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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: Nov. 2

Your select viewing guide for Friday, Nov. 2

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DOCUMENTARY: The Crash (TSN, 8 p.m.) Before the celebrated Canadian sports tradition that is the Grey Cup came into existence in 1958, the CFL’s biggest annual ticket was the East vs. West All-Star Game. Directed by Paul Cowan, this somber film rewinds the clock to the 1956 All-Star game at Vancouver’s Empire Field, which will forever be associated with one of greatest tragedies in Canadian sports history. After the game, a flight carrying five All-Star players went down in the Rockies, killing all on-board. Among the deceased was current Calgary Stampeder Edwin Harrison’s grandfather, Calvin Jones, considered one of the best players of his era. A half-century later, Harrison takes an emotional journey, including a trip to the crash site, to rediscover the grandfather he never knew.

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COMEDY: Last Man Standing (ABC, Citytv, 8 p.m.) Old sitcom stars never die; they just keep coming back in new shows based on their former comedy personas. Back tonight for a second season, this show casts ex-Home Improvement fixture Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, a manly-man type abruptly jettisoned from his sporting-goods firm gig and now relegated to house-dad duties much to the irritation of wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) and their three daughters. Allen is also executive producer and in tonight’s season-opener, Mike tries to convince his free-spirited middle kid Mandy (Molly Ephraim) to vote for Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential election. The man still knows his audience!

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COMEDY: Malibu Country (ABC, Citytv, 8:30 p.m.) What was that we were saying about old TV stars arising from the ashes? Debuting tonight, this new comedy is a customized cornpone vehicle for country-music personality Reba McEntire, better known for her six-season run on the deep-fried WB sitcom Reba. In this new setup, the sassy redhead stretches as country star Reba McKenzie, who dumps her two-timing skunk husband Bobby (Jeffrey Nordling), loads up the truck with her two kids and relocates the whole dang clan to Malibu. Naturally there’s a California airhead neighbor named Kim (Sara Rue) to welcome her and Lily Tomlin, bless her soul, shows up as Reba’s free-spirited, medical-marijuana-smoking mama, Lillie Mae. Think Hannah Montana: The Later Years.

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REALITY: Brides of Beverly Hills (Slice, 10 p.m.) Gangway for yet another reality series about fussy brides and their frocks. Returning for season two tonight, this show focuses exclusively on Renee Strauss, whose Beverly Hills bridal salon caters to the very rich and extremely pampered. Renee’s staff includes the out-ray-geous Kevin Lee, apparently the real inspiration for the wedding-planner played by Martin Short in Father of the Bride. And talk about your classy clientele: Tonight’s first show finds Renee trying to find the right dress for wrestler Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife Linda, who is remarrying a dude half her age. In the second episode, Renee discovers that her new client Yvonne is actually an ex-felon known as the “Boob Bandit.” Mazel Tov!

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MOVIE: All of Me (Vision, midnight) If you’d prefer to keep your memories of Lillie Tomlin intact, revisit this 1984 comedy directed by Carl Reiner. The divine Ms. Lily steals every scene as the spoiled millionairess Edwina, bedridden since childhood and now terminally ill. Before she dies, Edwina hires a mystic to transfer her eternal soul into a beautiful young lady (Victoria Tennant) upon her passing. Instead, the swami accidentally dumps her personality into the tightly-wound lawyer Roger, played by Steve Martin, who suddenly has two voices fighting in his head and is mugging up a storm. It’s a shame Tomlin and Martin only made one movie together.

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