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5 Shows After Dark: And So the Long Summer Television Wasteland Begins

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 2, 2013 | Comments ()


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"The Office" on NBC at 8:30pm ET. An hour long episode to take us up to the 90 minute finale next week.

"Parks and Recreation" on NBC at 9:31pm ET. Fifth season finale. Say goodbye to Leslie Knope and all her friends for another few months, everybody.

"Elementary" on CBS at 10:01pm ET.

"Hannibal" on NBC at 10:01pm ET. So, NBC saw fit to get up on a moral high horse about not airing episode four, "Ceuf", but they have no problem making the full episode available on the iTunes store for $2.99. Because god knows these things are less traumatic if you have to pay for them. I'm not saying they shouldn't, because I'm glad the episode is out there for people who want to see it. It's just the worst possible direction they could have gone. If they'd stuck by their guns and not made the episode available in the US until the DVDs came out, I'd be annoyed but at least it would be consistent. If they'd made the episode available for free, it was just something you had to specifically seek out, I'd be ok with that too. Pulling the episode from air and Hulu, but letting people buy it on iTunes? Smells less like genuine concern for the viewer's emotional reaction and more like a money-making ploy.

"Scandal" on ABC at 10:02pm ET. I find this show has some similar dialogue problems to the early seasons of "Grey's Anatomy" where almost all the main character have the same speech patterns and verbal tics. Luckily, the plot is still on the side of "intriguingly entertaining" rather than "melodramatically exhausting" so I'm mostly ok with it.

Genevieve Burgess is mostly bitter because she's too broke to buy that episode of "Hannibal" right now.







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  • I actually look forward to summertime because then it gives me time to binge watch Netflix and watch all the old shows I haven't gotten around to watching yet.

  • Every day of every week children are killed by guns and war and serial killers.

    If TV shows shut down every time a child died, we'd all be watching test patterns.

    Oh, you meant American children. Never mind.

  • Three_nineteen

    Amazingly enough, American children are killed by guns and serial killers every day of the week also.

  • Chris

    F NBC, I just wish I didn't like Hannibal as much as I do

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    Re: Scandal-- thank you for articulating that point! That is it exactly! (Well, that and their propensity to give every male a last-name-as-first name.) Personally I find Scandal to be closer in kind to Private Practice (which I finally gave up even as a "background while the vacuum is running" show).

  • Guest

    Genevieve, it's available via several torrent sites.

    I didn't feel bad about downloading it in this case because it was released in other markets and I pay for NBC.

  • logan

    Damn Bob Newhart is STILL funny on Big Bang and he's gotta be a 143.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Pulling "Ceuf" off was a ridiculous idea to begin with. It has nothing to do with the Boston Marathon bombing, regardless of what Fuller said. The whole thing is in bad taste, I agree.

  • Ian Fay

    I think it was more due to the recent school shootings and less to do with the Marathon.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The episode had nothing to do with school shootings either. It was simply violence and manipulation for violence and manipulation's sake. Did the recent horrible upswing in violence stop other major networks in airing episodes of shows such as CSI and SVU? Did it stop HBO from airing the new Game Of Thrones? No, it didn't. Which is why this whole thing still reeks of bad PR.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm slightly ashamed at how much I like Elementary. Don't get me wrong, BBC Sherlock is still my Sherlock master, but damn... Elementary is a ton of fun.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Why be ashamed? Because it's on network American TV and doesn't have the vaunted cachet of BBC? It's a good show.

  • Guest

    You're not alone LPT, I like it as well. I just wish they would give Joan more to do.

  • PDamian

    Hmmm. Perhaps I'll watch. I had a massive crush on Jeremy Brett's Holmes when I was in college, and Benedict Cumberbatch's Holmes also moistens my lions. Perhaps Jonny Lee Miller will do the same?

  • Three_nineteen

    I'm very surprised how much I like Johnny Lee Miller in the show. I wasn't that impressed with him in Dexter or as Dr. Frankenstein in the play (didn't see him as the Monster), so I was expecting to not like him much.

  • John W

    It's not a bad show but it's very similar to shows like House and The Mentalist where you have this guy who is smarter than everyone else in the room and who likes to annoy those he works with.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I don't see it like House at all. House was a raging asshole that tried to make everyone miserable. This version of Sherlock is actually a fairly kind person that comes across sort of Aspergerish.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Yep, pretty much. Basically the benefit is that this is early days when that particular character's gimmick hasn't grown tired. In another season he'll probably be just as irritating as Patrick Jane has gotten.

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