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5 Shows After Dark: Moral Ambiguity Looks Way Better in a Nice Suit

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | March 21, 2013 | Comments ()


"Community" on NBC at 8:00pm ET. How many of you are sticking this out and what are your thoughts? Are you just die hard completionists or are you still holding out hope? The good news is that it's been picked up for syndication by Comedy Central so even if it's over after this season you'll have a one in four chance of catching a good episode there every so often.

"American Bible Challenge" on GSN at 9:00pm ET. Second season premiere. I still can't believe this is a show. And after reading the Wikipedia entry about the show I'm somehow even less certain this isn't high level satire. "Faithbook"? Really?

"Archer" on FX at 10:00pm ET.

"Scandal" on ABC at 10:02 pm ET. Make sure your DVRs are set for the two minute bump. Wouldn't want the ending to cut off since this show loves pulling reveals in the last 45 seconds and then camera-shuttering its way into the credits. To recap, since the last episode was a few weeks ago: everyone hates everyone and Scott Foley is hanging around, occasionally in uniform. Enjoy!

"Legit" on FX at 10:30pm ET.

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  • Fabius_Maximus

    I'm still watching Community, though I completely forgot it's still on this week. The last two episodes were better, so I'm still a bit hopeful that they can make it to a decent send-off at the end of the season.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    I am still watching Community. Is it as good as it was? No. Is it still a reasonably decent ensemble sitcom? I think so. The show is less willing to go out on a limb, but it is not a bad show. I get a few laughs from each episode. I think the new showrunners could grow into the role.

    They are trying to live up to the legacy Dan Harmond left, while probably being noted to death by the network. One of the slightly interesting things is the characters are actually growing a bit and changing. I think they are letting Chevy off easy as he becomes a less "evil" character in the group, but I thought Jeff meeting his Father was handled very well, and Abed is becoming less Abedish, which I guess is disapointing, but it is still growth for the character.

    Chang still ruins the show as far as I am concerned, but other than that, I am sticking with it.

  • Kballs

    Erase all this and just put MARCH MADNESS. Anything else is flim-flammery.

  • e jerry powell

    Well, if Harvard can win two more games, then maybe. If Gonzaga can win even more, then cool. Otherwise, I am still marinating in the happiness of Calipari schadenfreude, and I can maintain until Brittney Griner puts a hurt on the entire women's field.

  • e jerry powell

    Shonda Rhimes is TRYING TO KILL ME!

  • I haven't seen the episode yet, but I often feel the same way. :)

  • logan

    Archer is just not that good this season. It's not as funny or as edgy. I think they are playing it safe.

  • Guest

    You are wrong.

  • I thought last week's illegal immigrant episode was one of the best the show has ever had.

  • BlackRabbit

    I will watch “American Bible Challenge”if Bibleman hosts it in costume.

  • LwoodPDowd

    Glad to see Legit make the list. Second season hasn't been picked up and ratings are low, but hopefully there is still time.

  • Mr_Zito

    Community has had one good episode this season (the one with Jeff's dad) and is generally still really well-acted (I think Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs are better this season than they ever were before). I think it's worth sticking around, there are some painful moments but I think we will still get some good moments and one or two good episodes out of this season. My fear is that with NBC having nothing else to put on, it suddenly seems plausible that it might get another season. And then who knows what it's gonna turn into.

  • toblerone

    How many of you are sticking this out and what are your thoughts? Are you just die hard completionists or are you still holding out hope?

    I'm done, it's dead to me now. I might binge watch season 4 (mostly for Gillian Jacobs) once the season ends but hope it is cancelled.

  • RilesSD

    That's one thing about the new showrunners...they are definitely showcasing Gillian and her beauty more this season.

    Also though? Chevy Chase is almost unintelligible this season. Not sure if that's him protesting or just getting old, but I can barely understand the man now.

  • toblerone

    If there is a season 5 I'm not sure how they are going to explain Pierce's being gone (they could have Fred Willard take over and just keep "Pierce"). I also totally agree about Britta / Gillian but the rest of the show doesn't even look (visual style) or feel the same.

    And I like the Dean but in the 2 or 3 episodes I've watched he is starting to reach Chang Season 3 level of irritating.

  • SelenaMac

    Scandal is the peanut butter pie of television. The peanut butter pie you can find at any low-rent, 24-hour chain diner. You know it's mostly solidified vegetable oil and a shitton of corn syrup hepped up on whipped air, but you eat every last crumb of it, because that particular combination of oil, air and sugar is fucking fantastic. We don't watch Scandal for the realism, we watch it for the cast that does what they do better than just about any other cast on television.

    They sell the shit out of that peanut butter pie.

  • RilesSD

    Community is bordering on unwatchable. What the show is now is completely transparent on screen: more mainstream sitcom showrunners have taken over and are trying to capture the genius of the show and Dan Harmon's quirkiness. They have some oddball stuff with Chang, the Dean, etc., but the jokes fall flat. There is now even a painful "hearwarming" moment almost every episode which is not what Community is about.

    I'll keep watching for awhile, but it's getting close to quittin time.

  • ERM

    I thought there was often a painful "heartwarming" moment in prior seasons. Jeff would give a speech. Annie would say "Awww!" I couldn't tell if it was supposed to be ironic.

  • Milly

    I will continue to watch Community and will continue to find it equal parts intelligent, amusing and meh. Which, for me, it has always been.

    I've made the point elsewhere but before the internet, how many of you would have known who the writers were of the programmes you liked and how many would have given a shit if they changed?

    My favourite TV programme is The West Wing. I rarely watched the credits and didn't read bb's of west wing fandom and so I did not know Aaron Sorkin left, and more than that I didn't know or care who he was.

    The West Wing had its ups and downs throughout its entire run, with many complaining about series 5 onwards though these series are, in repeated viewings, as good if not better than some of those that went before.

    I could also cite Doctor Who as a series that embraces change in outlook that has found an appreciably larger audience year after year.

    The TL;DR version is: If you had not known that the creator and writers had left your perception would be that Community remains the same character and success rate as what went before.

  • koko temur

    No. You can absolutely pin point when sorkin left. I marathoned through the series while knowing nothing about it or sorkin and just went "huh, this is sudenly pourly written!" in season 5.

  • Kate

    Agree. I marathoned it as well and knew nothing about Sorkin. I breezed right through the first 4 seasons, but after that it started to drag. Matthew Perry was a breif bright spot and there were still some great episodes, but there was also a whole lot of pretty poor ones (in comparison to what had come before). I still liked it well enough to keep watching, but it wasn't until the last two seasons that I really enjoyed it again (and in hindsight that had quite a bit to do with my undying love for Alan Alda).

    Not knowing about the behind the scenes stuff I'd just assumed it was another series that went on too long, and that's what I'd be thinking about Community right now if I didn't know about all the drama.

  • Milly

    In rebuttal I'll just point to 'The Supremes'.

  • Nova Prime

    Community's just not the same anymore, six seasons and a movie? Not at this rate.

  • Stina

    Ok, this might just be my own special brand of OCD, but does it bother anyone else that "6 seasons and a movie" keeps getting applied to Community?? That statement was about Cougar Town! Which, for the record, is definitely not going to make it with the way it's going.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Actually, it was about "The Cape", which makes it even more sad.

  • Stina

    I just re-watched the episode, and you're right. My bad!

  • TSF

    "How many of you are sticking this out and what are your thoughts?"

    I watched the first few episodes because I didn't want to dismiss it out of hand. But last week I just thought, "Why bother?". It's not awful, but it's just not the same show I enjoyed for the last 3 seasons (not that there weren't ups and downs during the Harmon days).

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