5 Shows After Dark: Oh My God, You Guys, I Think It's Some Kind of Computer!
“Zero Hour” on ABC at 8:00pm ET. Series premiere. Anthony Edwards stars in the latest attempt to entrance Americans with global, centuries spanning mysteries that are complex enough to go unnoticed by everyone in the series except the “genius” main character, but straightforward enough that your average viewer at home can follow along from their couch. I think that must be the difference between me (and probably many other Pajibans) and the average TV viewer: when my dramas set up surprise revelations effectively, but with enough subtlety that I don’t see them coming until all the pieces fall into place, I’m delighted. I really enjoy that kind of storytelling and will end up watching again and again just to marvel at being able to see all the moving pieces come together. I suppose, though, that most people end up feeling somehow stupid or cheated if they can’t follow along at home like these series are some sort of “Blue’s Clues” for intellectually stunted adults. “Did you see the clue? Where is the clue? Can you show protagonist where the clue is? Great job! Now, does this clue remind you of anything we’ve seen before?”
“Parks and Recreation” on NBC at 8:30pm ET.
“Freakshow” on AMC at 9:30pm ET. Series premiere. I feel like TLC and a couple other networks with reality shows have been dancing around this concept for a while. But they were always just coy enough to keep it this side of “If you see something wrong with it, then YOU’RE the asshole”. AMC has apparently decided to hell with all of that and is comfy with selling exactly what the reality series-watching public has been buying this whole time.
“Archer” on FX at 10:00pm ET.
“Immortalized” on AMC at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. AMC’s second premiere of the night, this time it’s a reality series about taxidermy. Shockingly enough, it’s not the first.
Genevieve Burgess wishes each and every one of you a Happy Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t want her to.