Saturday TV: ‘The Simone Biles Story’

Jeanté Godlock stars in "The Simone Biles Story" Saturday on Lifetime.Timed in part to tie into the impending Olympics, Jeanté Godlock portrays the young gymnast in the made for TV bio pic “The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar” (Lifetime 8 and 11 p.m.) based on the athlete’s book. Julius Tennon and Tisha Campbell-Martin costar as her parents.

Then the real story is retold in “Biography Presents: Simon Biles – American Gold” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

Super Bowl brings its attendant specials including the unnecessary NFL Honors (NBC, 9 p.m.), old football bits on “SNL Football Saturday” (NBC, 8 p.m.) and a premature “Puppy Bowl” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.), featuring older dogs. Hope they’re singing against concussions on the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration 2018 (BET, 11 p.m.).

Prime time NBA action has Houston at Cleveland (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

Lacey Chabert and Andrew Walker star in the made for TV romance “My Secret Valentine” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.).

The third episode of “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” (BBC America, 9 p.m.) looks at life in tropical reefs.

With the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood at 43 ruled suspicious Friday after new witnesses stepped forward,  “48 Hours” (CBS, 10 p.m.) looks into it.

Chris Evans stars as an uncle trying to raise a brilliant young niece, played by Mckenna Grace in “Gifted” (HBO, 8 p.m.), which gets a premium cable premiere, as does “Sleepless” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) a Vegas cop caper with Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan and Gabrielle Union.

“The Stalker Files” (Reelz, 8 p.m.) looks at Erin Andrews’ ordeal, and then at 9, David Letterman’s stalker.

“Pit Bulls and Parolees” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.) looks back at their cutest moments.

They’re looking for dreamers, too, on “Falling Water” (USA, 11 p.m.).

For an “I, Tonya” fact check, there’s “Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story” (Investigation Discovery, 8 and 11 p.m.).

Friday night’s finale of “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, 11 p.m.) is rerun.

Dr. Blue visits a vegan cattle ranch on “The Vet Life” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.).

Six go up against water in a three hour “Naked and Afraid” (Discovery, 8 p.m.).

On “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 8 p.m.) a woman wants a princess dress and a matching one for her dog.

“Ghost Adventures” (Travel, 9 p.m.) checks out an 150-year-old ship in San Diego.

“The Dead Files” (Travel, 10 p.m.) looks at paranormal activity in Flint.

On “Your Worst Nightmare” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.), a woman is in danger after separating from her husband.

The moon holds secrets in “NASA’s Unexplained Files” (Science, 10 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar concentrates on cinematography nominees and winners with “Lassie Come Home” (6 a.m.), “Strangers on a Train” (7:30 a.m.), “Show Boat” (9:30 a.m.), “The Four Feathers” (11:30 a.m.), “Blood and Sand” (1:45 p.m.), “King Solomon’s Mines” (4 p.m.) and “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (6 p.m.). Then in prime time it’s all winners, with “A River Runs Through It” (8 p.m.), “Bound for Glory” (10:15 p.m.), “The Hustler” (1 a.m.), “Battleground” (3:30 a.m.) and “Captains of the Clouds” (5:45 a.m.).

Hockey includes Ottawa at Philadelphia (NHL, 1 p.m.) and Toronto at Boston (NHL, 7 p.m.).

There’s a whole lot of men’s college basketball today, including Duke at St. John’s (Fox, noon), Oklahoma State at Kansas (CBS, noon), Cincinnati at Connecticut (ESPN2, noon), Notre Dame at North Carolina State (ESPN, noon), Houston at UCF (ESPNU, noon), DePaul at Butler (Fox Sports 1, noon), Toledo at Akron (CBS Sports, noon), Miami at Virginia Tech (ESPN, 2 p.m.), Texas Tech at TCU (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), Kentucky at Missouri (CBS, 2 p.m.), South Carolina at Texas A&M (ESPN2 2 p.m.), Memphis at East Carolina (ESPNews, 2 p.m.), Missouri State at Loyola Chicago (CBS Sports, 2 p.m.), Minnesota at Michigan (Fox, 2:30 p.m.), Providence at Marquette (Fox Sports 1, 2:30 p.m.), Kansas State at West Virginia (ESPN2, 4 p.m.), Alabama at Florida (ESPN, 4 p.m.), Saint Joseph’s at La Salle (CBS Sports, 4 p.m.), George Mason at Richmond (NBC Sports, 4:30 p.m.), Oregon at Stanford (Fox, 5 p.m.), Georgetown at Xavier (CBS Sports, 6 p.m.), Georgia at Mississippi State (ESPNU, 6 p.m.), USC at UCLA (ESPN2, 6 p.m.), Oklahoma at Texas (ESPN, 6:15 p.m.), St. Bonaventure at Duquesne (NBC Sports, 6:30 p.m.), Iowa State at Baylor (ESPN2, 8 p.m.), UNLV at Boise State (CBS Sports, 8 p.m.), Nevada at Colorado State (ESPNU, 8 p.m.), Michigan State at Indiana (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.), BYU at Gonzaga (ESPN2, 10 p.m.) and UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton (ESPNU, 10 p.m.).

Golf has third round play in the Phoenix Open (Golf, 2 p.m.; CBS, 4 p.m.).

LCD Soundsystem plays a new “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

Natalie Portman hosts a new “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m. with Dua Lipa as musical guest.

 

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