TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Valentine’s Day specials, 8 p.m.
Romance is everywhere tonight. On a “Bones” rerun (Fox),
Booth and Brennan marry. Movies include ones that are fairly new one (“Chance
at Romance,” Hallmark), lame (“The Prince & Me,” 2004, ABC Family) and
splendid – “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993, TV Guide) and “The Family Man” (2000,
Then there are ABC cartoons, gentle and bittersweet. Charles Schulz wrote the 1975 “Be My Valentine,
Charlie Brown” (8 p.m.); “A Charlie Brown Valentine” (8:30) was made in 2002
from his cartoons.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: Olympics, 3-5 p.m., 8-11:30 p.m.,
12:05-1:05 a.m., NBC; also cable.
Tonight, someone moves into Scott Hamilton turf, as the
men’s figure-skating champion.
And more medals are handed out: The men have super-combined
Alpine skiing. Women have the skeleton and the freestyle skiing aerials.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS; and
“Dirty Sexy Funny,” 11 p.m., Epix.
Two sides of Donnie Wahlberg are on display tonight. On a “Blue”
rerun, he has his usual one – taut and intense. He finds a dazed man who is
covered with his girlfriend’s blood and has no idea what happened.
Then there’s a burst of goofy fun. In “Dirty,” Jenny McCarthy
introduces female comics, dropping some clever films in between; Wahlberg (her
real-life boyfriend) is a delight as bad Internet dates. As for the comics, the
first two – Justine Marino and Tammy Pescatelli – are excellent; the others are
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “Helix,” 10 p.m., Syfy.
So far, the dark dealings in this Arctic research lab have
perplexed viewers and the Center for Disease Control team. Clearly, Dr. Hatake
and his adopted son have a hidden agenda.
Now a strong hour adds their boss, played zestfully by Jeri
Ryan. She’s smart, scheming, charming and evil. Meanwhile, most people infected
by the virus have a zombie-like rage, but one (Dr. Julia Walker) seems to be
getting better. Also, an Arctic native probes who has been kidnapping her
Other choices include:
“East of Eden” (1955), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies.
James Dean stars in Elia Kazan’s classic drama.
“Great Performances,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). In
London, the National Theatre celebrates its first 50 years with a flurry of
brief scenes from dramas, comedies and a few musicals. It’s only mildly
entertaining, but the talent – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Derek
Jacobi, more – is stunning.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Jorge Garcia
(“Lost”) is a conspiracy theorist, helping a probe.
“Enlisted,” 9 p.m., Fox. Here’s a second chance to see the
clever pilot film, as a tough soldier (Geoff Stults) is demoted to a platoon of
inept ones – including his two brothers.
“Raising Hope,” 9:30, Fox. In the rerun of an OK episode, a
stranger (Jeffrey Tambor) has been spying.
“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover 2,” 10 p.m., Investigation
Discovery. Think of this as a bitter-but-fun anti-Valentine. Three true stories
mix re-enactments and real women who exacted extreme revenge.
“Banshee,” 10 p.m., Cinemax. Our hero had been doing fine
with his fake identity (as Sheriff Hood, even squelching the real Hood’s son)
and his stash of diamonds. Now both matters implode.