Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Top TV week of Feb. 17: 'Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon', Winter Olympics, 'About a Boy'

MONDAY

XXII Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC

We live for ice dancing at the Olympics. It's just like Dancing with the Stars, except both people are really good and it's harder to do because it's on ice. (Or is it easier? Eh, either way, we could never do it.) Tonight, the finals pit Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (who got gold in 2010 in Vancouver) against Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States. They're all friends, so NBC is playing up the match for maximum cattiness. Ah, the Olympic spirit.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, midnight, NBC

Okay, fine, we admit it: Our expectations for this show are incredibly high. And why not? Fallon is among the most entertaining and refreshing voices in late-night TV right now, and he's bringing along to the Tonight Show plenty of the things that made Late Night such a treat: he's staying in New York City, moving just across the hall from his Late Night studio; his houseband the Roots, a big part of almost all of Jimmy's most memorable segments, aren't going anywhere; and he's still able to recruit all-star guests. Tonight, Will Smith and U2 kick off a week of post-Olympics shows that welcomes guests like Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Jerry Seinfeld and Lady Gaga. Bring it on, Fallon!

 

WEDNESDAY

Restaurant Takeover, 8 p.m., Food

Chef Adam Hynam-Smith and designer Amanda Campbell try to give a Southern barbecue restaurant a much-needed makeover in this new episode. Hey, here's a tip: Take the roadkill off the menu, and see what that does for business. (No joke, they actually have something on the menu called roadkill.)

 

THURSDAY

SEASON FINALE The Taste, 8 p.m., ABC

Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson crown a winner tonight for the second season of this cooking competition that pits amateurs against professional chefs.

 

The Big Bang Theory, 8 p.m., CBS

When Sheldon's idol Professor Proton (guest star Bob Newhart), asks Leonard for advice instead of him, Sheldon retaliates by befriending Proton's rival, Bill Nye (guest starring as himself). Hey, we can think of worse ways to get revenge.

 

XXII Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC

Women's singles figure skating wraps up today with the gold-medal final. Yuna Kim of South Korea, the 2010 Vancouver champion, is the favorite to take gold; Ashley Wagner of the United States is the favorite to make an awesomely over-the-top facial expression.

 

Chopped Canada, 9 p.m., Food

In addition to being totally delightful throughout the Olympics, Canadians now get the chance to compete in their very own version of this high-pressure timed cooking competition that premiered this year. Tonight, they have to work with clams, kimchee and something called durian (it's a fruit). Good luck with that, guys.

 

SATURDAY

SERIES PREMIERE About a Boy, 11 p.m., NBC

NBC is premiering this show after the Olympics in the hopes that lots of people will watch it, but they certainly don't have to twist our arm. This new sitcom has everything: It's based on the Nick Hornsby novel that also inspired the charming 2002 Hugh Grant movie; it stars bona fide comedy stud David Walton (he popped up on New Girl last year) and Minnie Driver; and it was created by Jason Katims, the man responsible for Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, two of our hands-down all-time favorite TV dramas. The show moves to its regular time 9 p.m. slot on Tuesdays starting Feb. 25.

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