At 10 tonight, in a timeslot that was home to “NYPD Blue” for years, ABC hopes to create another cop-show franchise. Even though it has that groundbreaking show’s first lieutenant, James Handy, in its cast, “Detroit 1-8-7” isn’t that. That’s not to say that this drama in which camera crews follow three pairs of detectives in a Detroit homicide unit isn’t entertaining. It can’t help but be with Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) as a weird but wily detective and handy as the squad-room sage who’s nearing retirement. The arresting question is if it can capture enough viewers to survive against critical darling “The Good Wife” and family drama “Parenthood.”
Perhaps realizing its mistake, Fox has brought back the producers of “Arrested Development,” Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely, and one of its stars, Will Arnett, in the new comedy “Running Wilde,” which debuts at 9:30 tonight. This time, Arnett plays Steven Wilde, a trust-fund baby who personifies the term “idle rich.” He’s still pining for the one who got away, his childhood sweetheart Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell), an environmentalist who is living in the Amazon jungle trying to save the natives’ way of life from a refinery being built by Wilde Oil, the company of Steven’s daddy. Their story is narrated by Emmy’s 12-year-old daughter, Puddle (Stefania Owen). “Running Wilde” is smaller in scale than “Arrested Development,” but is still a hilarious character farce. It’s good to have Hurwitz and company back.
It would seem like a winning combination. Take “My Name is Earl” creator Greg Garcia’s latest white-trash comedy and put it on Fox, the home of the dysfunctional family sitcom, going back to “Married with Children.” The series, which debuts at 9 tonight, tells the story of Jimmy (Lucas Neff), a well-meaning young man at loose ends who becomes the unlikely father to a baby girl. He wants to keep her, but he’s going to need his misfit family to help him succeed. But despite a talented cast that includes Garret Dillahunt, Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman, “Raising Hope” doesn’t coalesce as a comedic whole, often going for the cheap joke instead. It’s hard to hold out too much “Hope” for this weak entry.