TV column for Friday, Feb. 15


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Proven Innocent” debut, 9 p.m., Fox.

Madeline (Rachelle
Lefevre) learned about law the hard way. She and her brother were
convicted of killing a friend; by the time they were exonerated, a
decade later, she had a law degree.

Now she's in a small
law office with the man who freed her (Russell Hornsby) and an
eccentric investigator (Vincent Kartheiser). Tonight, she faces the
relentless prosecutor (Kelsey Grammer) who convicted her. “Proven”
tries to do a lot – a major court case every week, while Madeline
also probes her friend's murder. Some things fall into place too
easily, but it's still a smart, solid show.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Great Performances,” 9-11 p.m., PBS.

With superheroes and
animation dominating the box office, the AARP magazine has “movies
for grownups.” The winners have already been announced, but viewers
will enjoy seeing them.

There's Glenn Close
getting the best-actress award (“The Wife”), presented by her
long-ago “Fatal Attraction” star, Michael Douglas. Viggo
Mortensen gets best actor (“Green Book,” which also wins
best-picture), Spike Lee is best director (“BlacKkKlansman”) and
Shirley MacLaine gets a career award. Martin Short hosts and the
documentary award goes to “Won't You Be My Neighbor?”

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Doom Patrol,” any time, DC Universe screening
service.

“Another superhero
show?!?” the narrator groans. Yes, but this one is different.
Alongside the whiz-bang special effects, it has humor and people who
are deeply damaged, physically and emotionally.

Two of them
transform so thoroughly that the stars only appear in flashbacks,
then provide the voice while others inhabit the costumes. It's
Brendan Fraser as Robotman and Matt Bomer as Negative Man. The others
offer meaty roles for April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman and Dianne
Guerrero as Crazy Jane ... complete with 64 personalities, each with
her own power. Expect some consternation.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: More streaming.

Fridays are the
second-weakest night for broadcast networks (only topping Saturdays),
but the biggest for streaming. There are emerging services like DC
Universe, plus ones thay are already strong.

That includes
documentaries: Today, Amazon Prime debuts a four-parter on Lorena
Bobbitt, famed in true-crime circles; that's two days after Hulu
profiled music great Whitney Houston. For fiction, Netflix debuts
“The Umbrella Academy”; five siblings reluctantly re-unite, using
their powers to fight a villain.

Other choices
include:

“Beauty and the
Beast” (1991), 5:50 p.m., Freeform, and more. It's a night filled
with music. This animated delight is followed at 8 p.m. by the
terrific “La La Land” (2016) on E and “Grease” (1978) on
Lifetime ... which follows on Saturday with a movie about one of its
stars, Olivia Newton-John.

“Last Man
Standing,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox. To give its “Proven Innocent”
a boost, Fox puts two episodes of Tim Allen's show back-to-back. Mike
(Allen) officiates, when Chuck and Carol renew their vows. Then, with
Chuck away, Ed tries a new approach to the company's security duties.

“MacGyver,” 8
p.m., CBS. Levy Tran joins the show as Desi, the newest member of the
team. She arrives during an atypical mission – escorting a
gun-sniffing dog who has a bounty on his head.

“Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS. Here's another unusual assignment – protecting a
serial killer who's being stalked by an assassin ... while a
hurricane hits the island.

“The Blacklist,”
9 p.m., NBC. As his trial nears, Red wants Dembe and Glenn to stack
the jury. (Kids, don't try that at home.) Meanwhile, the task force
investigates weaponized insects.

“Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS. Even when they're off-duty, cops are required to carry
guns. Danny uses his during a gas-station robbery; the result leaves
him shaken and his family and colleagues worried.