All Times Eastern. PBS programming varies regionally.
Monday, Jan. 30
TMZ Investigates: Lisa Marie Presley: Unending Tragedy
This special TMZ investigation dives deep into the current unsettled conflicts revolving around Lisa Marie Presley’s unforeseen passing, including never-before-heard details about the money she left behind, who will inherit the fortune and who will gain custody of her 14-year-old twins. The special also will bring to light the truths behind tragedies she endured during her life, such as the demise of her marriage to the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, in which TMZ exclusively speaks to close friends and family who state their marriage was real, and truly heartbreaking for both parties when they decided to divorce.
Oscar Nominated Short Films 2022: Live Action
Romance, terror, prison … and karaoke. Last year’s wide-ranging slate of shorts honored by the Academy all air here, including Riz Ahmed’s winner, The Long Goodbye, a fascinating study on poisonous rhetoric and racism.
TCM Morning & Afternoon Movies: Lost Generation Authors
TCM, beginning at 6:30am
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This morning and afternoon, Turner Classic Movies presents a number of films based on novels by authors from the so-called “Lost Generation” — a group of writers who came of age during World War I and established their literary reputations during the 1920s. Up first, Robert Taylor, Best Actress Oscar nominee Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone and Robert Young star in the 1938 drama Three Comrades. Set during Germany’s post-World War I Weimar Republic, the film is based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, with a screenplay cowritten by F. Scott Fitzgerald (with Edward E. Paramore Jr.). Next are two films based on works by one of the most famous Lost Generation writers, Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea (1958), led by Best Actor Oscar nominee Spencer Tracy, and To Have and Have Not (1944), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, with its screenplay adaptation cowritten by famed author William Faulkner (with Jules Furthman). Faulkner was also an uncredited screenwriter on today’s next film, Flesh (1932), a drama directed by John Ford and starring Wallace Beery. After that are two adaptations of John Steinbeck novels: Tortilla Flat (1942), a romantic comedy starring Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield and Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Frank Morgan; and East of Eden (1955), Best Director Oscar nominee Elia Kazan’s acclaimed drama led by Best Actor nominee James Dean. The lineup concludes with The Maltese Falcon (1941), director John Huston’s classic film noir starring Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Sydney Greenstreet. Huston earned an Oscar nomination for his adaptation of the novel by Dashiell Hammett, a pioneering author of hardboiled detective fiction.
Game Show Network, 7pm
Jeff Hephner hosts this show in which five players begin the game by taking positions 1 through 5; after a trivia question is asked, players with correct answers move toward the No. 1 spot, and players with incorrect answers move toward No. 5. The goal is to finish the third round of questions in the No. 1 position, winning the game and earning the right to play the bonus round for $10,000. Switch airs weeknights.
All American: “Feel It in the Air”
The CW, 8pm
Spencer (Daniel Ezra) convinces a reluctant ally to speak their truth, and Olivia (Samantha Logan) throws herself into moving on.
America’s Got Talent: All-Stars: “Auditions 5”
Auditions continue as winners, finalists, favorites and viral sensations vie for the chance to win the title of AGT All-Star. One act is given a Golden Buzzer and earns a spot in the finals, while superfans also vote on one act to move to the finals.
All American: Homecoming: “Hard Place”
The CW, 9pm
Simone (Geffri Maya) struggles with trying to balance her new duties and her loyalty to Nate.
The Watchful Eye
Nothing is as it seems when Elena (Mariel Molino), a determined young woman with a sordid history and questionable intentions, moves into an upscale Manhattan apartment building to work as a live-in nanny for a wealthy widower (Warren Christie) in this unique new supernatural thriller. Also starring Amy Acker as the resident uppity housewife and Gilmore Girls’ Kelly Bishop as the audacious Mrs. Ivey, who are both keeping secrets of their own.
History’s Greatest Mysteries
The Season 4 premiere of this series hosted by Laurence Fishburne explores the famous Loch Ness monster. Despite centuries of reported sightings and searches, whatever might be in the loch remains unidentified. Does a “monster” really exist? And if so, what could it be?
Quantum Leap: “Leap. Die. Repeat.”
