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Tune In Tonight: ‘Frock Stars’ well-tailored to audience

March 7, 2013

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“L.A. Frock Stars” (7 p.m., Smithsonian) is a pretty dumb title for an enjoyable show. A far better title, “The Way We Wore,” is the name of the upscale vintage boutique featured here, run by Doris Raymond. She’s a smart, tireless and discerning judge of the futures market for things of the past.

Along with her cheerful staff, she services the wealthy as well as celebrities who trust her judgment about the beauty and investment value of distinctive hand-me-downs.

We first meet client and friend Dita Von Teese, an actress and performance artist famous for reviving the American burlesque tradition. She frequently borrows mid-century outfits that would not be out of place on “Mad Men” to wear at red carpet events, resulting in great exposure for the boutique.

Costume designer Lou Eyrich scours the store for ideas and garments to be worn in an upcoming episode of “Glee.” She explains the demands of supplying new outfits for a weekly episodic series like “Glee,” which focuses on performance and has frequent costume changes.

‘‘Frock Stars” should appeal to viewers who love clothes and respect the intelligence behind their history and design. Don’t go looking for diva behavior or staged melodramatics. Unlike many Bravo shows, “Frock Stars” is for and about people who can be passionate without resorting to adolescent antics.

• Duct tape inspires on “Project Runway” (8 p.m., Lifetime). Also, it was recently announced that Heidi Klum will become a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Tonight’s other highlights

• Jeff sees his long-estranged father on “Community” (7 p.m., NBC).

• The first elimination round unfolds on “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox).

• An energy drink gets the once-over on “Shark Tank” (7 p.m., ABC). This replaces the just-canceled “Zero Hour,” which premiered in this timeslot.

• Six new numbers add up to the search for a killer on “Person of Interest” (8 p.m., CBS).

• Movie music celebrated on “Glee” (8:30 p.m., Fox).

• Expert testimony on “Anger Management” (8:30 p.m., FX).

• “Delocated” concludes on “Adult Swim” (11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network).

— Copyright 2013 United Feature Syndicate, distributed by Universal Uclick.

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