TV highlights: Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Sochi Games


ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH: Alice Walker, activist and author of The Color Purple, at the London premiere of “Beauty in Truth.” (Courtesy of Brenda Lawley/PBS)
February 6

Watch the quaint Black Sea resort town of Sochi, Russia, introduce itself as an Olympic epicenter on the four-hour-long “XXII Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony” (NBC at 7:30 p.m.). Don’t expect London-style extravagance this time, but do expect a look at what the town has to offer and the Parade of Nations.

The “American Masters” series profiles prolific writer and activist Alice Walker on the special “Alice Walker — Beauty in Truth” (MPT at 9). The 90-minute episode featuring Walker, who in 1983 became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for “The Color Purple,” includes remarks from Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Sapphire, Steven Spielberg, Howard Zinn and Walker.

RETURNING SHOW: In its sixth season opener, “AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” (WHUT at 9) looks at the subculture of pick-up basketball in New York City.

Rick Springfield, Jill Zarin, “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator and the Village People are interviewed on tonight’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” (OWN at 9).

Pete decides to embrace his new rear detachment assignment on “Enlisted” (Fox at 9), but his new attitude is quickly challenged by the husband of a deployed soldier. Elsewhere, Cody looks to Jill for help with a personal matter.

Zak and the gang travel to Transylvania, Romania, to investigate Hunedoara Castle on the latest “Ghost Adventures” (Travel at 9). Zak locks himself inside Dracula’s cell and Nick simulates a satanic ritual.

Pete’s new Pacific coast clients on “Treehouse Masters” (Animal Planet at 10) turn out to be quite demanding with requests for both a rainwater shower and a composting toilet, which have to be delivered to the seaside tree house by barge.

RETURNING SHOW: “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food at 10) returns for its 19th season with Guy in his hometown of Ferndale, Calif., visiting an apple orchard and an old-school butcher.

Actress Amy Adams and comedian Jimmy Dunn come to the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), along with a musical performance from Lauryn Hill.

Actors Morgan Freeman and Anna Faris stop by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with musical guest Motley Crue.

Andy Samberg and the Muppets are guests on the last episode of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 12:05 a.m.). Seth Meyers takes on “Late Night” hosting duties beginning Feb. 24.

— Rachel Lubitz

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