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This Is What Men Want?

By Paul Hall
 
Imagine seeing inside the mind of the opposite sex. The new film What Men Want will give one woman a look at the innermost thoughts of men everywhere, whether she likes them or not.

Ali (Taraji P. Henson) is a sports agent to some of the biggest names around. She directs the careers of a number of truly extraordinary players in a variety of sports, but the sports agency world is a notorious boys club. After being passed over for a well-deserved promotion, Ali is determined to show everyone who is in charge.

But a night out at her friend’s bachelorette party is about to leave Ali with a gift — or a curse — to help her navigate the predominately male-dominated world that she is running in. She gets the power to hear what men are really thinking. All men. All the time. As a man, I can admit that is a frightening concept that, if used properly, could really be a game-changer for the man-eating agent.

Ali can read the thoughts of her assistant Brandon (Josh Brener), including his career goals and disdain for her sometimes crazy behavior. She finds men she wants to date and knows exactly what they want. And she finally has a leg up on her colleagues in their scramble to sign the future first-round NBA draft pick — that is, if she can get by his helicopter dad, Joe “Dolla” Barry (Tracy Morgan). From poker games to high-powered negotiations, Ali uses her new power to succeed. But is this really a good thing?

Henson dominates her scenes with all the men, whether playing poker with the boys or negotiating contracts for the stars. She is a bright spot in a film filled with clouds.

The other bright spot is the plethora of cameos. From Mark Cuban and Shaquille O’Neal to Lisa Leslie and Karl-Anthony Towns, it’s a virtual who’s who of the sports world.

Although the minds of many men consist of R-rated thoughts, the film misses the fact that many others have cleaner and altruistic thoughts like Ali’s father (Richard Roundtree) and new boyfriend Will (Aldis Hodge) do. And even more men have nothing mischievous in their thoughts at all — a phenomenon virtually unseen in the film.

Despite my criticisms, What Men Want isn’t a bad film. It’s just an average endeavor, exposing every stereotype imaginable and using them all for laughs. Sometimes, the laughs work, while other times, they fall harmlessly incomplete. Henson and the variety of star power make this film somewhat worth watching.

This man wanted a slightly better film but came away from this OK with the
result. Much like a regular-season tie in a football game, I wanted to declare a winner, but nothing here rose above the fray to make this film reach that result. This is not what men want — well, for this man, it isn’t.
 
 
Paul’s Grade: C
 
What Men Want
Rated R
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Director: Adam Shankman
 
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NEW THIS WEEK
 
Alita: Battle Angel
Rated PG-13
Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Teenage cyborg Alita longs to find out who she is and what her purpose in life is. Rebuilt from scraps that her would-be father Dr. Ido found, can she remember who she used to be and save the world she’s grown to love?
 
Fighting With My Family
Rated PG-13
Stars: Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost
Director: Stephen Merchant
Two young British wrestling fans get the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to try out for the WWE. Amid struggle, heartache and a cast of some of the WWE’s most recognizable stars, can the brother-and-sister duo both make it in the field they love?
 
Happy Death Day 2U
Rated PG-13
Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
Director: Christopher Landon
Tree Gelbman is back, and she is dying over and over again to solve yet another recurring day — only this time, it’s not just her life at stake, but the lives of her friends.
 
Isn’t It Romantic
Rated PG-13
Stars: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Love has not been a movie for Natalie. But when she hits her head, Natalie finds herself in the middle of romantic comedy, and life gets better, albeit stranger, for this young woman.
 

 
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"Manifest" Star Melissa Roxburgh Shares Her Thoughts Ahead Of Season Finale

By Taylor Neumann
 
NBC’s hit show Manifest has kept viewers on the edge of their seats all season with mysteries galore. On Monday, Feb. 18, the show comes to a close, and audiences are wondering how on earth Manifest will end its first season. Star Melissa Roxburgh (who plays police officer Michaela Stone) gave us a sneak peek at what to expect in the finale as well as hints toward a possible second season.
 
What did you enjoy most of Michaela’s evolution from the beginning of the season to the end?
Melissa Roxburgh: We met Michaela at her worst. She had gone through a lot, and then got off a plane and realized it was five and a half years later. Her fiancé married her best friend. Her mom died. We saw her sad through a lot of episodes, but what I really like is that she’s started to regrow herself and come out of her shell again, and we see her laughing a little bit. I know things are still tense and angsty, but I like that she’s become stronger as the season has gone by. She’s not a weak character who just became the victim of all of this. She buckles up and puts her boxing gloves on.
 
Did you know about the twists and turns of the script in advance, or were you surprised when you received the scripts every week?
Going throughout the season, we had no idea, and I think that there were some moments where the writers wanted to keep us in the dark, or they wanted to figure some things out for themselves. But I’m really glad they did it that way because it allowed us to be the audience as well as we went through it. But that being said, I am maybe the nosiest human being in the world and I bug them all the time. So there were a couple of details that I got out of them when they weren’t expecting it.
 
What can you tell us about the finale?
We discover a massive part of the mystery about the airplane itself. And so, the finale kind of leaves you [where] the mystery that you thought you knew just gets 10 times bigger and deeper. It does so in a very shocking way. We get to find out a clue of the mystery that is not necessarily good. It’s a shock to all of the passengers who find out, and it’s a bit of a scary piece of information.

