TV tonight: 'NCIS,' 'Raising Hope,' 'Smash'
Posted February 25, 2013
NCIS | CBS, 8 ET/PT
Many people clearly don't need another reason to watch NCIS, seeing as it's TV's most popular scripted series. But for those who do, consider this: Tonight's episode focuses on a missing Ducky, the character played by David McCallum. Or, as he'll eternally be known to some of us, the guy who played Illya Kuryakin.
Raising Hope | Fox, 8 ET/PT
Speaking of old - if considerably less old - shows, Greg Garcia is hosting a reunion of stars from his former sitcom My Name Is Earl on his current sitcom Raising Hope. The gathering starts with Jason Lee, reprising his Hope role as a former rock star, and grows to include Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee, Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples. That's an awfully good ensemble from what was, in its early seasons, an awfully good show, so it should be nice to see them all together again on one of TV's better current comedies.
Smash | NBC, 10 ET/PT
If you were appalled by last week's episode of Smash, one of the worst the show has offered, you may take comfort in hearing tonight's outing is an improvement. Still, the problem remains that the only parts of the show that really work are tied to a continuing plot - the creation of the musical Bombshell - that had already come to a satisfying conclusion last season: Karen in, Ivy out, Bombshell launched. There are wonderful aspects to Smash (though none of them involve any of the new characters), and the show still earns points for ambition and creativity. But if it wants to reverse its ratings slide, it's going to have to convince us it has a compelling new story to tell. And it had better move fast.
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