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This was posted Sunday, October 23, 2016 on Rodney Ho's AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Oddly, CBS now has two comedies starring two different "Friends" stars. For some reason, Matthew Perry's mediocre "The Odd Couple" has survived into its second season.

Now former co-star Matt LeBlanc, off the critically well-liked one-camera Showtime series "Episodes," has returned to traditional three-camera comedy with "Man With a Plan." He plays a dad who is suddenly taking on more responsibility of the kids since his wife (Jenna Fischer of "The Office") returns to work.

Metacritic gives it a rather dim 38 out of 100 (slightly worse than "The Odd Couple" at 42).

The best review is from Uncle Barky with a 67: "It’s a shopworn premise to be sure, but the delivery system overcomes much of that. LeBlanc fine-tunes his doofus Joey persona and smoothly rolls with it at home, at school and in the workplace he shares with older brother Don (a serviceable Kevin Nealon)."

The worst is from TVLine, which gave  it a 16:"The whole enterprise just feels very phoned-in. LeBlanc appears mostly disinterested during his scenes, and the script doesn’t bother to give Adam any character traits beyond 'a slightly less dumb version of Joey.' "

The show debuts Monday after "Kevin Can Wait," which takes "The Big Bang Theory" spot. ("Big Bang" moves to Thursday.)

Otherwise, it's a pretty quiet week. Joel McHale, off "Community," leads a Gen X vs. Millennial NBC comedy called "The Great Indoors." (Metacritic: 53.) It debuts Thursday.

CBS's very funny "Mom" also returns for a fourth season on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. At 10, CBS brings out a high-tech medical drama "Pure Genius," with mixed reviews.

And FX concludes the third season of "The Strain" Sunday. The fourth season will be its last.

This covers Monday, October 24 through Sunday October 30, 2016.


“Kevin Can Wait” 8 p.m. CBS (new time slot) — Kevin and Donna try to sabotage their son's friendship with a boy from school after meeting the kid's arrogant father and pushy mom.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — NFL great Calvin Johnson, formerly of Georgia Tech, is now in the top 8. How much longer can he last?

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Gordon must make some tough decisions after Mad Hatter sets his eyes on his next victims.

“Supergirl” 8 p.m. the CW — Kara fears the recently escaped Mon-El is behind an attack on the president.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The knockout rounds begin.

“Man With a Plan” 8:30 p.m. CBS (new series) — Matt LeBlanc tries the sitcom route again as a dad whose wife goes to work.

“Lucifer” 9 p.m. Fox — Lucifer investigates the murder of his favorite action-movie hero.

“2 Broke Girls” 9 p.m. CBS — Oleg and Sophie's plan to have Max and Caroline as Barbara's godparents goes awry.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — The team must stop thieves who robbed a rare-gem exhibit at a museum in order to extract materials needed to enrich a nuclear bomb.

“Timeless” 10:01 p.m. NBC — The trio land in Nazi Germany and track evildoer Flynn as World War II rages around them.

“Conviction” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Hayes and the team tackle the case of a mother convicted in the death of her autistic son.


“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC — Halloween looms near, as Frankie's surprised to hear the kids would rather live with Mike if they ever got a divorce.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A kidnapped petty officer escapes her captor and NCIS uncovers a connection in the case to her missing husband.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The knockout round continues.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 9 p.m. ABC — Louis tries to scare Jessica into the Halloween spirit, but she's too busy drafting her first horror novel to notice.

“Dead Silent” 9 p.m. ID (new series) — Crimes where isolation is the theme. Watch for Atlanta actors: this one was shot locally.

“American Masters” 9 p.m. GPB  — A profile of Norman Lear, the creative mastermind behind such influential sitcoms as "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "Maude" and "Good Times."

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Rebecca and Jack argue about starting a family; and the family's history of Pittsburgh Steelers fandom is revealed.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Casey seeks help with a personal matter from Susan Weller.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — The team join forces with the FBI to investigate a plane crash in the bayou.

“Georgia's Children Sold For Sex” 10 p.m. WSB — Sex trafficking is unfortunately a big deal in Atlanta.

“Atlanta” 10 p.m. FX — A Juneteenth party is held.


“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC — Rich Dotcom returns because he needs assistance from the FBI with a crucial matter.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC — Adam tries to be a horror writer in the vein of Stephen King.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Will the Figgy/Taylor love combo be their undoing?

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — A serial killer is loose somewhere on the Appalachian Trail in a remote part of Virginia.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Luke hosts a Halloween party that quickly turns into a nightmare.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC  — A police sergeant's son is accused of rape, and the sergeant puts Benson in a tough spot when me makes her choose between loyalty and duty.

