CBS' Western series "Paradise" returns to the air sporting the new title Guns of Paradise (7 p.m., Ch. 5). And the name isn't the only thing that's changed.
The cast remains pretty much the same. Lee Horsley is back as retired gunfighter Ethan Allen Cord. He's still engaged to Amelia (Sigrid Thornton). And he's still a reluctant father to his sister's orphaned children.But, while "Paradise" often bordered on being a family sitcom, "Guns of Paradise" is headed in a more traditional Western direction.
The kids are moving to the backseat behind Cord, who's more of a brooding, world-weary and world-wise cowboy.
In tonight's episode, the town of Paradise is booming. Because Cord has refused to become the town marshal, an experienced lawman is brought in. (He's played by Robert Fuller, who used to lead the "Wagon Train.")
But it turns out the new marshal is an extortionist who wants to get rich off the town's boom. And only Cord stands in his way.
And "Guns" is a good deal more violent. You'll see beatings, attempted murders and a good number of shootings in tonight's episode alone.
CBS is also premiering the family drama/comedy Sons and Daughters (9 p.m., Ch. 5), about the extended Hammersmith family. It's a nice try at portraying a modern family, but it misses the mark in almost every situation - and sometimes it doesn't even come close to the target.
I'd give it more leeway, but I've also seen next week's episode - which is terrible.
Elsewhere on the tube, Sam leaps into the life of a teenager who must keep his family together on Quantum Leap (7 p.m., Ch. 2); there are two episodes of Night Court (Ch. 2) - a new one at 8 p.m. and a rerun at 8:30 p.m.; Dallas (8 p.m., Ch. 5) moves up an hour; Great Performances (8 p.m., Ch. 7) presents "Don Giovanni"; and 20/20 (9 p.m., Ch. 4) looks into small-group health insurers.
- LOOKING TOWARD SATURDAY: If you're wondering why there are two extra wild-card teams in the NFL this year, it's because of TV. When the NFL demanded a huge increase in the fees for "Monday Night Football," ABC demanded a piece of the playoff action.
Thus, two wild-card teams and Saturday's two games - Washington at Philadelphia (10:30 a.m., Ch. 4) and Kansas City at Miami (2 p.m., Ch. 4).
In prime time Park Overall ("Empty Nest") jumps networks for a guest spot on The Young Riders (7 p.m., Ch. 4). She plays a polygamist who sets her sights on Teaspoon.
Over on CBS, Lenny's (7:30 p.m., Ch. 5) sister is getting married - to a black man. And dear old Dad isn't happy about it. (This episode is based on star Lenny Clarke's real family.)
On cable, Richard Dreyfus and Holly Hunter star in the television debut of the romantic tear-jerker Always (6 p.m., Showtime).
And there are also a couple of local basketball games competing against each other. There's college action with Utah at San Diego State (8:30 p.m., Ch. 2) and NBA action with the Jazz at Sacramento (8:30 p.m., PSN).