The last network sitcom to premiere in the fall TV season, “The McCarthys” (CBS, 9:30 p.m., ) isn’t so bad. It shows how much a skilled cast can carry a comedy and here much of the work is being done by Laurie Metcalf as the needy mother. It’s one of two great comedy roles for her this fall — she’ll return next month on HBO’s underrated “Getting On.” Jack McGee of “Rescue Me” is the dad. The grown children include Joey McIntyre, Jimmy Dunn and Kelen Coleman but the star is Tyler Ritter as the gay one who is not as into Boston sports.
Thankfully, they don’t seem to dwell on his orientation; it isn’t the central point of each joke and the family all seems to accept him fine. Really, the oddest thing in the pilot is that the family gets so upset that the he’s considering moving to Providence — which isn’t exactly across the country; it’s about a half hour drive from Boston.
Metcalf also appeared a handful of times on “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.) which moves back to its regular time slot now that Thursday Night Football has moved back to cable with New Orleans at Carolina (NFL, 8:25 p.m.). Also returning for the first time this season — which is also its last — is “Two and a Half Men” (CBS, 9 p.m.) with Ashton Kutcher. In between is “Mom” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.).
Back for its third season is “Elementary” (CBS, 10 p.m.), with the additions of Gina Gershon and Ophelia Lovibond.
Ryan Murdock’s documentary “Bronx Obama” (Showtime, 7:30 p.m.) follows the odd career of Louis Ortiz who decides to make some money out of the fact that he vaguely looks like the President.
The oddest annual awards show may be the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) for the canine set. There, the concern on the red carpet is less for wardrobe malfunction than it is for accidents.