What's Worth Watching: The Real O’Neals, This Is Us, Bull and more for Tuesday, December 6
THE REAL O'NEALS - "The Real Match" - When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny's newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably, on ABC's "The Real O'Neals," airing on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EST). JAY FERGUSON, MARTHA PLIMPTON
The Real O’Neals (9:30/8:30c, ABC): This underrated family sitcom tackles the issue of gays in sports in a typically funny yet unusually ennobling way, as Kenny (Noah Galvin) reluctantly joins his undefeated brother Jimmy’s (Matt Shively) wrestling team. Thanks to some outrageous “Jerome Robbins-inspired dance fight” moves, and encouragement in a fantasy sequence from gay athletes Robbie Rogers and Gus Kenworthy, Kenny actually wins a match. But pride rarely goeth without some backlash in Kenny’s world, and it falls on Jimmy to stand up like a champ on his brother’s behalf. The proudly diverse inclusiveness of ABC’s family comedies is quite remarkable, and feels more necessary than ever these days.
This Is Us (9/8c, NBC): In the last new episode until January, even the previews can get the waterworks flowing, as a trip to the hospital brings the Pearsons back into the life of Doctor K (Gerald McRaney) for what might be a “Last Christmas.” That’s the episode title, not a spoiler, but if this series doesn’t give us at least one more good cry before the holiday break, we’ll be surprised.
Bull (9/8c, CBS): Fans of Michael Weatherly will get some more insight into his new character, when he reunites with his ex-wife Isabella (Jane the Virgin’s Yara Martinez) to help in her defense in a wrongly death lawsuit. Lingering conflicts from their marriage could keep Dr. Bull from seeing straight in this case.
Inside Tuesday TV: Coach Blake Shelton performs his new single “A Guy With a Girl” on the live semi-final results show of NBC’s The Voice (8/7c). Winning viewer votes in an alumni contest, Season 10 finalist Hannah Huston returns to the stage to perform her new single. … Brooke Shields is back as the Hecks’ hilariously slovenly neighbor Rita Glossnes on ABC’s The Middle (8/7c), and she somehow convinces a cowed Frankie (Patricia Heaton) to accompany her on a mysterious road trip. … A new season of Investigation Discovery’s Barbara Walters Presents (9/8c) begins with a look back at the 1987 political downfall of telegenic senator Gary Hart following a tabloid sex scandal. … Outgoing Vice President Joe Biden makes his second visit to CBS’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert (11:35/10:35c), his first talk-show appearance since the election.