Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday February 12

Today’s Top Picks


Ancient Aliens

9 p.m. ET on HISTORY

In the special two-hour episode “William Shatner Meets Ancient Aliens,” the “Star Trek” icon talks with some of the leading experts on the topic of Ancient Astronaut Theory. Former British Ministry of Defense investigator Nick Pope, rocket scientist Dr. Travis Taylor, theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, and two religious history experts join such Ancient Astronaut theorists as Erich von Daniken, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress, William Henry and Linda Moulton Howe to exchange perspectives on this field of study.


Magnum, P.I.

9 p.m. ET on CBS

After a young man in dire need of emergency surgery goes missing with a bullet lodged in his chest, Dr. Ethan Shah (guest star Jay Ali) pleads with Magnum and Higgins (Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks) to find the patient before it’s too late in a new episode called “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Meanwhile, TC (Stephen Hill) talks to a military recruit whom he suspects is enlisting for the wrong reasons. Betsy Phillips and John Marshall Jones also guest star; Zachary Knighton and Tim Kang also star.


Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows

8 p.m. on NICK – Season Premiere

The Midnight Society returns with a new set of storytellers for Season 2, as well as a chilling new yarn set in a cursed seaside town that is being haunted by a mysterious figure known as the Shadowman (Kyle Strauts). The new cast includes Bryce Gheisar, Beatrice Kitsos, Parker Queenan, Malia Baker and Dominic Mariche.


Lidia Celebrates America

10 p.m. ET on PBS – Season Premiere

Chef and author Lidia Bastianich firmly subscribes to the notion that good food is essential to nourish both body and soul, a premise reflected in her first special episode of Season 8, “A Salute to First Responders,” which finds the earthy, warmhearted Bastianich touring the United States to meet and cook with those serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, the dishes themselves are appealing, but are secondary to the extraordinary stories of gallant humanity she encounters.

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