And that being said, the Michaela and Jared situation gets more complicated. Things come to a head and then start to unravel a little bit. They’re obviously still in love, so there’s some complications with that. There are also some new characters that are incredibly important. The way that Season 1 ends is a way that if we don’t get into Season 2, the audience will be very, very mad. It leaves us on a pretty cool cliffhanger. Not everyone is safe.
 
What are the plans if you receive a Season 2 pickup?
In the way that Season 1 ends, with the tidbit going into the mystery, I have a feeling we’re going to meet a lot of people in Season 2 that add to that. I think Season 2 will be a lot about what they do with this information, because it affects them in a massive, massive way. I think that we’ll see the Jared and Michaela love triangle continue, and that’s definitely not going away. I think some of the characters go dark. A lot of the characters will be turned on their heads, and we’ll get to see other sides to everyone that we’ve been introduced to.

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Kelsey Grammer Returns To TV
In FOX's New Legal Drama
"Proven Innocent"

By Jacqueline Cutler

“I didn’t do it” is the refrain heard in courts and prisons.

While it’s often a desperate attempt by the guilty to go free, thousands of wrongly convicted people do languish in prison, and FOX’s Proven Innocent (Fridays, beginning Feb. 15) examines those cases. It’s a procedural with a crime of the week, often based on real cases, but there’s an added layer of mystery unfolding over the season.

Kelsey Grammer stars as Cook County State’s Attorney Gore Bellows. And while, after nearly 500 episodes on Cheers and Frasier as good doctor Frasier Crane, most people think of Grammer as the pontificating psychiatrist, he has played dozens of roles on TV, in movies, and onstage. He’s been on Broadway five times, three of those in Shakespeare’s plays.

Though Bellows comes across as a law-and-order man who has put away hundreds of criminals, when teenage siblings he convicted for murder are found innocent a decade later, his record comes under scrutiny, and he’s forced to rethink his methods. The woman he had locked up is now an attorney on a mission: proving innocent those who are unjustly incarcerated.

Of Bellows Grammer says, “We’ve got to give him a bottom that makes sense,” explaining that if he were only nefarious, he wouldn’t be much of a character. Grammer’s take on Bellows reveals a man certain he is doing the right thing.

The justice system is not just a backdrop for the Friday night drama for Grammer. His father was fatally shot in 1968, and years later, in 1975, his sister was raped and murdered. Having this horrendous personal tragedy informs his character, and he does not play Bellows as one-dimensional.

Between exploring the characters’ backstories and drawing on real cases, there’s much to mine, and reflecting on the show last summer before shooting began, Grammer says, “It seemed like an interesting world for me to play around in. ... This has a nice cast, and it’s at the right time in the realm of what’s happening.”

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Masterchef Junior Returns

By Rick Gables

FOX
will kick off the seventh season of Masterchef Junior on Tuesday, February 26 at 8 PM ET/PT. The series gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of fun, mouth-watering challenges. Having already won a coveted white apron, 24 young chef-testants – 12 girls and 12 boys – must prove that they deserve to stay in the game by completing their first Mystery Box Challenge. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi will be joined by celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez on the judges’ panel. These three culinary heavyweights will determine which pint-sized home cook will be named America’s next Masterchef Junior, taking home a trophy and $100,000 in prize money. In the premiere episode, the Top 24 must prove they’ve mastered the first meal of the day, breakfast, in a mystery box challenge. Then, school lunches get a total makeover as contestants are tasked with elevating three classic school lunch dishes into restaurant-quality cuisine.

NBC will premiere its new psychological thriller series, The Enemy Within, on Monday, February 25 at 10 PM ET/PT. Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as one of the most notorious traitors in recent American history, serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy, they must think like one.

A&E Network will premiere the six-hour documentary series Biography: The Trump Dynasty on Monday, February 25 at 9 PM ET/PT. Drawing from first-hand accounts and never-before-seen archival footage that examine the life and heritage of the 45th President of the United States, this documentary spans three generations of the Trump family saga and offers an in-depth exploration of the influences that shaped Donald Trump’s personality, celebrity, and ambition in business and politics. From the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s to the origins of a New York real-estate empire, we are treated to an all-encompassing view of the Trump family that has rarely been seen. The series delves into Donald Trump’s childhood in Queens and his risky move into the world of Manhattan real estate.

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Hallmark Channel Hearties News

By Rick Gables

For all you Hearties, the wait is over. Season six of When Calls the Heart will premiere Sunday, February 24 at 8 PM ET/PT on Hallmark Channel. This very popular series stars Lori Loughlin, Erin Krakow, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, and Kavan Smith. In the season premiere, the town
of Hope Valley adjusts to the changing times – while still maintaining the small-town bonds that connect them. After taking time off to care for her new baby, Elizabeth (Krakow) returns to teaching but soon realizes she needs more support than she could have imagined. Abigail (Loughlin) prepares for the arrival of the telephone to Hope Valley. Bill (Wagner) and Gowen (Martin Cummins) enter a bidding war for the town saloon. Rosemary (Hutton) senses a spark
between Faith (Andrea Brooks) and Carson (Paul Greene).

truTV invites you back into the rich, imaginative and slightly deranged world of At Home with Amy Sedaris when the Emmy® nominated variety sketch series returns Tuesday, February 19 at 10PM ET/PT. Created by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, the 10-episode second season will again feature Sedaris’ signature brand of silliness as she showcases her decorating, cooking and crafting skills. Each week the show revolves around a conventional homemaking theme, with subversive twists taking segments in delightfully wacky directions. New topics explored this season include how to entertain teenagers, game nights, caring for the ill and makeovers. Sedaris will welcome an impressive list of guest stars, including: Rose Byrne, Matthew Broderick, Justin Theroux, Susan Sarandon, Gillian Jacobs, Juliette Lewis, Ellie Kemper, Fred Armisen, Michael Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, John Early, James Monroe Iglehart and more.

