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Observations from a grumpy old man

  • “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones made news when he said “If you watch ‘Two and a Half Men,’ please stop watching it and filling your head with filth. People say it’s just entertainment. Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch.” I see an episode where his character of Jake goes to subway station in Paris.
  • Lindsay Lohan was arrested for allegedly punching a woman at a New York City nightclub. She should be cut some slack. After her Lifetime movie, “Liz & Dick,” bombed, Lohan was probably looking for some kind of hit.
  • Reports have surfaced that some professional football players are using Viagra to gain an edge on the field. This gives a whole new meaning to being the league’s scoring leader.
  • ABC has ordered more episodes of “Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country” proving NBC is not the only network that will hang on to bad comedies.
  • This season of “The Walking Dead” has featured a group being attacked, beaten and killed inside a prison. When did this become a realty show?
  • Random thought: If PSY was on “Psyche” would you be psyched?

On TV tonight: ‘Last Man Standing’

124252_0889.JPG “Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m. KFSN (Channel 30.1): The networks have shown so little originality this new TV season, it only makes sense that Tim Allen’s return to network TV would be in a copy of his successful “Home Improvement” program.

Going with something so familiar is little more than a desperate hope the comedy will lure some of the fans who liked Allen as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor.

There are a few differences.

Instead of three sons, there are three daughters. And Allen’s character works at a sporting goods store instead of on a TV show. When it comes to variations on a theme, that’s like wondering if you should wear the white shirt with black stripes or the black shirt with white stripes.

Allen does have a different co-star as Nancy Travis takes over as the wise-cracking wife. Travis again shows that she has a magical ability to suck the life out of any program. How she keeps getting jobs is one of the great Hollywood mysteries.

“Last Man Standing” isn’t bad. It’s just a safe show because it doesn’t try too hard.