When Ben (Raymond Lee) leaps into one of five people in an elevator at a nuclear reactor in 1962, he must figure out which one triggers a bomb that kills them all. Each time the bomb goes off, he leaps into another one of them an hour earlier, and the scene resets on a loop.
Tuesday, Jan. 31
Pamela, A Love Story
This film presents an intimate and humanizing portrait of one of the world’s most famous blond bombshells, Pamela Anderson, following the trajectory of her life and career from small-town girl to international sex symbol, actress, activist and doting mother.
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live
The L.A. Lakers battle the Knicks at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, followed by a clash in Colorado as the New Orleans Pelicans visit the Denver Nuggets.
The Rookie: “Death Sentence”
Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and Bailey (Jenna Dewan) search for a mystery gunman after a shooting hits a little too close to home.
Chopped: Casino Royale XL
Food Network, 8pm
This cookoff, which allows competitors to gamble away a mystery basket’s unwanted ingredient, brings back the previous winners, who will risk a lot more than just their reps to snag the final jackpot.
Night Court: “Dan v. Dating”
With Abby’s (Melissa Rauch) encouragement, Dan (John Larroquette) attempts to venture back into the dating world, but reigniting his love life proves more complicated than he anticipated. Meanwhile, Gurgs (Lacretta) and Olivia (India de Beaufort) search for a new office and find something they weren’t expecting.
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.: “Rising From the Ashes”
Henry Louis Gates Jr. traces the roots of actors Brian Cox and Viola Davis, uncovering records from workhouses in Scotland and slave plantations in South Carolina that reveal individuals who battled to build a better life for their families.
Jean-Luc Godard Tribute
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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One of the notable artistic celebrities we lost in 2022 was legendary French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who passed away in September at age 91. Godard was one of the pioneers of, and major names associated with, the 1960s French New Wave movement in cinema, and Turner Classic Movies remembers him tonight with five films he wrote and directed during the New Wave. The lineup begins with what is perhaps Godard’s most famous film: Breathless (1960), the innovative and influential crime drama led by stars Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo that earned Godard the Silver Bear award for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival. Following that are the drama Le petit soldat (The Little Soldier, 1963); the romantic drama Masculin féminin (1966); Contempt (Le Mépris, 1963), a drama headlined by Brigitte Bardot; and Vivre sa vie (My Life to Live, 1962), a drama starring frequent Godard collaborator Anna Karina.
American Auto: “Most Hated CEO”
Ian and Sadie (Harriet Dyer) attempt to rehab Katherine’s (Ana Gasteyer) image from the pawl controversy by staging a phony video with Katherine’s family and a visit to Late Night With Seth Meyers.
The Rookie: Feds: “The Offer”
When a billionaire’s daughter goes missing, he announces a hefty reward for her safe return.
Below Deck Adventure
Last days in Norway! Whether contemptuous chef Jess “Scallops don’t stand by” Condy makes it through the last charter, though, is another question. And two crew members get extremely cozy after everyone else hits their bunks!
The Winchesters: “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”
The CW, 9pm
When vampires make their way into Lawrence, Carlos (Jojo Fleites) corrals the gang to find out why.
Accused: “Danny’s Story”
A teenager suspects foul play when he discovers his mother’s former hospice caretaker is dating his father. Rachel Bilson, Reid Miller and Jack Davenport star in the new episode “Danny’s Story.”
NBC, beginning at 9pm
The hit family adventure drama returns from winter hiatus to resume its second season, starting with two new back-to-back episodes tonight. First, in “Stampede,” the Harrises return to 10,000 B.C., determined to upload a virus that will stop all sinkholes despite knowing that this will mean they will never get home again. Plus, an unlikely leader rallies the Clearing to face an oncoming prehistoric threat. In “Murder in the Clearing,” when a Survivor is murdered, Lucas (Josh McKenzie) and Sam (Jon Seda) lead a contentious investigation to find the killer. Meanwhile, as Gavin (Eoin Macken) embarks on a mission to save Eve (Natalie Zea) from the fateful vision he’s had of her death, Eve finds herself closer than ever to seeing it come true.
Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World
Developed by Public Enemy’s Chuck D and his producing partner Lorrie Boula, this series tells the story of hip-hop as a political tool for speaking truth to power. Offering firsthand accounts and archival footage, it deconstructs the origins of the art form through the voices of those who were there at its start: MCs, DJs, graffiti artists, filmmakers, politicians and opinion formers who created and shaped hip-hop’s direction as it grew from an underground movement in the Bronx to the most popular music genre in the United States and a fast-growing global force.
