As one critically acclaimed Tuesday night mini-series goes out, another one comes in. AMC mini-series The Night Manager is based on a John Le Carre novel, stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, and deals with arms dealing amid Middle East revolution — not a bad pedigree. The rest of the evening fared well enough, especially S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing out their Secret Warriors, The Grinder questions his grinding, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine saves their captain — or do they?
Tuesday, April 19th’s Best: The Night Manager (9.0/10)
The intrigue began last night for (dun dun DUHHHN) The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston as an unflappable dealer, and, well, the title character job. Vulture‘s Scott Tobias praises the lead as “the casting of Hiddleston in the title role says everything about the specific — and thus far enormous — appeal of The Night Manager, which seeks to position itself as both a sober treatment of the black-market weapons trade and an spy thriller drunk on romantic adventure.” Lisa Babick of TV Fanatic gives the debut a 5 out of 5, and recaps the show brilliantly, but offers me no real pull quote.
The Rest of the Night:
The Grinder – 8.0
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 8.0
New Girl – 7.0
The Mindy Project – 7.0
The Flash – 6.8