TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Night That Changed America,”
8-10:30 p.m., CBS.
Exactly 50 years ago -- at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9, 1964 – an “Ed Sullivan
Show” opened, nudging TV forward. The
Beatles did five songs and 74 million people watched; pop music was no longer
on the fringe.
Now comes a night of Beatles music from Maroon 5, Keith
Urban, Alicia Keys, John Mayer and John Legend, plus Annie Lennox and Dave
Stewart re-uniting as the Eurythmics. The whole thing has been expanded by a
half-hour, adding a David Letterman interview with Paul McCartney and Ringo
Starr, who will also perform together, in a half-the-Beatles reunion.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: Winter Olympics, 2-6 p.m., 7-11 p.m.,11:35
p.m. to 12:35 a.m. NBC; also, cable.
At the summer Olympics, the team gymnastics event has been a
big deal, sometimes overshadowing the individuals. Now we’ll have the first
winner in team figure-skating. The pairs skaters have already wrapped up;
tonight the others – men, women, ice-dancers – do and we have an overall
Also, women will have their first gold for slope-style
snowboarding; men will have winners in Alpine downhill skiing and in K-95 ski
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Walking Dead” return, 9 p.m., AMC,
rerunning at 11.
The most-watched scripted show on TV booms ahead with the
second half of its 16-episode season.
Tonight, Rick finds a cabin in the woods; people in the
prison wonder if merely surviving is enough. It’s preceded by an all-day “Dead”
marathon and followed by a “Talking Dead” (including Greg Nicotero, the make-up
master who directed tonight’s hour) at 10:01 and “Comic Book Men” at midnight.
Other choices include:
“Wicked Tuna,” 8 p.m., National Geographic. A week before
the season-opener, here are past highlights.
“Masterpiece Classic,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Two semi-feuding relationships – between the dowagers and between Mary and a would-be
suitor – are nudged by problems … one health-related, the other pig-related.
It’s a good hour … and a rare chance to see a very muddy Lady Mary.
“True Detective,” 9 p.m., HBO. After a Super Bowl break,
“True” returns with a superb hour that sees lives flip-flop. One cop (Woody
Harrelson) crumbles; another (Matthew McConaughey) turns heroic.
“The Making of a Lady” (2012), 10 p.m., PBS (check local
listings). Adapted from a novel by “Secret Garden” author Frances Hodgson
Burnett, this movie has a penniless young woman, working as a lady’s companion
and hoping for more. Lydia Wilson stars, with Joanna Lumley and Linus Roche in
“Coast Guard: Cape Disappointment” debut, 10 p.m., Weather
Channel. The channel’s third Coast Guard show eyes four bases (including Cape Disappointment)
that protect the Northwest and the Pacific.
“The Millers,” 10:30 p.m., CBS. In a change (to make room
for the extra Beatles half-hour), here’s a rerun with Nathan and his mom
peeking at his sister’s diary.
“Episodes,” 10:30 p.m., Showtime. Here’s another great
return after a Super Bowl break. Among the odd twists: The former network chief
retaliates by stealing his blind wife’s valuable paintings.