Last Man Standing
It's time for The Outdoor Man's new eatery to be launched in the aptly titled new episode "Restaurant Opening," but all is not well on the premises. Kristin (Amanda Fuller) feels co-owner Ed (Hector Elizondo) is overriding her on decisions about managing the operation, and Mike (Tim Allen) ultimately has to play mediator. Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) worries about an old friend's suspected intentions toward her. Nancy Travis and Molly Ephraim also star.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Vincent Price, Casey Kasem and Danny Kaye provide voices for this classic 1970 animated holiday tale. When Peter Cottontail vies for a promotion to become Chief Easter Bunny, his nemesis, the evil Irontail bunny, tries to thwart him at every turn. Peter must face Irontail's challenge of delivering the most Easter eggs. Thankfully, good wins out as Peter saves the day and keeps Easter safe from evil rabbits.
21 Jump Street
Most movie updates of television shows aren't successful, but this smart and genuinely amusing 2012 take on the former Fox series -- which launched Johnny Depp to stardom -- teams Jonah Hill (also a writer and producer here) and Channing Tatum as novice policemen. They still look young enough to pose as high-school students and probe a drug-selling operation. Ice Cube and Brie Larson co-star, and the script incorporates some wise nods to the original show.
The phrase "deadly touch" has a very literal translation in the new episode "Heartbreaker," as Nick and Hank (David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby) seek the reason a cyclist died. The Royal family -- not the real one that rules England, but this show's version of one -- expands as a new member (guest star Nico Evers-Swindell) appears. Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) tries to become more accepting of her current condition. Silas Weir Mitchell and Bree Turner also star.
The synergy between this show and its lead-in gets tighter as Tim Allen and Hector Elizondo make crossover appearances in their "Last Man Standing" roles in the new episode "Last Goose Standing." Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) becomes Mike Baxter's (Allen) last hope of securing zoning approval for an expansion of his business. Her partner in the quest (guest star Adam Shapiro) may turn out to be of more-than-professional significance to her.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Can Mini-Me maximize his improvisation skills? The answer is evident in this episode as Verne Troyer -- alias the diminutive sidekick to Mike Myers' Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" spy-spoof movies -- makes a guest appearance. So does comic Nyima Funk, teaming with regular players Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles in bringing the studio audience's comedic suggestions to life. Aisha Tyler is the host. Another episode, with guest Tara Lipinski, follows.
The Sharks reach a milestone with the 100th episode of the series, marked by all six of them -- Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary -- appearing on the show together for the first time. They still consider others' business proposals, but the spotlight largely is on them as they discuss the reasons for their ongoing involvement in the program. There's cake and champagne, too. (For them, anyway.)
Was it an accident or not? That's what Grover (Chi McBride) wonders about the death of a close friend's wife in the new episode "Ike Hanau" (Hawaiian for "Instinct"). After the woman takes a fatal fall from a cliff, Grover has reason to think it may be foul play. Danny and Dr. Shaw (Scott Caan, Amanda Setton) get stuck in an elevator -- and they aren't alone. Guest stars include Mykelti Williamson ("Forrest Gump"), Michelle Hurd ("The Glades") and Kim Wayans.
Live From Lincoln Center
The Tony and Grammy Award-winning talent from the stage version of "Kinky Boots" gets his own showcase -- devised specifically for this Lincoln Center date -- in the new episode "Billy Porter: Broadway & Soul." Also a director, the Pittsburgh native's performance draws from "Billy's Back on Broadway," his album of songs popularized in New York theater. Porter will get more television exposure in the new season of "So You Think You Can Dance."
22 Jump Street
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reteam as the police detectives who are too old for school, but go back there anyway, in a comedy sequel that's pretty much a replay of the first movie that satirized TV's "21 Jump Street," but still yields its own share of fun. This time, the cops are sent to a college to track down the source of a lethal drug. Ice Cube and Nick Offerman also return, and a couple of cast members from the original show turn up, though not the same, hugely famous one who had a cameo last time.
Meet the Smiths
This new unscripted series opens the doors on the domestic life of NBA legend Kenny Smith and his wife, actress-singer Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, as they try to hold onto their sanity while raising five kids ranging in age from 2 to 21. In the series premiere, "Step Your Notches Up," a situation that's already fraught with chaos is complicated even further by Kenny and Gwen's dramatically clashing parenting styles.
Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of
Director Stephen Kijak spent two years shooting footage for this 2015 documentary chronicling the career of the popular boy band made up of Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, A.J. McClean, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough. The film charts the group's origins and climb to success, up to the making of their 2013 album "In a World Like This," as well as the subsequent promotional tour.