Will Trent: “The Look Out”
The wife of a local football hero is shot in a robbery gone wrong.
Frontline: “Putin and the Presidents”
This episode examines Russian President Vladimir Putin’s clashes with American presidents over five administrations as he has tried to rebuild the Russian empire, culminating in his invasion of Ukraine.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Feature Film Exclusive!
This blockbuster entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) makes its streaming debut. The story finds Queen Ramonda (Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba’s Ayo) fighting to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death (Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed T’Challa in Black Panther and other MCU titles, passed away in 2020). As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. The film introduces Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, the ruler of a hidden undersea nation, and also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder
The animated comedy returns for Season 2, with all 10 episodes available today. The new season will continue to tell humorous stories while highlighting culturally specific experiences of the Black community and addressing universal topics. Among the various themes featured in Season 2 storylines are self-worth, interracial dating and Juneteenth. Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, Jo Marie Payton and Cedric the Entertainer are among the returning voice cast, with guest stars this season including Gabrielle Union, Chance the Rapper, Anthony Anderson, Holly Robinson Peete, Courtney B. Vance and more.
This four-part limited series delves into a shocking, surprising and true story that reads like a fairy tale: the tale of Gunther VI, the German shepherd who inherited $400 million from a mysterious countess. For the last three decades, the dog’s riches have been built into a vast empire across two continents, including luxurious mansions, a glamorous entourage and even a pop music group. But as any good pup can tell you, it’s always worth digging a little deeper.
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Although this 1957 airplane-in-distress drama takes itself very seriously, fans of the 1980 movie Airplane! may find themselves chuckling throughout the film. Airplane! is basically a shot-for-shot parody of Zero Hour! at many points, and those familiar with the comedy will recognize some of the character types and/or names (like Dana Andrews’ Ted Stryker), the plot and stretches of dialogue that Airplane! lifted from Zero Hour! The screenplay for the drama was written by Arthur Hailey, who also wrote the novel Airport, which inspired several of the ’70s disaster films that were also spoofed in Airplane! While played straight, Zero Hour! can’t really escape its association with the zaniness of Airplane!, and that makes it a unique watch. Even for those unfamiliar with the comedy, the heightened melodrama and some over-the-top plot elements of this movie make it a bit humorous in its own right, and it’s tempting to want to go back and say to the creators of the film, “Surely, you can’t be serious.”
Schoolhouse Rock! 50th Anniversary Singalong
This fifth installment of ABC’s Singalong franchise invites viewers to enjoy classic Schoolhouse Rock! hits that are still as educational as they are catchy, all in celebration of the beloved animated/musical interstitial series’ 50th anniversary. Ryan Seacrest returns as host, with celebrity performances including Black Eyed Peas (“Three Is a Magic Number”), Julianne Hough (“Interplanet Janet”), Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen (“I’m Just a Bill”), Raven Symoné and Kal Penn (“Interjections!”), Ne-Yo (“Verb: That’s What’s Happening”) and more.
The Price Is Right at Night: “Superfans”
This special primetime edition of The Price Is Right celebrates some of the game show’s most passionate and dedicated viewers. Prizes include a once-in-a-lifetime experience of dinner with host Drew Carey, a trip to Switzerland and more.
Name That Tune: “FOX Legends”
Clay Aiken, Jordin Sparks, Amber Riley and Chris Colfer play the musical guessing game in the new episode “FOX Legends.”
Deadly Australians: “Wetlands”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Enter Australia’s rivers, waterholes and marshes as we open the case files on the continent’s nastiest wetlands killers. Discover the stranglers, strikers, stalkers and other sinister assailants who rule the waterways of Australia.
My 600-Lb. Life
Houston-based bariatric surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan has provided a glimmer of hope for those who suffer from being morbidly obese. His brand of tough love — harrowing and at times charming — is proving to be exactly what some individuals need if they’re going to break the cycle of food addiction. This season follows patients who drag themselves out of bed to take those first excruciating steps toward a new way of life and free themselves from the hold food has had over them. Each of them must come to grips with the inner demons that brought them to their current state and overcome the pathological mechanisms that led them to find so much more than substance and nutrition in food.
