The Taste on ABC at 8:00pm ET. Third season finale.
The Vampire Diaries on The CW at 8:00pm ET. Sixth season winter premiere.
Backstrom on Fox at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. Tragically, this is not a series focusing on Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom. It is a detective series starring Rainn Wilson as a genius investigator who is verbally abusive and dismissive of everyone he has to interact with, including his coworkers and superiors. This is apparently based off a Swedish book series so I can’t lay the blame entirely on an American entertainment system that seems to delight in feeding us version after version of this same character as though it’s novel for an older white man to act like he knows everything while treating everyone around him with contempt. Don’t come at me with some “autism spectrum” mealy-mouthedness either, because I have met people on the spectrum and “I have trouble reading body language” or “I state my thoughts bluntly” is very different than “I am DELIBERATELY an asshole to everyone around me, yet expect them to treat me with respect and consideration I would never pay to them.” Don’t bother bringing up Bones either, as she actually does respect and care for her colleagues even if she will bluntly state her opinions. Also, she is regularly teased for her social failings in a way most of these other characters aren’t. Wonderfully, this will not be the only “Dr.House, only a police guy” show on this season, as the actual creator of House has his own detective series coming out in March. That one features TWO caustic white dudes who know everything, so super different than this.
Bad Judge on NBC at 9:00pm ET. Series finale. NBC is burning off this and A to Z tonight so if you’re a fan of cancelled NBC comedies you are very briefly in luck.
Archer on FX at 10:00pm ET.
Genevieve Burgess is also an introvert and manages not to be a raging bitch on the regular, so don’t try that one either.