TV column for Wednesday, Feb. 14

“He Lied About Everything,” 8-10 p.m., Investigation Discovery.

This starts in
Valentine style – homevideo footage of a grand gesture, complete
with rose petals. Paolo Macchiarini is a pioneering surgeon who
speaks six languages and, ex-fiancee Benita Alexander says, has a
“sexy George Clooney” vibe. A friend compared him to “the most
interesting man in the world.”

Their wedding would
be performed by his friend Pope Francis, with music by Elton John and
Andrea Bocelli; guests would include the Clintons, the Obamas and
maybe Vladimir Putin. It was “totally a Cinderella story,” she
says – and a lie. Even his medical reputation crumbled; it's a
fascinating tale.

II: “Relationships Just for Laughs,” 8 p.m., CW, and more.

We can spend part of
Valentine's Day seeing comedians – Whitney Cummings, Tom Papa,
Maria Bamford, Kevin James, etc. – joke about relationships. At 9
is a look at the best romantic movies.

Or, of course, we
can simply watch a romantic movie. Hallmark has one (you knew it
would), “My Secret Valentine” (2018) with Lacey Chabert, at 8
p.m. Freeform has a bland one (“Valentine's Day,” 2010, 5:30
p.m.); AMC has a great one (“Titanic,” 1997, 6 and 10:30 p.m.).
Even the Olympics have a promise of romance – the final round of
pairs figure-skating, with duos doing their long programs.

ALTERNATIVE: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace, 10 p.m., FX.

This episode has
much in common with Investigation Discovery's film. This is scripted,
the other is a documentary, but both tell true stories of charming
chaps whose lies finally imploded.

Alone and desperate,
Andrew Cunanan is flying to Minneapolis, hoping to re-connect with
ex-lovers. But they're aware of his lies; one man, Jeffrey Trail,
blames him for destroying his Naval career. This strong hour
juxtaposes the coming-out interviews of Trail and Versace – two men
Cunanan would kill. On Valentine's Day, this reminds us that love can
go badly ... and that gays have faced immense peril.

Other choices

Winter Olympics, NBC
and cable. The pairs finals lead NBC's prime time (8-11:30 p.m. ET),
which also has Alpine skiing, skeleton and speedskating. The
afternoon (3-5 p.m.) has the luge and Nordic combined skiing;
latenight (12:05 a.m.) has snowboarding. There's more all day on the
NBC Sports Network, including U.S. hockey teams – men at 6:30 a.m.
ET, women at 10 p.m.

“The Resident,”
8 p.m., Fox. In a late change, Fox reruns the show's second episode.
That's the one that transforms Conrad from a jerk to a hero, as he
struggles to give someone a needed heart transplant.

“Schitt's Creek,”
8 p.m., Pop. Michael Short has been writing Canadian comedy for 37
years, from “SCTV” to shows starring his younger brother Martin.
Here, he's written a fairly funny episode that includes good moments
for two women in supporting roles. Emily Hampshire (who has an
explosive role in “12 Monkeys”) is Stevie; Sarah Levy (whose
father and brother created the show) is Twyla.

“Nova,” 9 p.m.,
PBS. It's been almost 78 years since British soldiers were rescued
from Dunkirk, but that's newly on people's minds. It's the
centerpiece of two of the current Oscar-nominees (“Dunkirk” and
“Darkest Hour”) and of this expedition, examining sunken ships
and crashed planes.

“The Amazing
Race,” 9 and 10 p.m., CBS. It's an all-reality night for CBS –
one hour of “Celebrity Big Brother,” then two hours of “Amazing
Race,” racing through Bahrain and Thailand.

“9-1-1,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. Bobby (Peter Krause) rushes to a deadly plane crash. Athena
(Angela Bassett wants revenge toward teen bullies); Abby (Connie
Britton) delivers a message from a 9-1-1 caller.

“Waco,” 10 p.m.,
Paramount. In last week's episode, the first federal raid of the
Branch Davidian compound went terribly wrong. Shots were fired at a
dog, the film says, leading to fierce gunfire; 10 people were killed,
others were injured. A compromise fell apart after the Davidian
leader heard the official version of what had happened. Now a
negotiator tries to bring the sides back together.