Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Is America ready for a divorce and child custody comedy? Produced and created by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, "All of Us" (7:30 p.m., UPN) takes a warts-and-all look at blended families. Robert (Duane Martin), a smooth-talking L.A. television personality, seems eager to sign his divorce papers so he can marry his new love, Tia (Elise Neal). But faced with the finality of the situation, and the difficulty of explaining his new living arrangement to his 5-year-old son, Bobby Jr., Robert develops cold feet.
Since this is a sitcom, Robert does manage to negotiate a peace of sorts between Tia and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Neese (Lisa Raye), in less than 22 minutes. But "All of Us" deserves credit for facing up to some of the difficulties and confusion of divorce. The comedy also features some better-than-average writing.
- Noah Wyle is not a doctor, but he plays one on TV. And he also is host of the four-hour miniseries "Mavericks, Miracles & Medicine" (7 p.m., History, nightly through Friday). "Mavericks" celebrates the brave doctors and innovators who invented the procedures and medicines we now take for granted, often at risk to their own lives, reputations and careers.
Tonight's other highlights
- On back-to-back episodes of "Gilmore Girls" (WB), a California trip (7 p.m.), everybody gets misty at Rory's graduation (8 p.m.).
- The gang takes a road trip south of the border on the preseason finale of "The O.C." (8 p.m., Fox). This soap has been picked up for a full season and will return after the end of the World Series.
- A public defender (Tim Daly) cracks up in court on "Judging Amy" (9 p.m., CBS).
- An accused rapist (Fred Savage) acts as his own counsel on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC).
Kate Hudson appears on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Drew Barrymore on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).
Michael Caine and Jason Biggs are booked on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC).