Friday’s drama series tend towards the fantastical — and whether its time-traveling fictional icons, animal people taking over the world, or just good old vampires undressing and carrying on, these shows have been heating up lately, belying the night’s reputation as a TV graveyard. For a more real sort of dramatics, you’ve got those eagle-eyed, sharp-tongued investors what swim with the fishes. And if you feel like laughing, veteran comic Alonzo Budden has a new Showtime special which digs into the racial divide threatening our nation.
Sleepy Hollow [FOX, 8p]
While Sleepy Hollow hasn’t toned down its central over-the-top history-blender silliness, it doesn’t really have to as its eccentricities can be wicked fun. Besides, its strength lies in the (sometimes literal) ties that bind darkly appealing characters, like cop/supernatural “witness” Abbie Mills and her platonic sidekick, the Revolutionary War-era’s Dick Cavett, Ichabod Crane.
Shark Tank [ABC, 9p]
A teenage environmentalists, former soap star, app developers from DC, and a Texan are tonight’s pitchers.
Alonzo Bodden: Historically Incorrect [Showtime, 9p]
Alonzo Bodden exposes the hypocrisy of modern-day pop culture in this stand-up show about historical inaccuracies.
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- The supernatural dramas alluded to in the intro are Sleepy Hollow‘s FOXy follow-up, Grimm, and the CW’s Vampire Diaries.
- CBS opts for the night of normal cop procedurals with the entertainingly adequate one-two punch of Hawaii Five-O and Blue Bloods.
- Jermaine Dupri narrows it down to one rapping champeen on The Rap Game‘s finale on Lifetime
- If your taste runs to three-options-listed reality shows, you can watch Love, Lust, or Run on TLC, followed by Burgers, Brews, and ‘Que on the Food Network, back-to-back in literally the eleventh hour, 10pm.