“Gershwin Prize,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS.
When he was growing
up in Detroit, Smokey Robinson tells the audience, “there was music
in my house every day, all day long.” There was blues, jazz, pop
and more; all blended into his writing.
Robinson wrote his
own hits and some of the best songs -- “My Guy,” “My Girl,”
“Get Ready” -- for other Motown acts. And now we hear his music
done by modern talent. It's a splendid night, with great moments from
Aloe Blacc, Esperanza Spalding, Ledisi, JoJo, BeBe Winans and Corinne
“Reign” season-opener, 9 p.m., CW.
As the final season
begins, this island has two queens and many schemes. Elizabeth rules
England and is heralded by Protestants; Mary has Scotland and the
Catholics. Still in her early 20s, Mary is also thw widow of France's
king and is (some feel) a threat to Elizabeth's throne. It's a
Now Mary tests the
loyalty of her brother James. Also, both sides ponder a marriage to
the powerful Lord Darnley. This is complex material, handed to a cast
that tends to be merely adequate.
ALTERNATIVE: “Emerald City,” 9 p.m., NBC.
It's time for a
witch hunt ... literally. The Wizard (Vincent D'Onofrio, in a role
that requires perhaps 12 percent of his talent) rounds up every girl
in the village. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Lucas have slipped Silvie –
with her mysterious, magical powers – away, trying to reach Glinda
Then there's the
glittery Lady Ev – now Queen Ev – and her tortured relationship
with Jack, who has so many prosthetics that he's sort of a tin man.
Yes, this is a wild re-imagining of “Wizard of Oz” ... so wild
that it's sometimes inpenetrable. At least the visuals are impressive
and tonight's ending is solid.
ALTERNATIVE II: “John Lewis: Get in the Way,” 10:30 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
At 23, Lewis was the
youngest speaker at the March on Washington; at 77, he's the senior
Georgia congressman. In between were endless strong stands – being
clubbed, sprayed and jailed for a cause.
This is a stirring
story – sturdy enough to overcome the film's style. In an approach
that's too common, there is no narration and little structure. But a
great story, even when poorly told, is worth catching.
“Be My Valentine,
Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Valentine,” 8-9 p.m., ABC.
One was written by Charles Schulz in 1975; the other was assembled in
2002, after his death, from his old comic strips. Both are low-key,
fairly amiable ... and dominated by romantic mix-ups and miscues.
p.m., CBS. Back in the late 1960s and early '70s, California's
“Zodiac Killer” killed at least five people, wounded two others
and claimed 37 murders. Those cases remain open; now Mac suspects
that the killer has returned.
“The Grapes of
Wrath” (1940). 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. John Steinbeck's
story of a family leaving the Dust Bowl is powerful in any era that
has working-class troubles and lives in transition. The American Film
Institute puts this at No. 23 of all time; there were seven Oscar
nominations (including best picture), with wins for director John
Ford and supporting actress Jane Darwell.
9 p.m., Fox. Finally realizing where the talisman might be hidden,
the team races to find it. Returning to Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod and
Jenny revisit key pieces of their past.
9 p.m., CBS. McGarrett and Danny are spending Valentine's Day with
their girlfriends, but the others have a murder to solve: The victim
was taking a class on how to land women.
10 p.m., CBS. It's a night for moral dilemmas: Danny probes a man
(Robert Sean Leonard) suspected of killing a former drunken driver.
His sister Erin asks her investigator (Steve Schirripa) to wear a
wire in order to incriminate his old friend.