Televisualist: Farewell, Dwight K. Schrute
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Televisualist: Farewell, Dwight K. Schrute

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.

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Something something beet farm something something vague reference to ancestors being weird racists something something Star Trek. We’ll miss you, Dwight.


Fans of The West Wing who do not already own the entire series on DVD and are STILL waiting for the Blu-Ray edition (HURRY UP ALREADY, BLU-RAY PEOPLE) can enjoy that the show, currently airing daily on CITS, has looped around so the pilot episode airs tonight. Everybody else should just watch The West Wing, because come on already. This is an obvious starting point. (8 p.m.)

How I Met Your Mother concludes its eighth season, which has actually been sort of a rebound season for the show after a relatively lacklustre seventh. At the same time, it looks forward to the ninth (and announced-to-be-final) season. At this point it’s traditional for someone to complain that the identity of the mother cannot possibly live up to all of time spent building it up, but that argument is wrong because the show has never been, really, about the buildup to meeting someone, but rather the transition from post-adolescence to adulthood and how it can be joyful and shitty and everything else all at once. Also, we hope Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the mother when the mother finally shows up, because that would be kinda awesome. (City, 8 p.m.)


Golden Boy concludes its first and only thirteen-episode season. If you didn’t watch this show about a young cop who is fated to become the youngest police commissioner of New York City in history, congratulations. Many people also didn’t. At best this show is drawing Mad Men numbers, and CBS doesn’t screw around with Mad Men numbers. Frankly, the show was not a Mad Men–level show, anyway. (CTV, 8 p.m.)

So You Think You Can Dance rushes into its tenth season—so much so that the pilot episode, rather than being titled after a city as is usual, is simply titled “Audition City No. 1.” Next week, to fit in with this new “generic-ness” strategy, they’ll change the title of the show to Dancing Show, and the judges will all wear bland zentai suits. (CTV2, 8 p.m.)

New Girl and The Mindy Project end their second and first seasons, respectively, and both are likely renewals despite moderately low ratings. That’s good, because if you haven’t been watching these shows this season, they’re probably the strongest back-to-back comedy block currently airing on TV (at least now that 30 Rock‘s ending has halted the brilliant Rock/Parks and Recreation block). So basically you should watch them, is what we’re saying. (City, 9 and 9:30 p.m.)

The Simpsons rerun of the week: “How I Wet Your Mother,” wherein the Simpson family enters into Homer’s dreams in order to make a lot of Inception references. (This week is not a particularly strong one for Simpsons reruns.) “In my dreams, I’m an intermediate skier!” (Fox, 11 p.m.)


Tonight is the final competition episode of American Idol, and the final episode where Randy Jackson will be judging the show, because, after 12 years, he has decided to take his talents (saying “dawg” and complaining that a singer is “pitchy”) to the wider free market. Also, there are probably some singers or something competing for the million dollars. Does the winner of this show still get a million dollars? We have no idea. (CTV2, 8 p.m.)


And now we come to the end of The Office, which also had sort of a rebound season this year—albeit one that worked because it transitioned more firmly into dramedy, following Jim and Pam working out the kinks in their marriage, rather than returning to the inspired lunacy that worked so well in the early years. Anyway, in many ways last week’s hour-long episode was the actual finale (as it concluded with the Office people watching the documentary of themselves that finally got finished) and now this is the “six months later” final epilogue, which is an hour long for some reason, but at least we get to see some Steve Carell, right? (NBC, 9 p.m.; there’s also a retrospective special at 8 p.m.)

Elementary concludes and…well, it’s been good? There are certainly some aspects of this show that we aren’t fond of (jumping into Moriarty with the very first sweeps, for example—it would have been nice to save that for later on, but we guess a Sherlock Holmes TV show has to hit all the points required by fans as soon as possible or risk cancellation), but the core of the show, the relationship between Lucy Liu’s Watson and Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock, works quite well (even if we still think the actors would excel in each other’s roles), and that’s the most important thing. (Global, 9 p.m.)


Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe is a special about how the science of Star Trek would work (or not). And it is airing on History Television, because why not. (8 p.m.)

The Weekend

The season finale of Doctor Who is titled “The Name of the Doctor,” and the show has been hinting all season that the Doctor’s name is the big reveal for this season, but A) who really cares and B) it’s fun because he’s just called “the Doctor,” so we’re betting they don’t actually reveal it. (Space, 8 p.m. Saturday)

In the Flesh debuted a couple of months ago on the BBC and Space is getting it now. The premise is that the zombie uprising happened, they found a sort-of-cure for zombieism that allows suffers of “Partially Deceased Syndrome” to live normal lives and prevent them from going “rabid” again, but there is understandably a lot of anti-zombie sentiment after all those massacres. Clever premise. The show itself is decent. (Space, 10 p.m. Saturday)

The 2013 Billboard Awards air this weekend, and will help us all celebrate those most under-recognized individuals: multimillionaire musicians. (ABC, 8 p.m. Sunday)

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice concludes, with Penn Jillette and Trace Adkins being the last two Celebrity Apprentices competing for Donald Trump’s approval. So, yeah, fuck all of these people, really. (Global, 9 p.m. Sunday)