5 Shows After Dark: I Blame Portland For This, Because Why Not?
"Franklin & Bash" on TNT at 9:00pm ET. I'm enjoying TNT's new formula for their series. It appears to be: stars we haven't heard from since the mid to late 90s, the barest whiff of a concept that promises zany hijinks, and an ampersand. Boom! Hit show on TNT!
"Hoosier Daddy?" on A&E at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. A reality series centering around a family-run BBQ restaurant in Indianapolis. The family at the center of this show spouts quips and catchphrases which are totally endearing and not at all the kind of thing that will make you want to take a nail-gun to your own forehead after five minutes. Finger-lickin' good!
"Donut Showdown" on Cooking Channel at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. In case you were wondering what previously delightful food was going to be ruined for you through dumb trends and over-embellishing next, it's donuts. Every decent sized town will open up a minimum of three fancy donut shops of wildly varying quality, and your directionless friends will start talking about opening up a donut bakery even though they've shown no overt interest in making donuts or any baked goods before. We will soon have parties and work events where at least one person will bring a dozen beautifully decorated and bizarrely flavored donuts without taking into account that there are 20 people attending. An acquaintance of yours will get married and have a "donut cake" because they're just so off-beat and quirky! Seriously, check back with me in 18 months or so and let me know how I did. Hopefully, cupcakes will fall far enough back into obscurity that I don't have to worry about biting into a jalapeno in the middle of one, but not quite so far back I can't find ones flavored with salted caramel anymore.
"The Soup" on E at 10:00pm ET.
Genevieve Burgess will be enjoying making you all suspicious and jumpy for the next few weeks.