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Wednesday, Feb. 13: Witness a New Era in Space Exploration in ‘NOVA: Rise of the Rockets’

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Wednesday, Feb. 13

NOVA: “Rise of the Rockets”
PBS, 9pm

Marvel at a new era of space exploration and accessibility, thanks to NASA’s return to crewed spaceflight, private companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, and technologies that make rockets cheaper and more powerful than ever.

The Goldbergs: “My Valentine Boy”
ABC, 8pm

With Geoff’s (Sam Lerner) help, Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Valley Erica (Alison Rich) find a new band member to replace Lainey (AJ Michalka), but Barry (Troy Gentile) convinces Geoff the new band member is trying to steal Erica from him. Meanwhile, Adam (Sean Giambrone) and Murray (Jeff Garlin) try to out-gift each other so that neither of them has to go to Valentine’s Day dinner with Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey).

Chicago Med: “Can’t Unring That Bell”
NBC, 8pm

Will’s (Nick Gehlfuss) personal issues continue to interfere with his life at the hospital and his relationship with Natalie (Torrey DeVitto). Meanwhile, Dr. Bekker (Norma Kuhling) tries to mend things with Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell).

NHL Hockey: Edmonton at Pittsburgh
NBCSN, 8pm Live

Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena.

Nature: “Wild Way of the Vikings”
PBS, 8pm

Experience the natural world through the eyes of the Vikings. From the killer whales of the North Sea to the volcanic mounts of Iceland, see the deep history the Vikings had with the land and sea. Ewan McGregor narrates.

Amazing Pigs
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

Get ready to look at our porcine pals in a whole new way. This special reveals how pigs’ incredible senses, intelligence and adaptability help them thrive from frozen Siberia to the turquoise waters of the Bahamas. Amazing Pigs embarks on a surprising, funny and fascinating journey around the world to reveal the extraordinary secrets behind the success of these undervalued animals.

Chicago Fire: “It Wasn’t About Hockey”
NBC, 9pm

On a road trip to Indiana, Brett (Kara Killmer), Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) encounter a bus accident involving a boys hockey team that leaves them scrambling and relying on their instincts to save the injured.

You’re the Worst: “This Brief Fermata”
FXX, 10pm

Jimmy (Chris Geere) “gifts” Gretchen (Aya Cash) a week of no-strings-attached sex in the new episode “This Brief Fermata.”

Chicago P.D.: “Ties That Bind”
NBC, 10pm

The team travels to a Wisconsin gun show to take down a supplier who manufactures “cop killer” machine guns.

The Dictator’s Playbook: “Idi Amin”
PBS, 10pm

See how Idi Amin used lessons learned in the colonial British army to build a powerful dictatorship in Uganda. Through a combination of populist charm and brutal violence, he ruled for eight years — until his strategic blunders brought him down.

Deadly Class: “Saudade”
Syfy, 10pm

On a mission to Vegas to kill Billy’s dad, Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth) accidentally takes way too much acid.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho
Netflix

In his first-ever stand-up special, Ken Jeong shares stories from his Hollywood career, and shares how The Hangover changed — and saved — his life.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Duel at Daytona
FS1, 7pm Live

With the front-row starters already determined, tonight’s pair of 150-mile shootouts at Daytona International Speedway determine the rest of the starting positions for the 61st Daytona 500, with championship points awarded to the top 10 finishers in each race.

Grey’s Anatomy: “I Walk the Line”
ABC, 8pm

A sea of patients flood Grey Sloan Memorial after gunfire goes off at a parade. A blast from the past throws Maggie (Kelly McCreary) off her game on the same day that Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) tries to talk to her about dating DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). Meanwhile, Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) get some potentially life-altering news about Betty (Peyton Kennedy).

The Top 14 Greatest Valentine Movies of All Time
The CW, 8pm

Host Dean Cain presents the top 14 Valentine’s Day movies as ranked by Popstar magazine. The special features some of the best movie love stories of all time, such as Sleepless in Seattle, Love Actually, Pretty Woman and The Notebook. As we count down to the number one spot, we will look at the moments in each of these films that have warmed our hearts, made us laugh — and cry — and make us want to watch them again and again.

