5 Shows After Dark: Pure Anglophile Bait.
Results of the Week 1 Summer Show Fakeout: The fake show was on last Wednesday's "5 Shows" in which I distracted you with donuts. All of you, that is, except Pat who caught that "Hoosier Daddy" is not, in fact, a real show. Yet. I object to the statement that "No way in hell summer TV is that bad" because I assure you that it is. And I will prove it. Congratulations, Pat!
"Endeavor" on PBS at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. Hey, you know those detective series centered around missing young girls in unfortunate circumstances that have become all the rage the past couple years? Well this is another one of those, only this time it's set in 1965 at Oxford. Expect underage prostitution rings, drugs, and witnesses dying off like flies if it stays true to genre. BONUS! This is a prequel to the much more famous "Inspector Morse" series. God, it's like we're throwing darts at a buzzy pop culture concepts board.
"Dexter" on Showtime at 9:00pm ET.
"True Blood" on HBO at 9:00pm ET.
"Devious Maids" on Lifetime at 10:00pm ET. This is a drama series inspired by a telenovela called "Ellas son la Alegreía del Hogar" which was heavily influenced by "Desperate Housewives" which featured the character Carmen in the last episode who is now one of the characters on "Devious Maids". It's like an ouroboros of trashy TV, with the cherry of Susan Lucci perched right on top.
"The Venture Brothers" on Adult Swim at 12:00am. Some people chide me for "forgetting" this show when I don't list it. Trust me, I never forget. I just occasionally give the Normals a break from our impenetrable wall of references.
Genevieve Burgess always gets a funny quiver in the pit of her stomach when someone says the word "prequel."