I was thinking about doing a Pajiba After Dark about 80’s TV but the only TV I watched during the 80’s starred Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, because I was born in 1986. I don’t actually have any memory of the 80’s, most of what I “know” about the 80’s comes from the entertainment of the era, ironically, so it’s all kind of a jumble of shoulder pads, perms, neon, and cocaine as far as I’m concerned. And the more I learn about it, the more I’m glad that I wasn’t old enough to form permanent memories before then. Of course, the 90’s gave us low rise bell bottoms again, belly button piercings, boy band hair, and dark lipstick in the daytime so it’s not like I’ve got bragging room. So if you’d like to talk about the television of the 80’s, my 80’s week gift to you is that I won’t call you old. Out loud. Here’s your Thursday night TV:
7:30pm: “Thursday Night College Football: Southern Miss at South Carolina” on ESPN. Fourteenth season premiere. I feel obligated to let you know that the Miami Hurricanes are also playing tonight, but since we’re playing Florida A&M we’re on ESPN 3 and probably only in this market. I realize the team doesn’t have the best reputation but it’s been a while since we had a brawl on the field or the players released a song about running a train on someone else’s girlfriend. Several of those men are now in the NFL. Go, Canes!
8:00pm: “Big Brother” on CBS
“Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin” on Food Network
“The Universe” on History
9:00pm: “American Chopper” on TLC
“Pitchmen” on Discovery
“Project Runway” on Lifetime
“Rookie Blue” on ABC
“The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Smartest Inventions 2” on TruTV
10:00pm: “ABC New Special: Night Line Prime” on ABC. This week’s topic is “Secrets of Your Mind: Why We Do What We Do.” I hate shows like this because they take perfectly valid scientific research or biological facts and twist them around into these bizarre theories that then worm their way into society as “facts” and so forever afterwards you have to deal with That Guy who goes around at parties talking about how love and eating a piece of chocolate are chemically identical in the brain or however that goes. I tend not to listen long enough to get to the end of that speech.
“Ace of Cakes” on Food Network
“BBQ Pit Masters” on TLC
“Come Dine With Me” on BBCA
“Futurama” on Comedy Central. Sixth season finale and the 100th episode.
“Jersey Shore” on MTV
“NICU” on Health
“The Squad” on A&E
“Stan Lee’s Superhumans” on History
“Top 20 Most Shocking” on TruTV
“You’re Wearing That?!?” on WE
10:30pm: “Family Style” on Food Network
“On the Road with Austin and Santino” on Lifetime
Late Night Listings
“The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS featuring Will Arnett, Tommy Johnagin, and Karen Elson
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC featuring Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Steve Buscemi, Herbie Hancock, and Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC featuring Rachel Maddow, Jon Glaser, and Heart
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