NBC's latest reality show yuks it up

Jay Mohr is host of the new talent/reality showcase "Last Comic Standing" (8 p.m., NBC). Ten standup quipsters will share a house (a la MTV's "Real World") and face elimination every week (as on Fox's "American Idol"). The final funny man or woman wins a deal with NBC and a will get a special on Comedy Central.

Mohr's last prime-time effort was the off-color 1998 Fox comedy "Action." The series' showbiz setting and obscenity-laced dialogue won over some critics (not this one), but failed to find an audience. Mohr reportedly said, "I didn't know there were six networks until I learned that 'Action' had come in sixth." Now that's funny!

  • "The Osbournes" (9:30 p.m., MTV) return with the last six original episodes of their second, and final, season. Tonight: the family celebrates young Jack's 17th birthday at a Medieval Times theme restaurant.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Pint-sized talents compete on "American Junior" (7 p.m., Fox).
  • Crime stalks the racetrack on "Keen Eddie" (8 p.m., Fox).
  • Moisturizer mayhem on "America's Next Top Model" (8 p.m., UPN).
  • Two victims are discovered bound, gagged and dead on "NYPD Blue" (9 p.m., ABC).
  • Leaving Las Vegas on "Lucky" (9 p.m., FX).

Series notes

Vehicular homicide on "JAG" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Brooke Burns is host of "Dog Eat Dog" (7 p.m., NBC) ... On back-to-back episodes of "8 Simple Rules" (ABC), Paul likes Bridget's jock boyfriend (7 p.m.), Rory steps out (7:30 p.m.) ... Buffy takes a job as a guidance counselor on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (7 p.m., UPN) ... On back-to-back episodes of "Smallville" (WB), red Kryptonite affects Clark badly (7 p.m.), a strange substance inspires odd behavior (8 p.m.).

Gang violence on "The Guardian" (8 p.m., CBS) ... No receipt, no return on "According to Jim" (8 p.m., ABC) ... Claude's perks inspire envy in the office on "Less Than Perfect" (8:30 p.m., ABC) ... Michael accelerates his custody battle on "Judging Amy" (9 p.m., CBS).

Late night

Bruce Willis and Damien Rice appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno greets Josh Hartnett, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini and Heart on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Julianna Margulies, Michael Chiklis and Jewel are booked on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... John Corbett and Bobby Lee are on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).


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