Apologies for the lateness of this column, y’all. I had planned to write it on the second leg of my journey to SXSW but then my flight from Dallas to Austin was delayed. I was not totally sad about that because my flight from Miami to Dallas was ALSO delayed (but not until they’d loaded everyone onto the plane, obviously) and due to the efficiency of the Miami International Airport security screeners I barely made it onto that flight, so I arrived in Dallas about an hour and a half ago having eaten nothing all day. The flight delay gave me time to shove down a couple of overpriced tacos and I’m in a FAR better mood that I would be otherwise. Really hope none of you had big TV dreams for tonight because for the second week in a row the NBC comedy block and the ABC medical drama block are curiously absent from the TV schedule. I don’t know what y’all will do with yourselves. Here’s your Thursday night TV:
8:00pm: “American Idol” on Fox
“The Big Bang Theory” on CBS
“The Gifts of Imperfection: Living With Courage, Compassion, and Peace of Mind” on PBS
8:30pm: “Rules of Engagement” on CBS
“Fierce Funny Women” on Showtime. Things like this always make me slightly wary since the hold the potential to kick off one of those “discussions” about whether women can really be as funny as men or do female comedians rely on their looks and blah blah blah which seems to ignore some basic truths: no, there aren’t that many consistently funny female comedians. Guess what? There’s not that many consistently funny male comedians either, there’s just more male comedians overall so you’ve got a larger pool to draw from. Most comedians, male or female, do tend to rely on tired stereotypes and lame gags (which I think is actually the subtitle of the Larry the Cable Guy tour) because it’s easy.
9:00pm: “Bones” on Fox
“CSI: When The Hell Will They Finally Shoot This Lame Horse?” on CBS
“Man vs. Wild” on Discovery
10:00pm: “Archer” on FX
“Fairly Legal” on USA
“Jersey Shore” on MTV
“The Mentalist” on CBS
Late Night Listings
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS featuring Wanda Sykes and Kevin McKidd. By the way, Wanda Sykes is absolutely a fierce and funny woman. Woman can make me laugh so hard I think I’m going to pull something.
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Trey Parker and Matt Stone
“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring Jeff Greenfield
“Chelsea Lately” on E featuring Rihanna, Josh Wolf, Fortune Feimster, and Adam Hills
“Conan” on TBS featuring Seth Rogen, Wendy Williams, and Lykke Li
Intern Rusty is a Masters student at the University of Miami. You can learn more about her at Rusty’s Ventures.