TV column for Friday, Feb. 16


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“American Masters,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).

This rerun follows
one of last year's greatest shows, tracing Maya Angelou sprawling and
soaring life.

A city kid, she
became a country kid in Stamps, Ark. Mute for five childhood years,
she became a great speaker with, Bill Clinton said, “the voice of
God.” Physically imposing – once a six-foot-tall Calypso dancer –
she became a intellectual who wrote 32 books. It's a huge story,
beautifully told.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE
II: Winter Olympics, 3-5 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight, 12:35 a.m. ET,
NBC.

Men's figureskating
dominates tonight; it's time for the long program, when Nathan Chen
of the U.S. tends to shine. That's in the expanded prime time,
alongside skiing (Alpine and freestyle) and skeleton.

In the afternoon,
NBC has ski jumping, speed skating and cross-country skiing.
Latenight has more freestyle skiing, with other events scattered
through cable.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “A Bug's Life” (1998), 8-10 p.m., ABC, and more.

This is a splendid
month for animation. Last week, ABC had the delightful “Inside
Out”; tonight it had scheduled “Wreck-It Ralph” ... then
delayed it to next Friday and inserted this clever film

All of those are
from Disney, as are two gorgeous films tonight on Freeform -- “Mulan”
(1998) at 6:40 p.m. and “Up” (2009) at 8:45. (Yes, Disney owns
both channels.) Meanwhile, FX has “The Croods” (2013) at 7 and 9
p.m. and Nickelodeon has the second “SpongeBob” film (2015) at 8.

Other choices
include:

More Winter
Olympics, cable. There's lots of hockey now – 7 a.m. ET on USA, 10
p.m. on CNBC, often (7:10 a.m., 5 and 10:10 p.m.) on the NBC Sports
Network. That network also has skeleton at 9:30 a.m., speed skating
at 10:45 a.m. and curling at 2 p.m.

Dog things, noon to
2 a.m. ET, NatGeo Wild. Tuesday's finale of the Westminster Kennel
Club Dog Show reruns from 8-11 p.m., then again at 11. First, catch
the excellent “Road to Westminster” documentary, from 6-8. It's
in an all-rerun day that has “How Dogs Got Their Shapes” at noon,
the gripping “A Dog Saved My Life” at 1, Cesar Millan from 2-5
p.m. and “Dr. Pol” at 5.

More animation,
cable. If the movies aren't enough four you, catch some TV reruns:
“The Simpsons” is 6 p.m. to midnight on FXX; its spin-off,
“Futurama,” is 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Syfy.

NBA All-Star
Celebrity Game, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. Before becoming a rapper and actor,
Common was a young basketball star. Now he coaches and plays with
Jamie Foxx, Anthony Anderson and ex-pro Paul Pierce. The other team
has Nick Cannon, ex-pro Tracy McGrady and the WNBA's Candace Pqrker.
“The X-Files,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. The first rerun is the
season-opener, full of world-at-stake worries; it's both fascinating
and frustrating, with no real ending. The second is intriguing; Fox
and Scully are contacted by one of the Lone Gunmen ... who's been
dead for years.

“Celebrity Big
Brother,” 8-10 p.m., CBS. This bumps cop shows tonight and next
Friday.

“Hawaii Five-0,”
10 p.m., CBS. Trouble seems to follow these guys everywhere. Danny is
simply chaperoning his daughter's dance, when terrorists arrive to
seize a diplomat's son.