Tag: Younger

What to Watch: 09/27/2016

Welp, filmmaking provocateur Michael Moore has stepped in to provoke, with a contrary view as to just who won the debate, and it’s hard to tell whether he’s calling for attention or trying to rile people up to action. However, if you are on the left and want to revel in Trump’s breakdown, there’s a Sam Bee special, or you could just turn on any channel but Fox (or at this point, probably even Fox).

JASON’S PICK:
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee [TBS, 10:30p]
Samantha Bee surely knew the shameful horror (do Germans have a word for that?) which was set to unfold on Monday, and moved over to Wednesday so she can take some time to really dig into the satire lying everywhere from deep beneath to floating way above the surface in this most insane of elections. May God have mercy on our soul.

NAVANI’S PICK:
You’re the Worst [FX, 10p]
Is Jimmy ever going to face his dad’s death this season? And poor Edgar is going tot have another meltdown at the VA office isn’t he? I’m way too emotionally attached to the characters who coined the term “new phone, who dis?”

KATHERINE’S PICK:
India: Nature’s Wonderland [PBS, 10p]
PBS’s blink-and-you-miss-it documentary about India’s natural world wraps up tonight with a look at Jadav Payeng, a man who planted a 1,360 acre rainforest over the course of 30 years, demoiselle cranes of Khichan, and sure-footed goats.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • It’s a fine mess the Criminal Minds people have gotten themselves into. Season 11 ended on a Hotch-heavy cliffhanger — which might have seemed a good plan before actor Thomas Gibson decided to kick one of the writers and get thrown off the long-running show (think that writer might not to get to kill Hotch off slowly and painfully?). Anyway, in steps Adam Rodriguez as new agent Thomas Alvarez, along with the return of Paget Brewster’s Emily Prentiss (yay!), and we’ll see where tonight’s Season 12 debut lands. On CBS.
  • More familiar new faces arrive on CBS as Code Black literally adds Rob Lowe to the cast.
  • TV Land’s Younger is one of those shows which build up a critical fanfare and cult following while many of us aren’t looking. It’s got Sutton Foster, so we should know better, and we really need to check it out as it starts its third season tonight.
  • Impastor also quietly returns on the same channel, with the truth swirling around the titular character and threatening to upend his whole world.

Wednesday’s Best Reviewed: American Crime

Last night brought a bounty of television treasure, including a deeply thought-provoking appointment episode (verging on Very Special, but genuinely deeper) that marked a high point for a promising young sitcom; however, easily the most acclaimed show of the night was anthology series American Crime — an episode dealing with the aftermath of sensational revelations. Blackish earned top marks for taking on the specter of police brutality — as the Johnson family watch unfolding television coverage of an African-American man killed by police and debates rage while tempers run high.

In lighter takes, Dennis takes the bar on the road (Paddy’s Wagon) as a paint-swilling Charlie bests a “leprechaun” with the sort of madness on which It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia thrives. Broad City garners its usual love as it separates the ladies, Abbi imitates Ilana, Ilana throws the most absurd and unreadable love fit in history at Lincoln, and Melissa Leo guests as an uncompromising co-op commandant.

Wednesday, February 24th’s Best: American Crime (10.0/10)

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How does a program follow up a provocative thriller of an episode that ends in a school shooting. American Crime just continues, as AV Club‘s Pilot Viruet puts it, “doing amazing things with television this season.” Most critics have observed the show’s marked improvement over its already praised, if uneven, first season. Viruet credits how “i heavier, it’s darker, it’s downright traumatic at points. Yet it’s not operating purely under dramatic flair; American Crime is aiming to do something important and it’s actually following through.” Brian Tallerico at Vulture hails “Episode Eight” as the show’s “most well-rounded ensemble performance,”while TV Fanatic‘s Samantha McAllister gasps the question,”who else is still trying to catch their breath?”

The Rest of the Night:

Blackish – 9.5

Broad City – 9.5

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 9.3

Younger – 9.3

Arrow – 7.3

Supernatural – 7.0

What to Watch: 02/03/2016

Welp, we’re not caught in a time loop, and most celebrity barnyard animals are predicting an early Spring. While everything’s coming up Milhouse, here’s a couple suggestions of what to watch tonight. And, oh yeah, apparently Ice-T’s got no time for Jay Baruchel’s angst.

JASON’S PICK:
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit [NBC, 9p]
Ok, while the Kitty Genovese tragedy is ripped from the very-not-recent headlines, the fear of bearing true witness to violence is sadly evergreen. Tonight’s SVU uses that as backdrop for what should be a thrilling episode right in the veteran show’s wheelhouse.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Man Seeking Woman [FXX, 10:30p]
I was ready to give up on this season but then last week’s brilliant episode that focused solely on Josh’s sister reeled me back in. Tonight Josh struggles with a major career decision.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

  • The second iteration of ABC’s anthology American Crime turned thrillingly last week on a few shocking twists and revelations, and the provocative show remained one of the most captivating (if prone to melodrama) programs on TV, and this week’s episode should continue that.
  • There’s plenty of light comedy tonight, ranging from the charming Younger on TV Land to the pleasant Mike & Molly on CBS to the racist 2 Broke Girls also on CBS.
  • If you crave darker laughs, It’s Always Sunny… sees the gang escape Paddy’s Pub for a home in the suburbs.
  • There’s even more drama tonight as violence creeps inside the hospital while romance blooms on CBS’ new-ish series Code Black. And the usual blue shield machinations abound over on NBC’s Chicago P.D. (I’m holding out til the Windy City Municipal Series collection expands to Chicago Transit Authority)
  • Speaking of drama, they’re still culling the last batch of hopeful singers on American Idol [FOX, where else?]
  • If you want to scream at trees, there’s part 1 of Madoff on ABC at 8 p.m.