Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, April 11, 2013. All times are Eastern.
Archer (FX, 10 p.m.): Aw, fignuts: Another Archer season is coming to an end? At least Jon Hamm is here to soften the blow with his velvety voice, bringing with him a Sealab 2021 crossover that makes a great bookend to the Bob’s Burgers cold open that started the whole season. (A bookend obliquely referenced via Hamm’s fellow guests, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal.) ISIS should be careful around this Captain Murphy guy—Todd VanDerWerff hears he’s howlin’ mad! Aw-aww-wooooo!
Community (NBC, 8 p.m.): Here comes the Community puppet episode, which is hopefully funnier than the weirdly laugh-free preview from last week’s installment. At least throw Todd VanDerWerff a “Mahna Mahna” joke, guys!
Parks And Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.): Animal Control is the latest part of the too-stupid-to-be-sinister Pawnee machine to get Leslie Knope’d. Steve Heisler assumes this means Harris Wittels will have to find a new home for the Southwestern Indiana branch of Harris’ Phone/Foam Corner.
Glee (Fox, 9 p.m.): Brandon Nowalk braces for what will surely be a delicately-handled, sensibly written New Directions treatment on gun violence. Suggested slogan to reduce school shootings in Lima: “You can’t pull a trigger when you’re doing jazz hands.”
The Office (NBC, 9 p.m.): One of the funnier aspects of The Office’s final season is the way the show is treating the physical space of “the office.” This week, the business park rebels against Dunder Mifflin, taking the elevators out of commission and making Erik Adams walk up the stairs in order to write his review.
Project Runway (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): In Project Runway’s European Vacation, Eric Idle will not be run over by an automobile, but someone is bound to be thrown under the bus. Sonia Saraiya hopes it’s a double decker bus.
Hannibal (NBC, 10 p.m.): Ready To Love landed with a thud on Tuesdays, so unless NBC is looking to give up on the 10 o’clock hour entirely (or just build five spokes of Chicago Fire), Hannibal juuuuuust might make it to a renewal. Which is nice, because Molly Eichel wants to review more than tonight’s episode.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (11 a.m.): It’s just a day full of crossovers, as Zack Handlen reviews “Trials And Tribble-Ations,” the DS9 episode that not only inserts the show’s crew into Star Trek’s “The Trouble With Tribbles,” but also features a nod to The X-Files.
Gilmore Girls (1 p.m.): David Sims brokers the historic Treaty of Paris, in which Rory and Paris stop being enemies (though they’ll always be adversaries, in a way) and the future of Gilmore Girls is secured.
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
Go On (NBC, 9:30 p.m.): One week after moving to its “new” timeslot, Go On ends its first season. It’s yet to receive a second-season order, so we’re giving Sonia Saraiya one more crack at the show. At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was pitched, along with the whole notion of the National Broadcasting Corporation.
The Killer Speaks (A&E, 10 p.m.): …
Oh, sorry. We were waiting for Hannibal Lecter to say something here. Guess this is just a true-crime series featuring non-fictional murderers describing their crimes. Sounds fun!
Chasing Tail (History, 10 p.m.): Following the lives of the brave souls protecting the citizens of Connecticut from that deadliest of predators: Deer overpopulation. They’re like Robin Hood, only instead of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, they get paid by the rich to give venison to themselves.
Legit (FX, 10:30 p.m.): Jim Jeffries’ series airs its final episode before lighting out to its new home on FXX. Steve Heisler will let you know if it’s worth following Jim there.
Hope Springs (Starz, 7:45 p.m.): Don’t just take the word of the teenaged, male residents of Paradise, California—The A.V. Club’s own, soon-to-be-departed Scott Tobias also enjoyed this surprisingly honest portrayal of a long-term marriage. (It’s just funnier that the fictional kids liked it.)
30 Days Of Night (FXM, 8 p.m.): And 135 minutes of ridiculous Alaskan vampire action, based on one graphic novel and followed by a direct-to-DVD sequel and two FEARnet miniseries.
The Masters: first-round play (ESPN, 8 p.m.): What’s this? Golf? In primetime? Tape-delayed golf, actually, as the first major of the calendar year re-opens in Past Augusta.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Survivor: Well which one was it—did the tribes boot a zero or a potential hero? We don’t know, like those people attending The Masters who show up on ESPN tonight, we’re reaching out to you from the past. Maybe there was a bigger surprise and Jeff Probst was voted off the island.