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This weekend on TV: Utah's 'Andi Mack' is good; 'The Son' is promising; and 1 of 3 new reality shows is worth checking out

Published April 7, 2017 11:54 am
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The Disney Channel comes to Utah beginning tonight … although it never actually says that it's here.

The cable channel's charming new sitcom "Andi Mack" (6:30 p.m., DirecTV & Dish; 9:30 p.m., Comcast) was produced here. Locals will recognize everything from Liberty Park to Wasatch Junior High to downtown Magna … although the show is set in a fictional city and never specifies the state.

(For much more on the Utah-based production, click here.)

As for "Andi Mack" itself, it's a winner. It centers on the title character (newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee), who's about to turn 13. Andi and her family are knocked off balance when her free-spirited older sister, Bex (Lilan Bowden), returns after being away for many years.

The premise of the series is that Andi's life goes from routine to roller coaster overnight as she navigates growing up.

It's funny. The cast is winning, particularly Lee. And, while it's aimed at kids and tweens, it tackles some serious issues. And this is a show that parents can watch with their kids — and actually be interested in the show.

Here's hoping "Andi Mack" returns to Utah for Season 2 … and beyond.

• On Saturday, it's the premiere of "The Son" (10 p.m., AMC). Pierce Brosnan stars in this promising new Western series that's sort of "Dallas" set several decades earlier.

Brosnan plays Eli McCullough who — we learn in flashbacks — was kidnapped by Comanches when he was a teenager in 1849. In the show's present — 1915 — Eli is the patriarch of an cattle-ranching empire in Texas, and he's looking to expand into oil. And he's put his family on the path to a major conflict with his Mexican neighbors.

This could be fun.

On Friday tonight, three reality shows premiere.

• "The Toy Box" (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is pretty much "Shark Tank" with kids as the sharks, evaluating people's toy inventions. ABC is hoping we'll be entranced by cute kids, but the show just isn't that good.

• "First Dates" (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5) is a rather dumb-sounding idea that works. Cameras follows several first dates in the same restaurant at the same time, and it's surprisingly engaging.

• "You the Jury" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) looks like a cheesy daytime show misplaced in prime time. Fox News' Jeanine Pirro hosts as high-profile attorneys argue real-life civil cases — the first is a wrongful death suit and the defendant is suspected of killing a woman. And then viewers vote on a verdict. It's lame exploitation.

Friday on TV ...

• NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz

• "MacGyver" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Mac poses as a psychopath to save a tech analyst targeted for murder.

• "Rosewood" (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): In Little Havana, Rosewood and Villa investigate a vigilante who may be guilty of murder.

• "The Originals" (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): The mysterious force sets its sights on the children of New Orleans.

• ECHL hockey (7 p.m., KMYU): Missouri Mavericks at Utah Grizzlies

• "Hawaii Five-0" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): McGarrett and the team are captured while tracking a dangerous criminal.

• "Shark Tank" (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A wine for cats; a portable shelter; and a new take on the chopstick.

• "Great Performances: Young Men" (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A film about the World War I experience features dancers from the BalletBoyz company.

• "Reign" (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): A tragedy pushes Mary and Darnley apart; Elizabeth is asked to support an expedition to the New World.

• "Blue Bloods" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Erin faces off against her ex-husband iwhen he represents the person she is prosecuting for murder.

Saturday on TV …

• "Ransom" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Eric negotiates with a burglar who is holding a family hostage.

• MLS (7:30 p.m., KMYU): Vancouver Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake

• "Training Day" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Kyle's morals are tested when Frank involves him in a plan to take down a criminal defense attorney.

• NBA (8 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers

• "Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Louis C.K. hosts; The Chainsmokers perform.

Sunday on TV …

• Men's college tennis (1 p.m. P12N): Washington at Utah

• "60 Minutes" (6 p.m, CBS/Ch. 2): "The minute they get a job … they stop being a refugee," says the Chobani yogurt billionaire who's been criticized for hiring refugees.

• "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A defense contractor is suspected of selling Navy secrets to a foreign government.

• "Once Upon a Time" (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Gold and Belle convince Emma to help Gideon.

• "Call the Midwife" (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Sister Ursula continues to reign with an iron fist; George Marsh is badly burnt in an explosion.

• "Relative Race" (7 p.m., BYUtv): Two teams face elimination.

• "Madam Secretary" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Elizabeth enlists the aid of a Hollywood star to sway the president of Kyrgyzstan to end human trafficking in his country.

• "Match Game" (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Tyson Beckford, Adam Carolla, Jenna Fischer, Ana Gasteyer, Caroline Rhea and Jay Pharoah are the panelists; Alec Baldwin hosts.

• "Chicago Justice" (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A juror on Stone's case against a gang member turns up dead.

• "Home Fires on Masterpiece" (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): News of the Bowers' divorce hits the papers.

• "Elementary" (9 p.m, CBS/Ch. 2): Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a man Sherlock considered one of New York's worst private investigators.

• "American Crime" (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Shae contemplates another abortion; Dustin introduces her to the world of online sex work.

• "Shades of Blue" (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Harlee and Wozniak look into Caroline's murder.

• "Homeland" (10 p.m., Showtime): In the season finale, Carrie battles evil CIA operative Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham), who has unleashed a flood of fake news to undermine the president-elect (Elizabeth Marvel). It's chilling.

• "Into the Badlands" (11:25 p.m., AMC): The Widow's fight for power lands her in a showdown with her enemies.

• "The Arrangement" (11 p.m., E!): Megan preps for opening night of her play; Kyle must deal with the reemergence of a controversial person from his past.

• "FEUD: Bette and Joan" (11 p.m., FX): Hungry for another hit, Warner pressures Aldrich to bring the original team back together for a follow-up horror film.

• "Girls" (11 p.m., HBO): After an important meeting, Hannah reaches out to friends for advice.

• "Billions" (11 p.m., Showtime): Axe faces opposition to the investigation; Chuck finds dirt on a rival.

• "Who Do You Think You Are?" (11 p.m., TLC): Motown legend Smokey Robinson tracks down a grandfather caught up in controversy.

• "Crashing" (11:30 p.m., HBO): Artie tags along with Pete to a baptism. (Season finale)

• "Talking with Chris Hardwick" (midnight, AMC): Smarmy, obnoxious Chris Hardwick transitions from "Talking Dead" to his own weekly talk show. Ugh.






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