The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Tuesday

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.

Fall TV Twist: Fox’s New Girl Is Gone ‘Til November

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.)

Ringer Bosses Talk Secret Identity Reveals, MIA Baby Bumps and the Real Siobhan’s Next Move

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.

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  1. Tara says:

    Looking forward to the NCIS episode, sounds like it could be a good one. I’ve watched Unforgettable’s episodes so far and I’m still on the fence about it, but I will certainly give it a few more episodes to win me over :D

  2. Alex says:

    I’m worried for Parenthood…not sure how many more tear jerking episodes I can take!

    • DL says:

      Last week’s scene between Michael B. Jordan and Monica Potter was heartbreaking. Leave it to Parenthood to top that the very next week. I’ll be bringing my tissues for sure!

      • wmcc520 says:

        OMG, I could not agree more. That scene killed me. Michael B. Jordan was so fantastic in that. I’m going to miss him and the character of Alex which was something we don’t see on t.v. too often. I’m hoping eventually he will come back into Hattie’s life.

        • EveatEden says:

          That scene was so sad.

        • Mal says:

          I am hoping Alex and Haddie get back together, because I like him more than I like her! I was crying so hard when he was saying goodbye to Kristina- it was so moving!

        • Fan says:

          i know! i love alex and haddie together! i hope he comes back to the show. it’d be awesome if they could make him a series regular. one of the main reasons i watch the show was because of him. i’m soo bummed they broke up =/

      • Ali says:

        Just thinking about that scene brings a tear to my eyes. Once I saw Alex tearing up when Christina was telling him that he was family and they loved him…gut wrenching. Michael B. Jordan and Monica Potter owned that scene.

    • davey says:

      Last week and every week since Parenthood debuted that I have cried during the 10 pm hour. Seriously, it’s the only show I watch that makes me sniffle all the way through it. Peter Krause had me in TEARS two weeks ago asking the parents of the kid Alex punched to drop the charges. Monica Potter makes me well up just looking at some of her amazing facial expressions.

  3. Jacob says:

    Ringer keeps getting better. Hopefully today extends the pattern.

  4. scooterbeanbag says:

    Last Man Standing looks like 22 minutes of recycled Home Improvement jokes. I have not missed Tim Allen, who peaked well more than a decade ago. Guess he’s no longer doing his annual Christmas movies now and needed some $$.

  5. Jana says:

    Let´s all welcome the new baby Nora Braverman to this world tonight:) Parendhood rules.

  6. satirex says:

    I get a good laugh with the comments on this column, all the sad attempts at boosterism for the shows with rotten ratings.

    • lauren says:

      And how should we categorize your comment? Bitter cynicism from an elitist poser TV snob who actually Season Passes The Biggest Loser out of a sad sense of over-identification? Hey, I just gave myself one of those “good laughs”!

      • satirex says:

        Touched a nerve, there, I guess. I’ve never “season passed” a thing in my life (whatever that means).

      • satirex says:

        I forgot to add: I’ve never seen The Biggest Loser–it seems to be 2 hours of fat people being yelled at and weighed. Why would I (or anyone, for that matter) want to watch that?

    • Mike says:

      I get a good laugh out of comments in general. Lots of people out there who feel they are above others with their silly principles provides the utmost unintentional comedy for me. And just people who use words like “boosterism”…you just can’t put a price on the quality of laughter that comes from that.

  7. fernando says:

    tonight its 90210. Ringer, and Body Of Proof for me and DVR Parenthood.

    90210: Im starting to get into Niaomi and the cowboy but I kinda want to see Max, niaomi and the cow boy love triangle.

    Ringer:I hope it goes up in ratings tonight because from here and on its going to get hot snice someone alreadly knows who she really is.

    Body Of Proof: so i hear they are looking for a guy for megan, i think she should date a younger guy.

  8. JuJu says:

    Last Man Standing looks horrible. Looks like a bunch of sexist and homophobic jokes are what it’s going for if the previews are representitve of the show.

  9. Templar says:

    NCIS, halfway pay attention to NCIS LA, and love Unforgettable. For some reason the LA version has never really grabbed me, even though I really like LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell.

    • DL says:

      Might be blasphemous for me to say, but I’ve actually come to enjoy NCIS: LA even more than the original, especially since Eric Christian Olsen joined the cast. It’s just straight up action-packed fun with an ever-present summer feel, and they all have so much chemistry together. Plus Daniela Ruah is smokin’ hot.

      • Shonaille says:

        I haven’t loved NCIS since after season two; but I still really enjoy it. I find NCIS LA just really clicked with me and I fell in love when they added Deeks and I really appreciate Nell. I think the show does a lot right; how they treat their female characters and guest-characters and I’m pleasantly surprised with Sam because they could have made a huge mess with that kind of character.
        I can’t wait to find out more about Kensi and Sam; and hopefully more about how G and Sam became partners; how long they have known each other; what the connection is between Nate and Nell. The show has set up a lot of interesting ideas I can’t wait for them to touch on.

      • Renee says:

        I’m the same way. I still love NCIS, but LA uses a lot more humor now than NCIS does. I love action w/humor.

      • satirex says:

        NCIS:LA is really a different type of show entirely from NCIS. The spinoff is more of a spy thriller than a crime procedural like the original.

  10. Gerald says:

    Matt, actually according to the Ringer writers it’s Shivette. Really looking forward to Ringer, it keeps getting better.
    By the way, I don’t remember did you write a review for Last Man Standing?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      OK, good to know about Shivette (although it makes my teeth itch the way so many characters call her “Shiv,” like a prison knife made out of a spoon.) And no, I did not care to review LMS.

      • Tim says:

        it bugs me that they call her Shiv too–even one character calling her that is one too many.

