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