Natasha Bassett stars in "Britney Ever After,"  premiering Saturday, Feb. 18th, at  7 p.m. on Lifetime. 

Natasha Bassett stars in "Britney Ever After,"  premiering Saturday, Feb. 18th, at  7 p.m. on Lifetime. 

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Britney Spears has packed a lot of living in her 35 years. And here comes Lifetime, feeling (filling?) a need with Britney Ever After, which will air Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.

Natasha Bassett plays the iconic singer in the original movie that touches all facets of Spears' hard-lived life, including an appearance by five actors as N Sync.

Lifetime has become home for movies based on the lives of singers with tumultuous lives. This one, for a young singer who will always be a superstar, follows Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le; Whitney; and Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.

This one, for a still-young singer who has never had to make a comeback because she never truly went away, feels too soon. Nevertheless, I am here for this, popcorn and all.

MONDAY

Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party: Two new episodes. Comedians Kathy Griffin and Mike Epps join them for food shenanigans. 8 p.m. VH1

Humans: Carrie-Anne Moss joins as Season 2 premieres. 8 p.m. AMC

TUESDAY

New Girl: Hell's Kitchen head chef in charge Gordon Ramsay guest-stars as himself. 7 p.m. Fox

The Mindy Project: Mindy lives through a breakup, again and again. Hulu

Valentine's Day Marathon: No one does marathons quite like Sundance. Last weekend was pure bliss with marathons featuring Smokey and Bandit AND westerns. For this marathon, they went with modern love stories, featuring Bridget Jones' Diary and Sweet Home Alabama. Starts at noon, Sundance

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WEDNESDAY

Doubt: Katherine Heigl stars as a lawyer head over heels in love and, you guessed it, doubt. Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) also stars. 9 p.m. CBS

The Quad: It's the first football game. And with this show, that means drama with a capital D. Jake Allyn, who played football at Jesuit and Cornell, stars as quarterback Bojohn Folsom. 9 p.m. BET

Madiba: The miniseries about Nelson Mandela concludes. 7 p.m. BET

THURSDAY

Riverdale: Jughead's investigative mind gets to work when he finds out the drive-in is set for razing. 8 p.m. The CW

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Sharks: Spend a night with a vicious predator when Blitzkrieg Sharks, Shark Alley, Sharkatraz and Mega Hammerhead chew up some scenery. Starts at 6 p.m. on National Geographic

FRIDAY

The Vampire Diaries: Now, they're just making stuff up. Time isn't on Damon and Alaric's side as the season nears its close. 7 p.m. the CW

SATURDAY

Planet Earth II: Sir David Attenborough narrates again as the series gets personal with all critters big and small in the premiere. 8 p.m. BBC America

Out this week in home entertainment

Arrival comes out on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for people to get acquainted with it before its bid for the X Academy Awards for which it is nominated. 

'Arrival' is the smartest sci-fi movie of the year, and a surprisingly engaging film about language (A)

Amy Adams stars as a linguist in the movie adapted from a novella called Story of Your Life. Jeremy Renner co-stars as a physicist. Forest Whitaker also stars as a colonel.

Adams must help communicate with aliens who have landed all over Earth. And the story unfolds in some surprising ways.

Also out this week: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk; Bleed for This; The Crash; The Edge of Seventeen; Hap and Leonard: The Complete First Season; Liberty's Kids: The Complete Series; London Town; Mercy: The Complete Second Season; Star Trek Enterprise: The Complete Series; Powerpuff Girls Volume 1: Tiara Trouble; and Priceless.

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