Brother vs. Brother: “Garages to Guest Suites”
Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott battle it out in the “additional dwelling unit challenge” and Jonathan pulls out all the stops in hopes of a victory. Breegan Jane (The House My Wedding Bought) and Trixie Mattel (Trixie Motel) guest-judge the spaces, and the loser is sent to play tour guide on an L.A. tourist bus.
Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller: “Ghost Guns”
Nat Geo, 9pm
Ghost guns are quickly becoming the weapon of choice for criminal organizations nationwide. Built from kits that anyone can buy online without a background check, these guns lack serial numbers, rendering them untraceable. Host Mariana van Zeller sets out to expose how a largely unregulated industry has blossomed into a bustling underground market that funnels weapons into very dangerous hands.
NOVA: “London Super Tunnel”
For over a decade, more than 10,000 engineers and construction workers built a brand-new subterranean railroad under London: the Elizabeth line. Facing delays and cost overruns worsened by the pandemic, the team raced to create 10 new stations, learned to operate the high-speed trains and tested out new 13-mile twin tunnels. Drawing on more than 1,500 hours of footage, NOVA provides intimate glimpses of the challenges, setbacks and ingenious solutions that led to ultimate success as the Elizabeth line finally opened on May 24, 2022.
Tough as Nails: “Rise and Grind”
Crew members compete in pairs to shrink-wrap a large container, with the last couple to finish facing the overtime challenge and the possibility of individual elimination in the new episode “Rise and Grind.”
Syfy, 10pm; episodes stream next day on Peacock
Dean Devlin (Independence Day) created this series set 100 years in the future, when planetary colonization missions have begun as a necessity to help secure the survival of the human race. The first of these missions, on a spacecraft known as Ark One, encounters a catastrophic event that causes massive destruction and loss of life. Facing a lack of life-sustaining supplies and a loss of leadership, and with more than a year left to go before reaching their target planet, the remaining crew must become the best versions of themselves to stay on course and survive. Christie Burke, Richard Fleeshman, Reece Ritchie, Stacey Read and Ryan Adams star.
1000-Lb. Best Friends: “Simple Twist of Weight”
Meghan has a tough time finding a wedding dress that works. Then, the girls go on a wellness retreat, and they’re met with boot camp workouts that push them to their limits. Ashely breaks down in pain, threatening her weight loss goals.
Thursday, Feb. 2
Lee Daniels is an executive producer of writer/director Courtney Glaude’s horror film. Mo’Nique stars as recently widowed Emma Leeden, who details the loss of her family in a new book. To generate press, Emma agrees to a staged psychic reading by 19-year-old Sky Brown (Chasity Sereal) in Emma’s now-fortified home. There’s only one problem: Sky’s spiritual connection is real, and evil emerges in a house that they can’t get out of.
This eight-episode spinoff of the 2018-21 teen comedy/drama On My Block is a half-hour coming-of-age comedy that follows sibling rivals Gloria (Keyla Monterroso Mejia) and Ines (Bryana Salaz), and their friends Demi (Ciara Riley Wilson) and Cameron (Tenzing Norgay Trainor), who have unleashed a curse that brings dark misfortune into their lives. On My Block cast members who will be returning here include Paula Garcés as Geny Martinez, Eric Gutierrez as Ruben Martinez, Eme Ikwuakor as Dwayne Turner and Raushanah Simmons as Fran Turner.
Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power
Through first-person accounts and searing archival footage, this documentary tells the story of the local movement and young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizers who fought for not only voting rights, but also for Black power in Lowndes County, Alabama, following the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live
TNT’s Thursday night NBA doubleheader has the Memphis Grizzlies at the Cleveland Cavaliers, followed by the L.A. Clippers in Milwaukee to battle Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.
We’re riding high on the announcement of a new Jeopardy! Masters tournament — but first let’s see who takes the title (and $1 million grand prize) here. Of the three players, Ike Barinholtz and Wil Wheaton are the two names confirmed at presstime.
Young Sheldon: “Ruthless, Toothless and a Week of Bed Rest”
Sheldon (Iain Armitage) learns the university is building a database without him in the new episode “Ruthless, Toothless and a Week of Bed Rest.”
