Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, February 3. All times are Eastern.
Archer (FX, 10 p.m.): We’ve had the privilege of watching tonight’s episode of Archer Vice already, and though there’s nothing particularly special about the timing of this episode, we found it very, very funny. Part of that is that it’s a bottle episode, of sorts—the Team Formerly Known As ISIS is stuck inside Tunt Manor—but admittedly, that also happened last week. No matter: It’s happening again, and this time, Pam is (even more) coke-strong. Sonia Saraiya is preparing a multi-stage thesis on why Pam is the best thing to happen to television.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 p.m.): And here we are: the day of the wedding. It is now just eight episodes left to the How I Met Your Mother two-part finale. On this hallowed morning, Barney (still drunk from the night before) disappears. Which probably spells bad news. Donna Bowman is returning her wedding gift before the rush.
Switched At Birth (ABC Family, 8 p.m.): After last week’s “Fountain,” which saw Daphne’s star player Sharee get expelled, Switched At Birth has started its third season sure of its footing and knowing which stories to tell. Tonight, Bay finds out Emmett is dating someone else, which is going to be rough. Carrie Raisler invites you to join her as she looks up another work of art on Wikipedia.
Teen Wolf (MTV, 10 p.m.): Tonight on an ominously titled “Silverfinger,” someone else tries to kill Scott. We are hoping that the show will go full on with James Bond references, perhaps introducing a bread gun called “Moonbaker” and a flashback episode where the pack battles “The Golden Hun.” Phil Dyess-Nugent is hoping for a Bond-spinoff for himself—perhaps Thunderphil or Skyphil?
ALSO ON TV CLUB
Myles McNutt looks at the webseries phenomenon The Lizzie Bennet Diaries in this week’s 100 Episodes. The series is a wildly popular adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice, told through video diaries that feature Lizzie, her sisters Jane and Lydia, her best friend Charlotte, and of course, the occasional appearance by Bing Lee and William Darcy. As Myles relates, this was a story that unfolded through tied-in Twitter accounts, scores of videos that were not directly related to the plot, and question-and-answer sessions. He uses the word “transmedia” a lot, also.
And Todd VanDerWerff looks at the surprisingly heartfelt TV-movie The Amish: Shunned, about families torn apart by faith. “The practice of shunning—actively ostracizing someone who’s left the Amish faith and cutting them off from their family—is important to Shunned, but it’s not at the film’s center. Instead, Shunned is far more about what it means to believe one thing, then suddenly find it wanting.”
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years Of Beautiful (NBC, 9 p.m.): In a continued effort to lower the bar of national debate, NBC presents a two-hour special about a sports magazine that features women in swimsuits for an issue. Heidi Klum hosts the program, which, according to the press release, “will indulge viewers in the storied history of the franchise.” Footage of the “exotic cover shoots” and interviews with “the most loved and recognizable swimsuit models on the planet” will conclude with a countdown of the top 10 swimsuit issue covers of all time. Set your DVRs, obviously.
Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story (Showtime, 9:30 p.m.): This Showtime original feature on comedian David Steinberg, who appeared on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson 130 times, putting him just below Bob Hope, and who later went on to become a television director for sitcoms like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, and Designing Women. He is currently the host of…
Inside Comedy (Showtime, 11 p.m.): The third season of this talk show featuring comedians debuts tonight. Jimmy Fallon and Zack Galiafanakis will be interviewed.
Southern Charm (Bravo, 11:30 p.m.): This half-hour special is a preview for Bravo’s new reality show about socialites in the exclusive and wealthy niche of the upper class. The young and single socialites have the WASP-iest names we have ever come across: Whitney Sudler-Smith, Shep Rose, Thomas Ravenel, Cameran Eubanks, Jenna King, and Craig Conover. The show debuts officially in March, but in the meantime, remember what the press release says: “In Charleston, you're only as good as your last garden party and one social screw-up can taint generations to come.” We are so excited for this show.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (FX, 8 p.m.): This male-centric romantic comedy stars Steve Carrell as a man recovering from his impending divorce and Ryan Gosling as a pick-up artist. With Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, a disturbing kid-and-teenager relationship, and Kevin Bacon as David Lindhagen.
Mrs. Doubtfire (CMT, 9 p.m.): Robin Williams disguises himself as an elderly, female British nanny in this comedy that probably comes off a lot more problematic now than it did when it debuted.
Women’s Basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma (ESPN2, 7 p.m.): That big football game last night has exhausted our capacity to care about sports much, but how can you not love a good college game, especially one in Big 12 play? (We have no idea what that means, but it sounds good.)
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