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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, February 22. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Unsung (TV One, 8 p.m.): TV One’s Unsung ends its 10th season tonight, and it’s doing it big with a “Tribute To James Brown.” James Brown is far from “unsung,” but that doesn’t mean the Godfather Of Soul isn’t deserving of a tribute. “During this special episode, band members, friends, and stars of R&B and hip-hop trace the career, and celebrate the legacy, of the man they call the Godfather. Reflections for family and friends are provided by Chadwick Boseman, Money B, Full Force, Frankie ‘Kash’ Waddy, Mary Wilson, Kwame, Marcus Chapman, Steve Ivory, and Rickey Vincent.”


Match Game (ABC, 10 p.m.): It’s Match Game’s second-season winter finale, and we know you want to know which celebrities will be filling in the blanks: Look forward to Casey Wilson, Lamorne Morris, Leah Remini, Mario Cantone, Niecy Nash, and Scott Wolf. There are also some normal-people contestants, but you probably don’t know them, at least not like you “know” Scott Wolf.

Suits (USA, 10 p.m.): How did it take six seasons for Suits to title an episode “Quid Pro Quo?” What should lead to an obligatory Silence Of The Lambs reference in this episode is reason enough to watch: “When Mike’s class action hits a snag, it might cost him more than the case. Harvey, Louis, and Rachel consider getting their hands dirty. And Donna and Benjamin seek an investor.”

Premieres and finales

2017 ABFF Honors: A Celebration Of Hollywood (BET, 8 p.m.): Hosted by Regina Hall, the American Black Film Festival’s annual awards gala is back to “[pay] tribute to individuals that have made distinguished contributions to American culture through the world of film and television, as well as those who champion diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.”


Ultimate Rivals: Cat V. Dog/Soul Of The Cat (NatGeo Wild, 9/10 p.m.): NatGeo Wild’s seventh annual “Big Cat Week” continues tonight with what one can only assume is a live-action version of Tom And Jerry followed by a reboot of The Nine Lives Of Chloe King. Fine, that’s not what they really are. The former is all about how you can’t trust wild dogs, and the latter is all about the similarities between domestic and big cats in the wild today.


Major Crimes (TNT, 9 p.m.): Major Crimes returns for its fifth-season winter premiere with “Heart Failure.” “When Captain Sharon Raydor and the Major Crimes Division investigate the murder of a young woman found in the L.A. River, their case is not only impeded by a secretive PI working for a tech industry millionaire, but also by Deputy Chief Winnie Davis (guest star Camryn Manheim), who regards Sharon as competition for the promotion to Assistant Chief of the LAPD.” If we’ve got our history right, the last time Sharon had competition, she became “The Closer” and got her own spin-off, so Deputy Chief Winnie Davis better watch it.

The Brit Awards 2017 (BBC America, 10 p.m.): Are you into British pop music awards shows? This is the show for you.


Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce (Bravo, 10 p.m.): What’s “Rule #91?” To “Run Toward What Scares You.” It’s also the third-season finale of Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce. “Abby finishes her romance novel… Also: Abby questions her relationship with Mike; Barbara enters a crowded job market; and Phoebe’s marriage faces its harshest test during a getaway at Gemma’s mansion.”

Vivica’s Black Magic (Lifetime, 10 p.m.): It’s been real, Vivica A. Fox, but now it’s time to say goodbye to your Black Magic. The first season ends tonight with “Vegas Magic,” and we’re not talking David Copperfield. “The team travel[s] to Las Vegas for [its] biggest performance yet, but the guys are a mess after a night of partying. Later, chaos ensues at dress rehearsal; Penetration injures his knee; and Vivica struggles to pull off the show.” Come on, you guys. You’re letting Vivica down. On second thought, maybe David Copperfield might be needed.


Too Close To Home (TLC, 10 p.m.): The second season of this TLC (and Tyler Perry) series ends with “Blurred Lines,” because Too Close To Home apparently takes place in a simpler time when everyone could enjoy a Robin Thicke song, no strings attached, like back in the Sprite days. In the Thicke-less episode, “a joyous occasion in Happy can’t mask the chaos that surrounds the town’s families or shield them from confrontation.”

Rivals: The Boom Squad (Viceland, 10:30 p.m.): “Miami’s Liberty City is football’s Mecca, home to NFL legends. But the biggest rivalry in this city isn’t exactly big—it all starts with a hard-hitting squad of 6 year-olds.”


Regular coverage

Arrow (The CW, 8 p.m.)

The 100 (The CW, 9 p.m.)

Modern Family (ABC, 9 p.m.)

The Magicians (Syfy, 9 p.m.)

Black-ish (ABC, 9:30 p.m.)

Legion (FX, 10 p.m.)

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FXX, 10 p.m.)

The Expanse (Syfy, 10 p.m.)

Man Seeking Woman (FXX, 10:30 p.m.)

Streaming pick

Rocky IV (Amazon Video/Google Play/iTunes/Vudu/YouTube): Consider this our own tribute to James Brown.


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