MIGHT-SEE: “Dr. Ken” debut, 8:31 p.m., ABC.
nights used to be fun, you know. ABC said “TGIF” means “thank
goodness its funny”; various networks had John Ritter, Ray Romano,
Ellen Degeneres and George Lopez on Fridays.
now? ABC keeps trying, with the OK “Last Man Standing” at 8 p.m.
and various shows at 8:30. Now it has Ken Jeong (a former doctor in
real life), playing a wisecracking doctor. All of the cliches are
there, including a wise wife, bureaucratic boss, odd son and popular
daughter. The story has some fairly funny moments that could have
been salvaged by a more-skilled actor.
MIGHT-SEE II: “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder,” 8 and 8:30
ABC gropes at Friday comedy, we might as well savor the reruns of two
Tuesday debuts. Each has a clever concept that neatly fits its star.
enough, TV characters suddenly learn they are fathers; this one (John
Stamos) simultaneously learns he's a grandfather. Then Rob Lowe plays
an actor who portrays a lawyer on TV; when the show is cancelled, he
returns home and figures he can help his brother (Fred Savage) at a
real law practice.
ALTERNATIVE: “In Performance at the White House,” 9 p.m., PBS
(check local listings)
Paul Simon in 2007 to Willie Nelson this year, the almost-annual
Gershwin Prize has honorted popular songwriters. Here's a rerun of
the 2012 event, honoring Burt Bacharach, now 87, and Hal David, who
died later that year, at 91.
Wonder, the second Gershwin winner, performs. Also included are
Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Michael Feinstein, Rumer and jazz-trumpeter
Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Mike (Tim Allen) makes a suggestion
that seems revolutionary these days: Maybe his grandson could just
walk home from school. Meanwhile, his daughters try to keep a secret
from their mom; also, there's a meeting for “doomsday preppers.”
Time Ever” (8 p.m., NBC) and “Scream Queens” (9 p.m., Fox).
Maybe Friday is the new Tuesday. Both of these hours ran Tuesday, as
did the Fox comedies. “Best Time” is a loose collection of stunts
and such; on “Scream Queens,” the dean (Jamie Lee Curtis) dares
to change the school mascot.
Next Top Model,” 9 p.m., CW. Next week, CW starts launching its
fall line-up. With that in mind, this show moves to its regular
night; tonight, eliminated contestants get a second chance.
Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. Someone has threatened to detonate hidden
bombs, unless an arsonist (played by former fighting champion Randy
Couture) is released.
Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. Danny is probing a possible serial killer.
Meanwhile, his sister considers applying for a judgeship and their
dad, the police commissionert, is accused by a mayoral candidate
(Mary Stuart Masterson) of investigating her husband.
10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Art and activism are risky in
China, this documentary says. Al Weiwei spent 16 months in
confinement. He resumed making art, but also mocked the government.
He even installed four web-cams in his home, to give the public the
same views the spies have.
Jacksons: Next Generation” debut, 10 p.m., Lifetime. This reality
show follows the brothers in 3T, a music group. Taj, Taryll and TJ
Jackson (41, 39 and 34) are the sons of Tito Jackson and the nephews
of the late Michael Jackson and other members of The Jacksons.