TV Tonight: ‘Raising Hope’ offers an odd mix

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TV Tonight: ‘Raising Hope’ offers an odd mix

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by tommyj

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Sometimes wonderfully odd, and sometimes just odd, “Hope” throws a lot at us.

Tonight ranges from a dream wedding to a bounty-hunter chase through a grocery store. Burt grills on a shopping cart and prepares Hope for college by teaching her beer pong. We also see a large supply of Kenny Loggins impersonators. Some of this is clever, some not, but the season ends well.

Popping in and out of the schedule, this show would be easy to forget. CBS cancelled it … brought it back for a 13-week summer run … then saw it start late because of Poppy Montgomery’s pregnancy. That’s why “Unforgettable” has leftover episodes for the next six Fridays. Tonight, the murder of a rich couple is linked to an old case Al (Dylan Walsh) worked. He goes undercover, posing as a married man alongside Carrie (Montgomery), the cop who literally remembers everything.

Growing up in New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen considered Walter Cichon — tough and cocky — a true rock star. Cichon was 22, an Army rifleman, when he was apparently killed in a Vietnam battle. Springsteen says he thought about that on a day when he visited the Vietnam-memorial wall and then happened to sit a few tables from Robert McNamara, who led (and later regretted) the war effort. The result is a song that says “apology and forgiveness got no place here at the wall.” It offers a passionate ending to a half-hour that mixes fairly interesting comments and superb music.

Other choices include:

• 8 p.m., cable. Here are master filmmakers — Martin Scorsese’s (1990) on IFC and Steven Spielberg’s splendid “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977) on BBC America. Then there’s Tim Burton’s (2013) at 9 p.m. on Starz; it has fine moments, repeated way too often.

• 9 and 10 p.m., WKAR (Channel 23). First, hasa local concert by Simien the Whale, an indie-pop band from Grand Rapids. Then “Live From Lincoln Center” has James Naughton, a two-time Tony-winner, performing the music of Randy

Newman.

Mike Hughes writes about television for TV America. His column appears Monday through Saturday.

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