Go back to the classics

Z ON TV

November 17, 2008|By DAVID ZURAWIK

My marching orders here are to tell readers what I think is best on this night's TV, and that is not always the shows that are new.

If you are into this cycle of Dancing with the Stars, it is without a doubt the best of the new-show viewing tonight.

However, rather than direct you to new episodes of CBS sitcoms that I hate like Two and a Half Men, let me suggest doing something I occasionally do when I find myself starting to get irritated by the lack of originality in the current crop of sitcoms. I go back and watch some of the old ones, particularly the classics.

Start at TBS with Seinfeld, and one of the classics of classics: "The Pitch." This is the episode in which the "sitcom about nothing" idea was born when Jerry is asked to create a new series. (7:30 p.m., TBS) ****

Then, move on to The Cosby Show and "Is That My Boy?" at 8:30. This is the episode in which Cliff - a former track star known as "Combustible Huxtable" in his telling - must come to terms with the reality of his son Theo's "skills" in football. (8:30 p.m., TVLand) *** 1/2

LATE-NIGHT GUESTS Actress Emma Thompson visits The Late Show with David Letterman. Actor Kiefer Sutherland appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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