Archive for Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Star power may not be enough to save show

June 26, 2012


Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur (“Hairspray”) has joined the cast of “Retired at 35” (9 p.m., TV Land), now entering its second season. For the uninitiated, “Retired” follows the travails of a New York City burnout, David (Johnathan McClain), who decides to “retire” to Florida. This upends the plans of his harried parents (George Segal and Jessica Walter), who were about to embark on their “golden years.”

Winokur plays David’s sister, Amy, who competes with him for their parents’ time, attention and affection. If shows were judged by casting alone, “Retired” would be a hit. Unfortunately, contrived situations and obvious dialogue can scuttle a series with even the best talent.

• Does America have a dental crisis? “Frontline” (9 p.m., PBS) examines the enormous social and financial costs arising from the poor-to-nonexistent dental care available to millions of Americans who are poor or barely getting by.

‘‘Dollars and Dentists” shows how many people forgo dental care entirely, leading to serious health problems and surgery that can lead to bankruptcy. Medicaid has also been burdened by excessive costs for surgeries, often performed in emergency rooms, which could have been prevented with regular checkups and dental care. Even poor families who are entitled to dental benefits often have trouble finding a dentist who will treat them.

Tonight’s other highlights

• U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials (7 p.m., NBC).

• In “Don Juan DeMarco” (7 p.m., Ovation), Marlon Brando plays a therapist treating a patient (Johnny Depp) who has convinced himself (and others) that he is the world’s greatest lover. Remember when Depp made interesting movies?

• Ice takes its toll on two deck hands on “Deadliest Catch” (8 p.m., Discovery). “Catch” Sig Hansen and Keith Colburn tonight on “The Tonight Show” (10:35 p.m., NBC), along with Matt LeBlanc.

• A soldier may have murdered his lover on “48 Hours Mystery” (9 p.m., CBS).

• “Hollywood Treasure” (9 p.m., Syfy) visits Greg Cannom, a nine-time Oscar-nominated makeup artist. He shares a tour of his collectibles from the underrated 1992 horror adaptation “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola.


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