Happy Death Day
FX, 8pm

A woman repeatedly relives the day of her murder in order to get to the bottom of who killed her in this 2017 horror film starring Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard and Ruby Modine.

Design Twins
UP TV, 8pm
New Series!

Twin sisters Heather Fujikawa & Heidi Andrews, along with their husbands and seven kids, are coming together under one roof to start an interior design business.  While the two families adjust to the new living conditions, Heather and Heidi design a bedroom for some special clients.

A Million Little Things: “the rock”
ABC, 9pm

Eddie (David Giuntoli) and Katherine’s (Grace Park) divorce mediations become complicated, and Rome’s (Romany Malco) brother makes an unexpected visit. Meanwhile, Gary (James Roday) and Maggie (Allison Miller) attempt to check an item off her bucket list.

Mom: “Sparkling Banter and a Failing Steel Town”
CBS, 9pm

When Christy (Anna Faris) is the only one without plans on Valentine’s Day, Bonnie (Allison Janney) takes her on a mother-daughter date in the new episode “Sparkling Banter and a Failing Steel Town.”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Crime Scene”
NBC, 9pm

Jake (Andy Samberg) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) must deal with a mother in mourning as they attempt to solve a difficult murder case with confusing evidence.

Fam: “Pregnant Pause”
CBS, 9:30pm

In the new episode “Pregnant Pause,” Shannon (Odessa Adlon) decides to get back at Clem (Nina Dobrev) for invading her privacy by pulling a prank that no one will forget.

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

When Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the team investigate the death of a prostitute at a brothel, they wonder if there was foul play or if this could be suicide.

Friday, Feb. 15

The Breaker Upperers
Netflix
Original Film!

Two women (Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek) brought together after being two-timed by the same man pour their mutual bitterness and cynicism into forming a company that breaks up couples for cash. Business is booming after 15 years, but when they run into an old victim, one of the women develops a conscience, and their friendship is truly put to the test.

Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy
Netflix
New Series!

Writer/director Larry Charles (Seinfeld) helms this limited series in which he visits various places — Russia, China, India, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Turkey, France, Guatemala and more — to discover their rich comedy culture. In these places, comedy in the form of standup, movies and TV, as well as in print and online, is thriving, relatively unbeknownst to Americans. The series also looks at the obstacles, risks and dangers to the continued survival of that comedy.

The Umbrella Academy
Netflix
New Series!

A group of siblings with special abilities come together after years apart when their adoptive father, a cold and cruel old man, dies. Soon they are involved in a time-travel plot to save the world — and each other — from the apocalypse.

Lorena
Prime Video
New Series!

This four-part documentary from executive producer Jordan Peele, directed by filmmaker Joshua Rofé (Lost for Life), reveals the hidden truths in the notorious relationship between Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt. The docuseries offers a fresh perspective on the couple’s history, examines the changing views of marital sexual assault and explores how their story gave rise to the modern 24-hour news cycle.

Fresh Off the Boat: “Cupid’s Crossbow”
ABC, 8pm

On Valentine’s Day, the mood is anything but romantic as Jessica (Constance Wu) competes with Louis (Randall Park) to see who can give Evan (Ian Chen) the best advice on how to celebrate with his new girlfriend, Sicily (Julia Garcia). Meanwhile, Eddie (Hudson Yang) asks Honey (Chelsey Crisp) for help in finding out who his secret admirer is.

Kim Possible
Disney Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
This live-action movie, based on the Disney animated series that ran from 2002-07, stars newcomer Sadie Stanley as the iconic teen hero who navigates high school life and saving the world. The Goldbergs’ Sean Giambrone stars as Kim’s best friend and sidekick, Ron Stoppable. Christy Carlson Romano — who voiced Kim in the animated series — makes a cameo appearance in the film, and Patton Oswalt reprises his role as Professor Dementor.

Last Man Standing: “The Best Man/Sibling Quibbling”
FOX, 8pm

In a special one-hour episode, Chuck (Jonathan Adams) and Carol (guest star Tisha Campbell) decide to renew their vows and Mike (Tim Allen) goes overboard. Then, with Chuck away on his honeymoon, Ed (Hector Elizondo) takes over Outdoor Man security duties with a new approach.

