TV column for Sunday, Feb. 17


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Elvis All-Star Tribute,” 9-11 p.m., NBC.

A half-century after
Elvis Presley's triumphant “comeback special,” here's a
celebration. Blake Shelton hosts and opens the night with “Trouble”
and “Guitar Man”; he closes it with “If I Can Dream,” joined
by Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker, Post Malone and
Presley's voice.

There's much more,
from gospel (Underwood and Yolanda Adams) to Adam Lambert rocking
“Blue Suede Shoes.” There are ballads (Alessia Cara does “Love
Me Tender”) and pop, with Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, John Legend,
Jennifer Lopez, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Groban and
more.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015), 8-11 p.m., ABC.

Some pop-culture
forces – Elvis music, “Star Wars” stories – can keep being
revived and re-imagined.

In this case, we
glimpse the original characters – Han Solo, Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO
– alongside some sharp new ones, led by Rey (Daisy Ridley) and
Finn (John Boyega). With lots of action and strong visuals, the force
is ready for a new generation.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: Animation, 7 p.m., everywhere.

NBC adds “How To
Train Your Dragon” (2010) -- a fun piece of animated action – to
a night that already has plenty of early-evening choices.

At 6:55 p.m.,
Freeform has “Zootopia” (2016). At 7 and 8 p.m., Fox has “The
Simpsons”; with two Krusty-centric episodes: In a rerun, he flees
and joins the circus; then, in a new episode, he makes a movie about
his youth ... and tells Bart and Lisa about their parents' romance.

Other choices
include:

Alison Sweeney
marathon, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. In a
sea of sameness, Sweeney's movies tend to stand out; here are
examples, including a new one. Her “Murder She Baked” films rerun
at 11 a.m. and at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. That leads to “Chronicles
Mysteries: Recovered” at 9; it's the first of three films with
Sweeney as a crimesolving podcaster.

“God Friended Me,”
8 p.m., CBS. Miles is told to friend a young baseball pitcher. That
gives him a chance to reconnect with a former teammate, now the kid's
coach.

Basketball, 8 p.m.
ET preview and 8:20 tip-off, TNT. After a long weekend of
preliminaries, it's time for the NBA All-Star Game.

“Masterpiece:
Victoria,” 9 p.m., PBS. Leaked photos were apparently a problem
long before the Facebook generation. While preparing for a grand
ball, Victoria frets about photos that went public.

“Margaret: The
Rebel Princess,” 10 p.m., PBS. Princess Margaret's original plan
(marrying a divorced Army captain) was quashed by authorities. Seven
years later, she married Antony Armsrong-Jones. It was 1960 and this
hour views their marriage against the backdrop of a changing society.

“Madam Secretary,”
10 p.m., CBS. In a rerun of the season-opener, the White House is
attacked. The episode's gimmick – former secretaries of stae Colin
Powell, Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright playing themselves –
is OK; the rest is excellent.

“SMILF,” 10:30
p.m., Showtime. This is supposed to be the start of something new for
Bridgette – an entire weekend for herself, while her son is with
his dad. The result is an odd drift into the surreal.