“The Walking Dead” return, 9 p.m., AMC.
Booming back for the
second half of its 16-episode season, “Dead” doesn't dawdle. One
potent scene comes before the opening credits; another, a
mega-battle, is wildly improbable, yet involving.
The zombies have
overrun (well, overshuffled) Alexandria. Rick and others try to blend
in, while edging toward safety; be prepared for some deeply
disturbing moments ... and some triumphant ones. This reruns at 11:02
p.m. (after “Talking Dead”) and 12:32 a.m. (after “Comic Book
“An SNL Valentine” and “The Tonight Show Valentine's Day
Special,” 8 and 9-11 p.m., NBC.
Some people might
want to spend Valentine's Day with romance, not zombies. Not to
worry; there are a couple solid movies (see below) and these two
The first takes old
“Saturday Night Live” sketches involving love and such. The
second simply lets Jimmy Fallon rerun sone of his favorite moments,
the way Johnny Carson used to.
ALTERNATIVE: “Vinyl” debut, 9-11 p.m., HBO.
It's 1973 and the
music world is quaking. New styles – disco, punk, hip-hop – are
growing; so are drugs and porn. A music mogul (Bobby Cannavale) had
great instincts; now he may have to sell his company.
He's a hard guy to
like, even on the network of killers from Jersey and Atlantic City
and the Seven Kingdoms. But you'll like the chaotic swirl around him.
Terence Winter (who co-wrote the pilot) and Martin Scorsese (who
directed it) have produced a film even richer than their “Boardwalk
ALTERNATIVE II: “Anything for Love,” 9 p.m., Hallmark.
A big-time developer
(Erika Christensen) feels guys only like her for her money; a friend
tests that by listing her on a dating site as an executive assistant.
A nurse (Paul Greene) goes the other way; a friend lists him on the
same site as a doctor.
contrived and predictable; on Valentine's Day, we might want the
predictably pleasant. This one is well-cast and has enough clever
twists to help us wrap up the holiday.
-- More Valentine
movies. Hallmark starts its marathon at 11 a.m., with a different
(well, not terribly different) film every two hours. And UP debuts a
fairly good alternative, at 7 and 9 p.m. ET. “Love Finds You in
Valentine” has a law-school grad inherit the family ranch, with Ed
Asner as her crabby grandfather and Diogo Morgodo (Jesus in the
“Bible” mini-series) as the foreman. You'll predict the rest, but
this is handsomely filmed and fairly engaging.
-- And more movies.
There are big ones tonight, led by the gorgeous “Frozen” (2013)
at 7 p.m. on Disney and the classic “Casablanca” (1942) at 8 p.m.
ET on Turner Classic Movies.
Secretary,” 8 p.m., CBS. While supervising the effort to find
people who stole uranium, Elizabeth also faces a Saudi Arabia crisis
that could endanger a key arms deal.
-- “Wild Sri
Lanka: Sea of Giants,” 8 p.m., NatGeo Wild. A three-hour portait of
the island starts with this truly gorgeous look at its sea creatures,
many of them mammoth and great survivors.
Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. Now we face the
ultimate tragedy – losing your cell phone. It's an uneven episode,
but ends well.
-- “The Good
Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS. After seven seasons of smart and
underappreciated drama, this is launching its final nine episodes.
That starts with Alicia returning to her old law firm.
Abbey,” 9 p.m., PBS. Maybe this is appropriate on Valentine's Day:
In an excellent episode, there are major turning points – maybe
good, maybe not – in the romances of Mary and Edith.
-- “Brain Games”
season-opener, 9 p.m., National Geographic. In London, this slick,
fun hour looks at quirks of the brain, ranging from being startled to