Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, May 7. All times are Eastern.
Hart Of Dixie (The CW, 8 p.m.): It’s been the same old, same old on Tuesday nights for weeks now—so along comes Dr. Zoe Hart to shake things up just as she’s shaken thing up in stodgy old Bluebell, Alabama. Is she still doing that? Aside from a few stray minutes of season two, your What’s On Tonight? correspondent hasn’t watched this show since its pilot. (Myles McNutt been watching the whole time, and that’s why he’s handling the review.) Or maybe we’re just highlighting Hart Of Dixie because we’re in the middle of an O.C. jag and we like the idea of Rachel Bilson still having a TV show. We’re unpredictable like that.
New Girl (Fox, 9 p.m.): Nick’s season-long gauntlet of prospective father figures runs right through a plot that involves Rob Reiner in a return performance as Jess’ dad. Erik Adams is beginning to wonder if Nick is actually collecting father figures in some sort of Pokémon-style offshoot of True American. (If so, it should be called “Founding Fathers.”)
The Mindy Project (Fox, 9:30 p.m.): Is The Mindy Project secretly a slobs-versus-snobs story? Because tonight’s episode involves a frat party and a battle with the midwives—who are pretty much the Omega House of medical professionals in the show’s world. David Sims’ wardrobe is geared toward attending a toga party at a moment’s notice.
Awkward. (MTV, 10 p.m.): Jenna and Matty cross a barrier that all young couples must face: Moving in together because one member of the couple’s parents threw them out of the house. Though we may be basing that impression on memories of season-one Glee. Myles McNutt should be able to sort this out for us.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
The Shield (11 a.m.): In one of this week’s episodes, Vic and Shane go undercover as dirty cops. “Undercover”—riiiiiiight. Unless, that is, Brandon Nowalk is the victim of a highly elaborate, multi-episode ruse.
WHAT ELSE IS ON
Constitution USA (PBS, 9 p.m.): And now, Tuesday’s primetime lineup presents two differing perspectives on the United States—in the title at least. One looks at how the founding document of the nation dictates the lives of its citizens 225 years after its ratification…
Polygamy, USA (National Geographic, 9 p.m.): …and the other has a title that sounds like something a member of Parents Television Council would shout out in the throes of his worst, nightmarish vision of a future U.S. (Of course, it’s the first of these two shows that’s hosted by an NPR personality, so joke’s on you, L. Brent Bozell III!)
Reel Rivals (Weather, 9 p.m.): Had your fill of fishing shows? No? Good, because here’s one with all the personality of Deadliest Catch with only a modicum of the stakes! Then why do they do it? For the halibut, we suppose.
I Hate My Yard (DIY, 10 p.m.): Now, now, landscaping show: Hate is such a strong word. Maybe you should try I Dislike My Yard, This Yard Isn’t What I Hoped It’d Be or I’m Not Mad At My Yard—I’m Just Disappointed In It.
Speedway (Encore, 8 p.m.): Encore is spotlighting a different Elvis movie every night this month, an audacious choice—until you realize the network is playing “greatest hits” like Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse Rock twice. However, this is your only chance to see The King as a hip-swiveling race car driver—unless you count Spinout, which you totally should and can watch in five days.
Looper (Starz, 9 p.m.): Perhaps he was cut for time, but Looper and Brick director (and the man behind the camera for many of Breaking Bad’s finest moments) Rian Johnson was strangely absent from the list of innovative filmmakers cited in Steven Soderbergh’s so-called State of the Cinema Talk. Perhaps Soderbergh would feel a little bit better about the state of his medium if he considered the box-office receipts for Johnson’s twisty time-travel thriller.
Stanley Cup Playoff: Game 4: Canadiens at Senators (CNBC, 7 p.m.): Having staved off a sweep in game two, the NHL’s most storied franchise no longer has to worry about being stomped on by a team that only won 10 games in its first season. That was two decades ago, but still—that would’ve been embarrassing.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Adventure Time: If you missed this episode, you missed the introduction of a horse who can make sad people magically happy—which means the next time Oliver Sava tells a “Why the long face?” joke, he’ll be talking about YOU.