“Big Cat Week,” noon to 7 p.m. ET, NatGeo Wild; and more.
If you missed this
week, don't fret; all six of its TV premieres rerun today That starts
with the splendid “African Cats,” an epic that Disney showed in
theaters in 2011. It concludes with “Soul of a Cat” tracing the
parallels between housecats and the big cats in the wild.
That still gives you
time to switch to BBC America for the second “Planet Earth II”
episode, at 9 p.m. and midnight. There's great fun in the scenes with
grizzlies scratching and flamingoes dancing, but this starts and ends
with the ultimate big-cat footage – compelling views of the elusive
Sports overload, everywhere.
How thoroughly does
sports dominate our TV tonight? In prime time, it has three of the
big-four networks ... plus five major cable channels and lots of
ABC has pro
basketball at 8:30 p.m. ET, with the Chicago Bulls, clinging to a
playoff slot, visiting LeBron James and the conference-leading
Cleveland Cavaliers. NBC has hockey at 8 p.m. ET, with the Pittsburgh
Penguins, second in their conference, hosting Philadelphia. And Fox
has boxing at 8 p.m. ET, with Deontay Wilder defending his
heavyweight title against Gerald Washington.
ALTERNATIVE: “Independemt Spirit Awards,” 5-7:30 p.m., ET, IFC;
rerunning at 10 ET.
On the eve of the
Academy Awards, this honors independent films (generally, with
budgets under $20 million). And yes, there are good ones. Two
best-picture nominees (“Moonlight” and “Manchester By the Sea”)
are also up for Oscars; today, they face “Jackie.” “Chronic”
and “American Honey.”
There should be fun,
with comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting. Acting nominees
include Oscar-nominees Casey Affleck, Viggo Mortensen, Natalie
Portman, Ruth Negga, Isabelle Hubbert and Lucas Hedges, plus Annette
Bening, Craig Robinson, Shia LaBeof, Molly Shannon and many more.
trilogy (2012, 2013, 2014), 1, 4:30 and 8 p.m., TNT. Here's a chance
to catch all three films from “Lord of the Rings” director Peter
More movies, 7 p.m.
and beyond. At 7, AMC has Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning “Departed”
(2006). At 7:30 ET, sandwiched between the award telecasts, IFC has
the dandy “Speed” (1994). And at 8, try “Hotel Transylvania”
(2012) on FXX or Tom Hanks' “Captain Phillips” (2013) on FX.
p.m., CBS. To rescue a kidnap victim, Eric must dig into the secrets
of her father, a senator. Meanwhile, his efforts to keep his own
daughter safe go awry.
“The History of
Comedy,” 9 and 10 p.m. ET, CNN, barring breaking news. First is a
rerun of last week's hour, a solid examination of women in comedy.
Then an OK hour views the knack of finding laughs in real life. Jerry
Seinfeld, a master of that, met Larry David, who keeps notes about
life's odd details ... and was devastated when he once lost the
notebook. Their “Seinfeld” is linked here with “All in the
Family,” “Roseanne” and others, sometimes finding large laughs
in life's small moments.
Sake,” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. This reality show focuses on
actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former pro quarterback
Rodney Peete. Now she and her brother are in her home town of
Philadelphia, looking for a place to bury the ashes of their dad,
Matt Robinson, who was the original Gordon on “Sesame Street” and
later was a “Cosby Show” producer-writer.
Junior,” 11 p.m., Fox. In a rerun of the amiable opener, eight kids
get spots in the top 20.
Live,” 11:29 p.m. (or later, with hockey overrun), NBC. Here's the
second straight rerun. A new episode is expected next week, with
Octavia Spencer hosting.