Wednesday TV: Reanimated Lear Sitcoms

harrellsonI’m more excited than I should be for “Live in Font of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” (ABC, 8 p.m.), in which classic scripts from the past are taken up by casts that include Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei as Archie and Edith Bunker, and Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes as George and and Louise Jefferson. Also participating: Elle Kemper and Ike Barinholtz as Gloria and Meathead, Will Ferrell and Kerry Washington as Tom and Helen Willis, plus Anthony Anderson, Jackée Harry, Justina Machado and Sean Hayes.

Will the episodes be as funny now as they were then? As relevant? Be much better than the modern day sitcoms on today? Certainly, the live element will add a buzz, as they did in live TV musicals. And having Jimmy Kimmel alongside Lear hosting guarantees a level of entertainment.

One thing for sure: Because there are so many more commercials today, it will take 90 minutes to run through two half-hour sitcoms. And for those who don’t remember the shows, there’s a coda in “All About ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.).

In the short documentary “A Tale of Two Kitchens” (Netflix, streaming) compares a high end restaurant in Mexico City with one from the same operator in San Francisco with a diverse staff including ex-felons.

Jason has a final mission before his unit is to be split up on the second season finale of “SEAL Team” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

In the fourth season finale of “Chicago Med” (NBC, 8 p.m.), Agent Lee informs Will of news that may put his life in danger. On the fourth season finale of “Chicago Fire” (NBC, 9 p.m.) all hell breaks loose. But it’s not quite the finale yet for “Chicago P.D.” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

It is the last episode ever, though, for the now-canceled “Whiskey Cavalier” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

With so many seasons of shows like “Forged in Fire” (History, 8 and 9 p.m.), now there’s a new show where they can use all their knives: “The Butcher” (History, 10 p.m.). Even more caveman-like in name if not practice: “Man Fire Food” (Cooking, 9 p.m.), back for season four.

A third season begins for one of TV’s most unusual documentary series, “My Last Days” (CW, 8 p.m.), looking into the lives of people facing terminal illnesses.

In the imported Korean series “One Spring Night” (Netflix, streaming), a librarian falls in love with a pharmacist.

In the new documentary series “The Wrestlers” (Viceland, 10 p.m.), punk rocker Damian Abraham of the band F@#ed Up hosts a new series that takes in the pro wrestling scene worldwide, starting with the U.S.

“What We Do in the Shadows” (FX, 10 p.m.) prepares for the Biannual Vampire Orgy.

Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya compete on “MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) has a new episode.

Some kind of truth is revealed on the first season finale of  “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

Chelsea throws a housewarming party for herself on “Southern Charm” (Bravo, 8 p.m.).

“The Amazing Race” (CBS, 8 and 9 p.m.) resumes after a one week break with two episodes.

Jane and Rogelio pitch a pilot on “Jane the Virgin” (CW, 9 p.m.).

“Nova” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) looks into a lost group of Viking invaders in England.

Ramona marks a birthday on “The Real Housewives of New York City” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

On “Happy!” (Syfy, 10 p.m.), Amanda’s blessed day arrives.

A young woman with Tourette’s Syndrome tries to be one of “The Employables” (A&E, 10 p.m.).

Somebody wins on “The Challenge” (MTV, 9 p.m.).

The month-long Wednesday night Paul Newman showcase on Turner Classic Movies continues with “Cool Hand Luke” (8 p.m.), “Harper” (10:15 p.m.), “Paris Blues” (12:30 a.m.), “The Prize” (2:15 a.m.) and “Lady L” (4:45 a.m.). Laurence Olivier, born this day in 1907, is celebrated all day with “Westward Passage” (6:45 a.m.), “21 Days” (8:15 a.m.), “That Hamilton Woman” (9:45 a.m.), “Pride and Prejudice” (noon), “The Divorce of Lady X” (2:15 p.m.), “Wuthering Heights” (4 p.m.) and “The Entertainer” (6 p.m.).

Baseball includes Oakland at Cleveland (MLB, 1 p.m.), Arizona at San Diego (MLB, 4 p.m.), Philadelphia at Cubs (MLB, 8 p.m.), and Atlanta at San Francisco (MLB, 11 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Kevin Hart, DJ Khaled, Chris Janson. The View: Eric Stonestreet, Dan Abrams. The Talk: Rick Springfield, Diana Maria Riva. Ellen DeGeneres: Tom Hanks. Wendy Williams: Elizabeth Vargas, Bryce Vine. The Real: Alexandra Shipp.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Sen. Kamala Harris, Kaitlyn Dever. Jimmy Kimmel: John Travolta, Ella Bleu Travolta, Lala Milan, Chika. Jimmy Fallon: Millie Bobby Brown, Jeff Ross, Richard Curtis, Lang Lang. Seth Meyers: John Lithgow, Beanie Feldstein, Julián Castro, Sebastian Thomson. James Corden: Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Whitford, David Tennant, Billy Ray Cyrus. Carson Daly: Logan Browning, Durand Jones & the Indications, Jharrel Jerome. Trevor Noah: Rachel Louise Snyder. Conan O’Brien: Lisa Kudrow.

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