A reader asks when “Designated Survivor,” the White House drama with Kiefer Sutherland, will return to ABC. That would be Feb. 28 after the Winter Olympics have concluded Feb. 25 on NBC. Competing networks usually throw new episodes against the Winter Games.
There are exceptions.
CBS offers two hours of “The Amazing Race” at 9 p.m. Wednesday. And CBS rolls out more of “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” with Omarosa at 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (The Friday installment will be two hours.)
ABC has two hours of “The Bachelor” at 8 p.m. Monday. Then the Disney-owned network starts “The Bachelor Winter Games,” mixing sports and dating, at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Each edition of “Winter Games” is two hours.
And ABC will use “20/20” to counterprogram the Olympics. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, the news magazine looks at romantic films in an edition called “Lights, Camera, Romance!” The speakers include Ione Skye from “Say Anything,” Nia Vardalos and Andrea Martin from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Katherine Heigl from “27 Dresses,” Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan from the “Fifty Shades” films and Taylor Hackford, director of “An Officer and a Gentleman.” Discussing love songs in movies will be Elton John, David Foster, Giorgio Moroder, Diane Warren and Bill Medley.
Then “20/20” examines the reboot of one of the network’s biggest hits in “Roseanne: The Return” at 10 p.m. Thursday. The hour features cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman and Sarah Chalke. The show returns March 27 to ABC. The hour also features Patricia Heaton of “The Middle” and salutes “Roseanne” guest stars who later became famous, including George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The CW offers its own look at Hollywood with “The Top 14 Greatest Valentine’s Day Movies of All Time” at 9 p.m. Wednesday. You’ll hear about “The Notebook,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Pretty Woman.” Do you consider “Pretty Woman” a romantic movie?
PBS will supply many new programs this week. Three will air Tuesday: “We’ll Meet Again” from Ann Curry focuses on 9/11 survivors at 8 p.m. “American Experience” explores “The Bombing of Wall Street,” a 1920 crime that left 38 dead, at 9 p.m. “Frontline” offers “The Gang Crackdown” at 10 p.m. The program studies President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about MS-13.
On Wednesday, PBS offers more new fare: “Animals With Cameras” at 8 p.m., “Nova” at 9 and “Impossible Builds” at 10.
Comings and goings: “American Dad” starts a new season at 10 p.m. Monday on TBS. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” presents its season finale at 8 p.m. Friday on The CW.
More sports: Yes, some sports will take on the Olympics. The 142ndWestminster Kennel Club Dog Show will air at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on FS1.
The NBA All-Star Game will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 on TNT. But the fun starts earlier with the “NBA All-Star Celebrity Game” at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN and the “Rising Stars Challenge” at 9 p.m. Friday on TNT. “NBA All-Star Saturday” starts at 8 that night on TNT.
The biggest show in TV this week remains the Winter Olympics from South Korea.
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