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The Good Place sings “The Ballad Of Donkey Doug,” a Mr. Music The DJ original

Manny Jacinto, Jameela Jamil, Ted Danson
Manny Jacinto, Jameela Jamil, Ted Danson
Photo: Colleen Hayes (NBC)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, October 25. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

The Good Place (NBC, 8:30 p.m.): The once and former Team Cockroach is now the Soul Squad, a sextet made up of four doomed humans and an equally forked demon and not-a-girl-not-a-robot. Together, they are determined to save some souls before enduring eternal torment. That’s the plan. That’s all we know. Well, that, and one other thing: Tonight’s episode is called “The Ballad Of Donkey Doug,” which means somehow, some way, we’re getting some sweet dance-crew action.


How do we know this? Because Donkey Doug casts a long shadow in the life of one Jason Mendoza, pre-successful DJ and former member of the 60-person dance crew Dance Dance Resolution. In the died-in-a-safe timeline, Jason framed Donkey Doug’s girlfriend for boogie-board theft, leading to a dance estrangement and one moment of perfect wisdom. In this timeline, Donkey Doug quit DDR after Jason’s near-death experience spurred the artist formerly known as Mr. Music The DJ to aim for new dance heights. Donkey Doug is a Florida man who looms large, is what we’re saying. Look at him. That’s an important face.

Illustration for article titled The Good Place sings “The Ballad Of Donkey Doug,” a Mr. Music The DJ original
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In short, every episode of The Good Place is top-pick material, but an episode called “The Ballad Of Donkey Doug” is top top-pick material. Dennis Perkins is ready for whatever happens, assuming he doesn’t leave to join Hashtag Doug Life instead.

Regular coverage

Will & Grace (NBC, 9 p.m.)
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC, 10 p.m.)

Wild card

Heathers (Paramount, 10 p.m.): The pilot for the baffling Heathers reboot was ordered by TV Land in September 2016. It’s jumped networks, been delayed more than once, and will now be airing over five nights—two episodes per night for the first four episodes, one big stitched-together finale episode on the last night. That ninth episode was reportedly pieced together from the original ninth and 10th episodes because, as showrunner Jason Micallef told Deadline, “Obviously I wish fans could see the 10th episode but the producers and I felt strongly about not changing anything in it, and so, it’s been considered too controversial for U.S. audiences.”


Let’s file this one under “morbid curiosity.” Heathers won’t be getting regular coverage ’round these parts, but after all nine-ish episodes have aired, Danette Chavez will grab her mallet and take a swing at a response.

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!

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