Secrets of the Dead: The Nero Files will premiere on PBS nationwide on Wednesday, February 20 at 10 PM ET (check your local listings). We will follow internationally renowned criminal psychologist Thomas Mu?ller and a team of scientists and historians as they investigate new evidence in order to discover the truth about the controversial emperor Nero. With new scientific discoveries and a closer examination of the ancient texts written about Nero, experts take a closer look at the accusations levelled against him.

Photo credit: Copyright 2019 Crown Media United States LLC
Photo Caption: Erin Krakow
 

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Network News And More!

By Rick Gables

American Masters
will explore the remarkable life of one of the country’s most talented performers, Sammy Davis, Jr. when it airs American Masters – Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me on PBS Tuesday, February 19 at 9 PM ET. (Check local listings.) This is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th century America. Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions. Trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America. He was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority. Featuring new interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will return to HBO for its sixth season on Sunday, February 17 at 11 PM ET/PT. Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, the show received four Primetime Emmys® in 2018, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series for the third year in a row.

Fan favorite series Shadowhunters returns to Freeform with all new episodes on Monday, February 25, at 8 PM ET/PT. In the emotional midseason premiere, everyone is dealing with the loss of Clary and are trying to move on as  best they can. Unbeknownst to them, the Shadowhunters face a new level of evil that they can’t even imagine with the arrival of Jonathan Morgenstern (Luke Baines), the true form of Clary’s brother. Alec (Matthew Daddario), Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) and Jace (Dominic Sherwood) try to come to terms with what has happened. 

Photo credit: Courtesy of the estate of Altovise Davis
 
Photo caption: Sammy Davis Jr.

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Julia Stiles Stars In Ovation's Dark Drama "Riviera"

By Taylor Neumann

Some of us only have dreams of vacationing in the south of France, but for the deceptive (and exceedingly rich) characters in Ovation’s new drama Riviera, premiering Saturday, it’s just what they call home. The series spins a slippery story about an art collector who mysteriously dies in an explosion, leaving behind his new wife (Julia Stiles), his ex-wife and his children. Stiles talked to TV Weekly about her intense role, the intricacies of her character and what’s it’s really like shooting in that glorious locale. 
 
If you could explain what the show is about to people, what would you tell them?

Julia Stiles: The inspiration for the show was this idea that behind every great fortune is a great crime. It’s set in the world of the very wealthy elite in Europe, but the focus is the sort of darker things that go on in that world beneath the glamour. I play a woman who doesn’t actually come from wealth, but she has worked her way up in the art world as a curator and a collector. She married into wealth. So, she’s navigating dealing with his estate, dealing with the rest of his family that doesn’t want her around — his ex-wife and three grown children — and dealing with discovering a lot of the deception that was in their marriage. She’s discovering that her marriage was kind of a fraud as well.
 
What do you love about playing Georgina?

She’s seemingly naive, but she very quickly rises to the occasion, so to speak. She really has a strong backbone, and I think she is insistent on proving to herself that she wasn’t that dumb in terms of being fooled by her husband. She finds herself in these really bizarre situations and also somewhat dangerous and challenging situations, and she’s always surprising.
 
How was it filming in the south of France?

Oh my god, it’s amazing. When you’re in it in the middle of shooting, you can sometimes take it for granted, but then you step away from filming and I’m like, “Oh my god, that was just a dream.” I mean, everything. We were based in Nice, and I would live there even if I weren’t working there … and then, the food is extraordinary.
 
What’s next for you?

We finished [filming Season 2]. … We were talking about a Season 3, but it’s not totally confirmed yet. I have a 1-year-old, so I’m happily taking time with him to go to swim lessons. … I’m very interested in writing and directing my own project, but it’s hard to find time to do that. It’s just something that I would like to do, and it’s a good time too because there seem to be more opportunities for women, and actresses certainly, to create their own shows.

Women at War

By David Cohea, ReMIND Magazine
 
Not all are called to take up arms in times of war, but every man, woman and child becomes part of the national effort in some way. Although they weren’t always recognized for their efforts at the time, American military history is decorated with the dedicated service of women.

There were women who fought in the Revolutionary War, some dressed as men. In the Civil War, Rose O’Neal Greenhow served the Confederates as a spy, and Harriet Tubman, already famous for helping many slaves escape to the North, led an armed expedition of 150 black Union soldiers. In World War I, more than 35,000 women signed up to serve in such support roles as nurses, yeomen and switchboard operators. More than 400 died in service, many from the Spanish flu epidemic that roared through crowded military installations.

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, approximately 400,000 women served in a variety of roles, both abroad and at home. They flew as pilots in the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), served as nurses on the front line, drove trucks and provided logistical support. In order to keep the war machinery running, “Rosie the Riveters” filled in at factory jobs emptied out by men serving overseas and donned dungarees, tying their hair up in bandannas and taking up rivet guns to assemble B-24 bombers.

