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5 Shows After Dark: Your Hurtful Words Made Him Sad

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | February 27, 2013 | Comments ()


"Arrow" on The CW at 8:00pm ET.

"Boston's Finest" on TNT at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. Donnie Wahlberg's Beantown version of "Cops".

"Parade's End" on HBO at 9:00pm ET. MORE CUMBERBATCH! I love how divisive the popular opinion on this man is. I don't think there's a similar female star that literally splits fans between "So unbelievably hot I'm not sure she's human" and "No, she's not human. She's clearly an alien or some sort of hybrid thing that should be quarantined for the good of mankind." Personally, I'm more on the "odd looking" side of things, but recognize that my own taste in men is not perfect so whatever, I say let the Cumberdebauchers have their fun with it.

"Psych" on USA at 10:00pm ET. Seventh season premiere.

"Stranded" on SyFy at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. This is a new show where people spend a week at a "haunted" location and have to record the entire experience themselves. I was confused, because this first episode is called "Star Island" and the Star Island I'm familiar with is an enclave of luxury houses located in Biscayne Bay between mainland Miami and Miami Beach. And I guess it would be pretty scary to spend a week with Rosie O'Donnell as your neighbor but it didn't really get me shaking in my boots. But I read a little more and apparently there is a Star Island in New Hampshire that they're referring to which, I guess, has scarier things in store for the participants than the threat of Koosh balls being flung over the fence.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • BWeaves

    He looks like a melted Matthew Crawley up there.

    The man is only sexy in motion. Still photography is his fiend.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    That's the best comment EVER. I wouldn't have even seen it if GB hadn't referred to it in her column for Thursday's line-up.

    If we voted for EE, that'd get my vote.

    ETA: I usually read all the "shows after dark" columns but... although Cumberbatch is one of those actors whose work I enjoy, I desperately try to avoid his write-ups on Pajiba so I don't have to read the swooning fangirls' comments that annoy the shit out of me.

  • Kballs

    You missed two incredible shows:

    The Americans and the Duck Dynasty season premiere. The first is absolutely incredible. Every episode is laced with tension and subversion. Frankly, it's delicious. The second show is surprisingly hilarious. It's a bunch of proud rednecks who are clearly more clever than their affectations would lead you to believe. Then you have the old guy on the show finding out he needs new glasses by accidentally eating a raccoon turd off the ground that he thought was a grape and you realize that cleverness is relative.

  • KatSings

    Every time I see a show like Stranded, I'm reminded of Celebrity Paranormal Project and how much I adored it. Jeremiah Trotter scaring ghosts instead of the other way around. Gary Busey being Gary Busey. That show was gold.

  • MRC210

    It's impossible for me to take Cumberbatch seriously when he is the living embodiment of a Don Martin cartoon: long face, tiny eyes, bulbous nose and tufts of hair sticking out over his ears. I half-expect to see that his feet are hinged. I hear that Rebecca Hall burns the house down as his character's wife, though.

  • pcloadletter

    How are you guys not watching The Americans?

  • Milly

    Benny C asa blonde? My lass says no thank you.

    B Cumberbatch as a raven haired ravisher? She has come over all funny.

  • Ozioma

    I actually prefer Benny C with his natural ginger hair. There is not nearly enough Gingerbatch going around.

  • toblerone

    Suburgatory @ 9:30 on ABC!

  • toblerone

    + Southland @ 10 on TNT!

  • PDamian

    Cumberdebauchers! Love it! My new favorite word! And yes, I would -- hard.

    Much as I'm enjoying Cumberbatch in Parade's End, I'd recommend seeing it just for Rebecca Hall's astonishing performance as a bored, bitchy socialite. She's magnificent. So's Cumberbatch -- achingly so -- but the series would not be nearly as good without Hall.

  • Zirza

    Agreed. It is a brilliant role for a female actress and she played it beautifully.

  • True_Blue

    We prefer Cumberb*tches.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Does it make me sexist that I, as a male, prefer Cumberb*tches? For me it's about the best punny fit. Cumberb*tch is that best fit. I mean, it's clearly a term of endearment otherwise, no?

    Cumberbabes isn't bad, though. Certainly less potentially divisive. But I think the objection to Cumberbitch is unfortunately based on some idea that "b*tch" is inherently offensive no matter the context. And I don't think that's the case.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I'd heard that the man himself was trying to discourage use of that term, but if y'all are fine with Cumberb*tches I'm happy to go with that in the future.

  • MissAmynae

    You are correct, madam. He's said he prefers Cumberbabes.

    I like Cumberdebauchers very much. As a noun and a verb.

  • Kala

    I adore him, but yeah, I'm not keen on the term. Now Cumberdebauchers, I can get behind. Classy, but funny.

  • True_Blue

    It's Cumberbitches.

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