Televisualist: Then Again, Will Arnett's Track Record With TV Shows Is Spotty, to Say the Least
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Televisualist: Then Again, Will Arnett’s Track Record With TV Shows Is Spotty, to Say the Least

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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“No, Mother, Karen is NOT hiding behind the couch. There is no Karen person. You’re making her up. At least until the inevitable Megan Mullally cameo later this season when we need to juice our ratings.”

Monday

Murdoch Mysteries returns for a seventh season of old-timey crime solving in Toronto and being the great Canadian TV success story nobody ever talks about for some reason. But it is: by the end of this season, Murdoch’s 94 episodes will make it the 15th-longest-running Canadian scripted series ever—which, given that the show has aired far fewer episodes per season than most of the leaders in that particular race, is all the more impressive. (CBC, 8 p.m.)

Tonight on 2 Broke Girls: the girls do a Kickstarter, because the hottest thing you can do in sitcom writing is “do all the jokes the internet made last year.” (City, 9 p.m.)


Tuesday

Barter Kings concludes, for society has now completely broken down—and ironically, the show’s producers couldn’t successfully barter for the equipment they needed to continue to make the show and enough livestock to pay their crew. No, no, we’re just kidding! This show will cling to life like a barnacle on a whale. (A&E, 10 p.m.)


Wednesday

Speaking as a person who lives TV (man, good thing I write a TV column, then), I honestly really want Sean Saves the World to be good. Sean Hayes is great. The premise is simple but strong (gay single dad tries to raise teenage daughter). The rest of the cast is rock solid (Linda Lavin, Thomas Lennon, and Megan Hilty are all terrific actors). The pilot, unfortunately, is kind of bland. It’s trying, and the actors are giving it their all, but most of the writing is just sort of clichéd. It’s a pilot trying to play it safe. But I will offer a cautious thumbs up, because if the show really lets loose, there’s just so much potential here for it to work with. Then again, I said the same thing about 2 Broke Girls, and man, that turned to shit so quickly… (Global, 9 p.m.)

Super Fun Night is an excellent example of how a good idea (in this case, “Let’s give Rebel Wilson a television show”) can quickly turn into a bad idea (“Hey, what if we had a Rebel Wilson show in which no character was likeable and none of the jokes worked”) so, so fast. (City, 9:30 p.m.)

Hey, were you sitting around thinking “Man, I hope they really remake Ironside, because I loved it when Raymond Burr was in a wheelchair and solved crimes” and just sort of sighing wistfully? Well, guess what: now there’s a new Ironside! He’s played by Blair Underwood, and he has a team of detectives who help him commit casual police brutality! He is the manliest damn man in a wheelchair ever! (Global, 10 p.m.)


Thursday

We quite liked the pilot of Welcome to the Family, which is an “18-year-olds get pregnant and married, their parents hate each other” sort of a thing—kind of like 18 To Life when CBC was airing that, except this show has a bigger budget. That’s why Mary McCormack is in it. She costs money. Anyhow, although the core concept of the show is kind of silly, it’s still got a nice bit of heart to it, and the cast executes well. (Global, 8 p.m.)

A lot of people will tell you that Dads is the worst new show airing on TV this season. They’re wrong. The Millers is the worst new show airing on TV this season. Dads is a Seth MacFarlane series, so nobody expected it to be good or even slightly tasteful. However, The Millers is a completely predictable, joyless, and unfunny slog that was created by Greg Garcia, who was responsible for My Name is Earl and Raising Hope. And it stars Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale, and J.B. Smoove. It should not be possible for a show to go so bad with that much talent. (Global, 8:30 p.m.)


Friday

Tonight’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin is titled “Learning 2030: Necessary? Possible?” We’re going to vote “yes” on both of those! Learning! It’s necessary and possible! (TVO, 8 p.m.)


The Weekend

Actually not The Simpsons rerun of the week: the brand-new “Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” airing almost four weeks before Halloween! We have no idea why they wanted to rush this one out of the gate so quickly. (Global, 8 p.m. Sunday)

Alaskan Women Looking for Love sounds ludicrous, but given the gender imbalance in Alaska, as well as the state’s tendency towards creepy frontier types (you know it’s true, Alaska!), a dating show about women trying to find a partner and settle down could really be…oh, they’re just taking some Alaskan women and sending them to Miami to party? Never mind, then. (TLC, 10 p.m. Sunday)

Low Winter Sun concludes with a two-hour finale and then maybe AMC will make us all watch Low Winter Talk or whatever they can get some nerd who wants to be on TV really bad to do in order to make everybody think they care about Low Winter Sun, which has turned out to be really really really really really really really really really really really boring. (AMC, 9 p.m. Sunday)

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