As a life long insomniac I find myself stumbling around the darker corners of Netflix Instant Play many nights after all my television programming options have turned to shit. Sometimes I find wonderful things (“Spartacus: Blood and Sand”) sometimes I find things that make me feel confused and unhappy (Brief Interviews With Hideous Men) and sometimes I find things that are just fun diversions. The live action series “The Tick” would be the last of these. “The Tick” is not the best thing I’ve ever seen, but I like it and I’ll watch every episode available on Netflix (which is not, contrary to labeling, the complete series). It’s also interesting to see where the people involved in this tiny series ended up; Liz Vassey is now on “CSI,” Patrick Warburton is currently lending his voice to my animated husband Brock Samson on “The Venture Brothers,” and Nestor Carbonell has brought his impossibly thick eyelashes to “Lost.” For the remainder of “Lost,” Batmanuel up there will be welcoming you to Tuesday evenings, because it amuses me. Here’s your Tuesday night television:
8:00pm: “90210” on The CW
“American Idol” on Fox. Top eight female semifinalists perform, unless they don’t because apparently my information on “American Idol” is not always accurate.
“The Biggest Loser” on NBC
“NCIS” on CBS
9:00pm: “19 Kids and Counting” on TLC
“Lost” on ABC
“Melrose Place” on the CW
“NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS
10:00pm: “16 and Pregnant” on MTV
“The Bad Girls’ Club” on Oxygen. Fourth season finale. As much I appreciate, in theory, Oxygen’s efforts at not resorting to the Lifetime model of constantly showing movies where women are beaten and/or stalked and passing it off as “television for women,” I’m not sure airing a show where women beat and/or stalk people is really the way to balance things out.
“Chopped” on Food Network. Third season finale.
“Food Wars” on Travel. Series premiere, and they’re going to Chicago for an Italian beef war. I thought the big deal in Chicago was the pizza?
“The Forgotten” on ABC. First season finale.
“The Good Wife” on CBS
“Millionaire Matchmaker” on Bravo
“Parenthood” on NBC
“Southland” on TNT. I like putting these two shows next to each other because if the whole “Jay Leno Show” debacle had never happened, “Southland” would probably be occupying “Parenthood’s” spot on NBC and NBC could’ve saved themselves the cost of developing a new show. But hey, I’m sure it’s working out well for them.
“The Miss Turkey Trot and Miss Drumsticks Pageants” on TLC. This just sounds unappetizing on so very many levels.
“White Collar” on USA. Everything I’ve seen keeps calling this the “Season 1 Finale” but I know that this is not the first season. Maybe they mean first full season? In any case, tonight is the season finale, set your DVRs.
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