Televisualist: Talent, Boys, and Rockin' Noise
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Televisualist: Talent, Boys, and Rockin’ Noise

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.


The second season of My Boys kicked off last week, and I highly recommend watching it on E! for two reasons: firstly, because it has Jim Gaffigan in it and he is goddamned hilarious, and secondly, because if you watch it on E! you don’t have to suffer through TBS’s latest method of advertising their shows. That would be having Bill Engvall (or whoever) show up onscreen in front of the show you wanted to watch, pausing it, and blathering about their shitty show. It is quite possibly the most annoying form of advertising ever invented. (8 p.m.)
In case you missed last night’s MuchMusic Video Awards, it reairs tonight. And tomorrow night. And Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and several days next week. The fun part is that this all counts as “Canadian content.” (7:30 p.m.)


In Plain Sight debuts tonight with a ninety-minute pilot; it is something of a cross between a family drama and a cop procedural, with Mary McCormack (who was pretty good in the later seasons of The West Wing) as a person working in federal witness relocation and also someone who has a dysfunctional family. Televisualist isn’t sure if we like it yet, but after the first episode we’re willing to give it another chance. (Global, 9 p.m.)
The premiere of America’s Got Talent is tonight, and you know what that means: we’re gonna see the Hoff. As well as Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and a bunch of freaks and people wanting to be paid for something nobody would actually pay to see under normal circumstances. I’m looking at you, Bobby Badfingers! (NBC, 9 p.m.)


Global’s just doing reruns of The Office on Wednesday nights now, but thankfully this week they’re airing the one where Michael hires the Benjamin Franklin impersonator for Phyllis’ bachelorette party and Dwight keeps trying to prove he’s not Benjamin Franklin. “Are you nearsighted or farsighted?” “Both. That’s why I invented the bifocals.” “GAHHHHHHHHH!” (9 p.m.)
Showcase acquired reair rights for Big Love, HBO’s show about how polygamous Mormons are people too (and not at all child rapists or anything like that). Pilot episode airs tonight if you want to see what the fuss is about. Personally, Televisualist is not a big fan, but your mileage may vary. (10 p.m.)


Teletoon airs one of the truly gloriously bad nerdstravaganzas of all time: the Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings, filmed during Bakshi’s period of constant experimentation with rotoscoping. Thrill to the sight of dozens of shots of muddy, shadowy “orcs” (or, as we like to call them, “humans in furs with all the details blacked out in the rotoscope”)! Wince at Sam looking like an old creepy guy! Goggle as the movie ends halfway through the story and promises more “adventure” in the sequel which was never made! (10 p.m.)
The Simpsons rerun of the week: “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds.” More popularly known as the one with Mr. Burns singing “See My Vest!” (Fox, 11 p.m.)


Camp Rock! Yes, if you are a tween who felt that High School Musical wasn’t hardcore enough, but that, say, a Rolling Stones concert film might be a little more than you can handle, the fine folks at the Disney corporation have come to your rescue with ninety minutes of socially acceptable mock-rebellion about rich, mostly-white kids learning to rock out sans cocks out at a fancy summer camp. Starring the Jonas Brothers, who apparently are a band or something. (Family Channel, 8 p.m.)
The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards… No, wait, I don’t care. (E!, 8 p.m.)
If you are a Bret Hart fanatic (and who isn’t?), TVO has you covered: first off, a rerun of the Allan Gregg in Conversation With… that featured the Hitman, and then Wrestling With Shadows, the excellent documentary about Bret’s life, time on the road, and getting fucked over by Vince McMahon. Just how you want to spend a Friday night. Or how you want to program a VCR on a Friday night, alternately. (10 p.m.)