'Hot Grease' looks at cooking oil as fuel alternative

Posted 11/16/17

By Kevin McDonough

From doughnuts to dollars, indeed. The documentary "Hot Grease" (9 p.m., Discovery, TV-PG) explores an interesting fuel alternative. American homes and restaurants use millions of gallons of cooking oil; recently, innovators …

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'Hot Grease' looks at cooking oil as fuel alternative

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By Kevin McDonough

From doughnuts to dollars, indeed. The documentary "Hot Grease" (9 p.m., Discovery, TV-PG) explores an interesting fuel alternative. American homes and restaurants use millions of gallons of cooking oil; recently, innovators have been using the oil to power cars, trucks and buses. Now given the technical name of biodiesel, this fuel reduces carbon emissions up to 85 percent compared to petroleum fuel.

"Grease" follows several Houston-area entrepreneurs, some colorful grease collectors and Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Al Franken (D-Minn.), who have given the cooking oil industry their bipartisan blessing.

• "Hot Grease" isn't the night's only show from the Lone Star State. Because more young viewers are getting their "news" from comedy, a veteran comic goes to the heart of one of America's hot-button topics.

"Jeff Ross Roasts the Border: Live From Brownsville, Texas" (10 p.m., Comedy Central, TV-14) takes a one-hour look at immigration, following Ross as he interviews residents on the border about their thoughts on a proposed border wall and changing attitudes toward new citizens.

Ross explains that he grew up in a country that welcomed immigrants. "Now suddenly we're a snobby club with a (expletive) doorman," he concludes.

• Increasing roadblocks to immigration have not slowed the influx of comedies from abroad, particularly from the United Kingdom. Hulu begins streaming "GameFace," a comedy about a delusional would-be actress stumbling through her 20s. Or is it her early 30s?

Marcella (Roisin Conaty) is first seen passed out at a children's party dressed as a princess. Her hangover stems from a boozy bender the night before when she spent hours writing inappropriate things on her ex-lover's Instagram account and dragging home a new conquest who refuses to leave the apartment she shares with two other women. They find him creepy and mystifying because he's glued to the TV set watching "Friends," a show he claims he's never seen before.

More rude than audacious, "GameFace" seems like a slightly sad variation on the 2013 Rebel Wilson comedy "Super Fun Night," which vanished from ABC's schedule after one season.

• Also from the U.K., "Back" begins streaming on AMC Network's premium subscription service Sundance Now. It reunites British comedy favorites David Mitchell and Robert Webb ("Peep Show" and "That Mitchell and Webb Look"). The six-part pitch-dark comedy is created and written by Simon Blackwell ("Veep" and "In the Loop").

Mitchell plays Stephen, a floundering young man trying to get his act together after inheriting a bar from his deceased father. Into his life returns Andrew (Webb), a foster child briefly raised by Stephen's parents. While the rest of the family welcomes the prodigal foster son and treats his return as a feel-good story, Stephen sees Andrew as a psychopath out to rob him of his one chance to start over.

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

• Pyg's mischief continues on "Gotham" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

• A hacker targets the hospital on "Grey's Anatomy" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

• A winner emerges at Fashion Week on "Project Runway" (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG).

• A death in the ranks rattles the crew on "The Orville" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

• Jaws will be dropped and cliffs hung on the midseason finale of "Scandal" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

• Old habits die hard on "S.W.A.T." (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

• Annalise's sobriety is put to the test on the midseason finale of "How to Get Away With Murder" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE

College students (Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Ty Hardin, Stefanie Powers and Robert Conrad) bring spring break mayhem to a posh resort in the 1963 comedy "Palm Springs Weekend" (6:15 p.m., TCM).

SERIES NOTES

A backstabbing on "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Castiel returns on "Supernatural" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * A choking scare sparks a food phobia on "Young Sheldon" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Christy bonds with a classmate on "Mom" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Oliver mulls a big decision on "Arrow" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Buried treasure on "Life in Pieces" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).

LATE NIGHT

Jordan Peele is booked on "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Paul Reiser, Abbi Jacobson and JD McPherson are on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r) * Ben Affleck, Greta Gerwig and Dead & Company are booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Julian Edelman on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Taran Killam, Sam Rockwell, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

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