Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, November 5. All times are Eastern.
New Girl (Fox, 9 p.m.): Cancellation arrived too soon for Happy Endings—though not before the show could produce two season finales that could’ve functioned as series finales in a pinch. The silver lining of the show’s untimely demise was the release of its talented cast into the comedy wilds—or, in the case of one-time New Girl castmember Damon Wayans Jr., re-release into the comedy wilds. Wayans returns to the loft tonight, and Erik Adams is already laying out some, uh… athletic equipment for him? (Hey, we’ve only known the guy for one episode. We don’t have much to work with here.)
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 8 p.m.): The name of tonight’s episode is “F.Z.Z.T.”—though that also might be the sound Agents makes when it’s on the fritz. Our technician Oliver Sava will swing by sometime between the hours of 3 and 11 p.m. to check things out.
The Originals (The CW, 8 p.m.): Did you remember that TV Club covers the Vampire Diaries spin-off? Because What’s On Tonight sure forgot! Please forgive us, Rowan Kaiser—and persuade your brother-in-CW-arms Eric Thurm to do the same.
30 For 30 (ESPN, 8 p.m.): The latest volume of 30 For 30 closes with a look at formidable Tennessee basketball tandem Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld. But it doesn’t have to end so soon—Kevin McFarland forms his own tandem with a bonus review of last week’s Jimmy Connors doc. It’s a grand slam dunk!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 8:30 p.m.): Jake has 48-hours to collect evidence for an arrest, which opens this cop comedy up to a litany of easy 48 Hours jokes. For instance: Is Jake’s collar drunk Nick Nolte? Also: Will Molly Eichel deliver her review in the form of “Roxanne”?
Supernatural (The CW, 9 p.m.): Seriously, we don’t know how we got to November sweeps without adding The CW’s Tuesday-night offerings to the What’s On Tonight rotation. We do know that we’re sorry, and we hope Rowan and Eric accept the apology cake we’re baking for them right now. (Apology cake delivery not guaranteed.)
The Mindy Project (Fox, 9:30 p.m.): On the prior Happy Endings note: Adam Pally is integrating himself into the Mindy fold so well, other characters’ parents are beginning to like him more than their own children. Which characters? Only Gwen Ihnat knows. (And you’ll know, if you watch the episode or read any sort of online synopsis of it.)
Trophy Wife (ABC, 9:30 p.m.): Good news: Trophy Wife will live to see a full season. Bad news: Descriptions of tonight’s episode feature no mention of the future of comedy, BERT! Brandon Nowalk knows that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose—but we always win whenever BERT! is involved.
Person Of Interest (CBS, 10 p.m.): The Machine singles out a hypnotherapist—is The Machine trying to quit smoking? When did The Machine start smoking? Phil Dyess-Nugent, haven’t you and The Machine had a frank discussion about not smoking?
Sons Of Anarchy (FX, 10 p.m.): SONS OF ANARCHY DVR ALERT: Tonight’s episode is 92 minutes long, so adjust DVR settings accordingly. Backup reviewer Josh Modell reminds you that tonight’s Sons Of Anarchy is how long? 92 minutes long.
Awkward. (MTV, 10:30 p.m.): Sounds like an acquaintente (“acquaintance” + “detente”) is brewing between frenemies (“friend” + “enemies”). Myles McNutt stands by as a conscientious rejector (“conscientious objector” + “reviewer.” That one might need a little work).
WHAT ELSE IS ON
The Chase (GSN, 8 p.m.): In 2009, British mad scientists successfully constructed the ultimate game-show villain, fusing the acid tongue of The Weakest Link’s Anne Robinson with the steel-trap mind of Ken Jennings. Tonight, Mark “The Beast” Labett resumes his trampling of the frightened villagers that are The Chase’s contestants.
Man-Eating Super Squid (Science, 8 p.m.): If we turn to Science at 8 p.m. and find some random dude wolfing down a cephalopod in a cape, we’re going to be so pissed.
Shahs Of Sunset (Bravo, 10 p.m.): The docuseries completes its third season—which, if What’s On Tonight can judge by the Neon Hitch-enhanced ad that Bravo runs during all of its VOD commercial breaks, has been running for approximately 30 years.
In The Spotlight With Robin Roberts (ABC, 10 p.m.): ABC’s continued campaign to blur the lines between Nashville and Nashville continues with a Connie Britton-Hayden Panettiere segment in this pre-CMA Awards special. Watch for Britton to blink the secret message “Get me back on American Horror Story, please.”
Hulk (IFC, 8 p.m.): In which the IFC seal of approval says, “Why, yes: Ang Lee’s stab at starting an Incredible Hulk franchise is the indie flick in the Marvel canon—until Guardians Of The Galaxy comes out, at least.”
A Streetcar Named Desire (TCM, 8 p.m.): “Hey Stella! Hey Stella! Ay STELLAAAAAaaaAAAAaAaAAaaaaaAaAAA! Make sure the DVR recording of Streetcar doesn’t overlap with Sons Of Anarchy! It’s 92 minutes long tonight! 92 miiiiinuuuuutes!”
Flyers At Hurricanes (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.): Presenting two four-win teams hashing it out in the Eastern Conference’s newly formed Metropolitan Division—which is the best professional hockey action you’re going to get tonight, thanks to time zones. (Rotten, lousy, stinkin’ time zones.)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Sleepy Hollow: Oh, you crazy show, you. You were only gone for two weeks, but it felt like an eternity spent locked inside a strange purgatory where we could still occasionally communicate with Ichabod Crane. Never leave Zack Handlen for that long ever again.