The return of a TV veteran in a series whose huge ratings took everyone by surprise leads this week’s “Top Five.”
1) Tim Allen, a handy man to have around: It’s been a few days now since the former star of “Home Improvement” returned to TV in his new sitcom, “Last Man Standing,” but we’re still gasping at the reaction of audiences to his comedy comeback. To be precise, nearly 13.2 million viewers welcomed him back last Tuesday night at 8/7c, establishing his new family comedy as the highest-rated new comedy launch of the fall season.
2) Hank “I’m not sorry” Williams (Jr.): Our advice to celebrities, or anybody: It’s best to just leave Adolf Hitler out of the conversation, no matter what the context or what point you’re trying to make. Hank, of course, got in trouble for seeming to compare President Obama to you-know-who even though we doubt Hank really feels the two are equivalent. Whatever he meant, Williams talked about it on “The View,” of all places, this week.
3) “The croaking raven doth bellow for revenge.” – Hamlet: And the croaking raven isn’t the only one — suddenly ABC’s “Revenge” is starting to pick up steam. Though it failed to break the 8 million-viewer mark this past Wednesday, ABC thinks highly enough of this prime-time soap to order a full season’s-worth of episodes this week, based primarily on this show’s strong appeal among women. Who was it who said they doubted Emily VanCamp of “Everwood” and “Brothers & Sisters” could carry her own series? Oops, me thinks that may have been us! As Homer Simpson would say: “D’oh!”
4) Kids and late-night hosts say the darndest things: For reasons we’ve never understood (nor seldom contemplated actually), late-night hosts traditionally have had an unusually strong rapport with children. Maybe they’re a bit childlike themselves, but for whatever the reason, Jay Leno and David Letterman have long done great kid-interview segments. And so does Jimmy Kimmel, who interviewed some kids on the subject of politics this week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
5) Here comes the bride: And there she goes, after a two-part E! special celebrating the wedding of the week, if not the year. It was Kim Kardashian’s wedding and, of course, it just had to be televised. If you were her, wouldn’t you? Well, just in case you missed it, we leave you today with a wee taste of the TV wedding to end all TV weddings.