On your TV this Tuesday: Tim Allen mans back up, Abby Sciuto gets a surprise and the Bravermans make you do the Big Ugly Cry. Again. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features and reporting, here are 12 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Last Man Standing (ABC) | Home Improvement‘s Tim Allen stars as Mike, the manly manager of an outdoor sporting goods catalog who suddenly finds himself unemployed and playing Mr. Mom to three daughters. Nancy Travis plays his wife.
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | Abby uncovers new information about her family after undergoing tests for a kidney donation. As show runner Gary Glasberg told TVLine, “We’re going to learn something about Abby’s family and background that no one is going to see coming.”
8 pm 90210 (The CW) | Actress-singer Brandy Norwood begins an arc as a politician running for office against Teddy’s uncle. Elsewhere, one of Annie’s dates is interrupted by an uninvited guest.
8 pm MLB American League Championship Series (Fox) | Hot off their 11th-inning win that made the dinosaurs and House run late last night for East Coasters, the Rangers look to go up 3-0 on the Tigers.
8 pm BET Hip Hop Awards (BET) | Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa lead the nominees at this annual kudosfest, which for a third straight year is being hosted by Mike Epps.
9 pm Ringer (The CW) | Someone discovers that “Shivette” (Bridget as Siobhan) has been taking the (gasp!) subway to Narcotics Anonymous meetings — and it’s not gal pal Gemma, who now really, truly knows her actual identity.
9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) | In this one episode, you will learn more about Callen’s past than the past two seasons combined. (Sources tell me he was born into a family of acrobats.)
10 pm Unforgettable (CBS) | What do you do when your murder scene is destroyed by an explosion? Why, you ask Carrie what it looked like before the kaboom.
10 pm Reed Between the Lines (BET) | In this new sitcom, former Cosby kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Girlfriends‘ Tracee Ellis Ross play marrieds who have teenage twins and a sassy 7-year-old daughter named Rudy. OK, maybe her name isn’t Rudy.
10 pm Women, War and Peace (PBS) | This five-part miniseries kicks off with “I Came to Testify,” in which 16 women who had been imprisoned by Serb-led forces during the Balkan War and eventually testified in an international court of law, speak for the first time since then — but still under complete anonymity.
10 pm Sons of Anarchy (FX) | SAMCRO’s pact with the Galindo Cartel starts to go muy sour when a VIP (Very Illegal Package) is compromised.
10 pm Parenthood (NBC) | NBC Universal owns stock in Kleenex, is that it? Has to be. The closing sequence of this week’s hour alone will, in succession, wreck you, break you down, and then push you right over the edge.