TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Olympics, all day, NBC and cable.
Some fans will be up early, to watch hockey. The U.S. and
Russian teams collide at 7 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network, while the women
start quarterfinals at 7:30 a.m. on MSNBC. Others will wait for NBC.
The afternoon (3-6 p.m.) has medals for the women in
1500-meter short-track and the five-kilometer, cross-country relay and for men
in skeleton. The evening (8-11:30 p.m.) has medals for women in super-G Alpine
skiing and for men in many things – 1,000-meter short-track, 1500-meter
speedskating and large-hill ski jumping. Latenight (midnight) has women’s
curiling, with the U.S. and Sweden.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The Whole Gritty City,” 9-11 p.m.,
New Orleans seems to be filled with extremes – glorious music
and glowing spirits, gnawing poverty and brutal crime rates. For kids, says
Wynton Marsalis, “their refuge (is) the band room. It’s their safe haven from
the tyranny of low expectations.”
Marsalis, the jazz great who grew up there, hosts this “48
Hours” special. It focuses on three band leaders preparing their kids for Mardi
Gras, and on five of the kids, each touched by violence.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: Movies, 8 p.m. and cable.
At the midpoint of Black History Month, cable has two Oscar-winners
for best picture. “In the Heat of the Night” (1967, 9 p.m., USA) pairs two of
the greats; Sidney Poitier plays a big-city police detective who works a case
with a bigoted sheriff, played with Oscar-winning perfection by Rod Steiger. “Crash”
(2004, 9:45 p.m., Showtime) is a rich tapestry of racial moments, large and
small, in modern Los Angeles.
And if you just want great music, “Dreamgirls” (2006) is
8-11 p.m. on ABC. Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar in her acting debut, working
alongside Beyonce, Anika Noni Rose, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx.
Other choices include:
“Rake,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Keegan represents three
Amish bakers who shaved the beard off a bishop. He also meets someone he doesn’t
need – a woman who shares his obsession with gambling.
“Person of Interest,” 8 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds it tough
for the guys to stay anonymous, when they try to save a tech billionaire who
has massive resources of his own.
“The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Ryan and his niece
struggle to stay ahead of the FBI.
“Atlantis,” 9 p.m., BBC America. In the conclusion of a
two-part story, Jason tries to rescue Ariadne, who has been sentence to
“When Calls the Heart,” 9 p.m., Hallmark. It’s time for the
Miners’ Games … and maybe for Jack to loosen his overprotective approach to
“Black Sails,” 9 p.m., Starz. Last week’s episode (rerunning
at 8 p.m.) ended powerfully when Eleanor – enraged by an attack on her lesbian
lover – banned Rackham from captaining one of the ships. Now the aftershocks
begin. Her father is retrieved from house arrest and we get hints of Captain
Flint’s secret. In the final minutes, fresh events bring more brutality and