TODAY’S MUST-SEE: Winter Olympics, 3-5 p.m., 8-11:30 p.m.,
12:05-1:05 a.m., NBC; also cable.
The games settle into their weekday mode. In the afternoon,
the men will have medals for 500-meter speedskating and the biathlon – the odd
mix of skiers with rifles.
And at night? Women have medals for super-combined Alpine
skiing, men for free-style moguls skiing and for the 1500-meter short track.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Intelligence,” 10 p.m., CBS.
After a strong start, this show wilted when it faced NBC’s
“Blacklist.” Now come a couple “Blacklist”-free weeks for audiences to find a
show that has action and … well, intelligence.
Josh Holloway stars as a soldier implanted with a computer
mind. Tonight, a deadly virus has broken out in Texas; he identifies Patient
Zero … then discovers fresh complications.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Brain Games,” 9:30 p.m., National
Geographic, rerunning at 11:30.
There’s a marathon from 4-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.,
filled with amiable half-hours about the quirks of our minds and our perception.
Sandwiched in there is this Valentine-week special.
We see if science can
predict which face we’ll be attracted to … or which couple is the most
compatible … or if opposites really attract. The result is slick and fun, while
leaving plenty of questions and doubts.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
In the late 1950s, the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission
was created by the legislature. Its goal, Gov. James Coleman said, was
“preserving the segregation of the races in this state.”
At first, that simply meant jolly promotional films,
depicting contented blacks. Then things spiraled downward – spying on
civil-rights meetings and turning names over to law-enforcement officials, many
of them Ku Klux Klan members. Eventually, the commission was dissolved and the
records were sealed … but, fortunately, leaked to a Jackson Clarion-Ledger reporter.
He helps tell a disturbing story.
Other choices include:
“The Bachelor,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Juan Pablo Galavis has
dates with two of the women and gives the other six a double sampling of New
Zealand culture – a wild sport that puts them inside enormous balls … then a
party on the set of “The Hobbit.”
“Almost Human,” 8 p.m., Fox. This futuristic tale again
finds improve-on-nature plans gone wrong: Designer drugs are killing
genetically enhanced children.
“2 Broke Girls,” 8 p.m., CBS. It’s an all-rerun night for
the CBS comedies, mixing up the order. That starts here, with a rock-star story
providing bi business at the cupcake window.
“Mom,” 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., CBS. The first rerun, a good one,
has Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as Christy’s new friend. The second has scowls
from the parents of Luke, who impregnated Christy’s teen daughter. Nick Searcy
(the “Justified” boss) plays Luke’s dad here and a general on “Intelligence.”
“Mike & Molly,” 9 p.m., CBS. In the season-opener, Molly
quits her teaching job. The result is hilarious … but [i]sends
the character in a ways-too-silly process.
“The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox. Ryan and his niece try to stay
ahead of the FBI, which wants them to quit.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 10 p.m., ABC. This rerun is nudged into
primetime, with Kimmel talking to “Monument Men” stars, including George
Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray.