TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Figure-skating gala, 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET,
NBC Sports Channel, then NBC.
In many ways, this is the best way to see Olympic figure-skating.
The pressure and judges are gone.
Maybe Canada’s Patrick Chan can bounce back from his
disappointing long-program skate. Maybe there will be more brilliance from the
Russian pairs and the American and Canadian dance duos. The gala reruns on NBC
in prime time (8-11:30 p.m.) and (trimmed to an hour) at midnight.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II:
“About a Boy” debut, 11:07-11:30 p.m., NBC.
After countless flops, NBC finally has two likable comedies
and is giving them an Olympic launch. “Boy” is tonight, “Growing Up Fisher” is
10:30 p.m. Sunday and then both move to Tuesdays.
Both mix emotion with the laughs. That’s natural for “Boy,”
which is based on a Nick Hornby novel and a Hugh Grant film, then adapted by “Parenthood”
producer Jason Katims. The boy and his fretful mom (Minnie Driver) move next to
a callous chap (David Walton), setting up a strange and funny friendship.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “When Calls the Heart,” 9 p.m.,
This amiable frontier series from Michael Landon Jr. follows
a young teacher in a Canadian mining town. At first, all three of tonight’s
stories seem stiff and lame, but two of them end beautifully.
The teacher (Erin Krakow) struggles with a 14-year-old boy
who can’t read and with a Mountie who keeps botching his romantic gestures. Her
friend Abigail (Lori Loughlin) was widowed by the local mine disaster and
struggles to find a new place in life; the result should help nudge this show
Other choices include:
More Olympics, all day. Men’s hockey has its bronze-medal
game today (10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) and the gold-medal game Sunday (6:30
a.m. ET, NBC). Meanwhile, NBC has medals in parallel slalom snowboarding –
women this afternoon (2:30-6 p.m.), men at night (8-11:07 p.m.). Other finals:
In the day – women’s 30-kilometer skiing, men’s biathlon relay; at night, team
pursuit in speedskating.
“Shrek the Third” (2007), 8-10 p.m., ABC. The “Shrek” films
continue to delight most kids and some grown-ups. This time, Shrek must quickly
find the proper successor for his late father-in-law, the king.
“Daytona 500 Bash at the Beach,” 8 p.m., Fox. The race
starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, but here’s a one-hour sample of the two-day party that
precedes it. It features well-known drivers – Jeff Gordon, Danica Patrick,
Jimmy Johnson, Dale Earnhart Jr., etc. – plus music by Cee Lo Green, DJ Irie
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 9 p.m., CBS. A fire at a
music venue kills four people. This rerun is a sort of “Cheers” reunion, with
Ted Danson investigating the club owner (John Ratzenberger).
The “Ripper Street,” 9 p.m., BBC America. The season starts
with fierce action – an angry cop on a rampage, a noisy jailbreak. The latter
does nothing for the story, but the former pushes these 1890 London cops into a
new Chinatown, with martial arts and potent drugs. The star of a two-parrter,
it’s a hard-driving story that introduces an evil cop and David Merrick of “Elephant
“Wicked Tuna,” 10 p.m., National Geographic. Here’s a rerun
of Sunday’s season-opener, with Tyler McLaughlin working his boat solo. It
reruns at midnight, surrounded by last season’s finale at 9 and 11.