Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, May 8. All times are Eastern.
New Girl (Fox, 9 p.m.): Yeah, New Girl’s title sequence is still twee as fuck, and yes, it’s still terribly easy to fashion any news about the show into an easy joke at Zooey Deschanel’s expense. (Even Siri’s in on the action, sarcastically ribbing Deschanel for being so full of floral-print sunshine that she doesn’t know what rain looks like.) But New Girl really has reoriented itself into something fun, funny, and worth 20 minutes of your Tuesday night. Before the show gives Deschanel the time to tidy up the piles of books in her banjo-festooned rec room, join Erik Adams for the final episode of the first season.
Glee (Fox, 8 p.m.): Look, Glee: We know you love to be all trailblazing this and groundbreaking that, but Veronica Mars did the “alternative prom” thing a full six years ago—a fact which makes us feel way older than anything that ever happens on Glee. If you need Todd VanDerWerff, he’ll be in the corner, confronting his own mortality.
Cougar Town (ABC, 8:30 p.m.): ABC hasn’t even come to a verdict on Cougar Town’s renewal, and the canceled-cult-sitcom rumor mill is already spitting out details about the cul-de-sac being relocated to TBS. Eagle-eyed correspondent Ryan McGee is on the lookout for all Cougar Town title cards reading “Very funny.”
The Voice (NBC, 9 p.m.): The second season wraps up, and while NBC is attempting to distract you with a cavalcade of stars (Justin Bieber! Lady Antebellum! Hall And Oates?), don’t forget the show is also declaring its champion tonight. Emily Yoshida won’t forget, but she also won’t guarantee that she’ll remember anyone in the final four by the start of the third season.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
The Muppet Show (noon): It’s unnerving to hear Peter Sellers speak in his own voice, but The Muppet Show cuts through that troubling scenario by putting Sellers’ haughty tones in the service of a poultry-aided Shakespearean soliloquy. Coincidentally, Erik Adams secured a job with The A.V. Club in the same manner.
WHAT ELSE IS ON
United Stats Of America (History, 10 p.m.): Fast-talking comedy duo Randy and Jason Sklar joke their way through a fascinating statistical survey of U.S. history. If the Sklars could get a nation of comedy geeks to care about sports, they could certainly work the same magic with numbers. Phil Dyess-Nugent is prepared for mathematical laughter.
The Devils Ride (Discovery, 10 p.m.): If your only complaint about Sons Of Anarchy is that it follows the misadventures of a fictional biker gang, you’re in luck: The Devils Ride (executive-produced by professional wrestler Eric Bischoff and Jason “Wayne Arnold” Hervey) profiles the real-life members of San Diego’s Laffing Devils Motor Cycle Club.
AFI Master Class: The Art Of Collaboration With David O. Russell And Mark Wahlberg (TCM, 10 p.m.): Believe it or not, David O. Russell has more to say about the nature and magic of collaboration than what he expresses in this YouTube favorite. Learn where “fuck your whole movie” truly factors into the creative process.
Unforgettable (CBS, 10 p.m.): The Poppy Montgomery vehicle with the ridiculous premise—Montgomery’s character remembers everything but the identity of her sister’s killer—looked like a sure bet for renewal when it debuted to big ratings in the fall of 2011. Apparently all those viewers forgot (nailed it) to keep watching, and the first season finale for the procedural just might be its only season finale.
Men In Black (MoreMAX, 7:15 p.m.): Men In Black III might be this year’s least-necessary sequel, so here’s a reminder of the franchise’s humble origins. No, not Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers three-issue miniseries for Aircel Comics—the big-budget screen adaptation of those comics that made Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Summer Movies and taught the world to bounce, roll, and slide with its box-office idol.
The Roaring Twenties (TCM, 8 p.m.): Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney get into the bootlegging business in a decade-spanning gangster epic profiling an era characterized by “delirious, free-spending thrill-hunters” pushed along by the dizzy highs of prohibition, The Jazz Age, flagpole sitting, The Charleston, raccoon-pelt overcoats, and a zillion other easy signifiers of the titular 10-year period.
MLB Baseball: Braves at Cubs (WGN, 8 p.m.): The Friendly Confines haven’t been especially friendly to the Chicago Cubs in this young season—the team is nursing a losing record at Wrigley Field this year. Fresh from a sweep of the Colorado Rockies, Atlanta won’t give the Cubbies much chance to fly the “W” flag during this three-game series.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
2 Broke Girls: Todd VanDerWerff said he’d review every episode of 2 Broke Girls this season, and by gum he did it—and all he had to do was endure an hour-long finale with a cameo from Martha Stewart. Congrats, Todd, you did it: What masochistic challenge awaits you next?