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What’s On Tonight: Can We Talk About ‘Southland’?

By / 03.06.13

Southland (TNT, 10 p.m.) — Can we talk about Southland, and more specifically, why aren’t you watching it? It is the best cop show on television. Two weeks ago, Regina King gave a performance that slapped the wrinkles off of geriatric Emmy voters. Michael Cudlitz is the most complex, interested gay character on television. And yet, Ben McKenzie has signed on to another pilot, and thanks to low ratings, the future of Southland doesn’t look good. That’s a damn shame.

The Americans (FX, 10 p.m.) — If you don’t have a DVR and you’re watching The Americans instead of Southlandd, then you get a pass. But, really: You need a DVR. I mean, come on: If you are watching The Americans, you probably have cable, and DVRs are practically bundled with cable. Anyway, I’m curious to see if The Americans can build off of last week’s sly episode.

Boston’s Finest (TNT, 9 p.m.) — I hear that this cop show, from producer Mark Wahlberg, gives proper respect to the Boston police. That’s pretty much all I know about. Hopefully, it grabs huge ratings and boosts Southland.

Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites (CBS, 8 p.m.) — This season is great in that I hate nearly everyone. I cannot stand Phillip, and he cannot be voted out soon enough.

Suburgatory (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) –They’re pairing first runs of Suburgatory with reruns of Modern Family, which can mean only one thing: Suburgatory will be replaced by season’s end. Actually, I think I knew that. Isn’t Sarah Chalke’s single-mom comedy taking the slot in April?

Duck Dynasty (A&E, 10 p.m.) — Based on the fact that its ratings were the highest on cable last week (and in fact, beat American Idol in the 18-49 demo), I gave the show a shot. It’s dumb, and it is so obviously scripted. And yet, I couldn’t hate it. There’s something weirdly charming about those Louisiana hicks.

Psych (USA, 10 p.m.) — I’m always so stoked for the return of Pscyh, but I’m usually a little letdown by the actual episodes. It’s just not the show it once was.

LATE NIGHT LISTINGS: Jessica Simpson is on Kimmel; Christina Hendricks is on Ferguson; Neil DeGrasse Tyson returns to The Daily Show, and Matthew Fox is on Conan for some reason.


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