Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, July 2. All times are Eastern.
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.): When Brandon Nowalk pitched a review of Inside Amy Schumer’s first-season finale (a second season arrives next year), he described the sketch-comedy series’ treatment of feminist topics as a “relatable version of Top Of The Lake.” It’s hard to tell how much (if any) sarcasm is baked into that description, but we’re eager to see how it applies to the last remaining sketches from this first half of dispatches from Schumer’s Jane Campion-like mind.
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 8 p.m.): Listen, Pretty Little Liars: You’re still here on a probationary basis, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to keep ignoring you in What’s On Tonight? At the very least, Joe Reid deserves recognition for his diligent effort toward sorting through all this crazy bullshit.
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, 8 p.m.): The Top 20 begins losing members from its ranks, but let’s not kid around here: Even at this early stage of the game, this contest is Fik-Shun’s to lose. Oliver Sava still doesn’t know how Fik-Shun wasn’t just handed the win after his insane audition.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
The Shield (Classic) (11 a.m.): Flashback to the winter of 2004 as Brandon Nowalk reunites with the Strike Team for The Shield’s third season. Queue up Good News For People Who Love Bad News in an ancient version of iTunes, get disappointed about John Kerry’s election prospects, and enjoy the consequences of taking down the Armenian Money Train all over again.
Six Feet Under (1 p.m.): In honor of a Fisher & Diaz client’s operatic tribute to his late partner, John Teti presents his review of “Nobody Sleeps” in the form of the libretto from Pagliacci. Read it and weep.
The Office (Classic) (3 p.m.): The people of Scranton, Pennsylvania proudly play host to the 1st Games of the Dunder Mifflin Olympiad. Icelandic delegate Erik Adams will be on hand to ensure the athletes adhere to the rules of Flonkerton.
WHAT ELSE IS ON
Being Mary Jane (BET, 10:30 p.m.): This Gabrielle Union vehicle won’t officially debut until next year, but the network’s using the summer première of The Game (whose creator, Mara Brock Akil, produces Being Mary Jane) to give the new series a test run. Did you know that Union’s first onscreen appearance was an uncredited role on Family Matters? We can’t find any footage to back that up, but please accept this scene of Steve Urkel shutting down an entire mall in its place.
Statue Of Liberty/American Experience: Mount Rushmore (PBS, 8 p.m.): From the department of “America! FUCK YEAH!”: Gear up for the holiday weekend with two undoubtedly majestic profiles of the United States’ most patriotic landmarks, the latter of which is narrated by Jack Tanner himself, Michael Murphy.
V (Encore, 8 p.m.): Apparently anticipating Under The Dome’s big debut, Encore wraps another classic from the era When Miniseries Ruled the Earth—this is one where where ruling the Earth is a major component of the plot.
Gangsters: America’s Most Evil (Biography, 10 p.m.): You can tune in to PBS and marvel at the achievements of the American people—or you could temper the queasy-making levels of national pride that abound this week with this profile of Carlos Lehder, one of the most terrifying combatants in the U.S. War on Drugs.
Drugstore Cowboy (Flix, 8 p.m.): Speaking of: Here’s an early, career-making effort from director Gus Van Sant about some lower-level operators in the drug trade, whose exploits are a little more “artful, philosophical take on addiction” and a little less “assassinating Colombian presidential candidates to keep the coke trade going.”
Pitch Perfect (HBO2, 8 p.m.): At present count, this unassuming a cappella comedy has made a $100 million profit, steadily growing a cult while giving ABC a great excuse to get into the Rebel Wilson business.
Tour de France: Stage 4 (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.): Will Nice be nice to folks on bikes? Anything will be nicer than the mess that unfolded at the end of the race’s first stage.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Siberia: Last night, Alasdair Wilkins was dispatched to the remotest points of the NBC schedule to review this found-footage-horror take on reality TV. This review is the last transmission The A.V. Club ever received from him. (Except for that Regular Show review that posted after this, but it’s scarier if you ignore that!)