Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, September 15. All times are Eastern.
The Great Santini Brothers (History, 10 p.m.): A few months from now, a loved one will look at you from across a table festooned with the fare of some holiday or another and declare, with complete and utter sincerity, “You know, I just love that Santini show on the History Channel!” And in this moment, there will be three ways to respond:
- Smile, nod, think “I didn’t realize they made The Great Santini into a television show,”
- “I wouldn’t know: I’ve been too caught up in Sleepy Hollow. You see, the plot hinges on the writing within George Washington’s Bible…”
- “Oh, yeah, the reality series that’s like Pawn Stars, if Pawn Stars was about the moving industry! Seems entertaining.”
And at that moment, with an awkward silence ducked, you can thank The A.V. Club and Phil Dyess-Nugent.
Breaking Bad (AMC, 9 p.m.): Since the conclusion of last week’s Breaking Bad, Donna Bowman has been on the edge of her seat—every seat in which she’s sat, to be accurate. It’s getting to the point where she’d like to recline again, so maybe this Rian Johnson-directed episode could go through a last-minute recut where Huell finds a kitten and spends 45 minutes cuddling with his new, furry friend?
Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 9 p.m.): Historical figures continue the march on Boardwalk Empire: This week, it’s J. Edgar Hoover, played by cable fixture and part-time Don Draper brother-in-law Eric Ladin. And no, Genevieve Valentine doesn’t think he and Judy should be allowed to move into Grandpa Gene’s house, either.
Dexter (Showtime, 9 p.m.): The decision is simple, Dexter Morgan: Get out of Miami. For crying out loud: GET OUT OF MIAMI. If not for yourself, then do it for Joshua Alston’s sake. The implausibility of our indecision is tearing him apart.
Low Winter Sun (AMC, 10 p.m.): “Frank’s search for Katia takes him through unfamiliar territory” says TV Guide—and Dennis Perkins hopes that territory is the Tunnel Bar-B-Q in scenic Windsor, Ontario. Order the ribs, Frank—just trust us on that one.
The Newsroom (HBO, 9 p.m.): For the greater entertainment of your friends who use The Newsroom as their only source for current events, the management of The A.V. Club asks that you do not divulge the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Sensing it might come in handy in a situation like this, Todd VanDerWerff is still living in a pre-Karl Rove meltdown world.
Ray Donovan (Showtime, 10 p.m.): One episode away from its own season finale, Ray Donovan presents an episode titled “Bucky Fuckin’ Dent”—so Sonia Saraiya can only guess that some unassuming New Yorker is going to come in and steal the show, and the remainder of the first season will take place during the 1978 World Series.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Saturday Night Live (Classic) (1 p.m.): Phil Dyess-Nugent invites that nice young man Anthony Perkins over for some variety-show antics and light parody of his most famous role. What’s that mother? No, I don’t think he’ll be taking a shower while he’s over. Why do you ask?
The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): Krusty’s gambling debts (What? He thought the Generals were due) necessitate drastic actions: The founding of Krusty’s Clown College. (Krusty would now like you to bet $15,000 against Erik Adams making a Cats allusion later in this piece.)
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
Community (Comedy Central, noon): Anyone heard anything about this low-rated, unsung sitcom about a community college that’s making its syndicated debut this afternoon? Seems like a real low-key, low-concept good time untroubled by behind-the-scenes drama.
Liv And Maddie (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): In the grand tradition of Hannah Montana and Sonny With A Chance, Disney’s latest kiddie sitcom is in part about a mega-rich adolescent superstar. The other main character is just a plain ol’ teenager, but who has time to pay attention to characters like that when there are stories to be told about the rich and famous and young and pretty and oh God, we have to go through this cycle all over again, don’t we?
Bar Rescue (Spike, 9 p.m.): The third season concludes on an appropriately epic note: Jon Taffer must save a bar and a marriage. If this episode resonates with the show’s audience, watch for Marriage Rescue on Spike sometime next spring. (Haha, just kidding—Spike’s target audience isn’t getting married.)
Foyle’s War (PBS, 9 p.m.): The eighth series of this wartime import faces a challenge typically reserved for high-school dramas: What kind of stories can you tell after graduation—or the World War II equivalent, VE Day? Alasdair Wilkins looks forward to Foyle’s freshman year at Cold War University.
X2: X-Men United (Syfy, 8 p.m.): In the wake of X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine, it looks like the Marvel mutants are finally back on a big-screen upswing. Revisit the peak film in the franchise and keep your superpowered fingers crossed that Days Of Future Past isn’t just another X-Men: The Last Stand.
Rear Window (TCM, 8 p.m.): The moral of Jimmy Stewart’s second-best collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock: If you see Raymond Burr doing something terrible, best keep it to yourself. That’s how we got that hilarious footage of Burr in Godzilla, King Of The Monsters!, after all.
Sunday Night Football: 49ers at Seahawks (NBC, 8:20 p.m.): Kickoff time in Seattle is actually 5:20, but Mid-Sunday Afternoon Football just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Comedy Bang! Bang! (Friday): The first half of Comedy Bang! Bang!’s extended second season ends with a musical spectacular. The show returns next month; until then, David Sims is left with the memory of these first 10 episodes—all alone in the moonlight. (Welp Krusty, time to pay up!)