What to Watch on Sunday: ‘Growing Up Fisher’ after Olympics closer, plus ‘Downton’ finale

Posted by Brooke Cain on February 23, 2014 

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(L-R) Eli Baker as Henry Fisher and J.K. Simmons as Mel Fisher in NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher.”

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Growing Up Fisher (10:36pm, NBC) - Right after the Olympics Closing Ceremony, NBC debuts another new sitcom pilot (if you missed last night’s debut of “About a Boy,” check it out on NBC.com – it’s very good!). This one stars J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman as a couple divorcing with two kids. The sitcom is told from the perspective of the younger child, a 12-year-old boy who is very attached to his father, who happens to be blind. Eli Baker plays the son and the show is narrated by Jason Bateman. It’s sort of a toned-down and very-much-less-screamy version of “The Goldbergs.” The first two episodes aren’t laugh-out-loud hilarious, but they are funny and sweet. It’s definitely worth watching. “Growing Up Fisher,” which is based on the childhood of creator DJ Nash, moves to its normal timeslot this Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.

Amazing Race All-Stars (8pm, CBS) - Eleven all-star teams compete for a chance to win $1 million in the 24th installment of this show. Twist: One team won’t even make it to the starting line.

Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony (8:30pm, NBC) - The Closing Ceremony includes a parade of the flag bearers followed by the unified entrance of athletes (unlike the Opening Ceremony, there will be no order). Also, the handing over of the Olympic flag to the mayor of Pyeongchang, South Korea, the site of the next Winter Olympics. Performances come from a thousand-member children’s choir and Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko. Note: “Sochi Gold” recap show airs right before this at 7 pm.

The Walking Dead (9pm, AMC) - Rick is faced with multiple immediate threats, while other group members deal with the past.

Downton Abbey (9pm, UNC-TV) - Tonight’s Season 4 finale is marked by the arrival of Cora’s mother (Shirley MacLaine) and brother (Paul Giamatti) from America, and a lovely day at the beach for the staff.

True Detective (9pm, HBO) - Cohle’s activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie.

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