The ultimate anti-Valentine’s Day treat, the documentary “He Lied About Everything” (7 p.m., ID, TV-14) can be enjoyed on so many strange levels. This tale of a suave con man and a woman betrayed is an example of television journalism that goes off the rails when an investigator gets a tad too close to her subject.
Featuring re-enactments, copious home movies and other recordings, “He Lied” concerns Benita Alexander, an NBC News producer who first encounters world-renowned surgeon Paolo Macchiarini while preparing a television special about his remarkable procedure that uses artificial elements and human stem cells to create new windpipes for ailing patients.
She shares an instant chemistry with the doctor and soon their relationship morphs from professional to romantic. Her friends and relatives are immediately smitten by Macchiarini, comparing the handsome physician and bearded European scholar to everyone from “the Most Interesting Man in the World” to Mr. Big from “Sex and the City” and even George Clooney.
Macchiarini woos Alexander in ways that make “The Bachelor” seem subtle. Their whole affair has a reality TV vibe to it that only grows more preposterous once he pops the question and promises her a Vatican wedding officiated by the Pope himself!
While entertaining, “He Lied” basically asks, “Who wouldn’t be bedazzled by this Prince Charming?” instead of wondering, “How could a professional news producer allow herself to become so bamboozled?”
- Archaeologists discover ruins of ships involved in the Dunkirk evacuation on “NOVA” (8 p.m., PBS, TV-PG).
- An heiress’ (Kate Winslet) shipboard flight from her snooty fiance (Billy Zane) to a handsome steerage class striver (Leonardo DiCaprio) is rudely interrupted by an iceberg in the 1997 epic romance “Titanic” (5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., AMC). Jack! Rose
- Coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics (7 p.m., NBC) includes figure skating, alpine skiing, men’s skeleton and speed skating.
- Mulder and Scully search for their son on “The X-Files” (7 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
- Dogs, bears, devil rays and other “Animals With Cameras” wrap up this three-part “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS, TV-G) miniseries.
- A mysterious chalkboard leads a winery owner to “My Secret Valentine” (7 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G).
- Dean Cain hosts a roundup of “The Top 14 Greatest Valentine’s Day Movies of All Time” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
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