"Upload With Sha quille O'Neal" (10:30 p.m., Tru TV) becomes the latest series to showcase video clips from the Internet. Along the way, it shows the former NBA star is about as good at being funny as a comedian might be at playing
The notion of the basketball/comedy tradeoff is not entirely novel. In their own way, the Harlem Globetrotters have always combined slapstick stunts with roundball prowess.
During the early days of "Saturday Night Live," singer Paul Simon appeared as a semiregular, and one of his better sketches featured the
diminutive Simon playing one-on-one against NBA player (and former ABA star and
Globetrotter) Connie Hawkins. It was terrible basketball but memorable comedy.
O'Neal's series comes closer to "America's Funniest Home Videos" than "Satur day Night Live." He and his panel of experts and friends, including Gary Owen and Godfrey, laugh -- all the time -- at their own jokes, pranks and stunts. Still, if you're looking for diverting Internet clips and miss Shaquille O'Neal on the basketball court, there are worse ways to pass the time.
---"Glory Hounds" (8 p.m., Animal Planet) is such a
natural idea for cable TV, I'm shocked we haven't seen it before. "Glory Hounds" celebrates the hundreds of dogs that comfort, accompany and assist soldiers on combat missions in Afghanistan.
The use of canines in military service is not new.
Author Susan Orlean's 2012 biography of screen legend Rin Tin Tin recalls that the original Rin Tin Tin was a German shepherd discovered in the wreckage of a kennel during World War I. That conflict saw the use of many dogs to ferry supplies, both medical and military. On battlefields strewn with thousands of bodies, it was good to have animals whose keen sense of smell could distinguish the living from the dead.
In Afghanistan, dogs are used to sniff out explosive devices and track insurgents. According to "Glory Hounds," a dog was even used on the team that eventually found Osama bin Laden.
---A nerd convention on "Com munity" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---The guys reach the semifinals on "American Idol" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
---Cub reporters Rose and Arron make a big discovery on "Zero Hour" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Sarah Shahi ("Fairly Legal") guest stars as a terror-fighting femme fatale on "Person of Inter est" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---The hospital's terrible financial condition becomes public on "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---Miranda Lambert gets the gang to design an outfit for her for free on "Project Runway" (9 p.m., Lifetime).
---Charlie dates his daughter's teacher on "Anger Management" (9:30 p.m., FX, TV-14).
---"American Greed" (10 p.m., CNBC) profiles a Michigan con man.
---Harvey and Jessica bicker about the firm on the season finale of "Suits" (10 p.m., USA).
A handsome striver (Montgomery Clift) abandons his unfortunate
girlfriend (Shelley Winters) for a
gorgeous rich girl (Elizabeth Taylor) in the 1951 drama "A Place in the Sun" (10 p.m., TCM).
---Penny's impressive perform-
ance on "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Caroline worries about Elena on "The Vampire Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Ron can't manage his anger on an hourlong "Parks and Recre ation" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Middle school mysteries on "Two and a Half Men" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Vincent is forced to improvise on "Beauty and the Beast" (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---A family retreat on the ranch on "1600 Penn" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Two's a crowd on "Elemen tary" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---A killer's link to an old case interests the FBI on "Law & Order: SVU" (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
---Explosive developments on "Scandal" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---Mila Kunis and Chris Hardwick appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---John Caparulo, Loni Love and Gary Valentine are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Imagine Dragons appears on "Late Show With David Letter man" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Arsenio Hall and Tristan Prettyman on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Kelly Ripa, Elon Musk and the Mowgli's appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Stephen Colbert, Anthony Anderson and James Adomian visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Molly Shannon on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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