What’s on TV This Week: Britney, Whitney and more
A two-film salute to the late Cicely Tyson gets underway with the actress opposite Paul Winfield and Kevin Hooks in director Martin Ritt’s 1972 period drama “Sounder” about a family of Black sharecroppers in 1930s Louisiana. 5 p.m. Turner Classic Movies
The four-part docuseries “The Lady and the Dale” probes the curious case of an eccentric con artist and the three-wheeled vehicle she helped promote in the 1970s. 9 and 9:55 p.m. HBO
An enslaved Black woman in 19th century Jamaica shares her struggles and triumphs in a miniseries adaptation of the Andrea Levy novel “The Long Song” on “Masterpiece.” With Tamara Lawrance and Hayley Atwell. 10 p.m. KOCE
The boys from the Bronx are back with a third season of their topical late-night talk show “Desus & Mero.” 11 p.m. Showtime
Crossover alert! Firefighters from the L.A.-set “9-1-1” travel to Austin, Texas, to help locals battle a devastating wildfire on the spinoff “9-1-1: Lone Star.” 9 p.m. Fox
What a way to make a livin’! Secretaries in 1970s Boston take a stand against workplace discrimination in “9to5: The Story of a Movement” on “Independent Lens.” 10 p.m. KOCE
Dolly Parton’s new coffee-table collection of lyrics, ‘Songteller,’ reveals her keen ear for characters, mostly women, who have suffered unspeakable tragedy.
“The Investigation” into the mysterious 2017 death of a female journalist from Sweden aboard a Danish inventor’s homemade submarine is dramatized in this imported six-part true-crime tale. 10 p.m. HBO
“Kid Cosmic” assembles a squad of unlikely superheroes to defend their hometown against all enemies extraterrestrial in this animated series from the creator of “The Powerpuff Girls.” Anytime, Netflix
The jokes are on them as the stand-up comedy showcase “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready” serves up its sophomore season. Anytime, Netflix
Kiss them, they’re Irish American! “Glee’s” Jane Lynch and comic Jim Gaffigan research their heritage on “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” 8 p.m. KOCE
In the future, everyone will be “Fake Famous” for 15 minutes as detailed in this documentary about the rise of the social-media influencer. 9 p.m. HBO
A Pittsburgh couple renovates fixer-uppers for fellow Yinzers in the new series “Home Again With the Fords.” 9 p.m. HGTV
“Frontline” revisits the early days of the pandemic in the episode “China’s COVID Secrets.” 10 p.m. KOCE
OK, Boomer Esiason. The ex-quarterback turned broadcaster joins cohost Daniela Ruah for the special “Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2021.” 8 p.m. CBS
There are pumas in the crevices — pumas in the crevices! — of the Patagonia region of Chile on a new “Nature.” Uma Thurman narrates. 8 p.m. KOCE
“Chasing the Elements” host David Pogue thinks outside the periodic table in his three-part follow-up “Beyond the Elements” on “Nova.” 9 p.m. KOCE
Here, kitty kitty! “The Missing Lynx” is sought in this debut installment of the nature series “Europe’s New Wild.” 10 p.m. KOCE
Just win, baby! Former Raiders owner Al Davis goes head to head with the league’s one-time head honcho Pete Rozelle in “Al Davis vs. the NFL” on “30 for 30.” 6 p.m. ESPN
Al Davis dies at 82; Oakland Raiders owner transformed team
Chill out in the beach town of Montauk, N.Y., with a new season of the reality series “Summer House.” 9 p.m. Bravo
An orphan girl gets schooled in the magical arts in “Earwig and the Witch,” the first-ever computer-animated film from the Japanese studio behind the anime classics “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away.” Anytime, HBO Max
The beagle gets top billing in the animated series “The Snoopy Show” based on the “Peanuts” characters created by Charles Schulz. Anytime, Apple TV+
L.A.’s own Misty Copeland twinkles her toes in scenes from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” on “In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.” A second new episode featuring Katy Perry and Nile Rodgers follows. 9 and 10 p.m. KOCE
The documentary “Framing Britney Spears” from “The New York Times Presents” tracks the troubled pop star’s legal fight to wrest control over her life and career from her father’s conservatorship. 10 p.m. FX
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge upholds Jamie Spears’ role as conservator of his daughter’s estate, but didn’t close the door on ousting him in the future.
Liam Neeson plays an artist and widower with a particular set of skills renovating an old villa with his estranged son (real-life offspring Micheál Richardson) in the 2020 drama “Made in Italy.” 9 p.m. Showtime
Everyday people share what they were up to last July 25 in “Life in a Day 2020,” a sequel to the globally crowdsourced 2011 documentary. Anytime, YouTube Originals
All politics is local for rival campaign consultants (Steve Carell, Rose Byrne) in Jon Stewart’s 2020 satire “Irresistible.” With Chris Cooper, Topher Grace, Natasha Lyonne and Mackenzie Davis. 8 p.m. HBO
’Tis the night before the Super Bowl and pro football’s finest will be feted at the 10th edition of the “NFL Honors.” 9 p.m. CBS
9021-oh my! The sister of the bride hooks up with a former beau at a “Beverly Hills Wedding” in this TV movie. With Brooke D’Orsay and Brendan Penny. 9 p.m. Hallmark Channel
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