“Madiba” and “The Quad,” 8 and 10 p.m., BET.
Black History Month
gets off to a big start tonight. “Quad” (with the terrific Anika
Noni Rose) is a promising series – more on that later – and
“Madiba” tells an epic story over three Wednesdays.
Based on Nelson
Mandela's two autobiographies, this was filmed in South Africa and on
Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years. He's
played by Laurence Fishburne, with Orlando Jones as Oliver Tambo,
David Harewood as Walter Sisulu and Terry Pheto as Winnie Mandela.
“Showtime at the Apollo,” 8 p.,m., Fox.
Anything that Steve
Harvey does seems to draw an audience, whether its “Little Big
Shots” or “Family Feud” or assorted specials. On Sunday, he
returned to Miss Universe; now he's back at the Apollo Theatre, a
piece of Harlem history.
It opened in 1914
and became the Apollo in '34, the year a teen-aged Ella Fitzgerald
tried the audition night. We'll get a sampling of the audtions here,
but Harvey will also introduce comedian Gabriel Iglesias and music by
Chaka Khan, I.T. with Meek Mill and Quavo with RaRa.
ALTERNATIVE: “The 100” season-opener, 9 p.m., CW.
Last season, Clarke
saw disasters all around her. Octavia killed Pike who had killed
Lincoln. Titus accidentally killed Lexa, who was alternately Clarke's
enemy, colleague and lover ... except Lexa sort of exists in the
Flame, which Clarke used to kill ALIE, an artificial intelligence
But ALIE claimed she
(it?) was the only force preventing another nuclear disaster. Has
Clarke doomed the world? Can King Roan be brought back from
near-death? Will the Ice Nation rule? This is loud and messy, with
militaristic music forever booming; still, you won't complain that
p.m., PBS. Here are some standard, interesting wildlife scenes,
occasionally with an extra touch – some ground-level glimpses were
shot from cameras inside animatronic creatures. This may be the first
time you've been under an elephant – or (really) inside a
“The Penguins of
Madagascar” (2014), 8 and 10 p.m., FX. After co-starring in three
“Madagascar” movies – and starring in a delightful TV series –
these animated penguins get their own spy adventure.
“Star,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. The three women are performing at a fancy charity event, but
their manager (Benjamin Bratt) wants Alexandra – not Star or her
half-sister Simone – to sing the lead. Hey, this show isn't called
“Alex”; Star (Jude Demorest) schemes to get attention.
9 p.m., ABC. With the “sweeps” ratings period starting Thursday,
ABC has another all-rerun night. Haley (Sarah Hyland, 26) is still
adapting to dating an older guy, weatherman Rainer Shine (Nathan
Fillion, 45); a day with his daughter doesn't go as planned.
9 p.m., Syfy. It's a wild hour – alternately funny and dead-serious
– on three fronts: Julia is trying to control The Beast (who, of
course, is singing show tunes) ... Eliot finds that being king
requires agriculture and an adjustment in sexual preferences ... and
the others are back at the college, scrambling to find the missing
season-opener, 10-11:35 p.m., Syfy. The first season ended with the
crew escaping from Eros. Now they deal with the aftermath, then try a
daring raid in search of information.
debut, 10 p.m., BET, rerunning at 11:34. Anika Noni Rose is a
stunning talent. Her performance as a novice secretary in HBO's “The
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” was brilliant; she's done Broadway
(winning one Tony, nominated for another), was the lead voice in “The
Princess and the Frog” and has had had lots of TV recurring roles.
Now, belatedly, she's the star. She plays the first female president
of a historically black college ... where her daughter, a rapper, is
a key rebel.