Sports overload, 8 p.m. ET, NBC, ABC and Fox.
On the eve of pro
football's conference-championship games, three of the big-four
networks manage to have busy nights with other sports. We can catch
athletes of any size.
NBC has lithe little
ones, with the U.S. figure-skating championships; the women are
tonight, the men are 4-6 p.m. Sunday ... Fox has muscular ones; a
boxing night is led by undefeated Danny Garcia facing Robert Guerrero
for the World Boxing Council's welterweight title ... and ABC has
towering ones, as LeBron James and the Cavaliers host the Bulls in
basketball; pre-game is 8, tip-off is 8:30,
“Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.
Music fans know
Braxton has an awesome singing voice; reality-show viewers know she
has a hectic life. “Braxton Family Values” has followed her and
her robutst sisters.
filled in some of the other details, including bankruptcy, divorce
and a health crisis from lupus. Now here's the TV-movie version, with
Lex Scott Davis in the title role. There's a “Behind the Headlines”
hour at 10:02 p.m.; the movie repeats just after midnight and then at
9 p.m. Sunday.
ALTERNATIVE: “Black Sails” season-opener, 9 p.m., Starz.
Last season ended
with the linking of two longtime enemies: Vane rescued Flint, forming
a sort of pirate supergroup. Now they're sailing together with
Silver, who is adjusting to his leg being amputated. Meanwhile, the
pirate island remains vulnerable to attack.
It's a strong start
for this richly crafted series and it adds an imposing new character.
Ray Stevenson (“Rome”) arrives as Blackbeard, a massive force who
can even make other pirates quake.
Musical” (2006), 4:30 p.m., Freeform. A dandy teen triple-feature
begins on the former ABC Family. It's followed by “Clueless”
(1995) at 7 and “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” (1986) at 9:30.
Detective,” 7 p.m. ET, Ovation. This gently paced drama follows
crime-solvers in Toronto at the start of the 20th
centuries. You can catch reruns all afternoon and then this OK
season-opener, in which police try to learn why Sgt. Crabtree would
confess to a murder he probably didn't commit.
Angeles,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a model – who survived a
Peruvian massacre 20 years ago – is reportedly a murder target.
Kensi and Deeks go undercover as her assistant and chauffeur.
Darcy,” 9 p.m., Hallmark. The Hallmark people say this movie is
based on “Pride and Prejudice.” Well, it does have a heroine
named Elizabeth and an upper-class love interest named Darcy. In this
case, it's a modern story; she's a dog-owner and he's a dog-show
Superman,” 9 and 11 p.m. ET, CNN. Here are fresh chances to see the
short and fascinating life of Carl Boenish, a pioneer of “base
jumping” off buildings and mountains. It's an interesting story,
with some great visuals.
I'm You're Girlfriend,” 10 p.m., HBO. The smart stand-up comedian
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Ronda Rousey – one of the world's most
dominant athletes, despite her recent Ultimate Fighting Championship
loss – hosts. Selena Gomez is the music guest.