TV column for Thursday, Feb. 14


TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“The Top 14 Greatest Valentine's Day Movies of All Time,” 8 p.m.,
CW.

Let's forgive the
title, which seems obligated to put “top” “greatest” and “all
time” in one string ... somehow forgetting “best,” “coolest”
and some exclamation marks. Once we're past that, we have Dean Cain
taking us through 14 films.

There's “Love,
Actually” (which also makes it onto Christmas-film lists), “The
Notebook” (a great film), “Pretty Woman” (Julia Roberts
overcomes a flawed story), “Sleepless in Seattle” and more.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE
II: Valentine marathon, Hallmark.

Since this is
Valentine's Day, you can wallow in lots of reruns of recent TV films.
Expect bright settings, bright-eyed heroines, minor problems and –
sorry to spoil the surprise – happy endings.

“Valentine Ever
After” (2016, with Autumn Reeser) is at 2 p.m. Then come “Very,
Very Valentine” (2018, Danica McKellar) at 4, “My Secret
Valentine” (2018, Lacey Chabert) at 6, “The Story of Us” (2019,
Maggie Lawson) a 8 and “Valentine in the Vineyard” (2018, Rachael
Leigh Cook) at 10.

AND MIGHT-SEE III:
More Valentine movies, cable.

There are a lot of
choices. Freeform has “Pretty Woman” at 5:30 p.m. and the
splendid “Beauty ant the Beast” cartoon (1991) at 9:01. At 8, HBO
has “Valentine's Day” (2010), with a mega-cast and so-so story; E
has “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015), which may not match your image
of Valentine romance.

But the best choices
may be on Turner Classic Movies. At 1:45 p.m. ET, Elia Kazan's
“Splendor in the Grass” (1961) has young Natalie Wood and Warren
Beatty. Then: “All This and Heaven Too” (1940) at 4, “Brief
Encounter” (1945) at 6:30 and Katharine Hepburn's “The
Philadelphia Story” (1940) at 8.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Grey's Anatomy,” 8 p.m., ABC.

It's the 330th
episode, which means something: In two weeks, the show passes “ER”
and becomes the longest-lasting medical drama in TV history.

For now, the
hospital is flooded with patients after gunfire at a parade. Also,
Maggie is thrown off by a reminder of the past. And Owen and Amelia
get some major news about Betty, Leo's birth mom.

Other choices
include:

“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. This reruns the episode in which Sheldon and
Amy were devastated to learn their theory has been disproven. In a
funny side plot, Bernadette has a new scheme: Stuart's girlfriend can
teach her how to beat Howard in a video game.

“Gotham,” 8 p.m.
Thursday, Fox. Jim Gordon was happy when soldiers swooped into
crime-torn Gotham City. But now he knows these are the bad guys; he
assembles a ragged group of heroes and villains. It's a strong hour
(albeit a fiercely violent one) that blasts Gordon with
complications.

“Mom,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. When Christy has no plans for Valentine's Day, her mom takes her
out.

“Will &
Grace,” 9:30 p.m., NBC. Aya Cash – star of the darkly funny
“You're the Worst” -- guests as Karen's estranged stepdaughter, a
student in Will's law class. He tries to settle it with a mock trial.

“Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. There are pop-up restaurants
and such, but this is different – a pop-up brothel. Fin joins a
colleague to investigate.

“The Pacific: In
the Wake of Captain Cook” debut, 10 and 11 p.m. ET, Ovation. James
Cook was a gifted mariner and map-maker, this show says. He also led
to the colonization of the Pacific. Sam Neill offers some rich
snippets in this six-hour series; tonight, he visits Tahiti and his
New Zealand homeland.