Tonight we cut (recent) historical tragedy with a pair of sitcoms that often double as door-slamming farces. It’s a delicate balance, but as viewers of distinction, we know you can proceed with caution and know your limits.
The Looming Tower [Hulu]
Considering the enormity of the tragedy, the familiarity of the day for anyone over 20, the hefty emotions around it, and the implications still, a 9/11 mini-series is a risky proposition. The gravitas-laced cast (including Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Jeff Daniels) and the fact it’s on Hulu provide a definite hope–and this is the first scripted epic about that day that I feel compelled (or even able) to watch.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace [FX, 10p]
Gianni Versace’s murderer celebrates his birthday in San Diego. (Hey, is this where his millionaire friend dumps him? I’ve been waiting for that.)
Schitt’s Creek [Pop, 8p]
Who knows the madness that will ensue when David and Patrick host an open mic night. Will Moira serenade the audience with dramatic renditions of classic showtunes? Not sure but anything is possible in the town of Schitt’s Creek.
Modern Family [ABC, 9p]
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Wednesday. I find sweet jokes and neat, heartwarming resolutions make it easier to get through hump day. And let’s face it you can spare the half hour.
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- Haven’t peeped Freeform’s Grown-ish yet? It’s ok, we fall behind too sometimes. However, the reviews are well above average, and tonight’s episode is timely on so many fronts as the campus shooting of a drug dealer draws Vivek into shady circumstances.
- Talk about designated survivors, Designated Survivor returns for its second mid-season premiere on ABC highlighted by a Cuba trip and concern over President Kirkman’s psyche after last year’s shocking death. Don’t be a loved one of a Kiefer Sutherland character. Just don’t.
- It’s telling that The X Files reboot has even fallen off our Scholars’ radar. Mostly. In any case, Mulder and Scully are still doing their thing and the official synopsis has them engaging in a game of “cat-and-mouse,” so, typical Mulder and Scully.
- While we here debate the merit of ABC’s The Goldbergs and its ’80s-in-a-blender inconsistency, we can likely all agree that the kids working on their own version of a “Super Bowl Shuffle” is worth at least a passing glance. And on that note, we leave you with one-time Chicago Bears punter Maury Buford, captured in gif form, forever banging that cowbell complete with shades, fedora, and Gene Frinkel-esque passion. Bang on, Maury! Bang on!