What to Watch: 09/06/2016

Us nerds have been revenging since the early-1980s, and we’ve begun to truly see results in both our better living and in our TV shows. We’ve got a host of shows coming in and going out tonight and we’re selecting a couple of startup shows from various eras and Donald Glover’s new show, which isn’t essentially nerd culture-based, but he was once heralded as the next Peter Parker, and joked about the tweet “let’s get Donald Glover to play Spider-Man, he’s nerdy” in his act (also about the racist spitstorm it kicked up, but that’s neither here nor there). And we take that back anyway: “Twin Peaks hip-hop” anything is fantastically nerdy!

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Atlanta [FX, 10p]
Donald Glover’s “Twin Peaks hip-hop” series finally premieres, starring Glover as a man who manages his cousin’s rising career in hopes of providing a better life for his family. Viewers expecting the bubbly joy of Community’s Troy will be thrown by the gloomy cinematography and dark tones, but I’m thrilled.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Startup [Crackle]
So Richard and Co. think they have problems in Silicon Valley? Try funding your start up with stolen money from a gang. That’s the premise in this tech drama where a young Miami native creates the currency of the future and is looking for investors. Oh did I mention the founder is Latina? Yeah, pass the popcorn.

JASON’S PICK:
Halt and Catch Fire [AMC, 10p]
And I’ll just suggest a startup double-feature night tonight as the latest installment of 1980s tech drama Halt and Catch Fire has the team playing laser tag in between questioning their latest biz moves.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • While tomorrow this new OWN show will settle into its usual Wednesday night slot, you can get a first glimpse tonight of the travails of the fictional Bordelon family on Queen Sugar. This drama could be anything from awful to spectacular to Dynasty-esque fun, but it does have the imprimatur of Selma‘s Ava Duvernay.
  • In tonight’s double-shot second season finale of Zoo, the survivors get together on Panagaea with a cure close at hand. On CBSsssss.
  • Over on ABC, Mistresses does a bit of a time jump for a fourth season finale complete with newborns.
  • Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports, charismatic Denver Bronco linebacker Von Miller is featured.
  • C’mon MadTV, we’re rooting for you, but as Homer Simpson said while hitting the TV, “be more funny!”

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