Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, May 13. All times are Eastern.
Trophy Wife (ABC, 9:30 p.m.): For whatever reason (probably the title), America never caught a case of Trophy Wife fever (see what we mean about that title?)—nor did the country give into the raw comedic magnetism of BERT! (probably because his name wasn’t in the title). And so, one of the best new comedies of 2013-14 joins another of the best comedies of the 2013-14 on the one-season wonder woodpile, and What’s On Tonight gives one last shoutout to a breakout character who never was. Brandon Nowalk will rememBERT! you—will you rememBERT! him? (Shoo-BERT! dop dop dop / Shoo-BERT! dop dop dop)
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 8 p.m.): A first season that Todd VanDerWerff says was doomed to falter under the weight of expectation comes to its conclusion, stronger than it began but still needing to work out the kinks not related to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you need to find Oliver Sava after tonight’s episode, he’ll be in his secret lair, mapping out the possible connections between Agents and Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Glee (Fox, 8 p.m.): The curtain falls on Glee’s fifth season while its sixth has yet to find a place on the new Fox schedule. It can crash at Brandon Nowalk’s, just so long as it doesn’t mind sharing a room with the mourning altar he’s built for Trophy Wife.
The Originals (The CW, 8 p.m.): Won’t you give The Originals one last chance before it heads into summer hiatus? Rowan Kaiser would sure appreciate it, as would those crazy Originals. They sure do love originating things—vampire dynasties, pithy dialogue, potential lines of salad dressings…
WHAT ELSE IS ON
Surviving The Kill Zone (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.): Groundbreaking technology brings viewers to the “kill zone” of the title, the last refuge for African wildlife pinned down by an extremely long dry season. And yet, the animals didn’t develop a taste for remote-controlled cameras.
Coming Back With Wes Moore (PBS, 8 p.m.): Tales of surviving a kill zone of a different sort, as filtered through a perspective that our own Phil Dyess-Nugent found too treacly to properly work.
Riot (Fox, 9 p.m.): “The Kill Zone” is yet to become an improv game on this new unscripted show—but from what Erik Adams has seen, he figures its only a matter of time.
Stone Age (DIY, 11 p.m.): Build your own Kill Zone with the guidance of this home-improvement program, which focuses on projects involving stone. (And murder? Depends on how well you construct that Kill Zone! Kill Zone? KILL ZONE!)
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows: Part 2 (ABC, 8 p.m.): Part one of a trend in stretching the final chapters of a YA adaptation to fit multiple movies, a method of maximizing profits that shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part Two (Showtime, 8 p.m.): And now the second part of this vexing development, which will one day give us the three-part Cat In The Hat Came Back movie we’ve always wanted.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO
At last! Netflix non-subscribers can feel the binge with the self-defeating DVD release of Orange Is The New Black’s first-season DVD set. Catch up now so that you can… wait a full year to slam through season two.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Louie: Erik Adams has a sneaking suspicion that this season of Louie might all be in Louie’s head. Todd VanDerWerff thinks that’s poppycock—probably because Erik’s been stuck in an elevator for an extended period of time, and he’s beginning to hallucinate increasingly absurd developments for the show.