Christina in the Country: “Some Like It Hot”
Christina Hall helps Tom and Terese upgrade their kitchen to better serve their cooking and baking needs. Christina and her husband Josh Hall introduce her fellow designer and project manager James Bender to Nashville hot chicken, and Christina and James hit a local antique store to source a custom piece for Terese.
Law & Order: “Mammon”
When a graduate student is found dead, Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) and Shaw (Mehcad Brooks) follow the evidence to a suspect with no clear motive. Then, when Price (Hugh Dancy) and Maroun (Odelya Halevi) uncover a money-grabbing scheme within a close-knit church, McCoy (Sam Waterston) warns them to focus on the suspects and not the institution.
Star of the Month: Rita Moreno
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Every Thursday night in February, Turner Classic Movies celebrates the films of actress/dancer/singer — and one of the very rare “EGOT” talents (an artist who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony) — Rosa Dolores Alverío Marcano, better known as Rita Moreno. The iconic star turned 91 back in December and is still quite active in the business; she has costarred in a few films in recent years, including Steven Spielberg’s 2021 remake of West Side Story and the new comedy 80 for Brady that hits theaters Feb. 3, and had a guest spot on the new NBC sitcom Lopez vs. Lopez last month. Of course, Moreno has had a legendary big-screen career for decades before these projects, and that’s what TCM will be celebrating each Thursday. The first two weeks feature movies in which Moreno had early supporting roles, starting with tonight’s five-film lineup that includes the 1952 film noir The Ring, one of the earliest Hollywood sports films to depict institutionalized bigotry, specifically against Hispanics; the beloved 1952 Gene Kelly/Debbie Reynolds/Donald O’Connor-led musical Singin’ in the Rain (Moreno is the last surviving credited star from this classic); the 1952 musical comedy The Fabulous Senorita, which is making its TCM premiere; the 1953 romantic comedy/musical Latin Lovers, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Lana Turner and Ricardo Montalbán; and the 1952 Western Cattle Town, led by Dennis Morgan.
Mystic: “The Doubt”
It looks like Caroline’s (Jacqueline Joe) hopes of becoming an Olympic rider are over after her loss to Nicole (Annise Boothroyd) in the sand dunes race. Can the KP gang persuade her to not give up on her dream?
Ghosts: “Ghost Hunter”
Assistant Freddie (returning guest star Mike Lane) purchases ghost-hunting equipment when suspicious activity leads him to theorize the B&B is haunted in the new episode “Ghost Hunter.”
Accused: Guilty or Innocent?: “Masked Attacker or Mistaken Identity?”
Following the dramatic inside stories of people facing trial for serious crimes for which they claim to be innocent or their actions to be justifiable, this true-crime show will premiere a new episode featuring a traveling nurse who is pulled over for a traffic violation in New Mexico and arrested for a felony burglary carried out in her home state of Ohio.
So Help Me Todd: “Psilo-Sibling”
Lawrence and Governor Jones (guest stars Matthew Wilkas and Lossen Chambers) seek Margaret’s (Marcia Gay Harden) help with a personal legal matter in the new episode “Psilo-Sibling.”
Welcome to Flatch
Season 2 of the comedy series following the residents of Flatch, Ohio, concludes with “Churn Here.”
Married to Real Estate: “More House for Their Money”
A couple wants more house for their money, so they’re relocating from San Francisco, California, to Smyrna, Georgia, and they need Egypt Sherrod’s help finding a spot. The only catch is, they want a one-of-a-kind basement for the family to spread out. While Egypt and her husband Mike Jackson work together to renovate an amazing space for the family, Egypt secretly learns how to salsa dance to impress Mike.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Intersection”
A car accident leads the detectives on a search for an ambulance driver who is assaulting his charges. Meanwhile, Fin (Ice-T) gives Detective Bruno (Kevin Kane) a tour of Manhattan SVU.
CSI: Vegas: “When the Dust Settles”
In the new episode “When the Dust Settles,” Catherine’s (Marg Helgenberger) day off gets interrupted when a woman wakes up from a four-year coma and remembers details from the night her sister died.
