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TV Highlights for April 7: 'Home Economics' debuts on ABC
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TV Highlights for April 7: 'Home Economics' debuts on ABC

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"Home Economics" (7:30 p.m., ABC) is "about" class and money and how it comes between siblings. Comedies should be "about" being smart and funny. 

Topher Grace ("That '70s Show") stars as Tom, the middle child of three siblings. Once considered a promising author, his books have ceased selling. How do we know this? He tells us in a voice-over that continues throughout the show.

Sarah (Caitlin McGee) is the eldest, a mother of two with her wife, Denise (Sasheer Zamata). Sarah has just lost her job and is in no mood to go meet her rich younger brother Connor (Jimmy Tatro), who has just moved back to their town, presumably Los Angeles. 

Tom decides to make his next book about hiis family and the income disparity that seems to define them. Like any author, Tom has made himself the most three-dimensional of the group. Sarah seethes with resentment, and Connor is a thinly drawn man-child.

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • A tent situation on "The Goldbergs" (7 p.m., ABC).
  • A tennis player avoids the inevitable on "Chicago Med" (7 p.m., NBC).
  • The CW adds to its pile of remakes and reboots with "Kung Fu" (7 p.m., CW).
  • Somebody works Severide's last nerve on "Chicago Fire" (8 p.m., NBC).
  • Jason's career hangs in the balance on "SEAL Team" (8 p.m., CBS).
  • The four-part history "Exterminate All the Brutes" (8 p.m., HBO) surveys the genocidal outcomes of European encounters with indigenous peoples in Africa and North America.
  • Hondo feels the heat on "S.W.A.T." (9 p.m., CBS).
  • Domestic abuse on "Chicago P.D." (9 p.m., NBC).
  • Truth and consequences on "A Million Little Things" (9 p.m., ABC).

CULT CHOICE

Richard Dreyfuss became the youngest man to win a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1977 Neil Simon comedy "The Goodbye Girl" (5 p.m., TCM).

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