TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
debut, midnight, NBC.
On the day Jimmy Fallon was born, “Tonight” was a week shy
of its 20th birthday. Now he’s in charge.
Fallon starts strong, with Will Smith tonight, Jerry
Seinfeld on Tuesday and – two names you rarely here together – Michelle Obama
and Will Ferrell on Thursday. He’ll also emphasize music, including U2 tonight,
Lady Gaga on Tuesday, Justin Timberlake on Friday … and his own classy house
band, The Roots.
Next week, Fallon settles in at 11:35 p.m., giving his old
slot (12:35 a.m.) to Seth Meyers.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The Bachelor,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.
Juan Pablo Galavis has shown a taste for educated
professionals. His final six women include a lawyer, a nurse, a science
educator and (really) an opera singer.’
Now they’re in Miami, where he has an emotional reunion with
his daughter. He has to choose the final four, whose home towns he’ll visit
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: Winter Olympics, 3-5 p.m., 8-11:30 p.m.,
1-2 a.m., NBC.
This may be the best chance for Americans to go gold in
figure-skating, with the ice-dancing finals. In 2010, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and
Scott Moir edged the U.S.’ Meryl Davis and Charlie White; since then, Davis and
White have won two world championships and soared in the team event.
They compete again, on a day that also includes medals for
men in large-hill ski jumping, freestyle skiing aerials and snowboard cross.
Other choices include:
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” about 10 a.m. (check local
listings), PBS. This cartoon – too one-note for adults, charming for
pre-schoolers – launches a week devoted to kids’ feelings.
“Breadwinners” debut, 7:30 p.m., Nickelodeon. So there you
are, zooming around in your bread-delivery rocket truck; suddenly, you’re
called to a high-crime neighborhood ruled by biker ducks. This is a fast and
funny start to a cartoon that then moves to 11 a.m. Saturdays.
“Star-Crossed,” 8 p.m., CW. When a spaceship crashes, a
little girl shelters a boy. A decade later, both are gorgeous (she’s played by
Aimee Teegarden) and the aliens are being mainstreamed. The result adequately
mixes teen drama and metaphors for racism, immigration and more.
“How I Met Your Mother,” 8 p.m., CBS. A four-rerun comedy
block begins with Barney trapped in a fight between his mom and his
“Breath of Freedom,” 8-10 p.m., Smithsonian. Still in
uniform from World War II, Hosea Williams asked for water at a whites-only bus
stop. He was beaten and dumped at a black mortuary; he recovered, led a civil-rights
march and was attacked by police. Compelling stories like that fill this film.
We meet ex-soldiers who became a judge, a jazz great (Jon Hendricks) and
secretary of state (Colin Powell).
“The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox. Ryan catches a suspect who
remains dangerous after being captured.
“Mike & Molly,” 9:01 p.m., CBS. Scrambling for laughs,
the show is willing to trash a main character. On a ride-along with her police husband,
Molly behaves like an idiot.
“Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). In
the Texas border town of Laredo, Hispanics showed patriotism by celebrating
George Washington’s birthday. Now it’s a 116-year tradition, done to dizzying
excess, with $15,000 gowns. This fairly interesting film focuses on two
debutantes: Rosario is a skeptic; Laurita already has several crowns and now is
her family’s 13th woman in the pageant.
“Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. Rick feels that a mean girl may
have been killed by a telekinetic teen.