What's On: (Trying to) Defy Gravity
Starz's freshman suicide survivor series debuted last week and proved that, like Dead Like Me and Six Feet Under before it, balancing comedy, drama and death is tough. Even with bubbly Kristen Ritter, whose character designed an actual death by chocolate cake last week, the show still has far to go before it finds its footing.
Gravity [10:30 PM, Starz]
The second episode airs tonight with Lily (Krysten Ritter) kind of taking control of her life with the help of her hunky widower/group partner Robert (Ivan Sergei) and her estranged father. Executive producer/writer/directer Eric Schaeffer still lurks in the background as a cop with a mysterious agenda. Tonight's episode "Namaste MF" is an improvement over last week's pilot.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross [10 PM, BBC America]
If you're tired of Jay, David, Jimmy, Jimmy and Craig, sample the Brits' controversy-plagued late night show hosted by comedian Jonathan Ross. If you've never had the pleasure of reading about him, some of his more risque accomplishments include: telling Gwyneth Paltrow on-air that he "would f*ck her" (the episode was then censored), implying that any male who likes Hannah Montana is gay, and leaving lewd voicemails for Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs, with the help of Russell Brand. Tonight Ross tries to stay on his best behavior when Paltrow returns with her Iron Man 2 co-star Robert Downey Jr.
Private Chefs of Beverly Hills [10 PM, Food Network]
Would you be more interested in watching a Food Network docu-soap you have never heard of if you knew that tonight's episode is titled "Challah Back?" What if you knew that the six talented chefs are assigned to prepare meals for a bossy New Yorker, a French denim designer and an Orthodox Jewish family who insists that their Rabbi watch over the meal preparations?
Boyz N the Hood [8 PM, VH1]
Flash back to 1991 with John Singleton's Oscar-nominated film debut. A tale of three friends struggling to navigate inner-city Los Angeles as they come of age, many of the characters and events in the film were based on Singleton's own experience. The film stars Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Angela Bassett.