Bert Stiles

Bumping “Hank” and Bert Stiles

First (bumping “Hank”) is a funny rerun. Phil insists his son is mature enough to have an expensive bike; soon, we wonder about Phil's maturity. Also, Mitchell and Cal fret about taking their baby to a “Mommy and Me” session.

Then there's a new episode in which Jay (Ed O'Neill) has a pajama party for his stepson and grandkids – including a teenager who would rather sneak off with her boyfriend.

There are also two splendid guest shots. Elizabeth Banks plays a party-lover who can't accept her friends' parenthood; Edward Norton is delightful as a former rock star, now working Phil's living room.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “WWII in HD,” 8-10 p.m., History.
The first three nights of this excellent documentary rerun from 2-8 p.m. Then we get new hours.

In the first, Americans re-take the Philippines; nearby, Jack Yusef drifts for three-days in shark-filled water. Also, Shelby Westbrook, a Tuskegee airman, is shot down over Europe.

The second hour has Bert Stiles – a short-story writer before the war – in a dogfight with a German pilot. Also, replacement troops flood into Europe and there's the brutal fight for Iwo Jima.

Other choices include:
– “Mercy,” 7 p.m., NBC. With her marriage is wobbling, Veronica learns she may be pregnant. She throws herself into work, as she and Dr. Harris seem determined to banish death from the hospital. Also, Chloe learns a secret about her boyfriend and two women from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita) guest.

– “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” 7 p.m., CBS. Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing”) guests. She's set up on a date with Richard -- played by Clark Gregg, her husband in real life. Also, Dave Foley plays Richard's friend, who has a crush on Christine.

– “Gary Unmarried,” 7:30 p.m., CBS. Last year's Thanksgiving episode was especially funny, with Gary trying to make his home the holiday place. Tonight, he tries again; Max Gail returns as his dad.

– “The Middle,” 7:30 p.m., ABC. While tossing things out to the trash, Frankie accidentally skims her son's face. That's fine until he tells people his mother hit him with a beer bottle. Now the child-services people are visiting and Frankie wants the illusion of a perfect home.

– “Glee,” 8 p.m., Fox. It seems like a good idea to do love songs, splitting the club into couples. Then someone is sick and Mr. Shuester must fill in, singing a deep love tune with a student.

– “Deep Secrets: The Ballard Gallipoli Expedition,” 8 p.m., National Geographic. Early in World War I, the British attacked the Gallipoli Peninsula, hoping to prevent Turkey from aligning with the Germans. It was a disastrous effort and losses were heavy. Now Bob Ballard, who found the Titanic (recalled in a rerun at 9 p.m.), searches for the three British warships that were sunk.

– “In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts,” 9:01 p.m., ABC. Last week, Roberts talked to people who were going to be on ABC's country-music award show; now she visits the home of Janet Jackson, who will open ABC's “American Music Awards” on Sunday.


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