Best shows on TV this week

Tonight

Dance off! The Winter Olympics continue with what was expected to be one of the hottest rivalries of the Games: The ice dancing competition that pits defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada against reigning world champs Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States. 8 p.m., NBC.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: The torch has been passed. Former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman and “Late Night” headliner Jimmy Fallon gets his shot at the big leagues.

Fallon’s first guests are actor Will Smith and the rock group U2. Midnight Monday, NBC. (The show moves to its regular 11:35 p.m. time slot on Friday).

Would you allow your daughter to date someone from another planet? The new drama “Star-Crossed” follows a Romeo and Juliet-like romance between a human girl (Aimee Teegarden) and an alien boy (Matt Lanter), amid a great deal of disapproval. 8 p.m., The CW.

Tuesday

“Generation Like” is an intriguing new installment from “Frontline.” It examines how marketers use social media to build relationships with teenagers, while collecting valuable data. 10 p.m., KCTS.

Wednesday

The latest episode of “Restaurant Takeover” is called “Hillbilly Heaven” and the key thing is that the eatery in question has road kill on the menu. 8 p.m., Food Network.

Thursday

Brace yourself for lots of gushing from James Lipton. Tonight’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio” is devoted to Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey. 8 p.m., Bravo.

Friday

“Sting: The Last Ship” is the latest offering from “Great Performances.” It has the pop star, backed by a 14-piece band, performing songs from his 2013 album. 9 p.m., KCTS.

Saturday

“About a Boy,” a new comedy based on the Nick Hornby novel and Hugh Grant movie, gets a sneak peek tonight. The cast includes by David Walton, Minnie Driver and Benjamin Stockham. 11 p.m., NBC.

Chuck Barney

Contra Costa Times

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