Tim Allen signs out of Last man standing, his second successful network comedy. Grey’s Anatomy bids farewell to a longtime actor as his titular main character takes over. A popular Italian drama returns for a fourth season.
Last man standing
After nine seasons and nearly 200 episodes on two networks (ABC, then Fox) over the past decade, Tim Allen says a lot about his second hit sitcom in consecutive episodes. Allen wrote the series finale, which deals with the theft of the truck he’s been restoring for 10 years: “The longer I’ve been making improvements on this house,” he complains in one of the many meta jokes. It’s a not-so-subtle metaphor and a way to say loving goodbye to the Baxter family and fellow Outdoor Man buddies. Kaitlyn Dever (daughter Eve) makes an appearance for the occasion, as does Jay Leno as Sentimental Joe.
As with any long-running drama, the characters come and go over the seasons. Now it’s Jackson Avery’s (Jesse Williams) turn to scramble, breaking the news to his Gray Sloan colleagues that he’s gone to Boston to run the family foundation. On the other hand, there is joy that Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is back on her feet and back to work – although Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Richard (James Pickens Jr.) are waiting to find the right one. moment to tell him wrong. news from her former beau DeLuca. (Could she not remember their loving farewell during his beach coma when he went into the afterlife with his mom?)
The violent crowd melodrama from Italy drops its entire fourth season, with a focus on Genny (Fargo’s Salvatore Esposito), the sole survivor of the Savastano dynasty, who had to step in and steal now that he is the head of the family. He gives the reins in Naples to the ruthless Patrizia (Cristiana Dell’Anna), who won his rank with blood on his hands. Business as usual.
Jean Smart gets some of the best reviews of his distinguished career for this tangy show-biz comedy about Deborah Vance, a revered but declining stand-up comedy legend in Las Vegas who takes a reluctant young comedian under his flamboyant wing. In the third and fourth episodes, whiny millennial Ava (Hannah Einbinder) finally begins to earn some respect for her employer while archiving video of Deborah’s vast career – including a missed opportunity that could have made the point. history of television. In the second episode, Ava spends time with Deborah’s disgruntled daughter, DJ (It’s always sunny in Philadelphia Kaitlin Olson) at a jewelry show and learns how complicated the dynamics of this family are.
It was a short but gentle race for Ryan o’connell, creator and star of the disarming comedy which offers its second and last batch of episodes. O’Connell stars as Ryan, a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who has created roadblocks in his relationship with his overly caring mother, Karen (Jessica hecht), and her bestie Kim (Punam Patel). Ryan’s journey of self-discovery includes overcoming writer’s block and continuing a relationship with entertainment-loving dance teacher Tanner (Max Jenkins).
Also on the Stream:
- Too close (streaming on AMC +): Emily Watson stars in a three-part thriller (all episodes available for Frenzy) as a forensic psychiatrist locked in a cat-and-mouse mind game with a manipulative suspect (Denise gough).
- From Broke (streaming on Crackle): Back for a second season: executive producer Ashton Kutcher’s non-fiction series depicting millennials in deep financial difficulty. Topic One: Isabel, the first in her family to graduate from four-year college, only to be overwhelmed by $ 200,000 in student loans.
- Engineering factory (streaming on discovery +): Provocative documentary investigates the eugenic experience of an eccentric billionaire Robert graham, who devised a program focused on creating a sperm bank that would produce a generation of the world’s smartest children.
Inside Thursday TV:
- Walker (8 / 7c, The CW): A flashback episode looks back at the darkest time of the Walker family, retracing the days before and after the death of Emily (Genevieve Padalecki) and how her loved ones dealt with the unexpected loss.
- United States of Al (8: 30/7: 30c, CBS): Al (Adhir Kalyan) faces a different kind of prejudice when he meets and is punched by Ariana (Azita Ghanizada), an Afghan compatriot with whom he would like to go out. Too bad she has strong negative feelings against the performers who worked with the US military.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9 / 8c, NBC): Also looking back: Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish), who reflects on an old case when a child sent to juvenile custody turns 18 and is released.
- Roku Originals (streamed on The Roku Channel): Also known as the burial ground for short Quibi shows produced for this late experience. On what is called “Streaming Day” – but aren’t they all? – Roku imports 30 shows of all types, including Reno 911! alarm clock, thrillers like The fugitive and Most Dangerous Game, and a reality rate such as Chrissy’s Court and Punk’d.