The homefront effort by women was perhaps even more considerable, with millions tending victory gardens, canning produce, selling war bonds, donating blood, salvaging commodities and sending care packages overseas.

In the Korean War, 120,000 women volunteered for service in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), Women in the Air Force (WAF), Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES, or the Navy’s womenÆs Reerve) and Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. Those who were medical personnel served in Korea in Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals — MASH units, as immortalized in the ’70s TV comedy.
In Vietnam, 11,000 women served, mostly as nurses but also as air traffic controllers, intelligence officers and clerks.

In 1948 Congress passed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, entitling women to vets benefits and granting them regular and reserve status. But it wasn’t until 1975 that President Gerald Ford signed a law that gave women permission to enter military training academies, and not until 2016 did the Department of Defense open all combat jobs to women.
 
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Sunday, Feb. 17
NHL Hockey
NBC & NBCSN, beginning at 12:30pm Live
It’s Hockey Day in America, and NBC and NBCSN combine for a tripleheader of NHL games. The N.Y. Rangers are at the Pittsburgh Penguins (NBC), the St. Louis Blues are at the Minnesota Wild (NBC) and the Philadelphia Flyers are at the Detroit Red Wings (NBCSN).
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Daytona 500
FOX, 2:30pm Live
The “Great American Race,” the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, is the official start of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Top drivers Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott and 2018 Cup Series champion Joey Logano take on Daytona’s famed 2.5-mile tri-oval.
 
Fast Layne: “Mile 2: Paid to Drive”
Disney Channel, 7pm
Disney’s high-octane live-action series moves to its regular day and time.
 
God Friended Me: “The Trouble With the Curve”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
The new episode “The Trouble With the Curve” includes a guest appearance by N.Y. Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) reconnects with his high school baseball teammate, Cal (guest star Charles Brice), when he gets a friend suggestion for a promising young baseball player who Cal is coaching.
 
2019 American Rescue Dog Show: Part 1
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
This competition includes mixed- and pure-breed rescue dogs competing in a variety of cute categories — including “Best in Wiggle Butt,” “Best in Snoring” and “Best in Couch Potato” — with the goal of encouraging people to adopt animals from shelters and ending pet homelessness.
 
Presidents at War, Part 1
History, 8pm
This two-night series looks at the experiences of eight remarkable men who served America during World War II, then went on to further service as the nation’s commanders in chief. Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush are chronicled as the series details how their war experiences changed them, how they emerged from the conflict as leaders and how war shaped the decisions they would later make in the White House. Part 2 airs tomorrow.
 
Counterpart
Starz, 8pm
Season Finale!
The 10-episode sophomore season comes to a close tonight. Will both Howard and Howard Prime (J.K. Simmons) survive in the end?
 
NBA All-Star Game
TNT, 8:20pm Live
TNT airs the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C., featuring the Association’s best players as voted by fans, media, players and coaches. For the second straight year, team captains drafted their rosters from the entire pool of NBA All-Star starters and reserves.
 
Don’t Be Tardy…
Bravo, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The Biermann band is back and busier than ever for a Season 7 filled with new adventures, milestones and big personalities as the craziness never seems to faze this close-knit family.
 
NCIS: Los Angeles: “Smokescreen, Part II”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Smokescreen, Part II,” the team continues to search for a terrorist cell in Los Angeles, and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) remain trapped in a movie theater after multiple bombs have detonated and every remaining exit is wired with explosives.
 
Chronicle Mysteries: Recovered
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Alison Sweeney stars in this mystery flick as podcast host Alex McPherson, who returns to a small Pennsylvania town to investigate the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend for an episode of her true-crime podcast. But when she and the editor of the local newspaper (Benjamin Ayres) retrace the missing girl’s last steps, Alex uncovers more than she bargained for and finds herself in jeopardy.
 
Elvis All-Star Tribute
NBC, 9pm
This 50th anniversary event re-creating Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special is hosted by Blake Shelton and promises star performances of Elvis’ classic hits as well as interviews with those involved in the original special, including ex-wife Priscilla Presley.
 
Madam Secretary: “Something Better”
CBS, 10pm
When a group of American missionaries become hostages during a violent uprising abroad, President Dalton (Keith Carradine) must confront demons from his past in order to help Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) secure their safe return home in the new episode “Something Better.”
 
The Secret History of the White House
History, 10pm
Investigative journalists and government insiders weigh in on the mystery of an unusual white box and top-secret construction project known as the “Big Dig” that took place outside of the West Wing of the White House from 2007-12. Using little-known images, previously classified material and detailed graphics, this special reveals not only what secrets might lie below the White House, but how their existence could affect democracy as we know it.
 
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
HBO, 11pm
Season Premiere!
After earning four Primetime Emmys in 2018, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series for the third year in a row, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver returns for its sixth season of satirically examining the week in news, politics and current events.
 
Ride With Norman Reedus
AMC, 12:14am (late night)
Norman Reedus heads to the Bay Area to ride with Steven Yeun, his former costar on The Walking Dead. Reedus shares, “Steven and I went to Oakland, where he had just finished shooting a movie. We met in San Francisco with Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedys and some other cool people, and we rode around in San Francisco. Then we went to Oakland, where we rode with a giant motorcycle club up there called the East Bay Dragons — we probably had 60 motorcycles in a row riding around Oakland.”
 
