5 Shows After Dark: And People Say There's No Market for Quality Entertainment in the US
This past week several of you sniffed out my “Extreme Exterminators” pretty quickly. Though I have to thank “Owner’s Manual” on AMC for taking some of the heat. That is a real show, so those of you looking to prove how right you are via a reality series on AMC have had your prayers answered. Good work to DominaNefret, DataAngel, and Uriah_Creep for clearly identifying the fake show and a sympathetic cringe to emmalita for sharing her own true tale of a house fit for the fictional “Extreme Exterminators.” This week will be the last week for my little game, as I’m taking the week before Labor Day off to enjoy my birthday, some vacation, and trying not to think about how horribly we treat laborers in the US these days. That means this week is a sort of speed round, as I’ll be announcing the fake show on Thursday so I don’t leave you all hanging until September.
“Breaking Bad” on AMC at 9:00pm ET.
“True Blood” on HBO at 9:00pm ET. Sixth season finale.
“Ice Road Truckers” on History at 10:00pm ET. Hey! I didn’t realize this had come back! Not that it alters my TV planning at all, but it’s always good to know that people driving trucks is still something that lots of other people actively enjoy watching on television.
“The Newsroom” on HBO at 10:00pm ET.
“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” on OWN at 10:00pm ET. Answering the questions no one was asking, this will be following up with Fabio, Todd Bridges, and Erin Brockovich. I had a thought dimly fluttering around in the back of my mind that Fabio had semi-recently been around and Wikipedia confirms that he was briefly in the running to become the new Old Spice Dude, but failed to best Isaiah Mustafa. So, you know, I just saved you about a third of the time it would take to watch this. You’re welcome.
Genevieve Burgess likes her federal holidays like she likes her overbearing morality tales; chock-full of almost suffocating levels of irony.