The first of what will be a few sitcoms about the outlandish idea that men takes care of infants, “Baby Daddy” (ABC Family, 8:30 p.m.), is more directly based on ancient things ike “Three Men and a Baby.”
In this case, it’s a guy in his 20s, his brother and two friends who agree to help raise the baby left on his doorstep. The fact they know nothing about basic childcare and treat diapers like toxic waste is the stuff of hilarity for those on the laugh track, but hardly amusing at home. In that, it certainly found a match with “Melissa & Joey” (ABC Family, 8 p.m.).
If the female lead looks familiar, it’s not for her appearance on “Jonas”; Chelsea Kane was also third place finisher on “Dancing with the Stars” last year. The one real comic talent is Melissa Peterman as the new grandma.
A new season starts for “Futurama” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) returns for a new season, its seventh, continuing the life of Matt Groenig’s second most popular animated show, which included in its life a five year hiatus between 2003 and 2007. The cranky robot Bender takes the starring role in the first of the two new episodes.
Cedric the Entertainer tries his hand at another sitcom, portraying an R&B singer who became a preacher in St. Louis. But the Rev. Al Green probably had nothing to do with the resulting “The Soul Man” (TV Land, 10 p.m.), which used to be called “Have Faith.” The ubiquitous Niecy Nash plays his wife. It accompanies a second season start for “The Exes” (TV Land, 10:30 p.m.).
Hockey had a pretty good season, but it hasn’t had this yet: “2012 NHL Awards” (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.).
The latest he-man, high-stakes reality show is “Diamond Divers” (Spike, 10 p.m.) about a crew who looks for diamonds off the coast of South Africa.
Part of the Justin Bieber blitz on TV this week because of his new album is the one hour special “Justin Bieber: All Around the World” (NBC, 8 p.m.) combining documentary and music performances as it follows his global tour showcasing his new album. The special will apparently be repeated intact on Thursday, also at 8 p.m.
The more than 100 dancers who passed auditions all meet up in Vegas on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 8 p.m.).
On the new “School Spirits” (Syfy, 10 p.m.), haunted places of education and paranormal panty raids are investigated.
“Dallas” (TNT, 9 p.m.) had one of the biggest premieres on cable last week. And J.R. is still alive on the second episode and Cliff Barnes returns as well.
The inner workings of the brain is the subject of “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” (Science, 10 p.m.).
“Duets” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) tackles movie songs. Cue “Up Where We Belong.”
To mark the death this week of Rodney King at 47, VH1 reruns its documentary “Uprising: Hip-Hop and the LA, Riots” (VH1, 8 p.m.). Of course, they could also rerun something from his season of “Celebrity Rehab.”
A couple of notable guests on late night: The Romney sons, appearing together on “Conan” (TBS, 11 p.m.) and Steve Carell, making a homecoming appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.).
The month-long, Wednesday night focus on the Immigrant Experience continues on Turner Classic Movies with “I Remember Mama” (8 p.m.), “Our Vines Have Tender Grapes” (10:30 p.m.), “Strangers in the City” (12:30 a.m.), “All Mine to Give” (2:30 a.m.) and “Big City” (4:15 a.m.).
Baseball today includes Braves at Yankees (MLB, 1 p.m.) and Cardinals at Tigers (ESPN2, 7 p.m.). In the College World Series, it’s Kent State vs. South Carolina (ESPN, 8 p.m.) from Omaha.
And the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials (NBC Sports, 10 p.m.) are also on.
Kelly Ripa: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ice-T, Ronnie Wood, D.L. Hughley. The View: Michelle Pfeiffer, Sen. Marco Rubio, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley. The Talk: Jack Osbourne, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Ellen DeGeneres: Steve Carell, Brooklyn Decker, Bobby Brown (rerun).
David Letterman: Alec Baldwin, Mike Kiwanuka. Jay Leno: Andy Samberg, Seth MacFarlane, Joe Henry with Lisa Hannigan. Jimmy Kimmel: Martin Short, Cee-Lo Green, Goodie Mob (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Penelope Cruz, LeVar Burton, Robert Glasper. Craig Ferguson: Morgan Freeman, Ben Dukes. Tavis Smiley: Morgan Freeman. Carson Daly: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Carrie Preston, Kellie Overbey, Ane Heche, M83 (rerun). Jon Stewart: Steve Carell. Stephen Colbert: Daniel Klaidman. Conan O’Brien: Craig, Tagg, Ben, Matt & Josh Romney, Shinedown. Chelsea Handler: Kylie Minogue, Chris Farnjola, Lauren Lapkus, Matt Braunger.