“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC.
It's time for the
wedding and Mandy is not pleased. She dislikes the Bible readings (“a
little preachy”), the church seating (“a little pew-y”) and the
tennis shows her groom and his best man plan to wear. Others are
growing bitter. “When do we get to throw rice at her?” a sister
asks. “And can it be rocks?”
That leaves it up to
her parents (Tim Allen and Nancy Travis) to smooth things over. The
result may not be original, but it's quick and clever and – at the
right moments – sort of sweet.
“Great Performances: Gypsy,” 9 p.m., PBS.
When they read Gypsy
Rose Lee's memoirs, Broadway people saw the perfect combination –
Ethel Merman starring as the overbearing mother, with young Stephen
Sondheim writing the songs.
Sondheim should stick to lyrics, with Jule Styne doing the music.
They created the classics “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People”
and “Everything's Coming Up Roses.” Now – after four revivals,
a movie and a TV film – here's a fairly good production: The story
is weak, the songs are great, the star (Imelda Staunton) is so-so,
others (especially Lara Pulver as Louise) are first-rate.
ALTERNATIVE: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 9 p.m., CW.
Sometimes, it's wise
to know when a relationship – or a story – has burned out.
“Crazy” stretched its Josh-or-Greg quandary way too long; now it
wraps it up with an exceptionally good episode.
Two songs are both
very brilliant and very adult. In one, Greg keeps finding rhymes for
“feces storm” (sort of); in the other, he and Josh celebrate all
the places they've had sex with Rebecca, These are odd and clever
moments – and they help push the story in new places. There's a
turning point for Paula and some wonderfully funny moments for Vella
Lovell, as the perpetually dry and downbeat Heather.
ALTERNATIVE II: Veterans Day shows, cable.
AMC has “Pearl
Harbor” (2001) – great visuals, lame story – at 6 and 9 p.m.,
while others offer documentaries. History has “Vietnam in HD”
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., then “Warfighters” until 4 a.m. Reelz has
the true stories behind “Unbroken,” “American Sniper” and
“MASH” from 7-10 p.m., rerunning until 1 a.m. The Smithsonian has
“The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima” at 9 p.m.
Then there's the
American Heroes Channel (formerly the Military Channel). It has
“World War II in Color” from 5-10 p.m., followed by the debut of
“The Battle I'll Never Forget.”
p.m., CBS. Murdoc – the recurring villain in the original series –
is back and ready to kill MacGyver. Don't worry; our hero has a
corkscrew and some paper-towel rolls.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:31
p.m., ABC. Here's a way to link with the show that follows it: Ken's
son has a chance to pitch his product on “Shark Tank.” Meanwhile,
his daughter starts an internship at the clinic.
9 p.m., CBS. Danny chaperones his daughter's winter formal.
Naturally, a crisis ensues; gunmen take over, in order to kidnap a
10 p.m., CBS. A woman tells Danny and Baez about her abusive
ex-boyfriend ... then becomes the prime suspect, when the guy is
(1956) 10 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. This John Ford/John Wayne
film was chosen by American Film Institute voters as No. 12 among the
best American movies ... and No. 1 for westerns. Another cowboy
classic, Sam Peckinpah's “Ride the High Country” (1962) is at
6:15 p.m. ET, with the James Dean film “Rebel Without a Cause”
(1955) at 8.
“Wolf Creek,” 10
p.m., Pop. A week from the finale, Eve poses as a waitress at a
lingerie bar. There, she waits for Mick Taylor, the man who killed
everyone else in her family.