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Melissa Joan Hart in "Clarissa Explains it All"

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TV critic's picks 8/3

  • Article by: TIM CAMPBELL
  • Star Tribune
  • August 2, 2011 - 3:23 PM
Disorder in the court

Hotshot lawyers "Franklin & Bash" (Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) try to help boss Malcolm McDowell, right, beat a murder rap in the season finale of this juvenile new dramedy (8 p.m., TNT). Ratings have been good, however, which means we'll see it again next summer -- unlike Ray Romano's "Men of a Certain Age," the critical fave that TNT just canceled. So much for justice.

Hart to Hart

Melissa Joan Hart is having something of a moment. Her breakout show "Clarissa Explains It All" is airing again as part of NickTeen's new late-night '90s nostalgia bloc (including shows tonight at midnight and 2 a.m.). And ABC Family just renewed her grownup sitcom, "Melissa & Joey," co-starring Joey Lawrence, for a second season. Two new episodes air tonight (7 & 7:30 p.m.). While this sitcom is so-so at best, the former Sabrina the Teenage Witch -- now a working mother of two -- can still cast a spell.

Talent, shmalent

If it's true that "America's Got Talent," you'd think we could do better than Howie Mandel. Still, the nation's No. 1 show forges ahead, adding four more acts to its Top 24 (8 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11). Meanwhile, the final six contestants compete on that other summer smash, "So You Think You Can Dance" (7 p.m., KMSP, Ch. 9).

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