Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, January 21. All times are Eastern.
The Mindy Project (Fox, 9:30 p.m.): Due to next week’s State of the Union Address and some sweeps-period schedule shuffling, this is the last Mindy Project before the show’s previously announced two-month hiatus. Appropriately for that ominous forecast, tonight’s installment involves Mindy and Danny getting lost in the desert, where they’ll presumably wander until the spring sun touches their cheek and brings them back into the Tuesday-night fold. And when that happens, Gwen Ihnat will be right here waiting for them.
Supernatural (The CW, 9 p.m.): The phrase “king of hell” isn’t just going to slip into an episode synopsis and not get the “ALSO NOTED” treatment. So consider your outlandish plot point noted, Supernatural—though Eric Thurm reminds you that the true king of hell is and forever will be the “Ministry Of Darkness”-era Undertaker.
Trophy Wife (ABC, 9:30 p.m.): BERT! loses a tooth, and then Pete loses BERT!’s lost tooth, and a nation is placed on high-alert because such a source of light and humor as BERT! cannot be wronged in this fashion. Not on Brandon Nowalk’s watch!
Justified (FX, 10 p.m.): Raylan kicks his feet up in those luxurious digs he seized at the end of last week’s episode. SURELY EVERYTHING WILL CONTINUE GOING HIS WAY AND THE REMAINDER OF ALASDAIR WILKINS’ JUSTIFIED REVIEWS WILL BE ONE SENTENCE SUMMARIES OF THE LATEST FACET OF THE RAYLAN GIVENS GOOD LIFE.
ELSEWHERE ON TV CLUB
Alan Spencer, creator of the cult classic Sledge Hammer! and the equally riotous Bullet In The Face (the latter of which is now available on DVD) programs 24 Hours Of “violence, sadism, tension, and melodramatic comedy” for Erik Adams. Not included in that lineup, but certainly containing one (if not more) of the qualities above: Comedy Central’s new Wednesday-night twofer of Broad City and Workaholics, which get the TV Reviews treatment from Erik Adams and Kyle Ryan, respectively. Not much violence, sadism, or tension in the text of those reviews—though Kyle’s inability to quit Workaholics could make for some good melodrama.
WHAT ELSE IS ON
Hollywood Hillbillies (Reelz, 9 p.m.): Come and listen to a story ’bout Honey Boo Boo / The show was a hit, Reelz wanted one too / And then one day, they found this angry dude / an Internet star, a “ginger” that was rude. (Angry, that is. With everything. Aside from having thousands of YouTube subscribers and a reality show about moving to California.)
Horse Players (Esquire, 10 p.m.): No kneecaps were harmed (presumably) in the making of this horse-betting companion to Friday Night Tykes. The same probably can’t be said of the horses.
Opposite Worlds (Syfy, 10 p.m.): Syfy presents a “space age vs. stone age” competition series, where the glass wall separating the two era-specific sets feels too close to a dystopian cautionary tale for comfort. Oh, brave new world, with such discomfiting parallels to Brave New World in it.
The Goodbye Girl (TCM, 8 p.m.): The Oscar-nominated original and not the 2004 remake starring Jeff Daniels and Patricia Heaton—helpfully illustrated by the TV Guide synopsis, just in case you’re worried that the programmers at TCM have temporarily taken leave of their senses.
Salinger (PBS, 9 p.m.): American Masters ports a divisive take on the Catcher In The Rye author to the small screen. Meanwhile, those who’d rather get a closer look at Salinger via soon-to-be-published/alreday-leaked stories can continue living a life hermetically sealed off from Salinger.
NHL Hockey: Wild at Stars (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.): The Twin Cities’ current NHL franchise visits the Twin Cities’ former NHL franchise, teams connected by a shared history and an Interstate Highway.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Sleepy Hollow: American history is rewritten and the world is presumably saved in a two-hour finale that has Zack Handlen saying “Good luck replacing this, The Following!”