Critic’s Corner

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday

George Lopez with Olga Merediz as his mother on “Saint George.”
Byron Cohen/FX
George Lopez with Olga Merediz as his mother on “Saint George.”

Saint George 9 p.m., FX

Following his short-lived talk show, comic George Lopez returns to scripted TV with this cringingly unfunny sitcom about a recently divorced man returning to the dating pool. Complicating matters are his harridan of a mother (sample “joke”: “You’re fat, boring, and stupid”), his lunkheaded cousin and uncle (who promptly give him terrible sexting advice), and his friendly ex and their son. Everyone here — from the normally likable Lopez himself to Danny Trejo as his uncle to Diana Maria Riva of the much more solid FX show “The Bridge” — deserves better, as do viewers. Like fellow FX comedy “Anger Management,” “St. George” has a 10/90 deal, meaning that if the first 10 episodes hit a certain ratings benchmark it will automatically be renewed for 90 more. There would be nothing saintly about that.

Food Network
Karen Akunowicz

Beat Bobby Flay 10 p.m., Food Network


There really isn’t a shortage of food cooking competitions, or even those with the opportunity to best the titular celeb chef. But in this new series two folks face off in order to face down Flay. Thursday’s episode includes Boston chef Karen Akunowicz from Myers + Chang taking on the challenge.

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Grey’s Anatomy 9 p.m., ABC

Seems a little late for the hospital to issue a non-fraternization policy, no?

Reign 9 p.m., the CW

Mary, Mary, quite contrary.


Celebrity Home Raiders 10:30 p.m., Lifetime

Have a seat and enjoy some Ice-T and Coco.