        • Rebecca says:

          *sigh* Shiv is a common Irish nickname for a person named Siobhan. It’s my grandmother’s name, in fact. Everyone in the family very affectionately called her by her favorite nickname of Shiv until the day she died.

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            Hey, that’s all I needed to know, that it’s an actual nickname for Siobhan. Was worried the writers made it up. (I’ve known only one Siobhan, and it was a character on Ryan’s Hope!)

          • Magically Suspicious says:

            I’ve known two Siobhans and both of them went by Von or Vonnie. ‘Shiv’ irritates me for some reason too. It sounds like those cutesy hipsters that insist on calling each other by some forced nickname. And Siobahn is such a beautiful name….’Shiv’ sort of makes it sound crude and far less feminine. I’m glad to read your comment that it’s at least an authentic abbreviation. Like Matt, I was afraid the writers had taken the liberty.

          • Alison McGuinness says:

            Maybe they nickname her ‘Shiv’ because she’s just that…a knife constructed out of various materials. Evil ‘Shiv.’ In the good old U.S. of A., shiv is commonly known is a prison knife constructed out of various materials. I have a couple of friends all named Siobhan, and we call them anything from Von to Chevy. The *sigh* at the beginning is so pretentious. Thanks for clearing that up Rebecca!

          • Ben says:

            Given Siobhan is pronounced ‘Shivonne’ or ‘Shivorn’, I’m kinda surprised to learn that this irritated people lol. I had never even given it a second thought.

  11. Snapy says:

    Just Ringer tonight!

  12. Sara says:

    I soooo want Abby to be Gibbs’ unknown daughter. Her mom could’ve had a fling with Gibbs and gotten preggers without him knowing… right?

    • Templar says:

      Well, he’d of been a teenager at the time. Not impossible, but still ewww. I’ve always sensed a bit of chemistry between them, so, I hope not.

      • Holyeffin EWWWW says:

        You sense chemistry between Gibbs and Abby??? Gross.

        The only chemistry they have is that he is very fatherly towards her and sees her as close to a daughter as possible.

        I repeat – Gross. Please ask your doctor to give you some anti-psychotics for your “sense”.

  13. Rebecca says:

    Last Man Standing, so I can give a fair opinion on how good or bad it is.
    Ringer, because it’s a terrific show and I can’t NOT watch after last week’s cliffhanger. Also because THIS week’s cliffhanger is supposedly even better!
    Parenthood, because it’s a really good family drama. Also, I’m curious about what’s going to happen near the end. I have no idea and am now very intrigued.
    Unforgettable, since it’s not a bad new show and the plot for this week sounds fairly interesting
    Body of Proof, because I like watching Megan and her team

  14. Amy says:

    Loved your shout out to Batman and Robin, Matt! I almost did a spit-take when I read that.

  15. Lisa says:

    Network shows are out the window tonight. Go Rangers! Thanks for the shoutout Matt :)

  16. Magically Suspicious says:

    PLEASE tell me Alex isn’t gone from Parenthood for good. PLEASE???? Although, I do think he’s far too interesting for Haddie. I think he’d make a good rival for Crosby. Let him move in on Jasmine! Even better, kill off that trainwreck that is Charlie’s Angels, bring back Minka and have her and Alex make insanely beautiful babies that will cure the world of evil. I’d watch that.

  17. Doreen says:

    Ringer! I don’t know why people aren’t watching this show. Its been a slow progression but the storyline is so interesting-Can’t wait for tonight!

  18. Joe says:

    We should leave the poor animals alone and do medical testing on people who watch CBS procedurals.

  19. Nadine says:

    I’m curious why the fabulous Body of Proof is absent from the lineup.

  20. Erika says:

    I’ll be watching live

    Ringer 8-9 central time flashing back to DWTS results)

    I guess I’ll be catching up on Kim K’s wedding tonight as there is nothing else on that I watch.

    I wish the networks would move a show to the 9pm time slot that I like such as Pan Am or Person of Interest. I’ll be looking forward to when the X-Factor also occupies Tuesday. I had been watching Glee, but it’s off until November.

  21. Natalie says:

    I’m only doing NCIS tonight. Nothing else sounds that appealing today. As always, thanks for the update, Matt. :)

  22. Kristen says:

    90210 – I’m so mad at what they did to Liam and Annie, but I will continue to watch, b/c I’m intrigued with the Naomi/Max/Austin? triangle.
    Ringer – I didn’t expect to like this show, let alone ever watch it again after the pilot. Needless to say, I’m hooked. Can’t wait for tonight. I’m praying Gemma doesn’t out her.
    Unforgettable – I personally like this show however I’m concerned there isn’t enough to keep it going.
    Parenthood – Can’t wait for the final moments of tonight’s episode!

  23. SK says:

    I still haven’t found anything on Tuesdays that I’d want to watch. I’ll just catch up with DVRed Castle from yesterday.

  24. Walrus says:

    Please just tell me that Callen’s shirt doesn’t have nipples on it.

  25. Sydney says:

    I’m glad to see Tracee Ellis Ross back on television. I’m looking forward to Reed Between the Lines. I’m still watching NCIS, NCIS:LA, and I’ll catch Ringer on DVR.

  26. Charley says:

    Matt, everything that was discussed about Callen’s past tonigth was discussed in the season premiere. There was NOTHING new tonight, much less “more than we learned in the last 2 seasons combined”. Disappointing misinformation.

  27. uhyeahright says:

    Last Man Standing is awful. Its not even funny. I think it is because it is on ABC. I was going to compare it to According to Jim, but its not even as funny as According to Jim.

  28. AngelMoonGirl says:

    NCIS was so good tonight! The Abby/Gibbs scene just before the final phoof had me nearly in tears. Powerful message. I love that at the end of the day, the team is really just one big family. Funny, moving, entertaining episode. Bravo!