Critic’s picks: Television

From left: Ed Sullivan, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr on the set of “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.

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From left: Ed Sullivan, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr on the set of “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.

THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA: A GRAMMY SALUTE TO THE BEATLES A cavalcade of contemporary musicians — including Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, and John Legend — gathered the day after the Grammy Awards to pay tribute to the Fab Four. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney join in on the fun. The special airs 50 years to the day and time that the Beatles first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Feb. 9, 8 p.m., CBS

ABOUT A BOY Boston native David Walton (“Bent”) stars in this adaptation of the Hugh Grant 2002 film, itself adapted from the 1998 Nick Hornby novel. It comes from producer Jason Katims, the man behind other successful film-to-TV adaptations “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” so we’re hopeful. Feb. 22, after the Winter Olympics, NBC


MIND GAMES Christian Slater (“Gleaming the Cube”) and Steve Zahn (“Treme”) costar as brothers Ross and Clark Edwards. One is a con man (Slater), one is a genius who happens to be bipolar (Zahn), and their business motto is “we change people’s minds without them knowing we did it.” Feb. 25, 10 p.m., ABC

THE RED ROAD This dark new series starring Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) follows the drama surrounding the tensions and alliances between two communities, a small town and the federally unrecognized Native American tribe in the neighboring mountains just outside New York City. Feb. 27, 9 p.m., Sundance

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SIRENS “Rescue Me” star Denis Leary returns to TV as a producer on this new comedy about three Chicago EMTs and the hijinks that ensue as they go about their life-and-death business. March 6, 10 p.m., USA

RESURRECTION What if people who have passed away, in some cases many years ago, suddenly began turning up seemingly alive and well at the age at which they died? This series is based on the book “The Returned” but is not to be confused with — but surely will be — the French series that recently aired on Sundance with a similar premise called “The Returned.” March 9, 9 p.m., ABC

COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “Ted”) produces and astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this new series that aims to pick up where Carl Sagan left off. March 9, 9 p.m., Fox


FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES For the inaugural series on his new network, director Robert Rodriguez resurrects his dusty vampire saga, expanding on the universe from the film series. March 11, 9 p.m., El Rey

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Hosted by five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, this season’s highlights include James Naughton performing the music of Randy Newman and performances by Americana artist Jason Isbell and Tony winner Patina Miller (“Pippin”). March 28, 9 p.m., WGBH 2

FARGO The title comes from the Coen Brothers’ 1996 film, but this intriguing series features a new cast of quirky characters — played by folks like Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, and Bob Odenkirk — in the frigid city. April 15, 10 p.m., FX

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