With no new premieres or returning shows, the night belongs to cinema. Luckily, the movies really showed up in a big way tonight. Not only can you watch the Oscar juggernaut “All About Eve,” but you can check out some overlooked gems. “He Got Game” and “Strange Days” both showcase excellent films from auteurs Spike Lee and Kathryn Bigelow. Finally, you can close out the night with some fun dance numbers and exaggerated drama about dancing thanks to the incredible “Footloose.”
Pick of the Day
“All About Eve” on TCM at 8 PM
One of the greatest Oscar triumphs of all-time will air tonight on TCM at 8 PM. The story of an ingenue who takes the spot of an aging actress became one of the great hits of 1950s Hollywood. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the film starred some of the best actors of the era. Bette Davis and Anne Baxter canceled each other out and neither took home the Oscar for Best Actress. The same thing happened in Supporting Actress, where Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter came up short as well.
George Sanders received the only acting prize from the five nominations, but the movie went on to win Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Sound, and even costuming the combined excellence of Edith Head and Chrles Le Maire (who combined for 11 costuming Oscars). Nominated for 14 Oscars, it remains tied for the most Oscar nominations for a single film with “La La Land” and “Titanic.”
No shows are premiering today.
No shows are returning tonight.
Movies on TV
As Spike Lee pushes for recognition from the Oscars, let’s look back at some of his past work. Perhaps one of the most underrated films of his career, “He Got Game” will be on at 8:15 on Flix. The film follows Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen), the top basketball recruit in the country as he deals with his father, Jake (Denzel Washington), who has been furloughed from prison. If Jake can convince Jesus to attend the governor’s alma mater, Jake will receive a reduced prison sentence for killing his wife (Jesus’ mother). The movie dives into the corruption of college athletics, the treatment of stars as commodities, and features a stellar performance from Washington. It remains one of Lee’s underrated films of the 1990s.
Kathryn Bigelow’s “Strange Days” will air on HBO Signature at 9 PM. The sci-fi film follows a cop who peddles VR discs that allow people to experience someone else’s memories. The cop uses the discs to examine the murder a prostitute, and find her killer. “Strange Days” was perceived as a failure when it released, despite being the brainchild of Bigelow and James Cameron. Not surprising anyone, it has been re-evaluated by many and might have been one of the missed gems of the 1990s. With a cast that includes Angela Bassett, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, and Vincent D’Onofrio, “Strange Days” is a must for anyone who loves Bigelow.
Finally, one of the best soundtracks of the ’80s comes to life with “Footloose” airing at 9 PM on IFC. The Kevin Bacon vehicle made him a star and gave Kenny Loggins his only number one hit. However, the film features some shockingly fun performances as well, including John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn, and Sarah Jessica Parker. The soundtrack also includes “Holding Out for a Hero” and “Let’s Hear It For the Boy,” “Almost Paradise” and more. It remains one of the best soundtracks of the era to this day. Dancing in a warehouse has never been sexier.
There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes tonight. Use this as a helpful guide when channel surfing tonight. Make sure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Once again, times may vary by local area. Please check your local guide for the most accurate times.
- “The Big Bang Theory” (PBS) at 8 PM
- “Young Sheldon” (PBS) at 8:30 PM
- “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” (CBS) at 9 PM
- “SWAT” (CBS) at 10 PM
- “Grey’s Anatomy“ (ABC) at 8 PM
- “A Million Little Things” (ABC) at 9 PM
- “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC) at 10 PM
- “The Titan Games” (NBC) at 8 PM
- “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) at 9 PM
- “Will & Grace” (NBC) at 9:30 PM
- “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC) at 10 PM
- “Supernatural” (CW) at 8 PM
- “Legacies” (CW) at 9 PM
- “The First 48″ (A&E) at 8 PM
- “The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta” (A&E) at 9 PM
- “60 Days In” (A&E) at 10 PM
- “Top Chef” (BRAVO) at 8 PM
- “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” (BRAVO) at 9 PM
- “Backyard Envy” (BRAVO) at 10 PM
- “Broad City” (COMEDY) at 10 PM
- “The Other Two” (COMEDY) at 10:30 PM
- “Building Off the Grid” (Discover) at 9 PM
- “Alaska: The Last Frontier” (Discover) at 10 PM
- “Chopped” (FOOD) at 9 PM
- “Beat Bobby Flay” (FOOD) at 10 PM
- “Siren” (Freeform) at 8 PM
- “Flip or Flop: Nashville” (HGTV) at 9 PM
- “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 10 PM
- “House Hunters: International” (HGTV) at 10:30 PM
- “Swamp People” (HISTORY) at 9 PM
- “Truck Night in America” (HISTORY) at 10 PM
- “Bring It!” (Lifetime) at 8 & 9 PM
- “The Rap Game” (Lifetime) at 10 PM
- “Ex on the Beach” (MTV) at 8 PM
- “MTV Floribama Shore” (MTV) at 9 PM & 10 PM
- “Life Below Zero: Ice Breakers” (National Geographic) at 10 PM
- “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount) at 9 PM
- “Impossible Engineering” (Science) at 9 PM
- “The Dead Files” (Travel) at 10 PM
- “Kindred Spirits” (Travel) at 11 PM
- “The Carbonaro Effect” (TruTV) at 10 PM & 10:30 PM