Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.
New American Masters tonight. Choice of subject: Carol Burnett. How you can not want to watch that? (PBS, 9 p.m.)
A new episode of Dirty Jobs tonight, focused on bridge painting. I have no idea how they will get an hour out of bridge painting, but Dirty Jobs always manages to be fairly entertaining despite having the most threadbare subjects possible, so… (Discovery, 9 p.m.)
If you like adventure where the narrative has to make no overall logical sense, good news: two solid hours of Prison Break! Presumably with Michael Scofield and his likely/unlikely gang of allies breaking out of the hellhole Panamanian prison in which they are stuck. Will they find themselves in another prison by the end of the season? Will William Fichtner turn even more evil? Will T-Bag lose another hand? (Global, 8 p.m.)
This week on House: there is person with a disease, nobody knows what the disease is, the person gets worse, then Dr. House figures out what the disease is and either cures them or they die. This week’s twist: the diseased person is a CIA agent! Woohoo! (Global, 9 p.m.)
New Kenny vs. Spenny: first person to get an erection loses. Stay classy, Kenny and Spenny! (Showcase, 9:30 p.m.)
SUNTV airs the reasonably entertaining and not-often-shown Moon Over Parador, which is about Richard Dreyfuss playing an actor pretending to be the dictator of a banana republic. So it’s the third-world version of Dave. (8 p.m.)
Televisualist finally got around to watching Life, that show that stars the guy who played Richard Winters in Band of Brothers, and it’s pretty good because the guy who played Richard Winters is a lot of fun to watch. Without him, it would be just a run-of-the-mill procedural, but it’s got him. (Okay, fine, his name is Damian Lewis. Yeesh.) So it’s worth a watch. (Global, 10 p.m.)
Mea culpa: when Little Mosque on the Prairie‘s new season debuted a while back, Televisualist made fun of it because I said it wouldn’t be very funny. Televisualist was wrong: this season has proven to be genuinely enjoyable. Maybe not The Office-level of funny, but definitely not a waste of time to watch at all, and the episode about the woman in the burkha was a honest-to-god gutbuster. Guess stealing those writers from Corner Gas worked out in the show’s favor. (CBC, 8 p.m.)
The Simpsons rerun of the week: “Krusty Gets Kancelled”—the one with the first appearance of Gabbo and Johhny Carson juggling automobiles. (Comedy Network, 9 p.m.)
Bear Grylls returns for another new episode of Man Vs. Wild, a show I would like to see cross over with Kenny vs. Spenny, just to see Bear Grylls rip out one of Kenny’s lungs and witness Spenny slowly dying in a harsh environment about which he knows nothing…but I digress. This week: Mexico’s Copper Canyon. (Discovery, 10 p.m.)
At 9 p.m., CBC airs a documentary about China’s sexual revolution. Now, I was unaware that China was in the process of even having a sexual revolution, so I learned something already before I even watched the show. That’s what you call a really effective documentary!
And on 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin invents an environmental mascot for NBC. That should be enough right there to make you watch. (8:30 p.m.)
TBS—which is, for some reason, now called “Peachtree TV,” and isn’t that a crappy name? I mean, the Brits managed to change the name of one of their channels to “Dave,” and that’s at least vaguely amusing—airs Tin Cup, the quite entertaining Kevin Costner movie about golf. There are worse ways to kill a night in. (8 p.m.)
Of course, Blazing Saddles is actually a better way to kill a night in, so never mind Tin Cup unless you really, really like golf and really, really dislike hilarious comedies and/or Madeline Kahn. (8 p.m., AMC)