Monday, Feb. 18
’80s Movie Marathon
AMC, beginning at 9am
Catch a totally tubular blast from the past with a movie marathon featuring rad favorites, including Airplane!, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Footloose, Crocodile Dundee, and Revenge of the Nerds.
 
College Basketball: Virginia at Virginia Tech
ESPN, 7pm Live
A huge matchup between ACC rivals has the Virginia Cavaliers in Blacksburg to face the Virginia Tech Hokies on ESPN.
 
United Skates
HBO, 8pm
This documentary from executive producer John Legend highlights the world of roller skating and the fight of African American roller rinks and skaters to keep their culture alive. The film also explores how roller rinks helped inspire and foster a generation of musicians, and includes interviews with Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, World Class Wreckin’ Cru and Naughty by Nature’s Vin Rock.
 
America’s Got Talent: The Champions
NBC, 8pm
Season Finale!
The series that welcomed back favorites from around the globe comes to an epic close tonight.
 
Man With a Plan: “Put Him on the Ground”
CBS, 8:30pm
When Adam (Matt LeBlanc) sees a kid push Emme (Hala Finley), he convinces Teddy (Matthew McCann) to dish out some old-school justice to defend his younger sister in the new episode “Put Him on the Ground.”
 
Magnum P.I.: “Day the Past Came Back”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Day the Past Came Back,” Magnum (Jay Hernandez) is kidnapped, and his traitorous ex-girlfriend (guest star Jordana Brewster) is the mastermind behind it.
 
I Am the Night: “Matador”
TNT, 9pm
Episode 4 of TNT’s thrilling drama pulls us further into this dark mystery. A phone call in the middle of the night from Corinna (Connie Nielsen) has Jay (Chris Pine) believing that there are cracks appearing in the Hodel case. And he’s getting an itch that the Bloody Romeo case may have something to do with the famed Black Dahlia murder.
 
The Good Doctor: “Risk and Reward”
ABC, 10pm
Shaun’s (Freddie Highmore) blunt honesty with a distraught mother of a critically ill newborn baby causes the new chief of surgery (guest star Daniel Dae Kim) to question keeping him on as a resident.
 
The Secret History of Air Force One
History, 10pm
Exclusive footage helps bring viewers inside Air Force One like never before. Gripping archives paired with insider interviews will illuminate the hidden history of presidential flight and unveil the incredible history of America’s most famous plane.
 
Manifest
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!
Will we find out what really happened to the plane? We doubt it. Season 1 of NBC’s hit drama series wraps up tonight.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 19
NCIS: “Once Upon a Tim”
CBS, 8pm
McGee (Sean Murray) reluctantly visits his high school after the unique computer password he used as a teenager is linked to the murder of a defense contractor in the new episode “Once Upon a Tim.”
 
Ellen’s Game of Games: “Danger Word War Z”
NBC, 8pm
Contestants play “Dizzy Dash,” “Knockin’ Boots,” “Danger Word” and “Blindfolded Musical Chairs.” The winner of each of the first four rounds advances to “Know or Go,” and the person who wins that game advances to “Hot Hands” for a chance to win a cash prize.
 
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.: “No Laughing Matter”
PBS, 8pm
Host Henry Louis Gates Jr. shows comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman that their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success. Gates also reveals to each one news of an unexpected DNA cousin.
 
black-ish: “Son of a Pitch”
ABC, 9pm
Junior (Marcus Scribner) is working at Stevens & Lido as an intern and takes some time to find his footing, but when he offers an idea during a pitch meeting, Dre (Anthony Anderson) immediately puts him in his place. Meanwhile, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) has a meeting with one of Kyra’s (Quvenzhané Wallis) teachers and learns that she has an aptitude for chemistry, but Kyra doesn’t want to transfer to a magnet school.
 
FBI: “Exposed”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Exposed,” after an investigative journalist is murdered, the team uncovers information linking the suspect to past cases.
 
This Is Us: “Our Little Island Girl”
NBC, 9pm
Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) trip home to care for her mother sparks an unexpected realization.
 
American Masters: “Sammy Davis Jr.”
PBS, 9pm
Explore the entertainer’s vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and clips from Davis’ TV, film and concert performances.
 
The Rookie: “Caught Stealing”
ABC, 10pm
The rookies become the prime suspects after it is discovered that a large sum of money used in a drug bust has gone missing.
 
NCIS: New Orleans: “Conspiracy Theories”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Conspiracy Theories,” Pride (Scott Bakula) and the NCIS team reunite with conspiracy journalist Oliver Crane (guest star Mark Gessner) after the source for his latest vigilante story is murdered.
 
Project Blue Book: “The Scoutmaster”
History, 10pm
After a scoutmaster vanishes when he and his troop witness a strange craft hovering in the woods, Hynek (Aidan Gillen) is sent to investigate while Quinn (Michael Malarkey) is pulled into a rogue mission for Gen. Harding (Neal McDonough). The episode is inspired by the Sonny DesVergers Scoutmaster UFO case from the real-life Project Blue Book.
 
