1) “The Bachelor,” 8-10 p.m. , ABC. On the eve of Valentine’s Day, this is the logical place to see romance. Zach Shallcross (shown here) is on the Bahama beaches with 14 women (out of the original 30), including four nurses, a therapist, a medical sales rep and a rodeo racer, They try all-terrain vehicles, deep-sea diving and other things we rarely get to do with our Valentine.
2) “Fantasy Island,” 8 p.m., Fox. This seems like a simple fantasy: A guy wants to give his boyfriend a perfect marriage proposal. Alas, he’s soon stuck in a disappointing time-loop. The story gets a bit repetitious … or it would, if it weren’t for a delightful performance by Jonathan Bennett. Also at 8, Hallmark has “Love, Romance & Chocolate” (2019); Lifetime Movie Network has Catherine Bell in an entertaining true-crime tale, “Jailbreak Lovers” (2022).
3) More romance, streaming. Disney+ has a “Valentine’s Day Collection,” from “Lady and the Tramp” and the “Cinderella” musical to “WandaVision” and (through Wednesday) “Rosaline,” with Kaitlyn Dever as Juliet’s cousin. Paramount+ has a 200-film “Peak Romance” cluster, from “Dirty Dancing” and “Shakespeare in Love” to the new “At Midnight.” And Netflix has just debuted Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon in “Your Place or Mine.”
4) “Bob (Hearts) Abishola,” 8:30, CBS. Abishola has been approximately the hardest working person on TV. A nurse by day, she’s spent her spare time preparing for a test that could determine if she gets into medical school. Now, however, she says she’s not interested in going; the world wobbles.
5) Streaming. Acorn has the mid-section of “Bloodlands,” the intense mini-series (six hours over three Mondays) that has a cop scrambling to hide his old crimes. And Fox Nation debuts “Roseanne Barr: Cancel This.” The comedian – dumped after sending an abrasive, late-night Tweet — offers her take on life, show-biz and growing up Jewish in Salt Lake City.
— Mike Hughes, TV America