Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, October 10. All times are Eastern.
Riverdale (The CW, 8 p.m.): “I want to accept Riverdale as the ridiculous show it is,” LaToya Ferguson wrote in her on-point review of that show’s second-season finale. “Who doesn’t?” Who indeed. At its best, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s teens-solve-mysteries drama is deliciously ludicrous, but the line between just enough and way too much is a fine one. Carrie: The Musical? Just enough. Cheryl the archer? Just enough? The River Vixens’ mourning costumes? Too much, in the best way. Dark Betty? Way too much. So it goes with excess. Whether the season premiere crosses over that line—and it probably will—we’re still glad to know that this particular piece of ridiculousness is back. So is LaToya, ready to walk you through the ins and outs of poor old Hot Archie’s murder trial.
All American (The CW, 9 p.m.): Speaking of high schools in which lots of dramatic stuff happens, another CW drama arrives tonight, one our own Erik Adams has fondly described as “Friday 90210 Lights.” All American sees Taye Diggs, the once and former Benjamin Coffin III, coaching fancy high school football at a fancy fancy school where no one ever has any trouble paying rent rent rent re-ent, rent. He recruits South Crenshaw High football star Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) to his fancy fancy team, and Spencer then has to move in with Taye Diggs (Coach Billy Baker) and his family. Lovers of football, teen drama, and Taye Diggs should absolutely tune in.