My Great Big Live Wedding With David Tutera
Lifetime, 10pm Live
David Tutera helps young couple Chris Singleton and Mariana De Andrade prove that love is stronger than hate. After Chris’ beloved mother was killed during the Charleston church shooting, he publicly forgave the shooter the next day. Following the death of Chris’ father, the pair are raising Chris’ two younger siblings while he plays baseball for the Chicago Cubs’ minor league affiliate. David plans to hit their wedding out of the park.
 
New Amsterdam: “The Foresaken”
NBC, 10pm
Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) struggles when a case hits too close to home, and Iggy (Tyler Labine) uncovers a patient’s surprising past. Meanwhile, Floyd (Jocko Sims) makes progress in his personal life after some difficult news. 
 
Miracle Workers: “13 Days”
TBS, 10:30pm
The second episode of TBS’ fun new series finds God (the perfectly cast Steve Buscemi) asking Sanjay (Karan Soni) to smite a nonbeliever, while Craig (Daniel Radcliffe) and Eliza (Geraldine Viswanathan) realize they have their work cut out for them.
 
Many Sides of Jane: “Ashley/Jane’s Beautiful Brain”
A&E, 11pm
Series Finale!
Back-to-back episodes air tonight. In the first, a self-destructive part named Ashley emerges. Then, in “Jane’s Beautiful Brain,” Jane’s shame and embarrassment over having younger parts is challenged when she travels to Boston to participate in an experiment — requiring help from her 10-year-old part, Beth.
 
Wednesday, Feb. 20
The Goldbergs: “Highlander Club”
ABC, 8pm
Despite Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) wanting the two boys to bond, Adam (Sean Giambrone) and Johnny Atkins (Sean Marquette) compete to be the head of the Highlander Club at school. Meanwhile, Barry (Troy Gentile) tries to avoid the same fate of Murray (Jeff Garlin): falling out of touch with his high school friends.
 
Survivor: Edge of Extinction
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!
“For our 38th season, a new group of players will take on the greatest social experiment ever created, and a new layer to the game will push them further than ever before,” says Survivor executive producer and host Jeff Probst. The new batch of castaways includes four Survivor veterans — Kelley Wentworth, Joe “Joey Amazing” Anglim, Aubry Bracco and David Wright — going up against 14 newcomers.
 
Chicago Med: “We Hold These Truths”
NBC, 8pm
After witnessing a pickup truck plow through a street fair, Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) and Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) are forced to make some tough decisions on the fly. Meanwhile, the doctors and nurses of Chicago Med find themselves on high alert with the influx of patients arriving in need of aid, and Dr. Charles’ (Oliver Platt) ex-wife comes to town with news.
 
Nature: “Living Volcanoes”
PBS, 8pm
Uncover the variety of human and natural activity that occurs on the slopes of active volcanoes. See the surprising number of animals that survive and thrive alongside these fiery natural phenomena.
 
Naked Mole Rats
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Despite its pink, wrinkly, nearly hairless appearance, the naked mole rat is among the most enviable creatures. Researchers around the world are puzzled by their incredibly long life spans, inability to get sick and almost total imperviousness to pain. This special looks at the remarkable subterranean rodents and the researchers who hope to unlock their secrets.
 
Modern Family: “SuperShowerBabyBowl”
ABC, 9pm
Jay (Ed O’Neill) is hosting a Super Bowl party and Claire (Julie Bowen) is hosting a baby shower for Haley (Sarah Hyland) — both at Jay’s house. What could go wrong?
 
College Basketball: North Carolina at Duke
ESPN, 9pm Live
Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., will be rocking as the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Duke Blue Devils in another chapter of college basketball’s fiercest rivalry.
 
The Masked Singer: “Semifinals: Double Unmasking”
FOX, 9pm
Two more celebrities are unmasked in the semifinals, and Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson serves as a guest panelist.
 
Chicago Fire: “What I Saw”
NBC, 9pm
In the first part of a crossover with Chicago P.D., a spate of robberies comes to light after a firehouse lockbox key goes missing. CPD’s Voight (Jason Beghe) has suspicions that a firefighter may be involved, and with Boden’s (Eamonn Walker) support, he recruits Cruz (Joe Minoso) to go undercover and help sniff out any suspicious activity.
 
NOVA: “The Next Pompeii”
PBS, 9pm
Discover Campi Flegrei, a lesser-known volcano in the shadow of Vesuvius. If it erupts, millions of lives could be at risk. Meet the scientists exploring its geology and developing a warning system to prevent Naples from becoming the next Pompeii.
 
The Magicians: “Escape From the Happy Place”
Syfy, 9pm
Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley) and Quentin (Jason Ralph) confront a dog.
 
You’re the Worst: “Zero Eggplants”
FXX, 10pm
Gretchen (Aya Cash) and Jimmy (Chris Geere) make “couple friends” in the new episode “Zero Eggplants.”
 
Chicago P.D.: “Good Men”
NBC, 10pm
In the second and concluding part of a crossover with Chicago Fire, Intelligence uses information from Chicago Fire’s Cruz (Joe Minoso) to chase down the robbery crew that’s been using the lockbox key. Voight (Jason Beghe) is under pressure to bring the crew to justice without tarnishing the reputation of a murdered firefighter who might have been involved.
 
Deadly Class: “Stigmata Martyr”
Syfy, 10pm
Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth) and Maria (Maria Gabriela de Faria), now secretly dating, have to deal with the ramifications of Chico’s (Michel Duval) death.
 
