What’s Worth Watching: ‘O.J. Simpson’, ‘Chasing Heroin’, ‘Limitless’ and more for Tuesday, February 23
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (10/9c, FX): Courtney B. Vance comes into his own as the flamboyant Johnnie Cochran, a lawyer with a revivalist’s bombast, clashing with the pompous Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) as jury selection begins. Nashville‘s Connie Britton goes fabulously over the top as Nicole’s “friend” Faye Resnick, publishing a sleazy tell-all that sends the courtroom into a frenzy, and multiple combatants onto Larry King Live, which like the rest of TV couldn’t get enough of this story.
Chasing Heroin (9/8c, PBS, check local listings at pbs.org): America’s heroin epidemic is explored in depth by Frontline producer Marcela Gaviria (Drug Wars) and correspondent Martin Smith, who spent a year following the spiral of people trapped in addiction while also tracing the bigger picture of how the marketing of drugs like Oxycontin may have contributed to this crisis. The two-hour special also looks at new ways of dealing with the problem that emphasize treatment over incarceration.
Limitless (10/9c, CBS): A perfect example of the fanciful visual style that sets this enjoyable show apart from more standard procedurals, this episode gathers renowned comic-book artists to illustrate the thrilling back story of Sands (Colin Salmon), the sinister henchman of Sen. Morra, who seeks Brian’s (Jake McDorman) help on a case.
Inside Tuesday TV: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Central City: On The CW’s The Flash (8/7c), King Shark escapes from an A.R.G.U.S. facility, prompting Arrow‘s Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lila (Audrey Marie Anderson) to rescue Barry (Grant Gustin) and his friends from the jaws of danger. … Jon Cryer returns to CBS’s NCIS (8/7c) as Dr. Cyril Taft, who fancies himself one of the team after discovering key evidence while treating a suspect. … Billie Jean King guests as herself on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat (8/7c), hired by the Huangs to coach Emery (Forrest Wheeler) when he shows promise at tennis. … Neil Patrick Harris discovers he has an accused witch in his family tree, one of the discoveries in this week’s Finding Your Roots (8/7c, PBS, check local listings at pbs.org). Other guests include Gloria Steinem and author Sandra Cisneros. … Kobe Bryant is featured in a new edition of HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (10/9c), which also investigates the dangers inherent in extreme X-Games-style sports and profiles Paralympic archer Matt Stutzman and openly gay NBA CEO Rick Welts of the Phoenix Suns.