TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Live from Lincoln Center,” 9 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
In the burlesque houses of 1937 New York, Chauncy Miles
plays a “nance,” a broad parody of a gay man. In real life, he’s gay; it is, he
says, a bit “like a Negro doing blackface.”
Now officials are arresting gays and cracking down on
burlesque; his world is fading. “The Nance” mixes so-so comedy with quietly
affecting drama, salvaged by Nathan Lane’s Tony-nominated performance. This
production (not live, despite the title) brings TV viewers a flawed but
interesting stage experience.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS; earlier,
CBS has the week’s new episode, with Danny (Donnie Wahlberg)
temporarily switching police partners. Also, his brother Jamie tries to
re-claim an arrest that was taken by a pompous detective. And their dad (Tom
Selleck), the police commissioner, clashes with the archdiocese when he speaks about
That’s preceded by reruns at 4 and 5 p.m. on WGN America
(Danny tries to stop a Mob war, then probes a case involving a sleeper cell)
and then on Ion: At 7 p.m., Danny accidentally shoots an undercover cop. At 8,
Jamie gets a new police partner; at 9, their sister re-opens an old rape case
their dad worked on.
TONIGHT’S DISAPPOINTMENT: “Cristela” debut, 8:31 p.m., ABC.
When ABC re-did the pilot film, we had high homes. Cristela
Alonzo is a smart and likable comedian; the script she co-wrote had some OK
gags. Most of it was heavy-handed, but that could have been fixed.
It wasn’t, alas. “Cristela” has a decent concept, with
Alonzo breaking family tradition to become a law-firm intern; however, it’s
bluntly written and poorly acted. The best line (about poison) is borrowed;
it’s been credited to Winston Churchill in 1912. We’ll hope future material is
less than a century old.
Other choices include:
“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Joely Fisher guests as Ed’s
assertive girlfriend. Since Ed (Hector Elizondo) owns the business, she thinks
he should be its public face, not Mike (Tim Allen).
“The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here’s a first, with racers
on Scotland’s Shetland Island in Scotland, herding sheep. Nine teams remain,
after the ouster of a dating duo and Miami realtor sisters.
“On the Menu,” 8 p.m., TNT. The show’s second hour has four
interesting home chefs, from a 22-year-old tech guy who cooks with his mom to a
58-year-old marketer who likes to sing opera music in the kitchen (and maybe in
his future restaurant). People assume he’s ultra-Italian, he says, but he’s
really Russian-Polish-Jewish. The winner will have a specialty appear on the
Denny’s menu, starting Saturday.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. After robbing a bus, women
have something that makes them a target.
“Gotham,” 9 p.m., Fox. In this rerun, Oswald Cobblepot (the
future Penguin) is back and working for a crime boss. Also, someone is killing
corrupt people and attaching them to weather balloons.
“The Knick,” 10 p.m., Cinemax. Set in the early 1900s,
“Knick” launched a crisis last week, with naval warfare keeping cocaine from
New York. Hospitals are desperate; Dr. Thackery, an addict, is worse. This hour
– well-made, but extremely grim – finds him at his low point, while two other
doctors face crises.
“Standup Revolution,” midnight, Comedy Central. It’s a busy
night for Gabriel Iglesias, co-starring in “Cristela” and hosting “Revolution.”
The latter starts and ends well, but has sub-par comedians.