Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, June 7. All times are Eastern.
Take Me Out/The Choice (Fox, 8 and 9 p.m.): The straight-up moxie of Fox’s summer-programming strategy is admirable: “Is the show at least partially fronted by a blonde person with an English accent? Put it on the schedule!” The Cat Deeley-Gordon Ramsay chokehold is broken for one hour tonight, as The Choice—a hot-wiring of The Voice and The Dating Game hosted by Deeley—backs off long enough for George Lopez to play matchmaker on Take Me Out. Will Harris takes on Take Me Out while Margaret Eby chooses The Choice—this despite the fact that neither is blonde or English.
Eagleheart (Cartoon Network, midnight): Chris is on a ride to stardom after his stylish way with carnage earns him the attention of art-world tastemakers. Which prompts Kevin McFarland to ask: “When will my stylish way with carnage earn the attention of art-world tastemakers?”
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (11 a.m.): It’s hard to say when (or if?) Zack Handlen will ever reach Star Trek: Voyager, but when (or if? Really, we don’t want to make plans for him) he does, the DS9 two-parter that begins this week, “The Maquis,” will play a major part in explaining the start of that later Trek spinoff.
The Thick Of It (1 p.m.): This political satire moves much quicker than any actual legislative process (BOOM! You’re roasted, politics), so don’t be surprised by the fact that David Sims has already arrived at the end of the show’s first series. The first two series are only three episodes a piece—if only terms of office were that short! (Woo! Somebody get Armando Iannucci on the phone!)
TV Roundtable (3 p.m.): When Boy Meets World gave the “lycanthropy as puberty” trope a spin in 1994, it was still pretty fresh. Sure, there was Teen Wolf… and Teen Wolf Too, and I Was A Teenage Werewolf. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t exactly fresh, but it still provided a fun twist on sitcom storytellingfor our TV Roundtable crew to enjoy nearly 18 years later.
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
Saving Hope (NBC, 9 p.m.): Charlie Harris was the chief of surgery at a big-city hospital until he woke up one day as g-g-g… a g-g-g-g-g-g-g-… a g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-ghost! His body is comatose, but Harris’ spirit roams the halls of his old workplace while his fellow physicians—including Smallville’s Lois Lane, Erica Durance—try to keep the guy alive.
Cajun Justice (A&E, 10 p.m.): TV Club prefers not to typecast, but sometimes a show comes along that seems perfectly tailored to one of our writer’s interests. For instance, the screener for this reality show about Louisiana law enforcement arrived on our desk more or less branded with the words “Property of Scott ‘Author of Hick Flicks: The Rise And Fall Of Redneck Cinema’ Von Doviak.” And since Scott agreed to review it, it’s not really typecasting, is it?
Yo: The Stoy of Yo! MTV Raps (VH1, 10 p.m.):The same could be said of Kenny Herzog and this redundantly titled look back at MTV’s first major showcase for hip-hop. If we can get Kenny to stop doing the Ed Lover Dance for long enough, he’ll have a review for you.
Ultrasuede: In Search Of Halston (Showtime, 9:30 p.m.): Mononymous designer Halston was a larger-than-life fashion icon with a suitably larger-than-life portfolio: he made designed for first ladies, socialites, and, eventually, 747s. Filmmaker Whitney Smith attempts to condense all that personality into a 95-minute documentary.
District 9 (IFC, 8 p.m.): For a science-fiction allegory about apartheid with a largely unknown cast, District 9 made a boatload of money in the summer of 2009. It hasn’t reshaped the summer-movie landscape as some once predicted, but it’s a nice reminder that big-screen, occasionally gross sci-fi fun can still have something to say.
Jailhouse Rock (TCM, 8 p.m.): Okay, let’s get this straight: The warden threw a party in the county jail, giving the inmates the perfect opportunity to stage a riot and/or breakout, and they instead chose to invent their own hip-swiveling musical subgenre? Perhaps there’s something to this “rock and roll” fad after all.
NBA Playoff: Game 6: Heat at Celtics (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.): It’s a seriously slow night for sports—to the point where NBC Sports is rerunning the first two races of the Triple Crown in anticipation of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. No matter, seeing as the Celtics potentially putting away the hated Heat is all any sports fans want to talk about, anyway.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich In America: The Man V. Food host is staging his own deli-cathlon, but Brandon Nowalk stops short of calling Best Sandwich In America the best sandwich-related television show in America. We, however, have no reluctance about naming Brandon the Best Brandon Nowalk in America.