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “Punch Drunk”
Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Teddy Silas (Gus Halper) hatch a plan to turn the club into an indispensable venue for Murphy’s illegal dealings; Jet (Ainsley Seiger) blurs the lines between real life and her undercover persona; and Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) tries to convince Thurman (James Roch) to take her investigation seriously.
Friday, Feb. 3
This sports documentary focuses on NASCAR Cup Series champion driver Kyle Busch as he navigates one of the greatest comebacks of all time in sports. The film follows Busch as he confronts his physical limits when he sustains what could be a career-ending wreck in 2015, only to find a path to the first of what may be many Cup championships. Interviews with Busch himself, as well as with some of the most influential drivers in the sport, including NASCAR legends Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, are also featured.
This highly anticipated new Jason Katims drama, based on the bestseller by Ann Napolitano and starring Connie Britton and Taylor Schilling, tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a tragic airplane crash, and the new connections forged between the grieving family members of the deceased passengers. The first three episodes are available today; new episodes drop on Fridays.
This three-episode true-crime docuseries (all episodes available today) from ABC News Studios exposes the hard truths about the local police in Bakersfield, California, a law-and-order town where many residents trust and admire law enforcement. But a deadly shooting at a local hotel causes one family to question everything they know about their community.
This biographical drama chronicles the true story of Australian teenager Jessica Watson (Teagan Croft), who in 2009, at age 16, set out to be the youngest person ever to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world. Many expected her to fail, but with the support of her sailing coach and mentor Ben Bryant (Cliff Curtis), and her parents (Anna Paquin and Josh Lawson), Jessica remained determined to accomplish what was thought to be impossible, navigating some of the world’s most challenging stretches of ocean over the course of 210 days.
In Season 2 of this comedy from creator Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), after blowing up her career and disrupting her love life, Camille (Meagan Good) has to figure out how to put the pieces back together. Meanwhile, Tye (Jerrie Johnson) considers her future; Quinn (Grace Byers) goes on a journey of self-discovery; and Angie’s (Shoniqua Shandai) career takes a promising turn. Two new episodes are available Fridays beginning today (the season consists of eight episodes).
TCM Morning & Afternoon Movies: It’s Friday, I’m in Love
TCM, beginning at 6am
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While there are still 11 days until Valentine’s Day, it’s never too early to celebrate romance, and Turner Classic Movies does just that with this morning and afternoon of films about love and its various aspects, from the dramatic and humorous to the forbidden and unrequited. The featured titles are Married and in Love (1940), a drama starring Alan Marshal, Patric Knowles, Barbara Read and Helen Vinson; Jamboree (1957), a rock ’n’ roll film with a story following a singing couple played by Paul Carr and Freda Holloway that is secondary to the movie’s roster of cameo appearances from icons of the early rock era, including Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Connie Francis, Frankie Avalon, Dick Clark and many others; Mr. Lucky (1943), a romantic drama led by Cary Grant and Laraine Day; A Summer Place (1959), the famous tear-jerker starring Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, Richard Egan and Dorothy McGuire, which draws much of its emotion from Max Steiner’s iconic instrumental theme; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935), the Best Picture Oscar-nominated adaptation of Shakespeare’s fantasy/comedy, led by James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland and Dick Powell; Athena (1954), a romantic musical comedy starring Jane Powell, Edmund Purdom, Debbie Reynolds and Vic Damone; and the 1962 drama Rome Adventure, starring Donahue, Angie Dickinson and Suzanne Pleshette.
Lopez vs. Lopez: “Lopez vs. Los Doyers”
When Quinten (Matt Shively) joins George’s (George Lopez) fantasy baseball league, he hits a home run with the guys but strikes out with Mayan (Mayan Lopez). Meanwhile, Chance (Brice Gonzalez) turns into a total diva after he finds out that Rosie (Selenis Leyva) is using him in her insurance ads.
Starring Jon Voight
Early in his career, few film stars could portray a young man in search of himself quite like Jon Voight. When tonight’s triple feature begins, that’s him seeking the courage to master river rapids and backwoods marauders in the searing 1972 drama Deliverance. In 1974’s Conrack, his idealistic teacher looks to enlighten poor Gullah community kids in South Carolina. And he’s Joe Buck, the title’s Midnight Cowboy (1969), a naive male prostitute in New York City who befriends Dustin Hoffman’s tragic “Ratso” Rizzo.
