Friday, September 12, 2003
If I had a nickel for every sitcom I've had to review about an adult child returning to his grumpy parents' empty nest, I'd be able to buy one of those big plasma television sets. Add "All About the Andersons" (8:30 p.m., WB) to the list.
Anthony (Anthony Anderson, "Barbershop"), a struggling actor with a cute son named Tuga (Damani Roberts), shows up on his old front porch, hoping that his cranky father, Joe (John Amos, "Good Times"), and nurturing mother, Flo (Roz Ryan "Amen"), will let them crash until he can find his first acting gig.
While Joe can't resist Tuga's dimples, he ladles out the tough love because Anthony won't take a "real job," like helping him at the family barbershop. Within the first 22 minutes, we also learn that Joe had artistic dreams that he surrendered to put food on the table for his family. Although Amos and Anderson share some chemistry, "Andersons" plays it too safe to rise above sitcom predictability.
- He recorded the most successful debut album of all time, selling 10 million copies, but Billy Ray Cyrus can't get any respect. "Inside Fame" (8 p.m., CMT) profiles an artist who still can't escape questions about his catchy (and annoying) single "Achy Breaky Heart" and his signature mullet, a hairstyle he abandoned some time ago. Cyrus also discusses his role on "Doc," a surprise hit for the Pax network.
Tonight's other highlights
- Murder is on the menu for a five-star chef on "CSI" (7 p.m., CBS).
- Scheduled on "Dateline" (7 p.m., NBC): daytime talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw discusses weight-loss strategies.
- Jordan's fretful birthday on "Bernie Mac" (7 p.m., Fox).
- An alcoholic blackout leaves McNorris confused about his role in an auto fatality on "Boomtown" (9 p.m., NBC).
- Scheduled on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): an interview with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and their children, including their more reclusive daughter, Aimee.