1) “For Life” debut, 10 p.m., ABC. Isaac Wright has a real comeback story: Convicted via New Jersey’s drug-kingpin law, he faced life imprisonment. As a paralegal, he helped 20 fellow inmates win freedom or reduced sentences … then won freedom for himself. Now he’s a defense lawyer and he’s the consultant for this solid series, which adjusts the story slightly: The protagonist (Nicholas Pinnock, shown here) becomes a lawyer, but remains in prison; with a progressive warden, he leaves with a guard and tether to argue cases.
2) “Mixed-ish” and “Black-ish,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., ABC. Most holidays are big in ABC comedies. Now comes a Valentine spree – two holiday episodes today, four Wednesday and two Charlie Brown cartoons Friday … which really is Valentine’s Day. Today on “Mixed-ish,” Rainbow prepares for her first real date. Flashing ahead to “Black-ish,” she tells her husband he’s not a good gift-giver.
3) “This Is Us,” 9 p.m., NBC. This wraps up the three episodes, each focusing on one of the siblings during a brutal week. Now Chrissy Metz – who sang her nominated song Sunday at the Oscars – has her turn. Kate finds strength from unusual sources.
4) “American Experience” (PBS) or “Ali & Cavett” (HBO), both 9 p.m. Colliding are two films about boxing greats and the worlds they represented. HBO’s film is built around a dozen appearances by Muhammed Ali on Dick Cavett’s talk show, discussing everything from segregation to draft resistance. HBO’s film focuses on the 1938 rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. Louis won; Schmeling broke from his “superior race” supporters to become his friend, patron and pallbearer.
5) “Murder on the Orient Express” (2017), 7:30 and 11:04 p.m., FX. Sure, we gripe that Kenneth Branagh seems nothing like Inspector Poirot. Still, Branagh beautifully directed Agatha Christie’s best story, making it richly cinematic. Other worthy movies: Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” (1990) at 7 and 10:15 p.m. ET on IFC and – for Valentine Week – the good-hearted “50 First Dates,” at 8 on Lifetime.