Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, September 3. All times are Eastern.
Luther (BBC America, 10 p.m.): Only the most impudent of websites and the most infernal of Anglophiles continue to refer to a British TV show’s “seasons” as “series” after they’ve jumped across the pond. But with this third dose of Luther, those pains in the neck of the rest of society are more justified in their adherence to the term, since BBC America is airing all four episodes of series three on consecutive nights, as if the show was a vintage miniseries, à la The Thorn Birds or Roots. It’s most assuredly not Roots, but it’s about as schlocky as The Thorn Birds, so whomever we assign to review it will register their thoughts on Idris Elba’s latest case via a series of melodramatic exchanges on a beach.
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, 8 p.m.): It all comes down to this, the final competition show of season 10. Unless the show is planning on throwing one more elimination twist at the viewers, in which case Oliver Sava is planning on throwing some remote control through the television screen.
Suits (USA, 10:01 p.m.): DISSOLUTION! Carrie Raisler sits down to contemplate a world without a Pearson Darby Specter, which certainly seems like the note on which to end the season—but that’s not happening for several weeks—several weeks of scintillating talks about dissolving a legal entity!
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Six Feet Under (1 p.m.): “Death Works Overtime” at a busy Fisher-Diaz this week. However, death has to get all overtime hours approved by John Teti, and he’s a miser when it comes to paying out time-and-a-half.
The Office (Classic) (3 p.m.): When Dwight accepts an award for an excellent sales year, Jim passes him an acceptance speech by way of Lenin, Marx, and Mussolini—the most fun you can have with the words of an Italian fascist outside of his short-lived radio comedy, Il Poochie. It’s about Mussolini running a struggling dog kennel; Erik Adams’ favorite episode is the one where the inmates take over the mutt-house after tricking the dictator into locking himself in a cage.
WHAT ELSE IS ON
The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, 9 pm.): And with this summer finale, step one of Tyler Perry’s Tyler Perry plan to establish Tyler Perry’s OWN network is complete. Be on the lookout for Tyler Perry’s Oprah’s Next Chapter, coming next week.
Top Gear (History, 9 p.m.): Tooling along in the margins between U.S. cable’s verve for European adaptations and gearhead reality shows is the American version of Top Gear, which begins its fourth season tonight. Viewers are reminded that, in the States, Top Gear airs on the righthand side of their television screens.
Crazy.Sexy.Life (OWN, 10 p.m.): Not a docuseries about the surviving members of TLC, unfortunately; instead, it’s about a quartet of not-yet-famous female friends living in Harlem. Maybe by the time the show makes its official première, they’ll be famous—or at least have written a song half as good as “No Scrubs.”
Tosh.0 (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): Look, it’s either this or Brickleberry. And the art for the Brickleberry screener DVD features one of the show’s female regulars in a wet uniform top; Daniel Tosh’s flagship program will have to sink pretty low to start its new season on a worse foot than that.
Big Top Pee-wee (The Hub, 8 p.m.): As Randal Kleiser discovered in 1988, it’s hard to replicate the unique blend of weird and whimsy within a peak-period Tim Burton film. Even so, this Pee-wee’s Big Adventure sequel still stars one of the greatest pop-culture creations of the 20th century, and the plot—which finds a three-ring circus blowing into Pee-wee Herman’s backyard—is suitably nutty for the character.
Frankenweenie (Starz, 9 p.m.): As Tim Burton found out in 2012, it’s hard to replicate peak-period Tim Burton. Not that he didn’t try his damnedest with this animated adaptation of the short film that was the director’s pre-Pee-wee calling card.
U.S. Open Tennis: Men’s round-of-16; women’s quarterfinals (ESPN, 7 p.m.): In tennis’ greatest rivalry—the U.S. Open versus rain—will the U.S. Open finally come out on top, making for the first open to stick to the schedule since 2007? If not, how soon can that proposed, retractable roof be added to Arthur Ashe Stadium?
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco: When a comedic tradition threatens to devolve into Lisa Lampanelli screaming at whomever could use the paycheck, a Franco will rise. And the assembled panel of comics will turn that use of “rise” into a boner joke. Sonia Saraiyahas the blow by blow, a phrase that can also be used to poke fun at Franco.