THE BEST WAY to launch something new is to make it as familiar as possible. Spectrum Originals launches “L.A.’s Finest,” an episodic police comedy-drama starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba as beautiful buddy cops re-creating the wise-cracking patter and nonstop action of the “Bad Boys” franchise.
Did I mention this was a Jerry Bruckheimer production?
But wait. What the heck is a Spectrum Original? That happens to be the name of a new outlet for original programming available only to Spectrum subscribers. Programming like “L.A.’s Finest” will be available on demand and commercial-free.
Nancy McKenna (Alba) is a married officer with a precocious teen daughter who rattles on about feminist theory. Sydney Burnett (Union) is still a party girl, searching dating apps for the perfect one-night stand.
Within seconds of their introduction, they’re knee-deep in a shootout at a convenience store, wisecracking about Syd’s failure to show up at Nancy’s book club. Syd and Nancy. Get it?
Over the course of the first episode, Nancy gets into several shootouts wearing low-cut attire, and Syd goes undercover as a lap dancer. Syd also entertains her online conquests in a penthouse apartment that looks like it might be outside a police officer’s price range. But nobody lives modestly in Bruckheimer Land.
It’s always easy to dismiss Bruckheimer fare as formulaic and fairly brainless. But that’s not to say it’s not watchable in its own way. Not unlike a Quarter-Pounder with Cheese, “L.A.’s Finest” doesn’t pass itself off as gourmet fare, but it aspires to a wide audience. As such, it’s a perfect way to announce Spectrum’s new service.
• On the other end of the spectrum, cop-drama-wise, Acorn launches the fifth season of “Line of Duty,” one of the U.K.’s most acclaimed series. From the makers of “Bodyguard,” it’s an international hit available on Netflix.
• “Paid Off With Michael Torpey” (10 p.m., TruTV, TV-14) launches its second season. It’s the only game show featuring contestants who play to win enough cash prizes to lighten their crushing student debt.
• Most films set in California’s Napa and Sonoma counties put the accent on the good life. Netflix just launched the comedy “Wine Country,” directed by Amy Poehler. The “Independent Lens” (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) documentary “Harvest Season” looks at the hard work behind the grape vines and good times. It follows veteran winemaker Gustavo Brambila, Mexican migrant worker Rene Reyes and wine entrepreneur Vanessa Robledo over the course of a harvest.
“Harvest” also contrasts the living conditions of grape workers priced out of decent housing by California’s boom with the accommodations offered the affluent tourists who flock to wine country.
• TCM airs the 2018 documentary “The Eyes of Orson Welles” (8 p.m.), followed by his visually dazzling 1963 adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Trial” (10 p.m., TV-14).
Tonight’s season finales
• A stunt driver needs help on “9-1-1” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• Oliver and Emiko face off on “Arrow” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
• Bull asks a jury to think of a murder as an accident on “Bull” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
Tonight’s other highlights
• Live semifinals on “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
• “The Bachelorette” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) enters its 15th season.
• A website advocates violence on “The Code” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
• Roomies get acquainted on “Paradise Hotel” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• News spreads that a second explosion could endanger all of Europe on part two of the gripping miniseries “Chernobyl” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
• Assassins target a congresswoman on “The Enemy Within” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• Sevvy offers a reward on “The Fix” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
• While considering her option to reopen coal mines, Miss Lister comforts Miss Walker on “Gentleman Jack” (10 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
Cynical high school graduates (Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) befriend a record-collecting loner (Steve Buscemi) in the 2001 adaptation of Dan Clowes’ graphic novel “Ghost World” (8 p.m., TMC). Ignored by theater-goers, this has become the very definition of a cult film.
On two episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, r, TV-PG), obedience (8 p.m.), paternity (8:30 p.m.) ... Turning back the hands of time on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
Jimmy Fallon welcomes as guests Milo Ventimiglia, Pete Buttigieg and Morrissey on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Anthony Anderson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Johnny Radelat make appearances on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis are the guests on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:35 a.m., CBS).