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Everyone’s getting an evil doppelganger on The Flash

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, May 17. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

The Flash (The CW, 8 p.m.): The Flash is damn close to the only Tuesday-night show that’s not airing its finale this week, but we’re still deep into the endgame here as the evil Zoom sends his meta-human army to take over the Central City of Earth-1. And, just to really twist the knife for all involved, Zoom’s commander in the field is none other than Black Siren, the evil doppelgänger of Arrow’s Laurel Lance. Scott Von Doviak urges none of you to tell Laurel’s dad, Officer Detective Captain Lance. (We believe that’s his full name.) Guy is already mobbed up to the eyeballs in grief.


Person Of Interest (CBS, 10 p.m.): This is the other major network show that’s not airing its finale this week, though given that CBS is now airing back-to-back episodes on Mondays and Tuesdays, that’s really not for lack of trying. Anyway, tonight finds Reese protecting an NYPD analyst who has run afoul of Samaritan after discovering a software glitch. Alexa Planje looks forward to a future arc in which Samaritan beats the crap out of Norton Antivirus.

Frontline (PBS, 10 p.m.): Hard news never takes a break—well, except for those times Frontline is on break, we guess—and news doesn’t get much harder than a Frontline report on the history of ISIS, going right back to its genesis and looking at the specific radicals who became its leaders.


Fresh Off The Boat (ABC, 8 p.m.): First up, one of the few shows ABC didn’t kill in the Red Wedding of cancellations finishes its second season with Eddie’s girlfriend trying to impress Jessica, which… no, we can’t imagine that’s going to happen. Dan Caffrey’s not liking those odds!

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 9 p.m.): The season ends with Hive putting his plan into action. Wait a second, this show has a bad guy named Hive and an evil organization named HYDRA? Since Arrow already has an evil organization named H.I.V.E., we officially move for Neal McDonough to rename himself Hydra, just to make this all completely confusing. Alex McCown seconds.

NCIS (CBS, 8 p.m.): The 13th season wraps up with NCIS for some reason admitting that maybe a bunch of naval investigators can’t solve every problem in the world—madness, we say!—by letting the FBI and MI6 help them bring an escaped British spy to justice. Those doofus clown organizations are only going to hold you back, brave no-nonsense mavericks of NCIS!


NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, 9 p.m.): Meanwhile, NCIS: By The Bayou makes up for not being invited to the big manhunt by finding a spy of its own and teaming up with Homeland Security. Damn it, NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans! Why do you waste time pretending there are any organizations other than each other that you should spend the rest of your lives with? Don’t deny true love!

Chicago Med (NBC, 9 p.m.): Dick Wolf’s Chicago-verse is now fully actualized, as the second—and goodness, by no means the last—spin-off of Chicago Fire wraps up its first season. And, long story short, everyone is dealing with mentors and personal issues and being conflicted about the future, as one does in the season finales of Dick Wolf shows.


Chicago Fire (NBC, 10 p.m.): The episode description lists a lot of non-fire bullshit about characters being at odds, unstable exes, foster children, and political consultant, but at least it ends with a reminder that Chicago Fire is always going to play the classics: “The team responds to a dangerous structure fire.” Never forget where you came from, Chicago Fire. You came from dangerous structure fires. By the way, when is Chicago Fire going to time-travel back to 1871 and put out the Great Chicago Fire? Because that damn sure has to happen. If you’re curious how the show actually pulls off all these fires without actually hurting anyone, Marah Eakin got the scoop in an extensive Expert Witness.

Now for the premieres

Megyn Kelly Presents (Fox, 8 p.m.): As you might expect, we’ve got plenty of hot if droningly liberal takes on the Fox News anchor’s first primetime network special, headlined by an interview with her longtime adversary and presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. But we’re guessing if you’re the sort of person who would be interested in watching Megyn Kelly, you’re probably not at all interested in what we have to say about it, and those who aren’t interested can probably anticipate everything we’re going to say anyway. So we’ll just say her other guests are Michael Douglas, Laverne Cox, and Dream Team lawyer Robert Shapiro, and move right along. Well, not before saying we hope Kelly vs. Trump gives us discourse on at least this high-brow level.

Stone Cold should moderate all the debates.

Coupled (Fox, 9 p.m.): This dating series about 12 women meeting men on a beautiful island is supposed to be a bold new take on relationship reality shows, despite the fact that it sounds just like a slightly less saucy reheating of Temptation Island. And who would ever want to watch a less saucy version of Temptation Island?


Genealogy Roadshow (PBS, 8 p.m.): The show kicks off its third season by posting up in the Albuquerque airport. Featured family connections include Navajo code talkers, legends of the Old West, and the testing of the atomic bomb. Surprisingly little meth-cooking, though.

See No Evil (ID, 9 p.m.): The season finale features “the investigation into who killed a woman with two children is aided by polygraphs and CCTV footage.” The episode is called “Blood Bath.” Ah, See No Evil. Never stop being you.


NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Raptors at Cavaliers (NBC, 8:30 p.m.): Hey, this counts as a premiere! After playing some heroically ugly-ass basketball to beat the Pacers and the Heat, the Toronto Raptors try to pull off one of the unlikeliest upsets in NBA history by beating the undefeated Cleveland Cavaliers. Much as we’re hoping for chaos, there’s a real possibility you could spot Toronto three-and-a-half wins in this series and it still wouldn’t be enough to stop James Jones—and, uh, some guy named LeBron James—from making his sixth straight NBA Finals.

Regular coverage

The Mindy Project (Hulu, 3:01 a.m.)

Streaming Pick

MILF Island,” 30 Rock (Netflix): Say whatever else you will about Coupled, we can only hope Coupled leads to a parody as inspired as MILF Island.