In honor of Father’s Day, let’s celebrate five TV dads who became fathers again during the run of their shows. Sure, it’s a plot device usually employed to juice shows whose story lines had grown a tad predictable. But let’s give this quintet some pops props anyway:
v Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”): Showing that 60-something dudes still have their mojo, he became a dad for the third time (the other two are over 35 with kids of their own) when 30-years-younger second wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara) gave birth this past season to Joe.
v Don Draper (Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”): The charismatic, wayward ad man had an unexpected quickie with his wife, Betty (January Jones), as their marriage was crumbling and nine months later, baby Gene was born. As if Bobby and Sally weren’t already a handful.
v Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz, “NYPD Blue”): The cranky cop became a dad again when his second wife, Sylvia (Sharon Lawrence), gave birth to Theo. (His happiness was short-lived as both Sylvia and firstborn son, Andy Jr., would subsequently be killed off the show.)
v Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke, “Growing Pains”): Daughter Chrissy joined big sibs Mike, Carol and Ben in the show’s fourth season. By season 6, she defied both math and biology and became 4 years old.
v Steven Keaton (Michael Gross, “Family Ties”): A fourth child, Andrew, was added to Steve and his wife Elyse’s (Meredith Baxter-Birney) brood during the show’s third season.
“True Blood” (9 p.m., HBO): Those weird and wild residents of Bon Temps are back for Season 6, including Bill (Stephen Moyer), who drank a Lillith blood cocktail and has now transformed into something that has Sookie (Anna Paquin), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), and company absolutely terrified. Also back for more: Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and his magical abs.
“40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” (8 p.m., HLN): Stars from the worlds of soaps, game shows and chat fests come together to celebrate their best and brightest at the “40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.” A.J. Hammer, Robin Meade and Sam Champion are our hosts.
“2013 Miss USA Competition” (9 p.m., NBC): Break out the swimsuits and sashes. It’s time for the “2013 Miss USA Competition.” Giuliana Rancic and Nick Jonas host the event.
“Masterpiece Mystery!” (9 p.m., PBS): Kevin Whatley returns for the sixth season of “Inspector Lewis” in the “Masterpiece Mystery!” series. He and Hathaway (Laurence Fox) probe the murder of a psychic who led a double life.
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Model railroad will run in garden
The Riverside Railroad Train Club, the Mahoning Valley’s only public large-scale garden model railroad club, will host an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Warren SCOPE Center, 220 W. Market St.
Trains will run outside for the entire event.
Admission is $3 (free for children under 12). Call 330-399-8846 for information.