TV column for Saturday, Feb. 17


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
Indiana Jones marathon, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Paramount Network.

Last month, the
Spike network switched to the name of its parent company. That
invokes dazzling Hollywood history ... and leaves a problem: Many
Paramount movies are tied up in previous deals.

Fortunately, there
are exceptions. The network has been showing “Forrest Gump”
lately; now it offers these splendid classics from Steven Spielberg.
That starts with two flawed-but-entertaining Indy films, “Crystal
Skull” (2008) at 2 p.m. and “Temple of Doom” (1984) at 5. Then
come two great ones -- “Last Crusade” (1989) at 8 p.m. and the
original, rousing “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) at 11.

TODAY'S MUST-SEE:
Winter Olympics, NBC and cable.

The second weekend
has a crowded schedule – none of it, for now, involving figure
skating. The men figure-skaters concluded Friday, ice dancers start
Sunday and; today, the attention moves outdoors.

NBC goes from 3-6
p.m. ET (freestyle skiing, biathlon, cross-country), 8-11 p.m.
(Alpine skiing, ski jumping, skeleton, short-track speed skating) and
11:35 (Alpine and freestyle skiing). The NBC Sports Network starts
fast, with U.S.-Russia hockey at 7:10 a.m. ET. It also has hockey at
3:30 and 10:10 p.m. and more, including freestyle skiing at 9:30
a.m., short-track at 12:30 p.m. and ski jumping at 2:30.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II,” 9-10:30 p.m., BBC
America.

We're starting to
think that all of life should be shown in fast-motion ... preferably
with a Hans Zimmer music score. That combination creates some awesome
moments tonight.

There's the fierce
menace of the Garibaldi fish and the octopus ... and a reminder that
almost everyone has a mightier predator to worry about: The octopus
covers itself with sea shells, to hide from a shark. There are the
nasty-looking sand crabs ... suddenly menaced by a prowling stingray.
And there's a cheerful sight: Sea otters, once endangered, are
thriving; we even see some lounging en masse.

Other choices
include:

“Planet Earth:
Blue Planet,” noon, BBC America. Here's a fresh chance to see the
first edition of this series, filled with stunning ocean views. It
reruns twice (concluding at 6 a.m. Sunday) and pauses for the new
“Planet Earth II,” from 9-10:30 p.m. and rerunning from 12:30-2
a.m.

More sports,
everywhere. The Olympics get plenty of competition. The NBA –
preparing for Sunday's All-Star game – has its slam dunk and
three-point shooting contests and more; they start at 8 p.m. ET on
TNT, with a preview at 7. Also at 8, Fox has boxing, with Victor
Ortiz and Devon Alexander.

“The Middle,” 8
and 8:30 p.m., ABC. With no NBA game tonight, ABC can show reruns
from a terrific comedy series. In the first, Frankie's mom (Marsha
Mason) is staying with her; in the second, Axl is stunned to see that
his wild friend Hutch has become a responsible adult.

“MacGyver,” 8
p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a Navy SEAL is believed to be captive
somewhere in the Middle East. Mac tries to find him, using only a
cell phone and a soccer ball.

“NCIS: New
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, the mayor's cohort starts a
city shoot-out.

“Black-ish,” 9
and 9:30 p.m., ABC. In the first rerun, mixed feeling are stirred by
the news that Dre's godbrother is being released from prison. In the
second, Dre takes over the firm's charity campaign.

“Bonnie and Clyde”
(1967), 2 a.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. This masterful movie is
part of a night of Academy Award winners for best supporting actress.
Its Oscar went to Estelle Parsons; others are “For Whom the Bell
Tolls” (1943, Karen Patinau) at 8, “Passage to India” (1984,
Peggy Ashcroft) at 11 and “Shampoo” (1975, Lee Grant) at 4 a.m.