Archive for Saturday, October 22, 2011

‘Modern’ kid turns up in holiday comedy

October 22, 2011

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Ariel Winter, best known as the smarty-pants Alex on “Modern Family,” guest-stars in the cable kids’ sequel “Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred” (8 p.m., Nickelodeon). Discovered on the Internet, Lucas Cruikshank returns to character as the motor-mouthed teenager Fred. He has a difficult time convincing folks that his next-door neighbor is a vampire. John Cena of WWE fame and Daniella Monet (“Victorious”) also star in this Halloween-themed, movie-length comedy.

• Martin Mull stars in another ghoulish holiday comedy, this one for a more adult audience. “Oliver’s Ghost” (9 p.m., Hallmark) features young actor Nicholas Stargel as Oliver, an 11-year-old with the uncanny ability to see ghosts and carry on extensive conversations with his spectral companions. This comes in handy when his folks relocate to an older part of town and move in with its previous owner, Clive (Mull), who is loath to share the place with either the living or the dead.

One of the more durable performers in television, Mull has had memorable roles on series from “Roseanne” to “Two and a Half Men.” To me, he’ll always be Barth Gimble, the aggressively smarmy talk-show host on “Fernwood 2 Night,” a show about 30 years ahead of its time.

Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”) also stars here as a kindly neighbor who conspires with Oliver to help Clive “move on” and leave his earthly hang-ups behind him.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Game Three of the World Series (7:30 p.m., Fox).

• Notre Dame and USC meet in college football action (8 p.m., NBC).

• Sadie meets a certain someone on “Bedlam” (9 p.m., BBC America).

• Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (10 p.m., CBS): A movie sheds light on a notorious murder spree.

• In a world where cuteness counts, the series “Puppies vs. Babies” (10 p.m., Animal Planet) tries to flush out the truth of which one rules. Tonight: “King of the Cuties.”

• Alec Baldwin hosts “Saturday Night Live” (11:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Radiohead.

Saturday series

Walden’s ex appears on “Two and a Half Men” (8 p.m., CBS) ... Angry emails on “How To Be a Gentleman” (8:30 p.m., CBS) ... Secrets from Chin Ho’s past surface on “Hawaii Five-O” (9 p.m., CBS).

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 5 months ago

"To me, he’ll always be Barth Gimble, the aggressively smarmy talk-show host on “Fernwood 2 Night,” a show about 30 years ahead of its time."

A spinoff of another series ahead of its time, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."

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