Sunday, February 16th
EE BAFTA Awards, live awards show from 8 to 10pm on BBC America
– The Oscars aren’t for two more weeks, but those Brits are always getting to things before we do in America. You know, tea, movie awards shows. Tonight films like “Gravity” (11 nominations), “12 Years a Slave” (10 nominations), and “American Hustle” (10 nominations) will battle it out for top honors. Emma Thompson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Lupita Nyong’o, and Judi Dench could take home trophies, though only one of them could lose and storm out with a bold ”I’m still a dame, suckas!” exit.
Nuestra Belleza Latina, season premiere at 8pm on Univision
– Think America’s Top Model but with Latina women from the U.S. and Puerto Rico. ¿Como se dice “smize” en español?
NBA All-Star 2014, sports event from 9 to 11pm on TNT
– Will LeBron and Melo from the East dominate, or will Griffin and Durant take it home for the West? Don’t I sound like I know things about the non-figure-skating sports? Anyhow, tonight’s festivities, live from New Orleans, will also feature Pharrell Williams performing with three surprise guests. No word on whether said guests are of the human, robot, or hat variety.
Monday, February 17th
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, series premiere at midnight on NBC
– Emmy Award and Grammy Award winner Jimmy Fallon will bring NBC’s The Tonight Show back to its New York origins broadcasting from Rockefeller Center. We know Will Smith and U2 will be the first guests, so a Bono impression seems likely and given Fallon’s love for all things ‘90s, there could very well be a Fresh Prince rap homage. Fallon will put his own stamp on the storied NBC late-night franchise with his unique comedic wit, on-point pop culture awareness, welcoming style and his impeccable taste in music with the award-winning house band, The Roots.
Star-Crossed, series premiere at 8pm on The CW
– When Emery was 6 years old, an alien spacecraft crash-landed in her small town and a fierce battle erupted as humans fought for control over their new rivals, an alien species called the Atrians. In the midst of the conflict, Roman, a 6-year-old Atrian boy, found his way to a shed behind Emery’s house, where she protected him from harm. In their brief time together, Emery and Roman forged a deep bond, but the authorities tracked and violently captured Roman, leading Emery to believe they had killed him. Ten years later, the Atrians have been acclimated to life on Earth, but they are interned in a heavily-guarded camp known as the Sector to keep them separate from humans. Now, for the first time, a group of Atrian teens will enroll in a suburban human high school, with the goal of testing the feasibility of human/alien integration. In the mayhem of the first day, Emery is amazed to learn that Roman is one of the Atrian students, and their childhood bond is quickly rekindled. While the world around them rages with anger and prejudice, their relationship becomes increasingly strong and increasingly dangerous. As an epic Romeo and Juliet romance unfolds, a violent encounter between Roman’s father and Emery’s father occurs in the Sector. Can Roman and Emery’s love – and peace between the species – survive?
Thursday, February 20th
Killer Karaoke, season premiere at 10pm on truTV
– Your local karaoke bar has nothing on this! Killer Karaoke is the show that challenges contestants to perform their favorite songs in extreme and outrageous circumstances. The extreme singing competition returns for its sophomore season with new host, Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath. Wannabe rockstars and divas are subjected to the most devious and diabolical distractions, all in the name of seeing how far they’ll go to stay true to the lyrics they love.
Friday, February 21st
Say Yes to the Dress, season premiere at 9pm on TLC
– New Late Night host and SNL alum Seth Meyers makes a special appearance on the season 11 premiere of the original Say Yes to the Dress. Meyers stops by to surprise a fan, Shealynn, an Army medic who is gearing up for her wedding after being injured in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan. As she rehabs her injuries, Shealynn is ready to get a fresh start on her life — starting with the perfect wedding dress. Meyers may have a wedding tip or two to pass on to Shealynn. He wed his longtime girlfriend, Alexi Ashe, in September.
Hello Ross, season premiere at 10pm on E!
– Hello Ross is where the intersections of celebrity gossip and pop culture collide, hosted by the world’s biggest super fan himself, Ross Mathews. Universally adored for his appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, and E!’s red carpet coverage, Ross will give everyone a unique viewpoint into the latest Hollywood news with the ability to share their opinion on all the latest in pop culture, debate the most buzzworthy topics, and come face to face with their favorite celebrities. This highly interactive series will allow the audience to join in on the conversation with Ross!
Saturday, February 22nd
The Daytona 500 Bash at the Beach, special at 8pm on FOX
– Danica Patrick and four-time premier series champion Jeff Gordon will welcome fans to a two-day, pre-race party at Daytona Beach as part of the one-hour primetime special. The two-day, pre-race party at Daytona Beach will celebrate the Great American Race like never before and take an entertaining look at just how big the Daytona 500 is, with special features and a light recap of the most exciting storylines from 2013, Patrick and Gordon will be joined by FOX Sports’ Charissa Thompson and Danielle Trotta. Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Miss Sprint Cup and other VIP guests are slated to be interviewed backstage by Trotta. Grammy award-winning artist Cee Lo Green will be the musical headliner for the inaugural event. Miami Heat disc jockey DJ Irie will also provide a musical backdrop for the festivities.
Ripper Street, season premiere at 9pm on BBC America
– East London. 1890. The long shadow of Jack the Ripper may be gone, but the job of protecting London’s Whitechapel district has never been harder for Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew MacFayden, “Anna Karenina”) and his loyal deputies Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn, Game of Thrones) and Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg, Elementary). As the century enters its final decade, recession stalks Great Britain. Its preeminent role in the world is under threat and nowhere is the bloated British Empire’s problems felt more keenly than in its dark heart: the East End of London. The Metropolitan Police’s H Division must battle new evils that threaten to disrupt the delicate peace struck at the end season one. David Costabile (Breaking Bad, The Wire), Damien Molony (Being Human), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) and Leanne Best (Wire in the Blood) join the cast for Season Two.
45th NAACAP Image Awards, live awards show from 9 to 11pm on TV One
– Anthony Anderson will host the 45th NAACP Image Awards for which the Entertainer of the Year nominees include Beyonce, Kevin Hart, and the Rock. The presenters include Idris Elba, Vin Diesel, Tyler Perry, Michael Ealy, Tony Goldwyn, Arsenio Hall, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Terry Crews, Octavia Spencer, Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Dennis Haysbert, Rickey Smiley, Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow), Lou Gos, and Ed Asner. The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. BET and CBS lead the nominees in the TV categories with 19 and 16 nominations respectively, followed by ABC with 15 nominations and HBO with 13 nominations. In the recording category, RCA leads with 10 nominations, followed by Atlantic Records with eight nominations and Columbia Pictures with seven nominations. In the motion picture category, The Weinstein Company leads with 17 nominations, followed by Fox Searchlight Pictures with seven nominations.
About a Boy, series premiere at 11pm on NBC (after the Olympics)
– Based on the best-selling novel of the same name comes a different kind of coming-of-age story. After writing a hit song, Will Freeman (David Walton, Perfect Couples) was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He’s single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting), a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus, move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will’s not so sure about being a kid’s new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will’s son and in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will’s house, playing Ping-Pong and gorging on steaks, something his very vegan mom would never allow. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible – about himself and caring for others.