Friday, July 31, 2015

Remote Possibilities: 'Golden Boy, 'Legally 'Blonde'

A few things to watch (or feed your DVR).

Remote Possibilities: 'Golden Boy, 'Legally 'Blonde'

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Theo James (left) and Chi McBride in Tuesday´s "Golden Boy" on CBS
Theo James (left) and Chi McBride in Tuesday's "Golden Boy" on CBS Jeff Neumann/Warner Bros.

With FX's "Justified" off until next year, it may be time to take another look at  "Golden Boy" (10 p.m., CBS 3) ,a cop show with a twist.  We already know where the show's ambitious title character, homicide Detective Walter Clark (Theo James). will be in seven years -- the commissioner's office.

But it's the getting there that matters (and seeing who survives the ride). I watch this one sporadically, and mostly for Chi McBride, who plays Clark's older and wiser partner. Fans of straightforward cop shows can easily ignore the gimmick and enjoy the show's "NYPD Blue" vibe.

Some other things you may want to check out:

-- "Legally Blonde" (9 p.m., ABC Family). Before Reese Witherspoon was a mouthy brunette, standing by her man at the worst possible time -- and geting herself arrested in the process -- she was the very blonde Elle Woods, whose unlikely career at Harvard Law School made for a silly, but surprisingly funny, 2001 movie. Which is probably more than Witherspoon and hubby will get out of his alleged DUI.

-- "Frontline" (10 p.m., WHYY 12). If you're old enough to actually care how much is in your 401(k) or IRA, you probably should at least record "The Retirement Gamble," which looks at the fees associated with worker-funded accounts, which cost some savers far more than others. And if you're not old enough to care, then you're probably young enough to do something about it before it's too late.

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