Call me confused. I’m frequently stumped when a cable network deviates from its original purpose to pursue generic reality shows, readily available elsewhere. The newest CNBC offering is “Crowd Rules” (8 p.m.) a show so unabashedly unoriginal, it just might work. Imagine the set from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” the music from “The Apprentice” and the general thrust of “Shark Tank” and you’re getting close.
According to poll figures I just made up, 73 percent of homeowners are obsessed about keeping squirrels out of their bird feeders and keeping deer from eating their vegetables, flowers and shrubs. Tonight’s “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS) will shed no light on the eternal battle between man and squirrel, but “The Private Life of Deer” is illuminating.
The television season may be nearing its end, but new “midseason” replacements keep arriving. ABC presents “Family Tools” (7:30 p.m.), a contrived fish-out-of-water tale about a hapless adult son, Jack (Kyle Bornheimer), forced to take over his family’s home improvement business after his father, Tony (J.K. Simmons, “The Closer”), has a heart attack. The good news is that this is not a “Home Improvement” knockoff. The bad news is that the good news stops there.
Despite being the best, or at least the best-reviewed, new show of the season, “Nashville” (9 p.m., ABC) has seen its ratings steadily decline since midseason. Nothing kills a soapy melodrama like asking viewers to return in three weeks to see what happens next, followed by another two-week hiatus.
Hard science takes a backseat to poetic meditation on the known and unknowable on the “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS) presentation of “The Mystery of Eels.” The documentary is narrated by artist and author James Prosek (”Trout: An Illustrated History”), whose fascination with eels grew after visiting Ray Turner, the proprietor of Delaware Delicacies near Hancock, N.Y.
Comedian bringing his liberal sense of humor to Topeka
For a comedian like Bill Maher, our fair — red — state has provided plenty of fodder over the years, some of which may work its way into his stand-up routine Saturday night at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. By Sara Shepherd
When it comes to spy thrillers, there’s no place like home. Now entering the home stretch of an impressive first season, “The Americans” (9 p.m., FX) is the latest show to re-emphasize that old adage from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Featuring “the world’s greatest matchmakers” and semi-celebrities looking for the “perfect” match, the new dating spectacular “Ready for Love” (8 p.m., NBC) isn’t interesting enough to ridicule with much enthusiasm. It seems to exist only to give viewers of “Splash” (7 p.m., ABC) a feeling of superiority. Tonight’s lucky bachelor is music star Tim Lopez of the Plain White T’s.
Reading is fascinating; writing is boring. The act of sitting before a desk and a blank piece of paper or a typewriter or a laptop is about as solitary and unexciting as it gets. But that fact is what makes the “American Masters” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presentation of “Philip Roth Unmasked” so remarkable.
Last week saw the announcement of a new pope and the discovery of what scientists call “the God particle.” These two events have nothing to do with each other, except that, together, they sound like plot developments in a pulpy Dan Brown conspiracy thriller.
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Director Shannon Draper talks about Lawrence High School production of "Into The Woods" which will run through Saturday night.
Lawrence resident Zachary Stoltenberg puts a little Christmas spirit in his light display along with a little music.
Lawrence residents mourned the death of singer Michael Jackson on Thursday.
Lee Spence reads off the names of some of the thousands of master film negatives stowed at Underground Vaults & Storage.
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