Arts

Critic’s Corner

Slavery By Another Name 9 p.m., Channel 2

As its title suggests this documentary examines a post-Civil War America in which a signed Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t enough to break the bonds of slavery. The practice may no longer have been legal, but dubious arrests meant the “leasing’’ of African-Americans as laborers. Based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Wall Street Journal writer Douglas Blackmon and narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne (pictured), the film employs archival photos, dramatic re-enactments, and commentary from scholars to illuminate insidious practices that lasted into the 20th century.

Smash 10 p.m., Channel 7

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So after all of the massive hype by NBC for their new Broadway-based baby, the series opened to decent numbers last week, and was the third-highest rated new drama of the season. The true test comes tonight when we find out how many viewers were enticed back by this backstage drama. Aside from those of “Marilyn’’ contenders (above, from left) Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, will “Smash’’ have legs?

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Love Lust 8 p.m., Sundance

A breakdown of our pop culture guilty pleasures.

The Voice 8 p.m., Channel 7

As the chairs turn.

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Fashion Police 10 p.m., E!

A recap of the sartorial high notes and the clunkers from the Grammy Awards.