Moral Ambiguity is HOT.
“Sons of Anarchy” comes back tonight and I know that’s a huge fan favorite around these parts. We, as a website based community, really seem to like our soulful, sympathetic and emotionally tortured criminals as evidenced by our embrace of things like “The Wire”, “Breaking Bad”, “Firefly”, “The Sopranos”, The Professional, Quentin Tarantino movies, vigilante themed superhero movies too numerous to list, that flight attendant who told his passengers to fuck off before stealing beers and peacing out down an emergency slide, and other examples truly too numerous to list. (FAIRLY LARGE NOTE to head off pointless and stupid comments stating nothing but “I don’t like that! You’re an idiot!”; obviously we all have our own personal tastes and likes and dislikes, but these are things I have observed that the commenting population GENERALLY likes. Please do not leave a comment just to say that you hate Quentin Tarantino with the fire of a thousand suns. I don’t care. Thank you.) It’s not surprising, historically speaking the reluctant bandit trope is pretty old and let’s face it, it’s a lot more exciting and affecting to watch someone who’s trying to keep their head above water and dodging the police than to watch someone with a stable family life whose biggest debate going into every day is whether they’re having honey nut cheerios or honey bunches of oats for breakfast. Personally, I’d rather have the second life, but the first definitely makes for better entertainment. Here’s your Tuesday night TV:
8:00pm: “Big Lake” on Comedy Central. New time slot.
“Melissa and Joey” on ABC Family
“Minute to Win It” on NBC. New episode on a special night. Because god knows what we need is more Guy Fieri.
“Wipeout” on ABC
8:30pm: “Big Lake” on Comedy Central. Watched this a couple of times, wasn’t impressed. I couldn’t tell if it was trying to be a slightly twisted sit com or using the sit com format in an attempt at irony because it was failing at both.
9:00pm: “19 Kids and Counting” on TLC
“360 Sessions: Snoop Dog” on IFC. Series premiere.
“America’s Got Talent” on NBC
“Flipping Out” on Bravo
“HBO Special: My Trip to Al-Qaeda” on HBO. Special presentation.
“It’s Effin’ Science” on G4. First season finale.
“Swords: Life on the Line” on Discovery
“Warehouse 13” on SyFy
“White Collar” on USA. Second season summer finale. Hey! More sympathetic criminals! Or just the one, in this case. Man, once you start looking for them, they are everywhere.
10:00pm: “Nightline Prime” on ABC. First season finale.
“Chopped” on Food Network
“The Colony” on Discovery
“Covert Affaris” on USA
“POV: Off and Running” on PBS
“The Rachel Zoe Project” on Bravo. I have a dilemma because my dear and true love Johnny Weir is going to be on the show tonight, but Rachel Zoe herself makes me deeply annoyed. It’s a conundrum.
“Rehab” on TruTV. Third season premiere.
“Scrappers” on Spike TV
“Sons of Anarchy” on FX. Third season premiere.
“Teen Mom” on MTV
“VH1 Special: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time” on VH1.
“WWE: NXT” on SyFy
10:30pm: “The IT Crowd” on IFC
11:00pm: “If You Really Knew Me” on MTV
“Louie” on FX
11:30pm: “Louie” on FX. First season finale.
Late Night Listings
“The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS featuring Katie Holmes and Rick Harrison
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC featuring Carey Mulligan, Meghan McCain, and Hans Staples
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC featuring Andre Aggassi, and the Scissor Sisters
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS featuring Chris Kattan, and shark expert Rob Stewart
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC featuring Ashley Tisdale, Margaret Cho, and Robert Randolph
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Tim Gunn
“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring Anthony Romero
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