Documentary Now!
IFC, 11pm
Season Premiere!
The Emmy-nominated comedy series that lovingly pays homage to the world of documentaries kicks off Season 3 tonight with the two-part mockumentary “Batsh*t Valley.” Michael Keaton and Owen Wilson star in this cult-themed episode inspired by the documentary series Wild Wild Country and the 2012 feature documentary The Source Family. Other episodes throughout the season will include more high-profile stars, including Cate Blanchett, Michael C. Hall and Natasha Lyonne. Helen Mirren returns as host.
 
Thursday, Feb. 21
Grey’s Anatomy: “I Want a New Drug”
ABC, 8pm
While Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) breaks a hospital record, the rest of the doctors are sent scrambling in the wake of a massive overdose within the community. Meanwhile, Jackson (Jesse Williams) wants to take a reluctant Maggie (Kelly McCreary) camping, and Levi (Jake Borelli) and Nico’s (Alex Landi) relationship continues to develop.
 
Top Chef: “Kentucky Farewell”
Bravo, 8pm
All season the chefs have been growing gardens at their Kentucky estate. Tom ambushes the sleeping chefs and challenges them to make a dish focused on their garden harvest. Then, for the last elimination challenge in Kentucky, the chefs bid on luxury ingredients for dishes to show gratitude to their culinary mentors. Chefs Bryan Voltaggio, Gavin Kaysen and more join the judges to see who deserves to go to Macau for the finals.
 
The Big Bang Theory: “The D&D Vortex”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Wil Wheaton, William Shatner, Joe Manganiello, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Smith guest-star in the new episode “The D&D Vortex,” in which the gang is determined to crash Wheaton’s celebrity Dungeons & Dragons game.
 
Star Trek Into Darkness
FX, 8pm
Director J.J. Abrams’ second installment of his Star Trek reboot finds the crew of the Enterprise hunting a former Federation member who has turned terrorist. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch star.
 
A Million Little Things: “the rosary”
ABC, 9pm
As her friends anxiously await the outcome of Maggie’s (Allison Miller) surgery, an unexpected arrival from her mother (guest star Melora Hardin) leads to a tense first meeting with Gary (James Roday).
 
Mom: “Skippy and the Knowledge Hole”
CBS, 9pm
Christy (Anna Faris) learns that it’s really hard to quit smoking in the new episode “Skippy and the Knowledge Hole.”
 
Game of Clones
MTV, 9pm
New Series!
Throughout eight episodes of this new series, MTV’s most eligible reality stars are given the opportunity to date seven clones of their celebrity crush. They’re forced to look beyond each nearly identical face in hope of finding their perfect match. Through a series of compatibility tests, dates and more, each clone strives to stand out from the rest during this radical dating experience.
 
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Honeypot”
NBC, 9pm
Jake (Andy Samberg) and Holt (Andre Braugher) clash over the merits of a new hire in the 99th precinct. Terry (Terry Crews), Amy (Melissa Fumero), Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) try to do something about the cluttered bullpen.
 
Fam: “Drunk in Love”
CBS, 9:30pm
In the new episode “Drunk in Love,” Clem (Nina Dobrev) and Nick (Tone Bell) are both shocked to learn that the other has been keeping an embarrassing secret about how they met.
 
Will & Grace: “The Pursuit of Happiness”
NBC, 9:30pm
Grace (Debra Messing) is enlisted by Malcolm (guest star Alec Baldwin) to help him win back Karen’s (Megan Mullally) affections. Will’s (Eric McCormack) flirtation with his coworker, Paul (guest star Barrett Foa), takes a turn when details about Paul’s home life put Will in an ethical dilemma. And Jack’s (Sean Hayes) run-in with Zusanna (guest star Andrea Martin), the sister of his former acting teacher, reignites his passion for performing.
 
Beat Bobby Flay: “Don’t Drop the Beat (Bobby)!”
Food Network, 10pm
Iron Chef Michael Symon and actress Brooke Shields band together to take Bobby Flay down. With chef and restaurateur Carla Pellegrino and Atlanta’s Idris Muhammad on their side, Bobby will be singing a different tune.
 
Truck Night in America: “Battle of the Busch Brothers”
History, 10pm
NASCAR champions Kyle and Kurt Busch bring their driving skills — and trucks — in the hopes of winning $10,000 for charity. But first, these professional racecar drivers need to compete against amateur drivers and survive the Car Pull and Travel Trailer for a shot at the Green Hell.
 
Flack
Pop, 10pm
New Series!
Anna Paquin stars in this six-episode series as a London-based American publicist who is an expert at solving the problems of her high-profile clientele, but whose own personal life is a mess. Sophie Okonedo, Lydia Wilson and Rebecca Benson also star in the drama, with Bradley Whitford as an ill-behaved American movie star.
 
Desus & Mero
Showtime, 11pm
New Series!
Podcasting duo Desus Nice and The Kid Mero host Showtime’s first ever weekly late-night talk show, covering pop culture, politics and more.
 
Friday, Feb. 22
Paddleton
Netflix
Original Film!
An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Mark Duplass and Ray Romano star.
 
Fresh Off the Boat: “Be a Man”
ABC, 8pm
Jessica (Constance Wu) drives Principal Hunter (guest star David Goldman) crazy at Evan’s (Ian Chen) school when she declares that she’s “shadow principal” and follows him around for a day to learn about his job. When she finds out her perfect son Evan has been caught acting out, she immediately blames Eddie’s (Hudson Yang) bad influence, but there’s more to it than that.
 