Blindspot: “Though This Be Madness, Yet There Is Method In’t”
NBC, 8pm

Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Weller’s (Sullivan Stapleton) romantic getaway is cut short when the team must thwart plans to blow up a building and crash a plane that turns out to be more than the average commercial airliner.

Speechless: “J-I– JIMMY V-A-L– VALENTINE”
ABC, 8:30pm

JJ’s (Micah Fowler) love-match with Izzy (Kayla Maisonet) becomes a cage match with Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough). Maya (Minnie Driver) and Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) dismiss Valentine’s Day as a holiday for suckers until they find a way to profit from it. Unable to find a date to a prepaid romantic night out, Ray (Mason Cook) brings Dylan (Kyla Kenedy).

Proven Innocent
FOX, 9pm
New Series!

In this new legal procedural, Kelsey Grammer plays a possibly corrupt state’s attorney who faces off against Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome) and a team of lawyers who are determined to right the wrongs in cases where the innocent have been found guilty.

The Blacklist: “General Shiro”
NBC, 9pm

While Red (James Spader) and Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) enlist Glen’s (Clark Middleton) help in stacking the jury to Red’s advantage for his upcoming trial, the task force investigates a series of mysterious deaths resulting from weaponized insects.

Great Performances: “Movies for Grownups Awards With ‘AARP the Magazine’”
PBS, 9pm

Watch filmmakers and actors receive the 2019 Movies for Grownups Awards. The awards were established to celebrate and encourage filmmaking that appeals to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind — and to recognize its artists.

Fast Layne
Disney Channel, 9:32pm
New Series!

This eight-part limited series centers on 12-year-old overachiever Layne (Sophie Pollono), whose life gets pulled into a high-speed secret-agent adventure. In the series premiere, “Mile 1: The Voice in the Shed,” Layne discovers a sophisticated talking car named V.I.N. hidden in an abandoned shed. She and her eccentric neighbor Zora (Sofia Rosinsky) set out to unlock the mystery behind V.I.N.’s creation.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Figure Skating
NBC, beginning at 2:30pm

NBC airs the Skating Spectacular from last month’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships, followed by highlights from the Four Continents Championships that took place earlier this month.

Ransom: “Justice”
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The Season 3 premiere episode “Justice” features guest appearances by real-life hostage negotiators Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery, who inspired Ransom. In the episode, Eric (Luke Roberts) and his team are brought in to negotiate a blood money payoff when a man is murdered and his wife is threatened to be next.

Love, Romance & Chocolate
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Lacey Chabert stars as Emma, who, along with chocolatier Luc (Will Kemp) compete to be named Belgium’s Royal Chocolatier. The beauty and romance of Bruges inspire unique their chocolate combinations, and may also flavor a sweet romance.

Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Australian singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem stars as her idol Olivia Newton-John in a touching biopic that celebrates the Grease star’s life and career. Goodrem re-recorded many of her idol’s classic hits for the film and shares, “I wanted to record Olivia’s songs in a way that felt true to the original songs and not over-sing it. And that’s actually how I approached the biopic, too. I didn’t want to try and be Olivia Newton-John. Olivia is Olivia, and I didn’t want to change the feel of the songs because Olivia put the essence of her spirit into them and, while they were entrusted to my hands, they belong to many hearts around the world.”

Planet Earth: Dynasties: “Emperor Penguin”
BBC America, AMC, IFC & SundanceTV, 9pm

The stars of March of the Penguins get the royal treatment again, as Dynasties follows emperor penguins in Antarctica’s Atka Bay. Emperor parents have to work together to keep themselves and their chicks alive through the coldest and cruelest winter on Earth.

Saturday Night Live: “Don Cheadle/Gary Clark Jr.”
NBC, 11:30pm Live

Don Cheadle, who will reprise his role of Lt. Col. James Rhodes in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, makes his SNL hosting debut tonight. Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr. is the evening’s musical guest.