By LORI RACKL TV Critic November 11, 2013 4:58PM
On Fox's futuristic "Almost Human," a humanlike robot (Michael Ealy) is deployed as a cop's partner.
Updated: November 13, 2013 9:32AM
“BURNING LOVE” (9:30 p.m. Wednesday, E!): A weepy single dad, a one-note musician and an out-of-touch prince are a few of the characters competing for Julie’s hand in marriage in the second season of this hilarious parody of ABC’s “Bachelor” franchise. A web series that made the leap to TV, the show features a rag-tag group of bachelors played by Colin Hanks, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell and Paul Scheer, among others. June Diane Raphael does a deliberately toe-curling turn as Julie, the dental hygienist who got passed over in season one, became a lesbian, changed her mind, and is now back at the mansion, convinced that one of these crazy strangers is her soulmate. Rating: ★★★½
“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” (10:30 p.m. Saturday, WMAQ-Channel 5): Look out, NBC’s wardrobe department: Lady Gaga gets her funny on (or so we’ll see) as first-time host of the late-night comedy show. Like Miley Cyrus earlier this season, Gaga does double duty as the episode’s musical guest, making that gig a three-peat for the five-time Grammy Award winner.
“ALMOST HUMAN” (7 p.m. Sunday, WFLD-Channel 32): Fast-forward to the year 2048. Cops are partnered with human-like robots to combat highly evolved criminals in a futuristic landscape that’s as lawless as the Wild West. “Star Trek’s” Karl Urban is the main draw as an emotionally and physically damaged detective in Fox’s sci-fi police procedural with a heavy “Fringe” pedigree. The show premieres Sunday following an NFL doubleheader before moving to its regular, 7 p.m. Monday timeslot. Rating: ★★★
“WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY” (8 p.m. Monday, HBO): As “SNL” takes heat for the lack of diversity among its cast, this timely homage celebrates legendary African-American stand-up comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley. Born in 1894, Moms was a comedy pioneer both in gender and race. Often referred to as “the funniest woman in the world,” she irreverently tackled welfare, alcohol, infidelity and other taboo subjects at the time. The Whoopi Goldberg-directed, 70-minute film includes interviews with Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers and Eddie Murphy, whose Granny Klump persona in “The Nutty Professor” is inspired by Moms. Rating: ★★★