“Last Comic Standing” season-opener, 9-11 p.m., NBC.
It's been a bumpy
ride, with eight previous seasons sprawled over 12 years. One time,
NBC skipped the show for three summers; another, it ordered two
editions ... then skipped the finale of the second.
Now “Comic” is
back, with more changes. It's shorter (eight weeks), has its fourth
host (Anthony Jeselnik) and has changed one of the judges (Norm
Macdonald replaces Russell Peters, alongside Roseanne Barr andKeenen
Ivory Wayans). At the core, however, is a show spotlighting gifted
“Extant,” 9 p.m., CBS.
This is an ambitious
summer show, with Oscar-winners as producer (Steven Spielberg) and
star (Halle Berry). Ratings have slipped in this second season,
though, so CBS is moving it an hour earlier.
scrambles to find a virus that would destroy alien hybrids. Also, her
artificial-human son escapes from his keeper, in an attempt to stir
his wiped-away memories of her..
ALTERNATIVE: Debuts of “Home Free,” 9 p.m., Fox, and “Twinning,”
10 p.m., VH1.
In many ways, these
shows are opposites. “Home Free” -- a feel-good, home-fix-up show
-- has a terrific host (Mike Holmes) and, tonight, a wonderful
ending; “Twinning” has neither.
Still, there's a
common point: “Home Free” has a likable set of twins ...
inclucing the first person who gets a time out, for being overzealous
with a sledge hammer; “Twinning” pits a dozen sets of twins,
varying widely: Two guys dress alike and have never been apart for
more than 12 hours; two women have had sharply different looks for a
decade. You'll soon hate some twins and root for others.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No,” 9 p.m., Syfy,
repeating at 11.
Twice now – first
in Los Angeles, then New York – airborne sharks have rained down;
both times, Finn (Ian Ziering) has fought back with guts, luck and
(at times) a chainsaw. But now an attack is zooming down the entire
East Coast; as usual for disaster films, national monuments are early
This brings back
Cassie Scerbo as Nova, the action hero from the first “Sharknado,”
and piles up the cameo roles, some of them (David Hasselhoff, Mark
Cuban, Frankie Muniz) substantial. It has many flaws – scarce
humor, grisly violence, disjointed story – but never claimed to be
8-10 p.m., ABC. Fresh from its Emmy nomintion (for star Anthony
Anderson), this comedy offers four straight reruns. It starts with
Dre (Anderson) trying to preserve Halloween traditions; it concludes
with him reluctant to tell his mom that his sister (Raven-Symone) is
Joey,” 8 p.m., ABC Family. This is basically a clip show, with
scenes from the past. Still, the basic set-up – a parlor game --
brings laughs of its own.
8:31 p.m., ABC Family. As Bonnie prepares for yet another wedding
day, her sons are in charge of her dress. The results, of course, are
“Suits,” 9 p.m.,
USA. Eric Close is know as a co-star of many shows (including
“Without a Trace”) and as the cheating mayor on “Nashville.”
But in five “Suits” episodes, he was Travis Tanner, Harvey's
enemy. Now he returns, claiming to be a changed man.
10 and 10:30 p.m., ABC. Both transplanted reruns center on Claire.
The first, which is hilarious, has her stuck in the airport and
spying on the family via computer; in the second, she must quickly
shoot a commercial for her dad's closet company.
“The Jim Gaffigan
Show,” 10 p.m., TV Land. This quietly clever comedy got off to a
good start last week. Tonight, Jim tries to cut back on junk food;
then a kid's birthday cake tempts him.