TV column for Wednesday, Feb. 14


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“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.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE
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.

TONIGHT'S
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
include:

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.