Televisualist: Greenburg, Chef, and Word (That's "F")
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Televisualist: Greenburg, Chef, and Word (That’s “F”)

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 Mentalist has mostly justified the excellent “best of new season” hype Televisualist bestowed upon it. Tonight’s episode features Patrick staging a seance to out a fake psychic. Also, the episode title is “Ladies in Red,” so Televisualist is hoping that the Red John subplot (among the show’s most compelling aspects) gets advanced a bit. (CBS, 10 p.m.)
A long time ago, Televisualist had the opportunity to chat with Corbin Bersen on an airplane, and Corbin Bersen confessed that major league baseball players routinely told him that Major League was the baseball movie that they felt came closest to actually depicting the life of a pro baseball player. Which, if you look at the specifics, is kind of weird. But if you think about the general atmosphere and feeling of the movie, it makes a lot more sense. (Showcase Action, 9 p.m.)


Frontline airs a ninety-minute special about Lee Atwater, the legendary Republican political strategist who kept the race-baiting “Southern strategy” alive in American electoral politics for as long as humanly possible, and who died of cancer supposedly regretting everything he had done. Also, he played mean blue guitar, so you know he was kind of an interesting man, if not an upstanding one. (PBS, 9 p.m.)
On The F-Word tonight: Gordon Ramsay, in an old first-series episode which the Food Network has the balls to label “new” (because it’s new to you!), teaches Martine McCutcheon and you the viewer how to make perfect roast beef. Ramsay’s recipes on this show are traditionally both simple and delicious, which is one of the reasons why he backs up the hype. Also, we think he could take Rachael Ray at armwrestling. Or any type of wrestling, really. He’s mean. (9 p.m.)


Early reflections on this season of Top Chef: the stunt extra elimination on the first episode was unwelcome and an overly precious, self-impressed twist. Radhika is really cute. Carla appears to be this season’s freak. The starstruck reactions of the chefs to being in New York were hilarious and relatable. Padma Lakshmi is still a robot which has assumed human form. And this is still one of the best competitive reality shows going. (Food Network, 11 p.m.)
The Simpsons rerun of the week: “Deep Space Homer,” where Homer becomes an astronaut. “One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new insect overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.” (Comedy Network, 9 p.m.)


Down side: Amy Ryan’s arc in The Office is over for the foreseeable future, which sucks and blows. Up side: Tonight’s episode reportedly brings back Paul Lieberstein as Toby, and admit it, you missed the mopey bastard. (Global, 9 p.m.)
Intern Academy was one of Telefilm Canada’s first attempts to make more “commercial” mainstream movies, and oh god is it bad. Featuring a bunch of nobodies in the main roles, and Dave Foley, Dave Thomas, Dan Aykroyd, Maury Chaykin, and Matt Frewer as the cameo supporting cast, it… actually after that brief description, we probably don’t need to elaborate any further on how terrible it is. But watch it because it is Canadian and it is, like, your patriotic duty or something like that. (Bravo!, 9 p.m.)


Russell Peters pops into The Hour which is routinely most entertaining when George Stroumboulopoulos interviews either major media figures or comedians, so this should be good. Also, the Kings of Leon play, because George is still down, yo, and don’t you ever goddamn forget it. (Newsworld, 8 p.m.)
Greensburg is proving to be a tremendously interesting series; the documentary show is about the aforementioned town, which was devastated by a tornado in 2007 and its infrastructure subsequently rebuilt to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The show is pretty compelling stuff, honestly, and educational to boot. We know you might not want to learn things on Friday night, but whatever. (Discovery, 8 p.m.)