TV column for Monday, Feb. 18


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“America's Got Talent: The Champions” finale, 8-10 p.m., NBC.

It's time to pick a
winner -- from a field that grew at the last minute. The show had
picked its top 10 in a careful fashion – two per week for five
weeks. It emerged with six singers (two of them operatic), plus a
comedian, a magician, a sand artist and knife throwers.

But then came last
week's surprise, with two “wild cards” added: Jon Dorenbos is a
magician who spent 15 years in pro football, as a “long snapper”
for kickers. Darci Lynn Farmer, 14, is a ventriloquist who became the
American champion in 2017. Now they're part of a top-10 that turned
into 12.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“The Good Doctor,” 10 p.m., ABC.

Daniel Dae Kim adds
a second job now, as both producer and co-star. Kim spotted the show
in his native Korea and brought it to ABC, giving the network one of
its few hits. The former “Lost” star – who left “Hawaii
Five-0” after a pay dispute – said he wasn't sure if he would act
on “Good Doctor.”

Now he takes over as
the new chief of surgery, bringing a quick crisis. After seeing
Shaun's blunt honesty with a distraught mother, he questions keeping
him on staff.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “POV,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS.

These guys have a
quick route to joy: “I just want to skate,” one says. Early
scenes capture their zest. Keire Johnson, Zach Mulligan and Bing Liu
– black, white, Asian – have a common passion.

But life and
adulthood intervene. Zach has a baby and frequent arguments with his
girlfriend; Keire leaves home after fights with his father and needs
work, in a city (Rockford, Ill.) where jobs are scarce. And Liu? He
became a camera pro, but kept returning to shoot his friends' lives.
This film – which has drawn raves and an Oscar nomination – is a
passionate look at life, violence and skateboarding.

Other choices
include:

“Ben-Hur”
(1959), 4 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. As Oscar week begins, here are
some true classics. This is followed by “High Noon” and “The
Quiet Man” (both 1952) at 8 and 9:45 p.m. ET.

“The Bachelor,”
8-10 p.m., ABC. Only seven women remain – including the two
(Caelynn and Hannah B) who won state titles in last year's Miss USA.
Tonight, Colton Underwood takes them to his Denver home town, for
adventures ranging from snowboarding to a mini-concert by country's
Brett Young.

“The
Neighborhood,” 8 p.m., CBS. It's the first day on the job for Tina
(giving piano lessons) and Malcolm (retail sales). Neither goes as
expected.

“The Resident,”
9 p.m., Fox. Lynn Whitfield guests as Mina's mother, a famous
Nigerian surgeon. Meanwhile,a setback causes Bell to finally have
doubts about the Quovadis medical devices.

“Magnum, PI,” 9
p.m., CBS. After being bumped twice by “Big Brother,” the show –
renewed for next season – is back with Magnum learning about a
major heist. It's being planned by his former girlfriend (Jordana
Brewster), the one who caused him to end up in a prisoner-of-war
camp.

“The Passage,” 9
p.m., Fox. One of the “viral” people has escaped, causing panic.
Brad is upset when Amy volunteers to help the search in an unsual
way.

“Manifest”
season-finale, 10 p.m., NBC. Griffin schemes to go public about the
callings. Ben and Michaela fear that would be a grave threat to the
passengers.