“Songs in the Key of Life,” 9-11 p.m., CBS.
When Paul Simon won
the album-of-the-year award in 1975, he thanked Stevie Wonder “for
not putting out an album this year.” After all, Wonder had won in
'73 and '74 ... and did again in '76. He's won 25 Grammys in all,
including ones as a songwriter, a singer, a producer, an arranger.
Now Wonder is the
final performer in a Grammyhs special filled with his songs.
Performers include Beyonce, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran,
Ariana Grande, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Annie Lennox, Pharell Williams and
(far from his rock-pop world), Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett and The
“Celebrity Apprentice” finale, 8-10:01 p.m., NBC.
Last week, Donald
Trump fired Vivica Fox, setting up a battle of opposites. It's Leeza
Gibbons – a team player, forever pleasant – and Geraldo Rivera, a
my-way guy with endless energy and an impressive ability to raise
money. Each was given three people, to create a promo for Universal
Gibbons put Kevin
Jonas in charge of the film; she worked on the rest (landing Olivia
Newton-John to sing “Magic”) with Johnny Damon and Brandi
Glaville. Rivera put Lorenzo Lamas in charge ... then kept overriding
him. Fox and Ian Ziering (the “Sharknado 2” stars) looked on, Now
we'll see the result.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Book of Negroes,” 8 p.m., reruns at 10, BET.
Lawrence Hill's epic
novel traced the life of Aminata, from kidnapping to slavery to a
Revolutionary War push for freedom ... and then to Canada, England
and Africa. It's a huge tale, sprawling over six hours on three
nights. This opener reruns Tuesday before the second night, with all
Aunjanue Ellis, a
regular on TV dramas (“Mentalist,” “Missing,” “High
Incident,” “E-Ring”) stars, with support from Cuba Gooding,
Jane Alexander and Lou Gossett – 38 years after he did “Roots.”
ALTERNATIVE II: “Foyle's War” conclusion and “New Worlds”
debut, any time, www.acorn.tv.
A sturdy old series
concludes quite well. Sometimes too sleepy, “Foyle” has a
big-stakes story, with slain spies, an assassination attempt, a
probe for a traitor and an explosive (literally) ending.
That finale debuts
today on the Acorn streaming service, along with all eight “Foyle”
seasons and the first episode of a mini-series: “New Worlds”
starts quite badly (and messily), before settling into its story: In
early Massachusetts, a rich beauty meets a handsome rebel (Jamie
Dornan of “Fifty Shades of Grey”), who shows her that the British
have brought their cruel class structure to the colonies.
7-11 p.m. ET (4-8 p.m. PT), NatGeo Wild. First are reruns of the
excellent hours that debuted Sunday, visiting the bleak desert area.
Then two new hours move to cheerier worlds – a rain forest (where
kangaroos climb trees) and a eucalyptus forest that is the land of
8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Chris Soules, the small-town Iowa farmer, gets to
see how other folks live. He visits the home towns of the final four
9 p.m., Fox. A week before the season-finale, Ichabod and Abbie try
to stop people from waking a powerful witches' coven.
“Jane the Virgin,”
9 p.m., CW. Amid talk of a baby shower, Jane has bigger problems: Her
ex-fiance (the cop) thinks her new boyfriend (the hotel guy) is
hiding his father (the crook).
Inheritance,” 9 p.m., Fox Business. For Presidents' Day, the show
visits a family that inherited the letters Lt. John Kennedy wrote to
the mother of a sailor killed on his PT-109 Navy vessel.
Saul,” 10 p.m., AMC, rerunning at 11:04 p.m. The first two hours --
rerunning at 7:45 and 8:57 p.m. -- put Jimmy (who later became Saul)
in trouble. Now he scrambles to free a scary client.
p.m., ABC. Remember when “Castle” was a jaunty blend of comedy
and drama? Wrapping up a two-parter, this fiercely dark hour has the
return of serial killer Tyson (or someone who looks like him) and a
cosmetic surgeon; it's well-made, but unrelentingly harsh.