Old and new faces and the news business

Posted 12/4/17

By Kevin McDonough A night after celebrating the 50th season of "60 Minutes," CBS puts the accent on youth with the premiere of the "CBS News With Jeff Glor" (6:30 p.m.). Glor, 42, seems …

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Old and new faces and the news business


By Kevin McDonough

A night after celebrating the 50th season of "60 Minutes," CBS puts the accent on youth with the premiere of the "CBS News With Jeff Glor" (6:30 p.m.). Glor, 42, seems positively boyish compared to his predecessor, Scott Pelley, 60. And that seems entirely intentional. For the record, that makes Glor two years younger than ABC's David Muir and 16 years younger than NBC's Lester Holt.

• The HBO documentary "The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee" (8 p.m.) features insights and commentary from some anchors/pundits of the "old school" variety, including Tom Brokaw and Jim Lehrer. Based largely on Bradlee's own memoir, this profile is not without self-criticism and explores some of the central contradictions in his career.

As editor of Newsweek, Bradlee bonded with senator and future president John Kennedy. Color home movies featuring Bradlee and his second wife, JFK and Jackie Kennedy provide some intimate glimpses of "Camelot." They also point out a journalist growing entirely too friendly with his subject and source.

They also color the other two major chapters of Bradlee's story, his participation in the Pentagon Papers publication and the pursuit of the Watergate scandal. After the movie depicts his chummy friendship with Kennedy, a fellow Harvard-educated Bostonian, one can see why Richard Nixon resented the fact that Bradlee pursued him with such prosecutorial zeal.

"Newspaperman" offers a timely look at the power of the press and a reminder that battles between the White House and the media did not begin with the invention of Twitter.

It also celebrates the mores of the "Mad Men" era (chain-smoking and all) at a time when such attitudes and behavior have ended the careers of contemporary journalists including Bill O'Reilly, Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer.

• A variation on "The Bachelor" with a few road trips thrown in, "RelationShep" (10 p.m., Bravo, TV-14) follows 37-year-old Shep Rose as he searches for love. Shep feels that his "biological clock" may be ticking and that he's running out of time and opportunities to settle down, or achieve his goal of having a wife and kids by the age of 40.

Part of his problem is that he's been seeking perfection. And perhaps it's also because he's limited his search to the singles' bars of his native Charleston, South Carolina. So Shep travels to Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin and New York City to meet eligible women who meet his requirements.

• Another hybrid series, "Cash Cab" (10 p.m., Discovery) returns for an eighth season. Comedian Ben Bailey takes passengers on a game-show detour, trying to stump them with trivia questions while allowing them to enlist help via phone, text or social media.

The series, which originally ran from 2005 to 2012, has been tweaked. Some unsuspecting riders will be joined by special celebrity guests including Matthew Perry, Brooke Shields, Scott Bakula, Gilbert Gottfried, Dave Foley, Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman.

• The high-wattage competition "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) enters a new season.


• The top 10 perform live on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

• A reverse Midas touch on "Lucifer" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

• The Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers in "Monday Night Football" (8:15 p.m., ESPN).

• Mutants need saving on "The Gifted" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

• Hallucinations upend a mission on "Scorpion" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).

• Glassman thinks Shaun needs help with his interpersonal skills on "The Good Doctor" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).


A young boxer (Jeff Bridges) inspires an aging palooka (Stacy Keach) to re-enter the ring in director John Huston's 1972 adaptation of Leonard Gardner's novel "Fat City" (9:45 p.m., TCM).


Penny feels ignored on "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) * Reign returns on "Supergirl" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Adam smells something herbal on "Man With a Plan" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Franco has complicated feelings about art school on "Superior Donuts" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Gallo can't shake his trauma on "Valor" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Perpetual rest on "9JKL" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * "The Wall" returns with a holiday special (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).


Jimmy Fallon welcomes Keegan-Michael Key, Claire Foy and St. Vincent on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Samantha Bee, Matt Smith, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Brooks Wackerman visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Denis Leary, Maya Rudolph, Bob Odenkirk and Stereophonics appear on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

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