NBA All-Star Game (NBC, 6:30 p.m.): It's not about competition. It's more about the festivities, which this year includes the return of the Slam Dunk contest (Saturday, TNT, 8-10:30 p.m.) after an absence of three years. One more thing: There wasn't an all-star game last year because of the lockout.
Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (A&E, 8-10 p.m.): After a five-year absence, David Suchet reprises his popular role as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's brilliant Belgian detective. Poirot is retired and living in a beautiful country village. But when wealthy industrialist Roger Ackroyd, his friend and neighbor, is murdered, Poirot is hot on the case.
Homicide: The Movie (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): The intelligent police drama reunites the entire cast for this two-hour special
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (CBS, 9-11 p.m. and Feb 16 at the same time): Sam Neill and Carmen Ejogo star in this drama about a love affair between Thomas Jefferson and his slave mistress (see story above).
American Experience: The Duel (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in an "affair of honor" - a duel to the death. Hamilton was the architect of American capitalism and Burr the architect of American politics. This fascinating documentary tells their tragic story with grace and intelligence.
A Dog's Life (Discovery Channel, 8-11 p.m.): Kelsey Grammer narrates this insightful and appealing three-hour look at man's best friend. It examines the evolution of dogs, and looks at why we bond so closely with them.
PICK OF THE WEEK
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (USA, 8-11 p.m. and Feb. 15 at the same time): The Super Bowl of dog shows from Madison Square Garden. The country's second-oldest sporting event will feature 2,500 dogs representing 156 breeds from papillons (pictured above) to pugs and shetland sheepdogs.
A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese (Turner Classic Movies, 8-9:30 p.m., through Feb. 16): The film maestro takes viewers through a century of American movies.
Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire? (Fox, 8-10 p.m.): "I do." Is that your final answer? In this two-hour special, 50 women will compete to become the wife of an unknown affluent man.
Conversations in World Cinema: Jane Campion (Sundance Channel, 9-9:30 p.m.): This new series shows every sign of becoming a lively contribution to film history. Interviews with great directors, particularly those in the "independent camp," will be of special interest to students of film and film buffs. Ms. Campion ("The Piano," "Portrait of a Lady") is one filmmaker worth hearing from.
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