Valentine's Day week adds some romantic themes to the schedule, including the countdown to the Joe Millionaire finale. Hoops fans have the NBA All-Star Game on tap. Some fresh fare unfolds under the Black History Month banner, including Partners of the Heart on PBS. The Westminster Dog Show holds court for two nights on USA cable. The king of contemporary reality shows, Survivor, returns with two local folks as contestants. And CBS offers Profoundly Normal, a movie with Washington roots.
Monday at 9 on Fox
Evan, the fake millionaire, begins the process of making his final choice from the remaining two women he has culled from 20 erstwhile objects of his desire. The question is, after he makes his choice, how will the chosen one react to the news that he really is a construction worker of modest means rather than the wealthy fellow who has entertained the women at his French chateau?
PARTNERS OF THE HEART
Monday at 9 on PBS
This Black History Month installment of PBS's "American Experience" tells the story of Vivien Thomas, whose medical collaboration with surgeon Alfred Blalock opened new paths for healing at a time when most doors were closed to African Americans. Ultimately, the pair pioneered a surgical technique for treating blue-baby syndrome.
Morgan Freeman narrates and Courtney B. Vance reads excerpts from Thomas's memoirs. Filmmaker Bill Duke directs stylistic re-creations of Blalock and Thomas at work.
As a young man in Nashville's middle-class black community, Thomas dreamed of becoming a doctor. But after the Great Depression wiped out his savings, he took a low-paying job at Vanderbilt University's medical school. He was 19 years old. His job classification was janitor, but he quickly became the trusted assistant to the temperamental, ambitious surgeon Alfred Blalock, 32.
Despite their different backgrounds, race and status, the two men developed a congenial friendship and genuine respect for each other within the lab. At Vanderbilt, they made their first medical breakthrough: they proved that shock was caused by loss of blood and other fluids.
When Blalock's growing renown led to a job offer at Johns Hopkins as chief of surgery, he made it a condition that Thomas accompany him. In 1941, Thomas, his wife and two young daughters moved to Baltimore. In that city and at Johns Hopkins, Thomas encountered prejudice, racism and segregation as never before. Colleagues and collaborators in the lab and the operating room, Blalock and Thomas could not eat at the same table in the hospital cafeteria.
At Hopkins, Blalock and Thomas tackled a deadly heart defect that afflicted thousands of babies each year, stunting their growth and leaving them listless and with a bluish cast to their skin. Spurred by Hopkins colleague Helen Taussig, chief of pediatric cardiology, Thomas and Blalock spent a year investigating "blue baby syndrome" and devising a surgery to correct it.
As Blalock attended to his many administrative duties, Thomas did the day-to-day work in the lab to advance the project, even creating specialized surgical instruments for the exacting procedure.
THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS
GAME SHOW MOMENTS 2
Tuesday at 8 on NBC
Bob Eubanks hosts this look back at goofy game show moments and outtakes from early to more recent periods in TV history.
ARE YOU HOT? THE SEARCH
FOR AMERICA'S SEXIEST PEOPLE
Thursday at 8 on ABC
"Are You Hot" premieres on ABC for a six-show run. Following a nationwide search, finalists will be evaluated personally by a panel of experts. They also will be featured on the Are You Hot? website so viewers can vote for their favorites. The selection process will include makeovers and beauty-judging. The candidates ultimately will be winnowed to two winners--a man and woman.
TV'S MOST MEMORABLE WEDDINGS
Friday at 8 on NBC
Jane Leeves of "Frasier" fame hosts this look at weddings that have given television some big moments. They include some real events and some works for fiction. Featured are such real events as the hugely-ceremonial nuptials of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Fictitious weddings include the marriage of Luke and Laura on the soap opera "General Hospital," an occasion that generated record audience ratings at the time.