If you're looking for laughs, don't look to Audience

Posted 10/17/17

By Kevin McDonough

The Audience Network launches two new series. "Loudermilk" (10:30 p.m., TV-MA) stars Ron Livingston ("Office Space") as Sam Loudermilk, a grumpy recovering alcoholic who works as a substance abuse counselor at a community …

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If you're looking for laughs, don't look to Audience

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By Kevin McDonough

The Audience Network launches two new series. "Loudermilk" (10:30 p.m., TV-MA) stars Ron Livingston ("Office Space") as Sam Loudermilk, a grumpy recovering alcoholic who works as a substance abuse counselor at a community center in a church basement.

He doles out his tough love with a foul mouth. Unfortunately, he never knows when to lighten up. This is supposed to provide the comedy.

Will Sasso plays his AA sponsor and roommate. "Loudermilk" is filled with scenes of addicts sharing extremely detailed tales of private indiscretions in public places, often in front of children and families.

Neither the addicts nor their counselor has ever kept an insight or insult to themselves. Worse, too much of their dialogue sounds alike. "Loudermilk" is created by Peter Farrelly ("Dumb and Dumber") and writer Bobby Mort ("The Colbert Report").

Also on Audience, "Hit the Road" (10 p.m., TV-MA) stars Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") as the smarmy patriarch of a touring family pop band called the Swallows.

Simply put, this is one of the most aggressively unpleasant pilots I have ever screened. There's drug dealing, flatulence, toilet jokes, a sexual romp between a teenager and an old man ending in death, nasty language, crude sexual harassment, AIDS jokes and a horribly precocious child.

But not one laugh.

• While we're on the subject of the Audience Network, the Stephen King-inspired series "Mr. Mercedes" has been renewed for a second season.

• The standup special "Patton Oswalt: Annihilation" begins streaming on Netflix.

• The series "Strange Evidence" (10 p.m., Science) collects peculiar phenomena that has been captured on surveillance cameras. Experts review footage that appears to show a man spontaneously bursting into flames, cars "levitating" off a freeway and a statue that just won't stay put.

TV on DVD

TV-themed DVDs available today include "Green Acres: The Complete Series."

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

• Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Joe Jonas and Kelly Rowland offer advice on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

• Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy appear on "Finding Your Roots" (8 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings).

• A groundless suit requires a quirky lawyer on "Bull" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

• A new family dynamic on "This Is Us" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

• A new case resembles an urban legend on "NCIS: New Orleans" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

• Erik and Lyle describe their ordeal on "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

• Lessons in deception on "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

• Former members of the "Sea Org" share tales of exploitation and abuse on "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" (10 p.m., A&E, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE

The new comedy "Loudermilk" (see above) features caustic conversations with a know-it-all record store clerk, clearly inspired by the 2000 romantic comedy "High Fidelity" (8 p.m., Sho 2), starring John Cusack.

SERIES NOTES

A kidnapped sailor on "NCIS" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Robbed in midair on "Lethal Weapon" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Brick feels invisible on "The Middle" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Couples therapy on "The Flash" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) * From here to paternity on "Fresh Off the Boat" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Halloween erupts on "The Mick" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Worries about Ruby on "blackish" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * That 1870s show on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Tricks and treats on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Courtney's poll numbers offer a wakeup call on "The Mayor" (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

LATE NIGHT

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kate Micucci and Portugal. The Man appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r) * Jerry Seinfeld is booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Kate Winslet, Milo Ventimiglia and G-Eazy featuring Cardi B on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC, r) * Bobby Moynihan and Billie Jean King visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) * Taron Egerton and Damian Lillard appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).

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