Last Man Standing" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ends its second season with a familiar face. Jonathan Taylor Thomas reunites with fellow "Home Im provement" star Tim Allen. Thomas plays Jon, who used to work with Kristin (Amanda Fuller) at the diner. She's impressed to see he's worked his way up to owning a trendy club, as she's trying to figure out her own life. Thomas' career trajectory has taken an educational route since graduating from "Improve-
ment." He's gone on to study at both Harvard and Columbia. Viewers too young to remember his old show may recognize him as the voice of Simba in Disney's "The Lion King."
Reunions like this are fun for fans of "Improvement," but they also remind us just how much television has changed since the early 1990s. "Last Man" has done OK for ABC this season -- well enough, some think (or hope), to be renewed for another season. The show reached an audience of less than 6.5 million viewers last Friday; it nearly tied with a repeat of "Undercover Boss" for the most-watched show in its time period. By comparison, "Im provement" reached audiences of around 20 million viewers in 1993 and 1994 and was never out of the network
ratings' top 10 over its eight-year run.
---An online date (with guest star Stacy Keach) does not go smoothly for Reba on the season finale of "Malibu Country" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
The jury is still out on a second season for "Malibu." While this series and "Last Man Standing" hark back to earlier shows, the latter at least tries to echo a huge hit. In its heyday, the WB's "Reba" had a smaller audience than "Malibu" does now. It never even cracked the list of top 100 most popular shows.
If anything, both "Malibu" and "Last Man" seem more like series you'd find on TBS, TV Land, Disney or Nickelodeon, where obvious setup gags and laugh-track-soaked dialogue still reign. Nancy Travis, who plays Tim Allen's wife on "Last Man," migrated from the decidedly old-school 2007-09 TBS comedy "The Bill Eng vall Show" without missing a beat.
---Viewers who can't wait for Al Pacino's turn in HBO's "Phil Spector" on Sunday can settle for his over-the-top performance in the 1983 drug trade epic "Scarface" (8 p.m., Spike).
---"NCAA March Madness 360" (2:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., CBS Sports) reviews the day's basketball action.
---The 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament continues on CBS, TBS, TNT and Tru TV.
---The Winter X Games from Tignes, France (7 p.m., ESPN).
---Ramsay sets out to save a restaurant as well as an owner's reputation on "Kitchen Night mares" (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
---The co-creator of "Jackass" needs a special aquarium on the season premiere of "Tanked" (9 p.m., Animal Planet, TV-14).
---The gang returns to Goldfield for an extended lockdown on "Ghost Adventures" (9 p.m., Travel, TV-PG).
---A woman's sudden blindness leads Nick to a tearful discovery on "Grimm" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Calvin is found, after much ado, on "Touch" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Jeff gets word of a not-so-innocent costume party on "Cult" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14). I thought this show might catch on, but I was wrong.
---A dearth of snow affects the hunting season on "Yukon Men" (9 p.m., Discovery, TV-PG).
---Aldo Fabrizi stars in the 1950 biography "The Flowers of St. Francis" (9:30 p.m., TCM). This should be of particular interest now that the new pope has taken the name of the saint from Assisi.
---The gang mourns John on "Bering Sea Gold" (10 p.m., Discovery, TV-14).
---A chance encounter turns a woman's life upside down on "Who the (Bleep) ..." (10 p.m., ID, TV-14).
A photographer's camera is endowed with the power to eliminate "evil-doers" in the 1952 Italian fan-
tasy "The Machine That Kills Bad People" (11 p.m., TCM),
directed by Roberto Rossellini.
---Contestants must design for every body type on "Fashion Star" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Justin Timberlake is featured in "The iHeartRadio Album Re lease Party" (8 p.m., CW, r).
---A new crack at the spatula on "Shark Tank" (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
---Olivia Wilde, Brad Wollack, Annie Lederman and Ryan Stout appear on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!, r).
---Jay Leno welcomes Don
Cheadle and Wynonna Judd on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC) glances back at the past week.
---David Spade, Kenny Licklider and Aaron Neville appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r, time approximate due to basketball coverage).
---Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gary Dell'Abate and Sigur Ros visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Bradley Cooper and Wolfgang Puck on "The Late Late Show" (1:35 a.m., CBS, r, time approximate due to basketball coverage).
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