Thursday TV: The Pacific Leaves Its Mark

SamNeillSam Neill went the extra mile in his historical travelogue, “The Pacific: in the Wake of Captain Cook” (Ovation, 9 p.m.). The familiar actor from “Jurassic Park” and “The Piano” didn’t just take away memories from his trip studying colonialism; he got a tattoo.

From the grimace in the film, it looked like it hurt. But, he told reporters at the TV Critics Association winter press tour last week, “it was also a curiously moving moment to me and I’ve never really been entirely sure how to articulate that.”

The tattoo artist is someone he met while making “The Piano” in the early 1990s and is “a very old friend of mine.”

It also reflects the tendency of societies like New Zealand where “colonizers themselves become colonized by the colonized.”

The tattoo is a “living testament that I am of The Pacific. I consider myself a man of The Pacific rather than a European, if you like.”

Elsewhere, there’s a very special Valentine’s edition of “Sex Sent Me to an ER” (TLC, 10 p.m.).

Ken Jeong’s first comedy special in a while is “You Complete Me, Ho” (Netflix, streaming). Sounds romantic.

A single goes on five blind dates on the new dating show “Dating Around” (Netflix, streaming).

On “Broad City” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) Abbi aspires to do some window dressing at Anthropologie.

There’a a mother-daughter Valentine’s Day date on “Mom” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

Chase releases a socially progressive music video on “The Other Two” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.).

Will discovers Karen’s estranged stepdaughter on “Will & Grace” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.).

On “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC, 10 p.m.), Annalise wrestles over a difficult decision.

Valentine’s Day may not be the time to watch “Ex on the Beach” (MTV, 8 p.m.).

Gordon assembles a team to protect the city from Eduardo Torrance on “Gotham” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

“The Titan Games” (NBC, 8 p.m.) continues its trials.

Gunfire at a parade causes plenty of hospitalizations on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “Siren” (Freeform, 8 p.m.), mermaid housing is a problem.

Jake and Rosa deals with a mother in mourning on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

On “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 10 p.m.), the owner of a pop-up brothel is sought.

Lumpy people visit “Dr. Pimple Popper” (TLC, 9 p.m.).

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.) looks for a cop killer.

Divorce mediation becomes complicated on “A Million Little Things” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

“Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) tries to move an architectural wonder in Venice.

Shannon plays a prank that has far-reaching effects on “FAM” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.).

Fried chicken is the challenge on “Top Chef” (Bravo, 8 p.m.).

It’s Boris Kodjoe vs. Nicole Ari Parker on “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount, 9 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies has two movie weddings “The Philadelphia Story” (8 p.m.) and “Father of the Bride” (10 p.m.) and two movie divorce: “Kramer vs. Kramer” (midnight) and “Dodsworth” (2 a.m.). Then all day it’s weepy Oscar nominated movies, “Love Affair” (6 a.m.), “Random Harvest” (7:45 a.m.), “Waterloo Bridge” (10 a.m.), “Dark Victory” (noon), “Splendor in the Grass” (1:45 p.m.), “All This and Heaven Too” (4 p.m.) and “Brief Encounter” (6:30 p.m.).

NBA action has Oklahoma City at New Orleans (TNT, 8 p.m.) and

Hockey has Oklahoma City at New Orleans (TNT, 8 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball has St. Francis at Fairleigh Dickinson (CBS Sports, 6 p.m.), Illinois at Ohio State (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Houston at Connecticut (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Tulsa at Tulane (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), UAB at Marshall (CBS Sports, 8 p.m.), Arizona at Utah (ESPNU, 9 p.m.), Murray State at Austin Peay (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) and Saint Mary’s at Santa Clara (ESPNU, 11 p.m.).

Women’s games include Virginia Tech at Duke (NBC Sports, 7 p..m.).

NASCAR has the Duel at Daytona (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.).

A sure sign of spring: college softball begins with Texas vs. California (ESPNU, 1 p.m.) and Kentucky vs. Oklahoma (EPNU, 4 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Jimmy Fallon, Lori Laughlin. The View: Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The Talk: Trichina Arnold, Cedric the Entertainer. Ellen DeGeneres: Ken Jeong. Wendy Williams: Rebecca Romijn, Jacques Torres, Jerry O’Connell. The Real: Major.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Bradley Cooper, Pete Buttigieg, Jacques Torres. Jimmy Kimmel: Ben Affleck, Dane Cook, Bring Me the Horizon. Jimmy Fallon: Kendall Jenner, Fred Armisen, Florida Georgia Line. Seth Meyers: John Mulaney, Stacey Abrams. James Corden: Ray Romano, D’Arcy Carden, Lukas Graham. Carson Daly: Jason Blum, William Elliott Whitmore, Jeanine Mason. Trevor Noah: Chris Wilson. Conan O’Brien: Aubrey Plaza, Jenny

 

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