Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, April 11. All times are Eastern.
The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, 3:01 a.m.): This is a good one. Here’s just a piece of what our own Danette Chavez had to say about “Replay,” the third episode of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone, in her pre-air review:
Sanaa Lathan is riveting as a middle-class mother who endeavors to deliver her son (Damson Idris, reliably charismatic) safely to the historically black college he’s enrolled in, only to be pulled over, threatened, thwarted, and assaulted by a white police officer, who, when it comes to ensuring racial inequities, has all the tenacity (and remorse) of the T-1000. What pulls “Replay” out of the realm of a pointed drama is the camcorder Lathan’s character totes around; it has the ability to rewind time and give the family another chance to evade their pursuer. But as “Replay” observes, starting over again and again isn’t progress, certainly not when the jump-off point is much further back for black people. And even when progress is achieved, say, through class transition, it proves illusory.
If that didn’t sell you, this probably will:
Keep a lookout for Noel Murray’s recap.
Abby’s (NBC, 9:30 p.m.): Tonight’s episode of this watchable sitcom set in a backyard bar is an early season standout. “Free Alcohol Day” is just what it says on the tin: a day in which a representative from a beverage company arrives at the fictional watering hole to offer up lots of samples of booze. This Free Alcohol Day is marred, however, by the fact that the pour du jour is terrible. It’s a breezy 30 minutes, made all the better by the fact that you can watch it while drinking whatever the hell you want.