Connie Britton in "Nashville."

Katherine Bomboy-Thornton, ABC

TV critic's picks:Sunday-Thursday

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN
  • Star Tribune
  • October 6, 2012 - 4:30 PM

People consider "Pretty Woman" to be Julia Roberts' breakout role, but it was her turn as the doomed Shelby in "Steel Magnolias" that put her on the map. Does that mean Condola Rashad's career is about to take off? The daughter of former Viking Ahmad Rashad and "Cosby" star Phylicia Rashad takes on the part in a remake (8 p.m., Lifetime) that also features Queen Latifah, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard.


Jeff Mauro, also known as the "Sandwich King," makes his way to the Twin Cities in the new series, "$24 in 24" (9:30 p.m., Food), in which he looks for cheap local eats. During this outing, he checks out Maria's Cafe, Sonora Grill and Anchor Fish & Chips.


Those unfamiliar with something called the Internet can finally see "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" (8 p.m., WUCW, Ch. 23), the 2008 online sensation starring Neil Patrick Harris as a would be super-villain who can't break into the ranks of the evil empire. Nathan Fillion plays the crimefighter who keeps getting in his way.


One of the season's more promising new shows is going up against one of the more disappointing ones. The show to watch: "Nashville" (9 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5), a sudsy affair with Connie Britton as an aging country-music star trying to work her way back up the charts. The clunker: "Chicago Fire" (9 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11), a Dick Wolf project that could have been an intriguing twist on the "Law & Order" formula. Instead, it's almost all about hunky heroics that go over the top.


"Beauty and the Beast" (8 p.m., WUCW, Ch. 23) gets remade once again, but this time as "The Incredible Hulk." "Beast" portrayer Jay Ryan looks like a hunk until he gets mad. Really mad. Try not laughing at the notion of impish actress Kristin Kreuk as a tough-talking detective. See? You can't do it.


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