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New sitcom has old storyline

June 20, 2012

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“Baby Daddy” (7:30 p.m., ABC Family) dusts off the premise of “Three Men and a Baby.” For the record, that was a 1987 Hollywood movie based on a 1985 French comedy. How many remakes does “Daddy” make?

The three men are regular dude Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), a bartender; his finicky best friend, Tucker (Tahj Mowry); and his brother, Danny (Derek Theler), a handsome professional hockey player. Their bachelor life shenanigans are complicated, but not terminated, when a mysterious ex-girlfriend leaves a baby on Ben’s doorstep.

For reasons known only to sitcom writers, Ben’s good friend, Riley (Chelsea Kane), an attractive lawyer, puts her entire life on hold to help out with the child. Could it be that she used to be a fat kid and harbors insecurities and a secret crush on Ben? I’ll never say.

Ben and Danny’s mom (Melissa Peterman) loudly arrives on the scene to announce her joy and horror at being an instant grandmother. She’s so consumed with her new status that she doesn’t much care about the identity of the baby’s mother, or whatever drove her to become the catalyst for this formulaic yuck-fest.

• Cedric the Entertainer stars on “The Soul Man” (9 p.m., TV Land) as the Rev. Boyce Ballentine, an R&B singer-turned-minister who moves his wife (Niecy Nash) and family to St. Louis to take over his father’s modest church. Raised amid the splendor and temptation of the music industry, Boyce’s children have some serious adjusting to do.

• The first installment of “School Spirits” (9 p.m., Syfy) offers a documentary-style look at a haunted University of Michigan sorority house filled with fetching and frightened females. Every week brings a new, blood-curdling college tour!

Tonight’s other highlights

• Callbacks on “So You Think You Can Dance” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Three cases show similar symptoms on “Royal Pains” (8 p.m., USA).

• “Futurama” (9 p.m., Comedy Central) enters a new season.

• A draft pick needs his head examined on “Necessary Roughness” (9 p.m., USA).

• “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman” (9 p.m., Science) ponders “What Makes Us Who We Are.”

• “Hitler’s Pawn” (9 p.m., HBO) recalls a Jewish athlete trained to compete for Germany in the 1936 Olympic games.

• “The Exes” (9:30 p.m., TV Land) enters its second season.

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