Archive for Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Stars of the ‘90s back for more TV action

April 12, 2011


Ready to do the Macarena? It looks as if 1996 is breaking out all over.

Maybe I'm showing my age, but I still consider Norm MacDonald to have perfected the best Bob Dole impersonation ever. Don't remember Bob Dole, kids? Look him up on Wikipedia. MacDonald returns to television with "Sports Show with Norm MacDonald" (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central).

Taped before a live audience, this is clearly an attempt to do to sports footage what "The Daily Show" has done to news. And where would "The Daily Show" have been without "Weekend Update" to pave the way in fake news?

l The time travel continues with "Sinbad: It's Just Family" (9 p.m., WE), the latest in a long line of "Osbournes"-inspired series featuring the domestic shenanigans of the formerly famous with their spouses and adult children. In one wrinkle, Sinbad and his wife have been divorced and remarried since his heady days.

Sinbad had his own Fox sitcom from 1993 to 1994 and a syndicated talk show in 1997. Unfortunately, Sinbad did not exactly build a bridge to the 21st century. Divorce and an epic bankruptcy and the ignominy of "Celebrity Apprentice" are only a few things he would like to put in his past with "It's Just Family." Hey, it worked for Vanilla Ice! Or did it?

• The sisters are doing it for themselves. Or for each other. Or for Toni, on "Braxton Family Values" (8 p.m., WE). Popular singer Toni Braxton attempts a comeback with the help of sisters Tamar, Traci, Towanda and Trina. "Family" brings them all full circle. Before Toni's fame, the sisters sang together as "The Braxtons."

• A "60 Minutes" poll conducted in late January indicated that 65 percent of Americans had no interest in the forthcoming royal wedding. Don't tell that to the five Windsor-besotted Americans profiled on "Royally Mad" (9 p.m., BBC America).

Tonight’s other highlights

• Worlds collide on "Glee" (7 p.m., Fox).

• The second season of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (7 p.m., ABC) takes on the Los Angeles school system.

• Rocket science can be murder on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8 p.m., CBS).

• Jimmy needs new friends on "Raising Hope" (8 p.m., Fox).

• Cold water, crab catching and conflict loom large as "Deadliest Catch" (8 p.m., Discovery) enters a new season.

• Someone goes home on "Dancing with the Stars" (8 p.m., ABC).

• The inevitable bachelor party episode of "Traffic Light" (8:30 p.m., Fox).

• Oil and oligarchs gum up the work on "The Good Wife" (9 p.m., CBS).

• Amber quits her job on "Parenthood" (9 p.m., NBC).

• A missing hand points to foul play on "Body of Proof" (9 p.m., ABC).

• "Independent Lens" (9 p.m., PBS) presents "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child," a look at the meteoric rise and early death of a painter and Warhol protege.

• Separate Manhattan events bring out the competitive side of the "Fabulous Beekman Boys" (9 p.m., Planet Green).


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