FX and Hulu are feeling some kind of way and have decided to confuse us all as to what is television and what is streaming — more so than the confusion we all feel on a daily basis in the times of Peak TV. In any case, Lil Dicky leads off the transformation (but it still debuts on good old appointment television) with a new comedy that has some hope, if it’s a bit rough around the edges at the start.
Dave [FXX, 10p]
From Dave Burd, or as you may know him, Little Dicky, this surreal comedy follows “a suburban neurotic man in his late 20s who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time.” (White dudes, am I right?)
Vice News Tonight [Vice TV]
Vice’s deep dive news program has been gone for a little while, but it’s back tonight (now, fittingly, on Vice TV instead of HBO) just in time to report on the election and COVID-19. I expect reporting directly from Wuhan.
Volcano Live! With Nik Wallenda [ABC, 8p]
I won’t be watching b/c I’d be a wreck. Seriously, when the window washer came to my 8th floor job years ago, I’d have to go home sick. I knew he’d be fine, just as I know Wallenda is not about to die on national TV, but still. However, it should be a spectacle.
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- In BET’s newest series Twenties, a writer named Lena tells the story of a group of girl friends fumbling through their [titular] 20s in an urban era. Familiar, yes, but given the singularity of this Lena — Waithe — this is a must-watch, even if our reviewers somehow overlooked it when assembling this feature (we’re looking at you, Jason). As an actress, Waithe’s lesbian best friend was one of the best parts of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. Her function here (as in The Chi) is as a writer and this is her story, so keep an eye out for this.