Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, June 28. All times are Eastern.
Louie (FX, 10:30 p.m.): Louis C.K. took another step toward unshackling his comedy from any entity beyond himself this week, adding “tickets to his latest tour” to the list of things you can buy directly from the comic/actor/director/editor/incredibly shrewd marketer. However, you still have to subscribe to a cable package that features FX in order to watch the season première of Louie tonight—but the way things are going, he’ll eventually find a way around that as well. Nathan Rabin is your only source for Louie reviews at The A.V. Club, and he’s selling them for a price so low, they’re free!
Twenty Twelve (BBC America, 9 p.m.): The business of producing the 2012 London Olympics gets the mockumentary treatment from a number of gold medal-caliber British TV veterans (Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and Spaced’s Jessica Hynes, for starters). Erik Adams attends the three-episode opening ceremony.
Burn Notice (USA, 9 p.m.): It’s ex-CIA versus current-CIA, as the latest Burn Notice target turns out to be more than meets the eye. Which is not to say the target is an Autobot or a Decepticon—which is not to say Scott Von Doviak wouldn’t love to see Jeffery Donovan tangling with Megatron.
Wilfred (FX, 10 p.m.): Ryan’s in the doghouse with Wilfred, an ironic twist seeing as the latter character is the one who’s a dog. A little too ironic, Rowan Kaiser really does think.
Suits (USA, 10 p.m.): Tonight’s episode is titled “Meet The New Boss,” to which Carrie Raisler replies, “Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah!” Thankfully for the continued existence of Suits, the real lawyers will get fooled again (and again and again and again) by the fake attorney in their midst.
Awkward. (MTV, 10:30 p.m.): It may be June in our world, but at the start of Awkward.’s second season, December’s turning into January. Myles McNutt would ring in the new year, but he’s stuck in an embarrassing and immobilizing arm cast.
Eagleheart (Cartoon Network, midnight): With Awkward. and the FX shows coming back while Twenty Twelve arrives on American shores, Eagleheart is no longer the only show making Thursday nights safe for new comedy. As such, it rides off into the gore-splattered sunset tonight, faithful companion Kevin McFarland at its side.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (11 a.m.): Also wrapping things up (albeit temporarily): Zack Handlen’s coverage of DS9’s second season. But not before answering an important question: “What’s a Jem’Hadar.” (One possible answer: “Oh, about two or three pounds.”)
The Thick Of It (1 p.m.): Just like a real-world government, scandal reared its ugly head between the second season and this string of specials from 2007, and suddenly The Thick Of It looked totally different and Chris Langham-less. Don’t blame David Sims: He voted for the other guy.
Summertime Roundtable (3 p.m.): Judging by its title, “The Infantry Has Landed (And They’ve Fallen Off The Roof)” sounds like one of those Cosby Show “nightmare” episodes, where Bill Cosby gives birth to a party sub (and a bottle of orange Sunkist) or gets terrorized by the stars of The Jim Henson Hour. Instead, it’s a fairly low-key half-hour where Rudy Huxtable gets her first period, an event that passes without so much as a Muppet cameo—Bobby Benson’s Baby Band refugee Raven-Symoné excepted.
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
Wipeout (ABC, 8 p.m.): Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha… Wipeout. ABC’s ultimate summer replacement opens its fifth year of pummeling the spotlight-hungry opens by running “hotties” and “nerds” through its heavily padded wringer.
Anger Management (FX, 9 p.m.): Yeah, it’s just as bad as you expect. And it wastes no time in reminding you of how Charlie Sheen spent the last year-and-a-half of his life. But hey—if it’s a huge hit, that means more money for FX to make weird shows like Wilfred and Louie!
Trip Flip (Travel Channel, 9 p.m.): Stand-up comedian and reputed Van Wilder inspiration Bert Kreischer rips the Fodor’s out of your hands and takes you on a real trip, man! The Travel Channel is not responsible for injuries suffered from encounters with sharks, alligators, or Bert Kreischers.
Brand X With Russell Brand (FX, 11 p.m.): Based on the cut of this show’s première provided to critics, it’s hard to know what to make of Russell Brand’s big foray into American television. As such, we’re leaving it to TV Club first-timer Dennis Perkins to analyze this freewheeling program, which combines stand-up, riffs on current events, and late-night talk-show high jinks with the sensation of sharing a cab with a very chatty Brand.
Edward Scissorhands (SyFy, 8 p.m.): Of course, before Brand takes his bow on FX, he has to put in an appearance as the titular character of this Tim Burton-directed suburban fantasia. [rim shot]
Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter (TCM, 10:30 p.m.): Turns out the “I’m Into Something Good” montage from The Naked Gun isn’t Herman’s Hermits’ only major contribution to cinematic history. Such a view glosses over this romantic romp starring Peter “Herman” Noone, The Hermits, some greyhounds, and the proto-twee single that gives the film its name.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Final Witness: Farihah Zaman investigates ABC’s new, murder-reenacting true-crime series, a ghoulish endeavor that’s pretty much the polar opposite of Wipeout.