MacGyver: “Lidar + Rogues + Duty”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Lidar + Rogues + Duty,” the Phoenix must recover the body of a pilot whose plane crashed while testing an experimental laser mapping system that MacGyver (Lucas Till) designed.
 
The Blacklist: “Marko Jankowics/Minister D”
NBC, 8pm
In “Marko Jankowics,” the first of back-to-back episodes, when Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) search for a woman who may know a secret about Red’s (James Spader) past, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a ruthless smuggler, forcing Liz to ask an unexpected source for help. Meanwhile, Red mediates between two rival gangs in prison. Then, in “Minister D,” Red fights in court to clear his name of treason once and for all.
 
American Masters: “Charley Pride”
PBS, 9pm
Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride, who was raised in segregated Mississippi. Pride’s journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice.
 
Crazy Cakes: “Waterfall and Wonder Wheel Cakes”
Cooking Channel, 11pm
Volunteers are surprised by a yin-and-yang-inspired sweet treat, and a bride is joyfully overwhelmed when her wedding cake gets its own water feature. Then, one baker designs a cake that’s big enough for someone to hide inside, and a Coney Island celebration gets a sculpted masterpiece featuring the attraction’s most iconic ride.
 
Saturday, Feb. 23
2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards
IFC, 5pm
The night before the Oscars, Aubrey Plaza hosts an awards show that celebrates films produced outside of the major studio system and serves as a fundraiser for Film Independent’s programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the film industry. Nominees for Best Feature include Eighth GradeFirst ReformedIf Beale Street Could TalkLeave No Trace and You Were Never Really Here
 
Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice: “Todd Geib”
Oxygen, 7pm
Season Finale!
A team of retired detectives investigates the 2005 death of a man who was found in a rural Michigan lake 21 days after he went missing. With little decomposition to the body, the team believes the death could be the work of the Smiley Face Killers.
 
Ransom: “Black Dolphin”
CBS, 8pm
The FBI asks Eric (Luke Roberts) for help in getting a victim to reveal the identity of a dangerous internet predator in the new episode “Black Dolphin.”
 
Planet Earth: Dynasties: “The Making of ‘Dynasties’”
BBC America, 9pm
Series Finale!
Four years in the making and over 1,000 days in the field, the Dynasties team set out to film the stories of five extraordinary animals. Embarking on their missions, the film crews traveled from the plains of Africa to the jungles of India.
 
O.G.
HBO, 10pm
Louis (Jeffrey Wright, Westworld), an incarcerated former gang member struggling with his impending release, tries to help a new inmate avoid the gang life. The film was shot on location in a maximum-security prison, and many of the actors onscreen are played by current prisoners.


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WHY DOESN’T CALL THE MIDWIFE GET MORE LOVE? 

Question: I would like to know why PBS’s Call The Midwife is ignored by all of the awards shows. Could it possibly be because it isn’t violent, has compassion, and has prominent female characters? –Ellen

Matt Roush: Putting one’s understandable cynicism aside, I figure Midwife’s low profile on the U.S. awards circuit—it has been nominated for a variety of awards in the U.K.—may have more to do with the fact that in its earliest and best seasons, Midwife was crowded out, along with most other British imports, by the global success of Downton Abbey. It has been around long enough now that it just doesn’t make much noise.

Question: Is The Crown ever returning? We are waiting with bated breath to see the next season. –Jetty

Matt Roush: You and millions others, including me. Netflix hasn’t announced a timetable for the show’s return—and with streaming, it can take a while, because the entire season must be finished, including post- production, before it can be made available. All that we know for sure is that the new season will air sometime this year, and with Olivia Colman (an Oscar contender for The Favourite) as the queen and Outlander fan favorite Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, there’s plenty to be excited about.

To submit questions to TV Critic Matt Roush, go to: tvinsider.com

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by Damian Holbrook

Cheers to I’m Sorry
for being an unrepentant riot. From ill-fated kids’ parties to inappropriate grandparents to cheap friends, Andrea Savage’s no-jokes-barred look at life as a comedy writer, wife and mom has upped the OMG factor on Season 2 of the truTV hit. It’s as glorious as the sight of babyface Tom Everett Scott (pictured, with Savage) playing along as her endlessly forgiving husband.


Cheers to Project Blue Book
for getting the truth out there. Smart, stylish and probing (in a good way!), History’s scripted period piece starring Aidan Gillen and Michael Malarkey is a freaky, fact-based look at the government’s hunt for UFOs that plays like The X-Files: The Early Years without all the sexual tension.

Jeers to The Bachelor Ladies
for turning Colton Underwood (center) into a virgin sacrifice. So the guy hasn’t officially cashed in his V-card. Big whoop. The hunky lug is more than just nookie rookie, yet all the women gunning for him on the ABC dating show are obsessed with that one dirty detail. Know what’s not sexy, girls? Acting like guys.

Jeers to Celebrity Big Brother
for showing Jonathan Bennett the door. As one of the only likable houseguests in this roster, the Mean Girls alum and ebullient Food Network host deserved far more time to play the game over his much-less fetch roomies. And yes, we’re talking about you, cool-mom Dina Lohan.

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