Also on Tuesday: New Sitcom, ‘Roseanne’

JENNA FISCHER, OLIVER HUDSONAs good as she was a sitcom star, it’s good to have Jenna Fischer back from the movies to star in a new network series. In “Splitting Up Together” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.), she stars as a recent divorce who nonetheless finds it easier to split the house with her ex (Oliver Hudson) for the sake of the kids. The arrangement still sparks something between them, though at first it’s just jealousy.

It’s a decent little series that seems as modern in its way as the revived “Roseanne” (ABC, 8 p.m.) may be dated. After all, it hasn’t been on in more than 20 years and in what was considered the series finale John Goodman’s character died. Well he’s back (and deals with that detail rather quickly).

In fact, the affection that the original cast and the writers have for the series, which really was a breakthrough in its time in that it showed a messy lower middle class home, makes it works again, where it is nothing less than perfect that Roseanne Barr’s character and her husband are Trump voters, if only to be a better foil to the terrific Laurie Metcalf, who makes her entrance in a pink knit pussy hat.

The whole cast is here one way or another including both Beckys, Lecy Grandson and Sarah Chalke, who each come involves through a clever plot device. I was pleasantly surprised by both new comedies.

Judd Apatow’s “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” (HBO, 8 p.m.) concludes by looking back at the legacy of the groundbreaking series “The Larry Sanders Show.”

“The Jim Jeffries Show” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) may well find its footing in the overcrowded field of topical humor as season two begins tonight, looking at gun violence. It comes alongside the unending “Tosh.0” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) back for season 10.

It’s New Year’s Eve and there’s a tragic round of Hungry Hungry Hippos on “Baskets” (FX, 10 p.m.).

Battles continue on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Lou describes his staging ideas for the musical on “Rise” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

“Black Lightning” (The CW, 9 p.m.) goes after missing children cold cases.

Is National Geographic trying to take up the old History Channel mantel of Hitler Channel? It pairs the debut of the new series “Nazi Underworld” (National Geographic, 8 p.m.) with the special “Hitler’s Death Camp: The American Prisoners” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) and and “After Hitler: The Untold Story” (National Geographic, 10 p.m.).

Both sides of the families show up for Easter on “Black-ish” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

Bernard has a Bible-themed birthday party on “LA > Vegas” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

Shaquille O’Neil is interviewed on a new “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), which happens to run opposite “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: A Star Comedy Jam” (Showtime 2, 10 p.m.).

Being a filmmaker is not the normal thing for any of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (Bravo, 9 p.m.). But Lisa Vanderpump debuts a documentary about dog abuse in China at a film festival.

Reflecting headlines a little too closely, bomb materials are round at the headquarters of “NCIS” (CBS, 8 p.m.) in Washington, D.C.

On “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” (USA, 10 p.m.), Poole and Tyndall investigate a dirty cop.

Food waste is examined in the premiere episode of “Food Exposed with Nelufar Hedayat” (Fusion, 8 p.m.).

“The Chris Gethard” (truTV, 11 p.m.) is back with new, live episodes, keep in mind.

“Bull” (CBS, 9 p.m.) defends someone who tried to bring medical marijuana to Virginia.

A demonic presence corrupts the Warlocks’ magic on “Shadowhunters” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

The building students fought to protect faces demolition on “The Quad” (BET, 10 p.m.).

A leaking case pits Sandra and Kate on “For the People” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

“The Curse of Civil War Gold” (History, 10 p.m.) has an apparent Utah connection.

Another new standup comedy special comes online: “James Acaster: Repertoire” (Netflix, streaming).

One of the guys who were “Married at First Sight” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) tries to make a case about keeping his old apartment.

Ben is caught lying on “The Mick” (Fox, 9:30 p.m.).

On “The Detour” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.), the family finds help in a ghost town.

“Gangsters: America’s Most Evil” (Reelz, 9 p.m.) returns for a second season, focusing on mafia cops.

The crew on “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS, 10 p.m.) head to South Africa for a classified operation.

Dr. Rhodes tries to get his patient at the head of the transplant list on “Chicago Med” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

“Adam Ruins Everything” (truTV, 10:30 p.m.) looks at the Pocahontas / John Smith thing.

They’re using melted wax on “Ink Master” (Paramount Network, 10 p.m.).

Ben Johnson gets the focus on Turner Classic Movies with mostly Westerns: “Wagon Master” (8 p.m.), “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (9:45 p.m.), “Chisum” (11:45 p.m.), “Breakheart Pass” (1:45 a.m.), “Dillinger” (3:30 a.m.) and “Wild Stallion” (5:30 a.m.). What, no “Last Picture Show”?

NBA action has Cleveland at Miami (TNT, 8 p.m.) and Milwaukee at Clippers (TNT, 10:30 p.m.).

The men’s NIT basketball tournament semifinals has Western Kentucky vs. Utah (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Mississippi State vs. Penn State (ESPN, 9 p.m.).

Spring baseball includes Cubs at Red Sox (ESPN, 1 p.m.)

In soccer, it’s U.S. vs. Paraguay (Fox Sports 1, 7:30 p.m.) and Mexico vs. Croatia (Fox Sports 1, 9:50 p.m.) in international friendlies.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Madonna, Letitia Wright. The View: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert. The Talk: Yara Shahidi, Ellen K, Carnie Wilson. Harry Connick: Jillian Michaels, Lisa Lillien (rerun). Steve Harvey: Oliver Hudson, Julissa Bermudez, Christine Lakin, Keri Hilson. Ellen DeGeneres: John Krasinski, Greta Gerwig (rerun). Wendy Williams: Tatum O’Neal.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Samantha Bee, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Segura. Jimmy Kimmel: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Chloe x Halle (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Alicia Keys, Darren Criss, Rudy Francisco (rerun). Seth Meyers: James Spader, Whitney Cummings, Malcolm Jenkins, Alan Cage (rerun). James Corden: Adam Devine, the Voidz. Carson Daly: Phil Rosenthal, Two Feet, Roy Wood Jr. (rerun). Trevor Noah: Sean Penn. Jordan Klepper: Amy Suskind. Conan O’Brien: Armee Hammer, Nick Swardson, JC Currais.

 

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