Televisualist: Saget, Dreck, and Parks and Rec
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Televisualist: Saget, Dreck, and Parks and Rec

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.


Surviving Suburbia is a new “family” sitcom starring Bob Saget that ABC is advertising as “edgy,” presumably because nowdays the fact that Bob Saget’s standup is super-raunchy is common knowledge. However, the show is neither edgy nor particularly funny. It turns out that Bob Saget saying “I farted” is no funnier than, say, Jimmy Fallon saying “I farted.” Now, if it were James Earl Jones saying “I farted,” then that would be funny. (City, 9:30 p.m.)
So I was sitting down yesterday doing my sister’s taxes for her and she is watching A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila, and you might think this was not a considerate way to treat your brother when he comes over and does your taxes for you, and you would be right about that. But I also realized something: Tila Tequila sounds just like Nicole Sullivan doing the Vancome Lady from MadTV! And that is the absolute best thing you can say about Tila Tequila. Ever. (MuchMusic, 9 p.m.)


W debuts Remedy Me, their new show about people suffering from various ailments who turn to alternative medicine to alleviate their issues. Each episode promises two individuals with the same mild problem (this week’s episode is “gas”) doing, you know, homeopathic-type thingies. W promises that this show will not just be an infomercial for alternative medicines and when the alternative therapies do not actually, you know, work, that the show will acknowledge and explore that. Looks interesting. (8 p.m.)
Also debuting on W this week: Keeping It Real, another documentary series about women looking for alternatives to cosmetic surgery that will keep them looking young. This may be the sort of thing that women appreciate more than men, and Televisualisy says that not to be sexist but because Televisualist was not interested in this at all but one of Televisualist’s lady friends, when told about it, immediately programmed her PVR to make sure she recorded it. Your results may vary. (8:30 p.m.)


It’s not too late to start watching The Last Enemy, the BBC thriller miniseries about security and bioterrorism that TVO picked up (it premiered last week), but it’s been a really cool thriller in the “the BBC does what’s really just a long movie in five parts” model that produced such great things like Jekyll. Plus this one has Robert Carlyle in it, and don’t you love Robert Carlyle? (9 p.m.)
The Simpsons rerun of the week: “I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot,” wherein Homer puts on a robot suit so that Bart may compete in Springfield’s version of Robot Wars. Also, Snowball dies again. “I’m keeping you! You’re Snowball V, but to save money on a new dish, we’ll just call you Snowball II and pretend this whole thing never happened.” (CFMT, 10 p.m.)


NBC is desperate for new hits, so they have high hopes for Parks and Recreation, their new mockumentary-style series starring Amy Poehler as a local government bureaucrat. However, the pilot is…weak. It comes off as a second-rate The Office clone at best, and thoroughly wastes Amy Poehler’s talents. But then again, the pilot for The Office itself was pretty weak and so was 30 Rock‘s, and look at those shows now. So maybe it’s just a weak stumble out of the gate. Assuming they haven’t reshot it already. They might have. (City, 8:30 p.m.)
Harper’s Island is kind of weird—it’s apparently a single-season murder mystery in a Ten Little Indians motif where somebody dies every week until the killer is revealed. The cast has precisely zero star power; the biggest name is Harry Hamlin, last seen in Veronica Mars. But that’s apparently on purpose because they want to make sure the audience doesn’t assume that any character is “safe.” It might not suck. Alternately, it might suck hugely. CBS is being tightlipped about it. (10 p.m.)


Friday Night Lights ends its season successfully, having been renewed for two more thirteen-episode seasons after this one. Okay, so they’re not proper twenty-two–episode orders, but fuck it, we will take additional Friday Night Lights any way we can get it. Have we mentioned that this is the best single show on television right now? No? Well, it is. We just don’t write about it because there’s only so many times you can say “this show is just about perfect in every single way.” And with Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton sticking around even if most of the extremely talented young cast are leaving, we don’t think that’s going to change. (E!, 9 p.m.)
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie! Get your pre-drink on in style, people! (Showcase, 9 p.m.)