TV tonight: 'Petticoat,' 'Men,' 'Elementary'
Posted November 28, 2012
The Iron Petticoat
TCM, 8 ET/5 PT
When you think of ideal film pairings, Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn are probably not the first couple to come to mind - which may help explain why this 1956 flop has never been televised in the USA (says TCM). Until now, that is, as TCM offers the TV premiere of this Ninotchka twist that cast Hepburn as a Soviet being wooed to American ways by Hope. Fans of Hepburn and Hope, and of film curiosities in general, will no doubt be thrilled with this chance to see a true Hollywood rarity; just keep in mind that "rare" is not the same as "good."
Two and a Half Men
CBS, 8:30 ET/PT
Say this for the stars of Two and a Half Men: They know how to keep their show in the news. The headlines this time belong to young Angus T. Jones, who begged people not to watch the show and labeled it "filth'' - a move that might very well draw more viewers tonight than it chases away. The show is not exactly putting a classy foot forward with an episode called 'I Scream When I Pee,' but to be fair, Men is less guilty of filth than vulgarity, and a joyless, misanthropic vulgarity at that. Even so, whatever you think of Jones' statement, which he apologized for without exactly withdrawing, keep in mind that he's a teenager - not a group known for subtlety, discretion or imperviousness to influence - and consider the reaction you might have faced had some of your views at 19 been broadcast to a waiting nation.
CBS, 10 ET/PT
Need another reason to watch fall's most reliably entertaining new series? Tonight it gets a visit from House's Lisa Edelstein, who needs to move from "guest" to "regular" again somewhere soon.
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