Someone’s got a crush on Janine (Quinta Brunson) on Valentine’s Day! Turns out it’s one of her students, but the rest of the teaching staff can be forgiven for weighing in on her and Gregory’s (Tyler James Williams) obvious but star-crossed mutual affection, which creates farcical misunderstandings throughout another great episode. Elsewhere, principal Ava (Janelle James) gets more than she bargained for while monitoring Jacob’s (Chris Perfetti) classroom after a hot dad complains about Black history being taught by a white guy.
Not Dead Yet
On either side of Abbott. with episodes at 8:30/7:30c and 9:30/8:30c, ABC launches a spirited sitcom that borrows a page from CBS hit Ghosts, when hot mess Nell Serrano (Jane the Virgin’s effervescent Gina Rodriguez) returns to her old newspaper and is assigned the obituary beat, only to have her subjects begin appearing to her. The ghosts (including Martin Mull in the pilot) are the life of the party, helping Nell come to terms with her messy life in a workplace comedy featuring New Girl’s Hannah Simone as her best friend and Superstore’s Lauren Ash as her wealthy, mercurial boss. (See the full review.)
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A Million Little Things
The fifth and final season of the weepy drama begins with the friends rallying around Gary (James Roday Rodriguez) after his lung cancer diagnosis—it’s always some thing—and then jumping ahead seven months for some emotional misdirection before settling in for the seriocomic storylines fans have come to appreciate. Katherine (Grace Park) takes a very pregnant Maggie (Allison Miller) on a baby-registering shopping spree, and Gary gives a maturing Danny (Chance Hurstfield) an eye-opening driving lesson. The busy episode also explores Rome’s (Romany Malco) daddy issues and his and Regina’s (Christina Moses) empty nest syndrome.
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It’s going to be a speedy déjà vu in the ninth and final season of the superhero saga when a new villain attracts several familiar faces back to Central City—not all of them welcome. But first, Barry the Scarlet Speedster (Grant Gustin) comes up with a plan to keep wife Iris (Candice Patton) safe, but it ends up trapping them in a time loop.
After countless bleeps and innumerable laughs, the fractious kids of South Park are back for a 26th season, and as usual, Cartman is on the rampage. The latest beef? His jealousy over the friendship of Kyle and Tolkien. This winter, the show is joined by another iconic toon: the reboot of Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butt-Head (10:30/9:30c) that aired last year on Paramount+, with the season opener finding the idiots confusing a bathroom for an escape room.
Over three weeks, Nature introduces viewers to a wide variety of canids, the family of wild dogs that we know more familiarly as foxes, wolves, coyotes and dingoes. The opener presents an overview of the 37 species, from the tundra-tackling Arctic wolf to southern India’s lean, lithe auburn dholes.
INSIDE WEDNESDAY TV:
- The Conners (8/7c, ABC): While Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) looks for someone to care for her ailing nemesis mom Bev, Darlene (Sara Gilbert) needs to level with Dan (John Goodman) over the substandard plumbing work he did for her new home.
- Name That Tune (8/7c, Fox): Andy Richter faces off with Holly Robinson Peete, and comedian Michael Ian Black takes on Melissa Peterman in the musical game show’s winter season finale.
- Super Bowl Greatest Commercials: Battle of the Decades (8/7c, CBS): Remember the good old days when the Super Bowl ads were kept a surprise until they aired? Nostalgia fuels this annual showcase of classic Super Bowl marketing highlights, hosted by Boomer Esiason and Daniela Ruah, which asks viewers to vote in real time for their favorite spot from the last 40 years.
- Vanderpump Rules (9/8c, Bravo): In the reality show’s 10th season, Lisa Vanderpump opens a Paris-themed restaurant in Las Vegas while the Toms go off on their own to open a cocktail lounge across town.
- Tough as Nails (10/9c, CBS): Season 3’s Lamar Hanger returns with his carpentering expertise to guide the teams through some nail-biting construction challenges.
- Bill Russell: Legend (streaming on Netflix): A stirring two-part documentary profiles the NBA legend who won 11 championship titles while fighting for civil and human rights with a vigor that earned him a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The film features Russell’s last interview before passing away in 2022, with testimonials from Steph Curry, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Chris Paul and more.
- Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (streaming on Disney+): A week after the hit Black Panther sequel began streaming, a behind-the-scenes special reveals how the cast and crew honored the legacy of the first film’s T’Challa, late actor Chadwick Boseman.
- National Treasure: Edge of History (streaming on Disney+): In the season finale, Jess (Lisette Olivera) leans on her puzzle skills and knowledge of history to vanquish Billie (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and protect the treasure.