) prosecutes the case of a woman who killed her abusive husband, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her squad wrestle with the duty of testifying against her.

The Other Two: “Chase Gets a Girlfriend”
Comedy Central, 10:30pm

In the new episode “Chase Gets a Girlfriend,” Chase (Case Walker) collaborates with another up-and-coming singer on a romance, forcing Brooke (Heléne Yorke) and Cary (Drew Tarver) to confront their own current (and past) relationships.

Friday, Feb. 8

One Day at a Time
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The acclaimed reboot of the classic Norman Lear comedy returns for Season 3. Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Stephen Tobolowsky, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz star.

White Dragon
Prime Video
New Series!

This eight-episode thriller stars Doctor Who and Life on Mars alum John Simm as Jonah Mulray, a sheltered London professor whose wife has just died in a car accident on a mountain road in Hong Kong. When he travels there to unravel the mystery behind her death, he makes a shocking discovery and is drawn into a web of conspiracy as he searches for the truth about the woman he loved.

Hell’s Kitchen: “A Rollercoaster Ride/The Grand Finale”
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!

In the 2-hour Season 18 finale, the final two chef-testants receive unexpected help for their final menus before the biggest service of their lives at Six Flags Magic Mountain. In the end, only one will have what it takes to be win the life-changing grand prize: $250,000 and a position at the world’s first Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Kingsman: The Secret Service
FX, 8pm

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson star in this 2014 action comedy about an elite, super-secret spy organization that recruits a promising street kid who just might be what the ultra-competitive training program can use.

Blindspot: “The Tale of the Book of Secrets”
NBC, 8pm

Patterson (Ashley Johnson) and Rich (Ennis Esmer) embark on a Peruvian treasure hunt in a gambit to save Jane (Jaimie Alexander).

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “I Have to Get Out”
The CW, 9pm

Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) supports Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) in her time of need, despite her own personal challenges. Emotions run high when Greg (Skylar Astin), Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) and Nathaniel (Scott Michael Foster) have an unfortunate encounter.

The Blacklist: “The Ethicist”
NBC, 9pm

When Red (James Spader) is sent to a federal medical institution following his request to the court for a psychiatric evaluation, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) use his time away to search for a Blacklister they believe may have valuable information about Red’s past.

Live From Lincoln Center: “Pipeline”
PBS, 9pm

In Dominique Morisseau’s new play, Nya, an inner-city teacher, is desperate to help her son. When he gets in trouble at school, Nya must confront his rage and her choices, and try to reach him before he gets pulled away forever.

2 Dope Queens
HBO, 11pm
Season Premiere!

Season 2 of the comedy special/talk show-hybrid, based on the hit podcast from Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, includes appearances by Daniel Radcliffe, Lupita Nyong’o, Keegan-Michael Key, Rory Scovel, Solomon Georgio, and Lizzo.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Alliance of American Football
CBS, 8pm Live

CBS and CBS Sports Network air Alliance of American Football games during the eight-team league’s inaugural season. CBS kicks things off tonight with a regional game featuring the San Diego Fleet at the San Antonio Commanders or the Atlanta Legends at the Orlando Apollos, depending on your local market.

The Story of Us
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Maggie Lawson stars as Jamie, who learns that her first love, Sawyer (Sam Page), is the architect of a development that would change her beloved neighborhood and threaten her bookstore. But a collection of old valentines might be the key to helping them see eye to eye.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
HBO, 8pm

HBO presents this highly celebrated 2018 theatrical film, which is an intimate look at the life and work of Fred Rogers. The documentary tells the story of the soft-spoken minister, puppeteer, writer and producer whose show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, was a staple of American childhood and PBS programming for more than 30 years.

Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Victoria Gotti herself executive produces and narrates this biopic that details what it was like for her growing up as the daughter of infamous mob boss John Gotti (portrayed by Maurice Benard, who also plays daytime drama General Hospital’s resident mobster Sonny Corinthos). Chelsea Frei plays Victoria in the film, which reveals the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world as she tried to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down.

NBA Basketball: Oklahoma City at Houston
ABC, 8:30pm Live
ABC’s Saturday primetime NBA matchup has Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Houston to face James Harden and the Rockets.

Planet Earth: Dynasties: “Painted Wolf”
BBC America, IFC & SundanceTV, 9pm

This episode features a painted wolf named Tait, matriarch of one of the last great families of endangered African wild dogs in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi River floodplain. Tait has ruled her dynasty and kept the peace for many years, but tensions are rising as Tait’s power is waning with age.