Young Rock: “Once Upon a Time in …”
Pat Patterson (Kiff VandenHeuvel) finds love in Boston, André the Giant (Matthew Willig) meets his destiny in Paris and Peter Maivia (Maua Fuifui) teaches Sean Connery how to fight in Dwayne’s (Dwayne Johnson) tales of their younger years.
Fire Country: “You Know Your Dragon Best”
In the new episode “You Know Your Dragon Best,” the crews work to contain a dangerous forest fire and save a group of environmentalists protesting a housing development.
This feature-length documentary examines the remarkable life of social justice activist and basketball prodigy Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. The film features in-depth interviews with basketball and entertainment stars.
Kindred Spirits: “Beware the Occult”
Travel Channel, 9pm; also streams on discovery+
Investigators Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and Chip Coffey undertake a case of biblical proportions when a distressed widow calls for help after an explosion of paranormal activity in her Pittsburgh home. Are spirits attached to an old family Bible, or is her late husband to blame for the haunting?
Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: “That’s Amore Eel”
Nat Geo, 10pm
Sigsbee, the anemic green moray eel, gets a health check; Tequila the Nile hippopotamus has a painful toothache; Hank the wild gopher tortoise digs herself a new home on Disney grounds; Steve, the granddaddy of the resident purple martin flock, disappears without a trace; and Harper, a beloved white-cheeked gibbon, prepares to leave the park to start her own family.
Saturday, Feb. 4
CBS, ESPN & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live
A packed Saturday of college hoops features Michigan State at Rutgers (FOX), Texas Tech at Baylor (CBS), Illinois at Iowa (FOX), St. John’s at Xavier (FOX), Villanova at Creighton (FOX), North Carolina at Duke (ESPN) and Florida at Kentucky (ESPN).
NHL All-Star Game
ABC, 3pm Live
Hockey’s top players head to FLA Live Arena in South Florida for the exhibition games, featuring four teams representing each NHL division playing in a three-game, 3-on-3 tournament.
Frozen Planet II: “Frozen Ocean”
BBC America, 8pm
The new episode “Frozen Ocean” dives into a world of water and ice to reveal the animals that survive on and under the Arctic Sea.
Sweeter Than Chocolate
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
A local chocolatier is rumored to have the secret recipe to finding true love on Feb. 14, drawing a TV reporter to investigate. Starring Eloise Mumford, Dan Jeannotte and Brenda Strong.
Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation
Jennifer Grey stars as the controversial religious leader and Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin, who positioned herself as God’s prophet and preached the virtues of being thin. Shamblin was the founder of the Tennessee-based Remnant Fellowship Church and the Weigh Down Workshop — a massively successful Christian-based diet program. As her church grew across the nation, so did her iron-fisted grip as its leader — accumulating power and money, while creating a larger-than-life public persona. Gwen’s reign came to a tragic end in May 2021, when the plane that her husband Joe was flying crashed shortly after takeoff.
TCM Special Theme: Black History Month: “Coming of Age”
Catch a Classic!
Each Saturday evening in February, Turner Classic Movies celebrates Black History Month with a double feature of films related to a certain theme. Tonight’s titles feature coming-of-age stories, beginning with the 1975 comedy/drama Cooley High. Written by Eric Monte, who based it on his own high school experiences, the film is set in 1964 on Chicago’s Near-North Side, where the lives of four carefree high school seniors and best friends, including an aspiring playwright and an all-city basketball champion, take a tragic turn. Complemented by a soundtrack of classic Motown hits, Cooley High is led by Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs. Following that is the Best Picture Oscar-nominated drama Sounder (1972). Starring Best Actor nominee Paul Winfield and Best Actress nominee Cicely Tyson, the film is set in the Deep South during the Great Depression, where the oldest son of a family of Black sharecroppers (Kevin Hooks) comes of age amid their economic and personal hardships.
NBA Basketball: Dallas at Golden State
ABC, 8:30pm Live
Saturday primetime NBA action on ABC has the Dallas Mavericks visiting the Golden State Warriors at San Francisco’s Chase Center.
Rico to the Rescue: “High School Reunion Rescue”
The Overman family calls builder Rico León to mediate after their friend and contractor fails to deliver their dream basement renovation — a teenage hangout for their three boys.