The Esquire Network was supposed to launch Monday, replacing G4, a little-viewed channel aimed at video-game enthusiasts. But the launch has been postponed until summer to create more original programming. The magazine first tried its hand at TV nearly 25 years ago with “Esquire: About Men, for Women,” a weekly newsmagazine on Lifetime. Five things about that show:
v Birth and death: It debuted May 6, 1989, and aired 26 episodes before leaving the air in 1990.
v Host: The first host was a then-unknown TV personality named Matt Lauer.
v Handsome: Newsday TV critic David Friedman described the pre-“Today” Lauer: “He is the perfect ‘Esquire’ man: He’s handsome, well spoken, handsome, well groomed, handsome, well dressed, handsome, well paid and — have I mentioned this before? — incredibly handsome.”
v Replacement: Lauer was replaced for the second season by Guy Martin, an editor at the magazine.
v Segments: The show was divided into four segments, “Conversations”; “Documentary” (in which guys sat around and “shared feelings”); “Byline” (a satirical look at men); and “Celebrity Interviews.”
“NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS): Tony and Ziva (Cote de Pablo, Michael Weatherly) fans should enjoy tonight’s episode of “NCIS.” The two share a slow dance while hunting her father’s killer in Germany. Can a major smooch be far behind?
“Hell’s Kitchen” (8 p.m., Fox): The competing chefs cook for Gordon Ramsay’s relatives.
“30 for 30” (8 p.m., ESPN): Dan Marion and John Elway are among those looking back at the QB-heavy 1983 NFL draft.
“The Retirement gamble” (10 p.m., pbs): Is your financial future in peril? “The Retirement Gamble” is a new “Frontline” installment that raises troubling questions about the security of our IRA and 401K plans. Shudder.
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Youth acting classes at Kent-Trumbull
Kent State-Trumbull theater and Summer Stock 35 will offer two youth acting classes on Mondays for eight weeks, beginning in June, for students age 7 to 17.
A Beginning Acting class will cover improvisation, basic acting technique and theater games, and a Musical Theatre class will cover singing, choreography and acting.
Each one-hour will be taught by Dana M. Warren.
Tuition is $45 for each class, and enrollment is limited to 20.
Call 330-675-8887 for more information.
Wiz Khalifa tour at First Niagara
The second annual Under The Influence of Music Tour, featuring Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky, will come to First Niagara Pavilion on Aug. 3.
The lineup also includes B.o.B., Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era and Berner, with performances by Chevy Woods and Smoke DZA.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at livenation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.