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Winter Olympics
8/7c NBC
Olympic organizers must believe first impressions set the tone, as there's a stellar lineup of action tonight that includes two of the marquee names of the U.S. team. Short-track speedskating gets underway, with Apolo Ohno attempting to tie Bonnie Blair as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympic athlete ever (six medals) in the men's 1500m. "The teams will be the strongest in the history of the sport," says Ohno. "You'll see star athletes from every country." On the snow, Bode Miller is back, tackling Whistler Mountain (and Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal) in Alpine skiing's big event, the men's downhill. Also on the slopes, the women's mogul final features the U.S. freestyle skiers taking on a tough Canadian team on their home turf. The afternoon highlight is the men's 5000m speedskating final, with defending gold medalist Chad Hedrick. "I owe my 5000 gold to the energy of the (2006) Opening Ceremonies," says Hedrick, who made it a point of pride to attend an event some athletes skip. — Dave Roeder

Elevator Girl
9/8c Hallmark
Just in time for Valentine's Day weekend, Hallmark delivers a fresh new made-for-cable romance starring Lacey Chabert and Ryan Merriman. They play a pair of opposites who are stuck in an elevator together. It doesn't take long for sparks to fly, but once the doors open up and the pair is firmly back on the ground, they have to decide if their differences are insurmountable or whether love truly conquers all. — Brie Hearn


8/7c BBC America
This new British import from Primeval co-creator Adrian Hodges is sort of like a post-apocalyptic Lost and is all the more chilling after last summer's swine flu panic. In the premiere, a virulent flu strain breaks out in Europe and quickly becomes a global pandemic, wiping out most of the world's population. In Britain, a small, diverse group of survivors decide to band together and try to start over in a scary new world. The stellar cast includes BBC regulars Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon) and Zoe Tapper (Demons). — Karen Andzejewicz

NBA All-Star Saturday Night
8:30/7:30c TNT
Before you see the fan-selected, all-around best-of-the-best in tomorrow's All-Star Game, check out some of the best of various aspects of the game. Individual and team events include the Skills Challenge and Shooting Stars competition. Also, Toronto's Jason Kapono looks to three-peat in the Three-Point Shootout against such long-shot specialists as Rashard Lewis of the Magic and Roger Mason of the Spurs. And Dwight Howard, take note: The Slam Dunk title has not been successfully defended since Jason Richardson won back-to-back in 2002-03. And he was the first since some guy named Michael Jordan did it in 1987-88. — Roger Leister

Bill Maher: But I'm Not Wrong
10/9c HBO
If you've been jonesing for some new material from Bill Maher, now is a great time to get your fix. Tonight Maher performs a stand-up show from the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, and it's a good bet his routine will include bits on the economy, President Obama, patriotism, terrorism and the state of comedy in the post-Bush years. And next Friday, Maher will be back with his usual roster of interesting guests and panelists when Real Time With Bill Maher returns for its eighth season. — Joe Friedrich