Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, November 12. All times are Eastern.
Black Mirror (DirecTV, 9 p.m.): It’s November 12, 2013, one of those dates that doesn’t have any real significance beyond how cool it looks rendered in a numeric date format: 11/12/13. But the implied significance—and any sort of digital apocalypse it might invoke—goes great with the Stateside premier of Black Mirror, a sort of Internet-age Twilight Zone created by Charlie Brooker of Brass Eye and Dead Set fame. Of course, as David Sims would tell you, in the U.K., the date would be rendered 12/11/13. David grew up in England, you know.
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 8 p.m.): TV’s newest action duo is Agent Grant Ward and… Fitz? Nevertheless, What’s On Tonight’s favorite Agents-related duo remains Oliver Sava and David Sims.
The Originals (The CW, 8 p.m.): Adjectives peppered into the network synopsis for “Bloodletting”: “startling,” “surprising,” (twice) “dangerous,” “unexpected,” “enticing.” Rowan Kaiser is one “mysterious” away from completing his Originals Bingo card.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 8:30 p.m.): In the best possible promotion for Nebraska that doesn’t involve Enlightened being uncanceled for a full Dern-Ladd family reunion, Stacy Keach guest stars as Peralta’s childhood hero. Molly Eichel keeps her fingers crossed for an epic Terry Crews-Stacy Keach face-off.
Supernatural (The CW, 9 p.m.): Castiel begins enjoying the human life after finding some employment—which, as Eric Thurm understands it, is the opposite of how that usually works.
New Girl (Fox, 9 p.m.): A pile of takeout menus inspires a series of adventures for the New Girl gang—a setup that sounds so much like Erik Adams’ beloved “Santa” he might be too busy greedily rubbing his palms together to write the review.
The Mindy Project (Fox, 9:30 p.m.): Mindy leads Danny to believe she has a crush on him, meaning it’s time for Mindy to finally test those will-they/won’t-they waters. Gwen Ihnat doesn’t understand why the show’s already so eager to sock Glenn Howerton in the groin. (After all, this isn’t It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia…)
Trophy Wife (ABC, 9:30 p.m.): A conflict arises between the hosts of Blow This With Warren And Bert. If it becomes more than the show can handle, Brandon Nowalk would like everyone to know that he’s certified in mediation and conflict resolution.
Person Of Interest (CBS, 10 p.m.): While Finch tries to unknot a big tangle of numbers, Detective Carter gets a big dose of backstory via flashback. Phil Dyess-Nugent hopes it at least touches on Taraji P. Henson’s past as “Left-Wing Student” in The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle.
Sons Of Anarchy (FX, 10 p.m.): SONS OF ANARCHY DVR ALERT: Josh Modell shouts it from the mountaintops: “Tonight’s episode of Sons Of Anarchy is 91 minutes long! Not 90 minutes, certainly not 60 minutes—91 minutes long!”
Awkward. (MTV, 10:30 p.m.): The show’s best friends forever become best friends for never. In an episode titled “The Bad Seed,” Myles McNutt really hopes this doesn’t mean that Jenna beats Tamara and Ming to death with a pair of cleated shoes. (Have you ever read The Bad Seed? Shit’s fucked up.)
WHAT ELSE IS ON
Scandal For Real: The Top 10 Political Scandals Of The Century (ABC, 10 p.m.): And the chants could be heard across the land: “Teapot Dome! Teapot Dome! Teapot Dome!”
Chopped (Food Network, 10 p.m.): The cooking challenge wraps its most recent season with “A Chopped Thanksgiving.” Try your hand at some of the episode’s unorthodox fare when Aunt Betty tries to serve up boring old cranberry sauce from a can in a few weeks.
Secret State (DirecTV, 10 p.m.): The novel A Very British Coup has been adapted twice for television: Once under its original title in 1988, and then later in this 2012 version. The first one took home an armful of BAFTAs and Emmy—but this one has Gabriel Byrne, so… enjoy, college freshmen with Usual Suspect posters in your dorm rooms!
Capturing Oswald (Military, 10 p.m.): So many JFK assassination retrospectives focus on the victim of that crime. But only the Military Channel (and, sure Bill O’Reilly) dared to ask “Why not Oswald?”
Starship Troopers(Starz, 6:45 p.m.): A broadcast for everyone who plastered that “Starship Troopers is totally misunderstood” piece across social media last week—as well as the people who saw those postings, read the lede, and respond, “Yeah, duh. Starship Troopers is awesome!”
The Party (TCM, 8 p.m.): Speaking of movies that are too easy to dismiss: Yes, Peter Sellers plays the Indian protagonist of The Party in brown face. But it’s worth putting your misgivings about that decision aside—and, rest assured, you should have all sorts of misgivings about that decision—to give a look at Sellers and frequent collaborator Blake Edwards trying their hands at a Jacques Tati impression.
College Basketball: Kentucky at Michigan State (ESPN, 8 p.m.): Sure signs that the holidays are nearly upon us: Christmas music worming its way into radio playlists, a preponderance of jingle bells in TV ads, and two college-basketball powerhouses meeting in some sort of preseason “classic.”
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
The Blacklist: Will the big reveal from last night’s episode have Phil Dyess-Nugent forever referring to The Blacklist’s antihero smoothie as “Dad Daddington”? Read readington on to find out.