TV highlights: ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’ premieres


Star-Crossed -- In the pilot, we meet Emily and Roman, a human and an alien set up to fall in love. (Skip Bolen/THE CW NETWORK)
February 16

On tonight’s XXII Winter Olympics coverage (NBC at 8 p.m.), expect a heated competition between Meryl Davis and Charlie White against Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir for ice-dancing gold. Also scheduled: the finals in men’s snowboarding, men’s freestyle skiing and men’s ski jumping.

Narrated by Cuba Gooding Jr., “Breath of Freedom” (Smithsonian at 8) is a two-hour documentary about how World War II and its aftermath played a huge role in the civil rights movement. Interviews with former secretary of state Colin L. Powell, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and several veterans shed light on this largely untold chapter in American history.

The six remaining contenders visit Miami, Juan Pablo’s hometown, on “The Bachelor” (ABC at 8) and one bachelorette gets to meet Juan Pablo Galavis’s daughter at her dance recital. At the end of the episode, only one woman is sent home.

SERIES PREMIERE: “Star-Crossed” (CW at 8) is the unlikely story of an alien and a human falling in love. In the pilot episode, we’re introduced to Emily, the human, and Roman, the alien, 10 years after they first met when a spacecraft landed in her small home town.

RETURNING SHOW: “Basketball Wives: LA” (VH1 at 8) is back for a third season, opening with drama at an event Jackie is hosting.

RETURNING SHOW: Coming off her first loss as host, chef Anne Burrell is on a mission to beat Bobby Flay in the fifth-season opener of “Worst Cooks in America” (Food at 9). In the premiere, they divide their 14 recruits into two teams and give them their first cooking lesson on pizza.

Callie’s well on her way to changing for the better on “The Fosters” (ABC Family at 9), while Brandon makes a transition she doesn’t approve of.

On “Castle” (ABC at 10), a high school mean girl is murdered, and a fellow student who may possess telekinetic powers is the prime suspect.

Actors Kevin Spacey and Amber Heard come to the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), along with a Top Ten list presented by the cast of “How I Met Your Mother” and music from Gary Clark Jr.

LATE NIGHT PREMIERE: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35) premieres with Will Smith as the night’s main guest and a musical performance from U2. And don’t worry, the Roots stick with Fallon into this new venture.

Singer-turned-actress-turned-television-personality Jennifer Lopez stops by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with a performance from Silversun Pickups.

— Rachel Lubitz

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