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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, June 20. All times are Eastern.


Wilfred (FX, 10 p.m.): In 2011 and 2012, FX celebrated the summer solstice by making offerings to the gods of comic fertility, displaying the latest bounty of left-field comedy from Wilfred and Louie. In 2013, however, the latter of those two shows is taking some well-earned time off, leaving Elijah Wood and Jason Gann to double their efforts, lest Anger Management somehow earn the favor of the spirits in control of FX and horn in on 10 o’clock. Rowan Kaiser begins season-three coverage with the traditional dance of the dog costume.



Hannibal (NBC, 10 p.m.): So you know that thing that happened last week? The thing that anyone who knows anything about Hannibal Lecter could’ve predicted, yet was played so, so startlingly well? Well, it’s going to have major implications for poor Will Graham this week, and Molly Eichel promises she can be less vague after the episode airs.


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (11 a.m.): Before bidding DS9 adieu in order to spend some time in a much sillier universe, Zack Handlen must prepare for the coming Dominion War. Is this the type of conflict that can be solved by a particularly funny joke?


Gilmore Girls (1 p.m.): Listen up, Tristan: It’s been nice and all, but with Jess here, Rory has all the bad-boy distractions she can handle. And you’re not even really a “bad boy,” so hit the bricks, Chad Michael Murray. You can leave your Chilton blazer with David Sims after “Run Away, Little Boy.”

Friends (3 p.m.): Sonia Saraiya and Joe Reid relive the magic of NBC’s Blackout Thursday, an event so shocking, it had the stars of Must-See TV breaking the fourth wall in order to incredulously yell “BLACKOUT!” Personally, your What’s On Tonight? correspondent wants to know more about that Madman Of The People episode.



Dates From Hell (ID, 8 p.m.): If you’re actively trolling Hell for prospective mates, you’re bound to end up on an Investigation Discovery true-crime series. Demons and other hellspawn just aren’t great dinner companions—and good luck getting them to pick up the tab!


Friday Night Lights (ESPN Classic, 9 p.m.): Oh, “Underdogs.” So much thrill of victory, so much agony of defeat, so important to laying out the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Also: So important for implicating Joe McCoy as one of the most easily detestable TV villains of the last 10 years. That guy’s the worst!

E! Entertainment Special: Brooke Burke-Charvet (E!, 10 p.m.): There’s an inspirational angle to this profile of the Dancing With The Stars host and longtime E! personality—she’s recovering from thyroid cancer—but nothing says “Forget it, Jake—it’s Summer TV Town” like E! patting itself on the back while figuring out how many Wild On clips is too many Wild On clips.


Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell (FX, 11 p.m.): The successful half of FX’s big foray into late-night heads into hiatus, a cocoon from which it will emerge as a nimbler beast that tells jokes to power five nights a week as one of the flagship programs of FXX. Can you sign our yearbook before you leave for the summer, Kamau?

Babe (Encore, 8 p.m.): The Oscar-nominated talking-pig movie, not the mostly forgotten Babe Ruth biopic featuring John Goodman as The Sultan of Swat. This is why definite articles are important.


Untamed Youth (TCM, 8 p.m.): TV Guide is typically the Internet’s most impartial guide to cinema, so the publication’s take on this Mamie Van Doren B-movie (and early Mystery Science Theater 3000 feature) deserves to be reproduced in full: “Absolutely awful tale of girls on a work farm, mixed with rock ’n’ roll.” Come for the movie that managed to turn criticism’s hardest-to-turn stomachs, stay for rock pioneer Eddie Cochran playing a character named “Bong.”

NBA Finals: Game 7: Spurs at Heat (ABC, 9 p.m.): For irrefutable proof that the NBA is rigged (rigged, we tells ya!) look no further than the fact that, as of this writing, some sources still have ABC airing new episodes of Wipeout and Motive. Because thinking that David Stern didn’t bother to tell his co-conspirators at The Walt Disney Company that the NBA’s writers were planning on forcing a Game 7 is exactly what David Stern wants you to think!



Franklin & Bash (TNT, 9 p.m.): Because the ubiquitous “Look over here! Heather Locklear!” ads may have passed you by (due to AdBlock or the fact that you’re not a time traveler from 1994 and therefore can’t be so easily swayed by the presence of the former Amanda Woodward), here’s a reminder that cable’s favorite smirking attorneys are back at it—with Heather Locklear! Kevin McFarland didn’t forget, because we covered his desk in Franklin & Bash literature for the past six weeks.


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