There’s something for everyone on TV tonight. From zombie outbreaks to comedy, to celebrated rom-coms, it is a televisual feast. Check out our top pick, a list of what’s premiering, and a few cinematic treasures that are coming to the silver screen.
Pick of the Day
“Superstore” is one of the most consistently intriguing, and hilarious shows in NBC’s lineup. It’s a show about corporate drudgery rendered funny and unexpected. It stars America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Nico Santos, Mark McKinney and Colton Dunn, each of whom brings something vital and unique to the show. Viewers were kept wondering on the status of “Superstore” after its hiatus, but thankfully it was announced in March that it will be renewed for season 5. In tonight’s episode 15 titled “Salary,” several salary numbers are leaked, pitting some co-workers against each other. It airs at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.
“Black Summer” stars Jaime King, who plays a mother separated from her daughter and trying to find shelter. It takes the audiences to the beginning of a zombie apocalypse, into a nail-biting, treacherous world just before it descends into full-blown mayhem. Catch the first episode on Netflix tonight.
A&E is unveiling a limited non-fiction series called “The Untold Story,” hosted by veteran journalist Elizabeth Vargas, which will air for five consecutive weeks. The premiere is titled “Hunting JonBenet’s Killer: The Untold Story.” With new DNA tests and leads, the show promises a compelling look at the infamous cold case. Future episodes will explore the intersections of the sex trade, child marriages, dating app horror stories and gang violence in the digital age. Catch it tonight at 9:00 PM ET on A&E.
MTV’s “The Jersey Shore” premiered ten years ago. Then, they were known for their mantra “GTL,” fist-bumping, and contended bachelordom. Now DJ “Pauly D” (DelVecchio) and Vinny Guadagnino are looking for love. “Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny,” takes places in a mansion in Los Angeles with twenty women, none of whom know which celebrity–or indeed, celebrities–that they will be meeting. Tune into the premiere tonight which starts off with two back-to-back commercial-free episodes for your viewing pleasure. Airs at 8:00 PM ET on MTV.
Movies on TV
Love is in the air. There are two classic rom-coms on IFC tonight: “Crazy Stupid Love” at 6:30 PM and “When Harry Met Sally” at 11 PM. “Crazy, Stupid Love,” known for its stellar ensemble cast of Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Josh Groban, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, and Joey King. The film, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, is one of the best examples of the “Love Actually” style of rom-coms. The movie is a web of intertwining stories. The writing and performances are superb, but perhaps what stands out the most is the feeling of innocence that this movie has. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” has an infectious, wholesome and un-cynical take on love. Romance is not bound by reason, here, but is something all-consuming. Something you can’t live without.
Rob Reiner’s “When Harry Met Sally” is a classic of cinematic history, and for good reason. Though, yes, there is that icon scene in Katz’s, what really makes this movie a must-see is a patient way that this film depicts the relationship. Although Carrie Fisher is an outstanding support actress, the central pull of the film is the friendship between Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) and Harry Burns (Billy Crystal).
It’s a friendship that turns romantic, but it takes almost the entire film for Harry and Sally to get beyond friendship. Realism is not exactly the word, but there is something resonant in the way that the film allows the characters to understand each other over the course of many years, relying on each other, going through breakups with other people with each other. Eventually, they come to the realization that they cannot live without the other. Perhaps they did fall in love at first sight. But what the movie does that is so powerful is that it underscores one of the most important aspects of romantic love: that having a significant other means having a best friend. It’s a true partnership.
If none of these shows are your jam, there’s still plenty to choose from. Peruse the list below to see what else is playing.
- “FAM (CBS)” at 9:30 PM ET
- “Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)” at 8:00 PM ET
- “AP Bio (NBC)” at 8:30 PM ET
- “Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “Station 19 (ABC)” at 9:01 PM ET
- “Abby’s (NBC)” at 9:30 PM ET
- “For the People (ABC)” at 10:00 PM ET
- “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)” at 10:00 PM ET
- “The Orville (FOX)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “The This Old House Hour (PBS)” at 8:00 PM ET
- “Supernatural (CW)” at 8:00 PM ET
- “In The Dark (CW)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “The First 48 (A&E)” at 8:00 PM ET
- “Exatlon Estados Unidos (TELMUN)” at 7:00 PM ET
- “Betty en NY (TELMUN)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “Hunting JonBenet’s Killer: The Untold Story (A&E)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “River Monsters (ANIMAL)” at 10:01 PM ET
- “Project Runway (BRAVO)” at 8:00 PM ET
- “Naked and Afraid Pop-Up Edition (DSC)” at 8:00 PM ET
- “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry (E!)” at 8:00 PM ET
- “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger (FREFM) at 8:00 PM ET
- “Flip or Flop Vegas (HGTV)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “Swamp People (HGTV)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “Dead of Night (ID)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “Little Women: Atlanta (LIFE)” at 8:00 PM ET
- “Can’t Buy Me Love (POP)” at 7:00 PM ET
- “My 600-lb life (TLC)” at 8:00 PM ET
- “The Dead Files (TRAVEL)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)” at 9:00 PM ET
- “Braxton Family Values (WE)” at 9:00 PM ET