TONIGHT ON TV
ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATIONS SUNDANCE, 5 ET/PT Sundance completes its Black History Month salute to Roots with the final chapters of its 1979 sequel, Roots: The Next Genera
tions. Al Freeman Jr., Paul Winfield and Ruby Dee picked up Emmy nominations for this Emmy-winning miniseries, which boasts a cast including Henry Fonda, Richard Thomas, Olivia de Havilland, Georg Stanford Brown, Beah Richards, Debbie Allen, Barbara Barrie, Diahann Carroll, Robert Culp, James Daly, Ossie Davis, Pam Grier, Dina Merrill, Roosevelt Grier, Andy Griffith, Brock Peters, Norman Fell, Rafer Johnson, Harry Morgan, Greg Morris, Carmen McRae, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bobby Short, Telma Hopkins, Kim Fields, Gerald McRaney, Dorian Harewood and, as Alex Haley, James Earl Jones. The only acting Emmy, however, went to Marlon Brando in his first (and last) TV role since 1955.
NEW GIRL FOX, 8 ET/PT Worried that the kids don’t think she’s a cool principal, Jess brings Nick and “The Pepperwood Chronicles” to school to help burnish her image. Deep down, surely even Jess knows that’s not going to turn out well.
THE REAL O’NEALS ABC, 8:30 ET/PT It’s a late, and sad, Valentine’s Day on O’Neals as Kenny struggles to get over his breakup with Brett. For consolation, he goes with Jimmy and Pat to their Lonely Hearts happy hour, and then annoys them by doing better with the ladies than they do.
Jimmy (Matthew Shively) and Shannon (Bebe Wood) don’t want to hear it.
Jess (Zooey Deschanel) looks for an “in” with the cool kids.