Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, February 19. All times are Eastern.
Go On (NBC, 9 p.m.): We interrupt Second Opinion Week to bring you some sad news: This is Go On’s final week in the regular TV Club rotation. Reader interest is flagging, much as viewer interest in the show has fallen off since The Voice went into hibernation. Sonia Saraiya plans to start a support group to help Go On’s biggest fans through this devastating loss—and if anyone can bring Brett Gelman to the meetings (and Julie White, and maybe a camera crew and a crack writing staff) that’ll make the transition all the easier.
Raising Hope (Fox, 8 p.m.): For further evidence that Raising Hope is one of primetime’s most unfairly ignored offerings, no one raised their hands to take Phil Dyess-Nugent’s place in Natesville this week. We guess Phil will just have to keep all of this hilarious Arbor Day/A Christmas Carol crossover to himself.
New Girl (Fox, 9 p.m.): It required some persuasion, but your What’s On Tonight correspondent finally relinquished control of New Girl for one measly week. Be nice to David Sims—he’ll be receiving enough harsh judgement from one small, Erik Adams-sized corner of the Internet.
The Mindy Project (Fox, 9:30 p.m.): With Sims moving up one half hour in the Fox lineup (and not screwing it up, if he knows what’s good for him), Dennis Perkins weighs in on The Mindy Project. Spoiler alert: He’s actually quite fond of the show.
Justified (FX, 10 p.m.): The episode synopsis for this week’s Justified alludes to Raylan coming up against “an old enemy,” and due to lack of specificity, we’re assuming it’s Zack Handlen. Little known fact: As school children, Zack once cut in front of Raylan in the milk line, and there’s been nothing but animosity between the two ever since.
The Joe Schmo Show (Spike, 10 p.m.): Inside the perimeter we’ve secured for what’s now called The Joe Schmo Show Show, Scott Von Doviak is unaware that it’s Second Opinions Week. He’s also unaware of the microphones hidden in the bouquets of flowers we’re sending him every week.
Smash (NBC, 10 p.m.): Tom and Julia bring a new collaborator into their fold—could it be Myles McNutt? No, it’s not, but Myles is filing the Second Opinion Week review!
Cougar Town (TBS, 10 p.m.): Les Chappell moves into the cul-de-sac, just in time to be sized up alongside the prospective new neighbors checking out Grayson’s house. He’s wearing Kevlar armor to protect against the most biting wine-soaked comments.
White Collar (USA, 10 p.m.): Oh, all the “SpaceSuits” laughs that could be had if Suits, not White Collar, had made an episode called “Shoot The Moon.” Though that does have Kenny Herzog thinking about a pilot script entitled White Collar Beyond The Stars now…
WHAT ELSE IS ON
Cult (The CW, 9 p.m.): The nadir of The Season of The Cape is also it’s most entertaining offering, a higher-than-high-concept thriller about a television show that might be driving its fans toward unspeakable acts. “Oh, you mean like Whitney. I can totally cover that,” says Erik Adams.
Guns In America (PBS, 9 p.m.): PBS’ After Newtown series takes a look at the firearm’s role in the United States’ past, present, and future. With any luck, rapping gun-safety mascot Eddie Eagle is one of the program’s main interview subjects.
Body Of Proof (ABC, 10 p.m.): Dana Delany’s medical-examiner drama went through exhaustive retooling between its second and third seasons, returning as a multi-camera sitcom about pregnant Maya Rudolph. (This concludes today’s installment of Up All Night Jokes Fit Everywhere Theater.)
The Jeselnik Offensive (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.): Comedy Central is now 50 percent sketch shows and 50 percent stand-ups looking at the Internet and making diskish jokes. But since Anthony Jeselnik’s comedic persona is both dickish and funny, this ought to be way better than Tosh.0 and The Burn.
The Racket (TCM, 8 p.m.): Produced by Howard Hughes, this silent crime story holds the distinction of being the shortest film ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. If only we could say the same of Les Misérables! (This concludes today’s installment of Telling Flimsy Les Misérables Jokes Like We’re Goddamn Jay Leno Or Something Theater.)
Queen Of The Damned (Fuse, 9 p.m.): TV’s apparently going through a bit of an “adolescent goth” phase, so tonight’s schedule is lousy with dopey vampire flicks—Dracula 2000 and BloodRayne are playing elsewhere—but only this movie find’s Anne Rice’s bloodsucker Lestat de Lioncourt putting his eternal youth and immaculate bone structure in the services of fronting a rock band.
NHL Hockey: Sharks at Blues (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.): San Jose’s been plagued by the St. Louis Blues blues in recent seasons, which include falling four games to one in a first-round playoff matchup last year. And when nature’s deadliest predators are bedeviled by the abstract concept of the blues, you know the world’s truly gone topsy turvy.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
House Of Cards: Rather than mainlining the whole thing in a single weekend, like a normal person, Todd VanDerWerff took his sweet time with the first season of House Of Cards—and rather than taking the normal-person tack of bragging about finishing the thing on Twitter, he offered up several thousand thoughtful words on this bold experiment in programming.