Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, February 8. All times are Eastern.
2018 Winter Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.): The headlines out of PyeongChang: “The Winter Olympics are cold.” Temperatures are so low that they’re destroying equipment on the Alpine skiing course. Conditions are more hospitable at the indoor venues where you can take in the first night of NBC’s primetime Winter Olympics coverage, safe from Jack Frost’s nose-nipping reach, and enjoy the beginning of the figure-skating and freestyle-skiing competitions in toastier confines. Meanwhile, the whole world looks forward to the opening ceremonies, where the only comfortable attendee will be this guy:
Life Below Zero (National Geographic, 8 p.m.): For another look at extreme wintry conditions, tune in to NatGeo’s ongoing profile of the people dwelling in the most remote reaches of Alaska, where every day is a constant fight not to ask your small number of human and/or sled-dog companions, “Cold enough for ya?”