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5 Shows After Dark: They Both Look Absolutely Thrilled.

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | February 18, 2013 | Comments ()


"Rules of Engagement" on CBS at 8:30pm ET. Sometimes I think my pop culture knowledge is pretty complete. I'm aware of the general ideas of most tv shows even if I don't watch them personally, I know my actors and actresses pretty well, and by and large I get references that people make. Then I realize there are shows like this on the air, that are in their seventh season and that I have not ever seen a single episode of and I have to consult Wikipedia to remind me which washed up star is the lead. (David Spade, for those wondering.) It's humbling in a way.

"Bunheads" on ABC Family at 9:00pm ET.

"The Following" on Fox at 9:00pm ET. I had been trying to give this a fair shake, and then I missed last week's episode for reasons I can't remember now and went to watch it on Hulu. Only to remember that Fox only posts shows on Hulu a full week after they actually air. So I guess Fox doesn't actually want me to stay caught up on their shows in the span of time I'm mostly likely to care about doing so (one to two days after it airs) so this show can go in the "didn't care enough" pile of discarded television.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" on Logo at 9:00pm ET.

"Teen Mom 2" on MTV at 10:00pm ET. Eighth season premiere. Eight seasons, you guys. Although I hear the birth rate among American teenagers is dropping, so maybe this show should be compulsory viewing in all middle and high school health classes. "We can tell you all the reasons this is a bad idea, but how about we just watch this 16 year old change an overflowing diaper at 3am while her C-section stitches are still healing! Have some condoms. Have lots."

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  • Snapps izking

    If you haven’t watch The Following then you are missing out
    on a great primetime show I never miss weekly. Kevin Bacon’s a great actor in
    the show and I started watching because I’m a huge fan of his. Since I work
    nights at DISH when my favorite primetime shows are on, I get them recorded. It
    used to be hard for me to pick and choose my shows until I upgraded to the DISH
    Hopper DVR. I can enable the PrimeTime Anytime feature, and the 4 major networks
    will record during primetime hours on one tuner without my having any more of
    my timer conflicts. I was able to get rid of the additional DVRs and save some
    money which’s been a great way to enhance TV enjoyment.

  • Stien

    I actually am enjoying The Following. It still needs some work, but actually the last two episodes is where its gotten interesting enough for me to think "They might actually have a good show here if they can keep it up".

    Its still fresh, so we'll see how it plays out. But if you're willing, I'd say give it a chance.

  • BWeaves

    In a couple of years we'll be having Teen Grandmoms, as the kids' kids have kids.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Well, Teen Grandmoms will be a bit difficult. It would have to be "Thirtysomething with Grandkids" maybe?

  • Kballs

    My wife watched Teen Mom for several seasons and we joked constantly about it's untapped effectiveness against teen pregnancy. The mothers' lives are great all through the pregnancy and their friends promise they'll still hang out and the sperm donator promises to help and be supportive and love her and everything is so great y'all then BOOM! The baby is born and their friends stop calling because hanging around a screaming infant when you're 16 is a bummer and the boyfriend turns sullen and resentful (EVERY TIME). They are isolated and shunned. To top it all off, they deal with their loneliness and frustration by treating their parents, the only people willing to help, like shit.

  • KatSings

    Yeah, I gave up on The Following. I had it on and was puttering about doing other things and realized I had paid attention to less than half of the episode. A show like that does not qualify as good background TV, so if that's where I was relegating it, I needed to move on.

  • ,

    I'm with ya on that. The last one I saw (two weeks ago) was boring, and the last thing a catch-a-serial-killer show ought to be is boring.

    This week I had an actual funeral to go to, not a make-believe TV one, so missed this week's ep and don't care. The actual funeral was more interesting that the previous week's show, but only slightly.

  • Yup...days like this make me glad I am stuck in the asshole of the globe and unable to witness American TV.

  • ,

    Why can't you watch American TV? You just SAID you live in West Virginia.

  • Nicolae

    I am more amused by the campaign to bring Millennium to the big screen than by The Following. I gave it one last chance last week and I'm over it. I will now just hope they go with season one or two for the movie and forget that horrible third season.

  • e jerry powell

    I was that way, too. Two and a Half Men was (and continues to be) in my blind spot. Oh, that and Big Bang Theory. And How I Met Your Mother. Oh, hell, let's just say everything on broadcast television other than Scandal, really.

  • gnibs

    Gosh, you're so erudite.

  • e jerry powell

    No, not at all. It's Google Translate.

  • Bodhi

    Rules of Engagement is even dumber than 2 Broke Girls. Its truly painful to watch, imo

  • ViciousTrollop

    I love me some Bunheads. I swear that Kelly Bishop hasn't aged a day since Gilmore Girls.

  • Repo

    I could not be much more disappointed with The Following considering my expectations. Such a bummer.

  • TheReinaG

    Yea; Fox is stupid like that, FX does the same thing with their On Demand service; though Fox strangely does not, I watched last week's The Following on On Demand.

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