A select viewing guide for Tuesday, Oct. 11
REALITY William Shatner's Weird or What? History, 7 p.m. William Shatner just keeps on boldly going. At 80, the former Star Trek captain is the logical choice to host this series that attempts to attach scientific fact to seemingly inexplicable real-life mysteries. And tonight's outing is right up his alley as Shatner explores unusual events suggesting that aliens are indeed among us. The evidence presented includes an interview with a Colorado farmer who found one of his cows mangled and an Ohio astronomer whose telescope seems to have intercepted a message from intelligent life in another galaxy. The truth is out there.
COMEDY Last Man Standing ABC, 8 p.m. Will viewers remember Tim Allen? The former Home Improvement star returns to television in this new sitcom. Allen revisits similar TV territory as the alpha male Mike Baxter, who is surrounded by similar manly types in his job at a sporting-goods store. When Mike gets downsized and his wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) takes a job, the macho man is left to provide parental advice to their daughters Eve (Kaitlyn Dever), Mandy (Molly Ephraim) and Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), who's also a single mom! A few laughs in tonight's pilot, but there must be a reason why no Canadian network picked up this show.
DRAMA The Protector CTV Two, 9 p.m. Hailing from the U.S. Lifetime cable channel, this gritty crime drama stars TV veteran Ally Walker (Profiler, Sons of Anarchy) as Gloria, an LAPD detective assigned to the robbery and homicide division. Since it's a Lifetime series, Gloria is also a recent divorcee and mother to adorable twin boys. In the spirit of The Closer, King and a half-dozen other dramas about tough lady cops, the focus alternates between the main character solving crime and life on the home front. As in tonight's show, wherein Gloria investigates the murder of a prominent plastic surgeon while simultaneously dealing with the unexpected return of her ex-husband.