Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, June 12. All times are Eastern.
Don’t Trust The B---- In Apartment 23 (iTunes, 5 p.m.): Once upon a time, ABC picked up a nicely nasty little sitcom about young people in the city and sex-positive portrayals of young women and just utterly sociopathic behavior. Then, it stuck it on after Modern Family and was pleased that it did some solid numbers, before shunting it off to Tuesdays for some reason. Then it watched as the show’s numbers plummeted, finally pulling the plug on it earlier this year. Now, the last of the eight left-over episodes will see their reviews by Emily Guendelsberger, and we will say goodbye to the show, too. Farewell, sweet, filthy show!
Arrested Development (Netflix, 11 a.m.): Erik Adams and Noel Murray watch one episode they very much enjoy and one episode they very much do not. We’ll leave it to you to determine which is which, but we’ll also leave it to make a vanity license plate with the word ANUSTART on it. Like you do.
MasterChef (Fox, 8 p.m.): The 16-contestant competition is so intense it apparently takes up all two hours of this week’s episode, including two separate steak and burger challenges. Phil Dyess-Nugent would like to invite you all to K-Bob’s Steakhouse of Ft. Stockton, Texas, for the post-episode rundown.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Freaks And Geeks (1 p.m.): After only three episodes, it’s already Halloween in Freaks And Geeks land because NBC used to air the World Series, and the late-90s New York Yankees got in the way of the network airing this show on a consistent basis. Todd VanDerWerff curses the Yankees even more.
Sports Night (3 p.m.): Donna Bowman is slightly skeptical that Dan needs therapy as much as the show seems to think he does, but who is she to say no to more Teri Polo? Also: Has that ridiculous storyline meant to prolong the Casey and Dana coupling kicked in in earnest yet? Because we hated that.
WHAT ELSE IS ON
Knuckleball! (Showtime, 7:25 p.m.): You know this movie will be exciting because it has an exclamation point in its name, and nothing’s more exciting than an exclamation point, except maybe the game of baseball. Okay, yeah, we like baseball, and even we had trouble convincing ourselves of that one.
Royal Pains/Necessary Roughness (USA, 9 p.m.): USA wishes you a happy summer with even more bright and sunny programming, including everybody’s favorite Hamptons doctors and that Callie Thorne show where she’s a psychiatrist for a football team that you probably forgot existed. You can admit it.
Dig Wars (Travel, 10 p.m.): We were just recently saying that we could really use a reality show that was all about digging stuff up, and here’s the Travel Channel, ready to oblige us. Since this is on the Travel Channel, we have to assume it’ll be the perfect guide to your upcoming digging-themed vacation.
Locked Up Abroad (National Geographic Channel, 10 p.m.): When you’re locked up abroad, you’ll have the promise of ending up on this show to get you through. Also: Do you think there’s a Locked Up Abroad about Bruce Wayne’s experiences in The Dark Knight Rises in the Dark Knight universe?
Imitation Of Life (TCM, 8 p.m.): Douglas Sirk offers up a vintage melodramatic weepy, with great work from Lana Turner and Juanita Moore. If you’ve never seen a Sirk, be prepared for operatic emotion and lots of beautiful images. If you have seen a Sirk, you’re probably going to want to see it again, huh?
The Virgin Suicides (Sundance, 8 p.m.): Sofia Coppola’s first film depicts the ennui and sadness lying underneath a typical suburban neighborhood, is based on a Jeffrey Eugenides novel, and features a soundtrack by the band Air. It’s like she made a movie out of spare parts lying around in our heads.
Stanley Cup Finals: Game 1: Bruins at Blackhawks (NBC, 8 p.m.): Two of the NHL’s original six teams face off for the league’s highest honor—and arguably the most storied trophy in all of sports. Both teams looked pretty darn unbeatable in their conference finals, so we’re expecting a great matchup.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Twisted (Tuesday): ABC Family loves its heartwarming family dramas, and Carrie Raisler reviews one in Switched At Birth. But it also loves utterly bizarre teen soaps, and now, she’s checking out one of those as well with the first episode of this new, strange series. See what she thought, then don’t watch because Bunheads.