TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Winter Olympics, 2:30-6 p.m., 8-11 p.m.,
midnight to 1 a.m., NBC.
The first full day of competition will hand out gold. For
men, that’s in the new slope-style snowboarding, with Shaun White hoping to add
it to his previous half-pipe wins; for women, it’s freestyle moguls skiing.
Meanwhile, another new event -- team figure-skating –
continues. The women and ice-dancers have their short programs; pairs skaters,
who got an early start Thursday, do their full routines.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Rake,” 8 p.m., Fox.
If you missed this show’s jaunty debut, here’s a second
chance. Greg Kinnear plays a handsome lawyer who keeps digging himself into
trouble with gambling, lust and sheer foolishness.
One simple task – turning a giant tuna into cash – gets
complicated; another – watching a serial killer plead guilty – gets worse. It’s
a fun start, with Sam Raimi, who did the Spider-Man trilogy, directing.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006), 8-10:30
This true store from the 1980a resonates powerfully in any
era when good jobs are scarce.
Chris Gardner is losing his money, home and family. He
grasps for hope, including an unpaid internship. This is tough to watch, but done
with subtlety and skill, especially by Will Smith and his son Jaden.
Other choices include:
More Olympics, cable. Unlike the NBC events, which are tape-delayed,
cable will be live. Given the time-zone differences, that means early starts
for the NBC Sports Network – including a 3 a.m. ET women’s hockey game between
the U.S. and Finland – plus MSNBC and the USA Network.
“The Walking Dead,” all day, AMC. The rerun marathon
continues, pointing to Sunday’s mid-season return.
“Two and a Half Men,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Walden dates
an injury-prone model.
Movies, 8 p.m., cable. On the serious side, HBO has the
solid “42” (2013), with Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford as Jackie Robinson
and Branch Rickey, breaking baseball’s racial barrier. On the fun side: “Red”
(2010) on TNT, “Crazy, Stupid Love” (2011) on FX, “The Devil Wears Prada”
(2006) on Oxygen,
“The Millers,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. In a so-so rerun, Nathan schemes
to get his parents back together by having them divide items with sentimental
“The Mentalist,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun goes back to the
Red John days, with four suspects confronted. Meanwhile, the team probes the
killing of a software engineer by drone strike.
“Black Sails,” 9 p.m., Starz. The pirates are still
landlocked, gathering men and ships to chase a grand treasure. Captain Flint
claims he knows the route … but it exists only in the memory of the scheming
John Silver. Eleanor Guthrie, a bisexual beauty, runs the pirate-refuge island
that includes her ex-lovers, Max (a prostitute) and Vane (a fierce captain).
Late in this hour, power shifts explosively.
“The Middle,” 10:30 p.m., ABC. Frankie and Mike think
they’ll have a romantic weekend watching her sister’s house … except they can’t
master the technology. Meanwhile, Sue tries to keep order at home.