“Black-ish” 9:31 p.m. ABC — Junior embarrasses Dre during a basketball game, which leads Dre to remind his son of his pranking skills in hopes that he won't challenge him again.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — President Kirkman attempts diplomacy with Algeria, but fails, forcing him to make a difficult decision that will define his years in the White House.

“Rectify” 10 p.m. Sundance (fourth season debut) — Daniel deals with the complicated group dynamics of living at the New Canaan Project, and figuring how to cope in his new environment.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land — Kelsey starts dating, but Liza and Lauren fear she's moving too fast. Also: Josh examines his relationship with Liza.


“Grey’s Anatomy 8 p.m. ABC — Catherine pressures Bailey to make a decision about Alex.

“Rosewood 8 p.m. Fox — The team is flummoxed when a man offers to pay in advance for his own autopsy—and then winds up dead the next day.

“The Big Bang Theory 8 p.m. CBS (new time slot) —Feeling his fetal offspring kick sends Howard on a baby-items buying binge with Raj.

“The Great Indoors 8:31 p.m. CBS (new series) — An adventure reporter (Joel McHale) is sidelined by injury and reassigned to a magazine's digital department, where he leads a group of millennials.

“Chicago Med 9 p.m. NBC — Dr. Reese gets a return visit from a troubled teen in a seemingly hopeless situation.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Erin last week was finally knocked down a notch. The tired and weary clothiers land in Universal Studios Orlando for a reinvigorating break.

“Pitch” 9 p.m. ABC — The Padres are on edge, as rumors of the team potentially trading Blip emerge.

“Mom” 9:31 p.m. CBS (fourth season debut) — Adam moves in with Bonnie, which sorely tests their relationship.

“The Blacklist” 10 p.m. NBC — Red and Liz gain leverage to infiltrate Alexander Kirk's organization when Kirk joins in business with a shadowy group that hacks secure computer systems.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC — A veteran is charged with assault, while the team is caught off guard by a development in the Wallace Mahoney case.

“Falling Water” 10 p.m. USA — Taka takes a closer look at the cult; Burton meets a mysterious CEO while on a business trip; and Tess discovers difficult information at her mother's house.

“Pure Genius” 10 p.m. CBS (new series) — A veteran surgeon with a controversial past is enlisted to run an ultramodern hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine in the premiere of this drama.


“Good Girls Revolt3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — In 1969, while a cultural revolution with a soundtrack to match swept through the free world, there was still one place that refused to change with the times: newsrooms. This series follows a group of young female researchers. Yes, it's "Mad Men" but in the media business.

“American Humane Society Hero Dog Awards” 8 p.m. Hallmark — James Denton and Beth Stern host the sixth annual awards gala honoring working dogs.

“The Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW  — After learning that someone from Stefan's past may be Damon and Enzo's next target, Stefan, Bonnie and Caroline head to North Carolina.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC  A young man who applied four times to be on "Shark Tank" finally gets his chance when he pitches a gimmicky business that delivers an unusual twist to a common vegetable

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — The murder of a medium, who was apparently scared to death by a poltergeist on Halloween, is investigated.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — A NYPD whistle-blower claims there's been abuse of power within the organization, so Frank must investigate whether this is true.


“The Fall” 3:01 a.m. p.m. Saturday Netflix (third season) — Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan return in their iconic roles as the battle between Detective Superintendent Gibson and Paul Spector reaches its terrifying conclusion.

“Amish Witches” 8 p.m. Saturday  Lifetime — A reality-TV crew documenting an isolated Amish community are recruited by a group of young women to record strange and inexplicable events plaguing their small society following the death of an Amish witch.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 8:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — A maintenance man stops an intruder from attacking a lieutenant commander but the probe uncovers his secret past which puts a teen in danger.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Following a number of familiar faces, the group's introduced to a new well-established community that seems too good to be true.

“Madam Secretary” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — The Dalton administration comes under criticism by the Bureau of African Affairs for their lack of attention to the upcoming Angolan election.

“Westworld” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — A perilous mission awaits Dolores, William and Logan.

“Eyewitness” 10 p.m. Sunday USA — Helen seeks help from Agent Kamilah Davis in tracking a potential witness; and the boys skip school and head to a club in New York City that's not what Lukas expected.

“Quantico” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — At the Farm, Harry is determined to learn more about Alex and Ryan's plan.

“Master of Sex” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Masters and Johnson go on the road and pose as a couple to investigate practices at a competing clinic.

“The Strain” 10 p.m. Sunday FX (third season finale) — The Master reveals himself and initiates the end game of the battle.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS (100th episode) —Holmes and Watson are drawn into the world of asteroid research when they investigate a financial analyst's murder.

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