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Herc’s Tuesday TV Talkback!! Hanks On FALLON!! The Returns of ENDINGS & BITCH!! New GIRL, GO ON, PARENTHOOD, VOICE, X FACTOR, ANARCHY, CHEAPSKATES, COVERT, UNDEREMPLOYED & NCIS!!

Returning Tonight:


Happy Endings (9pm ABC)
Don’t Trust The Bitch (9:30pm ABC)

Secrets of the Dead (9pm PBS)

 

ABC on Monday finally cancelled Shonda Rhimes’ relentlessly unfunny Tuesday dramedy “Private Practice.” 

Tuesdays, Aug. 28-Oct. 16, 2012
(adults 18-49; previous weeks in parentheses; repeats in gray)
4.6 (4.5) (3.0) (4.2) (4.7) (4.0) (---) (---) The Voice
4.0 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Debate NBC
2.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Debate ABC
2.2 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Debate Fox News

2.2 (2.3) (2.4) (2.1) (2.3) (2.8) (---) (---) Sons of Anarchy
2.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Debate CNN
2.0 (2.2) (2.1) (2.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) Dancing With The Stars
2.0 (1.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) MLBaseball
2.0 (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) Van Susteren
1.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Debate CBS
1.7 (1.8) (1.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Raising Hope
1.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Debate MSNBC
1.4 (3.0) (3.1) (3.4) (1.5) (1.2) (1.0) (1.1) NCIS LA
1.2 (1.5) (1.6) (2.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) Ben & Kate
1.1 (0.4) (0.5) (0.2) (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.5) Hannity
1.0 (1.3) (1.4) (1.3) (---) (---) (0.5) (0.5) Tosh.0
0.9 (0.8) (0.8) (0.7) (0.9) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) Face Off
0.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Covert Affairs
0.8 (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (0.9) (0.4) (0.8) (0.7) The Daily Show
0.7 (0.7) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (---) (0.6) (0.6) Colbert Report
0.6 (0.5) (0.7) (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (0.2) Hart of Dixie
0.6 (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Ink Master
0.6 (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) The O’Reilly Factor
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Alaska/Frontier
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.6) (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) Chopped
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Extreme Cheapskates
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Men Who Built
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Tattoo Nightmares
0.4 (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Abby’s Ultimate
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Bret Baier
0.4 (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) Conan
0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.6) 19 Kids/Counting
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Five
0.3 (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (---) Flipping Out
0.3 (0.3) (---) (0.2) (---) (---) (---) (0.3) Shepard Smith

 

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  • Oct. 23, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    What to watch?......

    by MrLongbaugh

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Peeing in bottles? Eating out of dumpsters?

    by MrLongbaugh

    No thanks!!

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Finally... Happy Endings/Don't Trust the B are back!

    by Uncle Pooky

    Nothing groundbreaking, but they have a niche and I'm glad they paired them up.

  • Trying to air the episode from last week that got partly aired when baseball had a rain delay, but then got pre-empted partway through when the rain stopped.

  • More of a "this is the last season" decision (kinda like House) as the star has already said she won't be coming back next year. Not a "get this molten turd off our network sooner than yesterday" type cancellation (like Work It).

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Rewatched the Bitch pilot last night

    by jim

    I've been catching reruns all Summer even though I watched them all last Spring. The kind of show I can enjoy over and over, it seems. Pooky is right, pairing it with Happy Endings is a good combination. Much like how Raising Hope goes so well with Ben & Kate, and topped with New Girl makes for a great comedy block. Did Hercules edit the header? I'm sure he referenced The Mindy Project, but a few minutes after I commented on that, it's no longer up there. I've had a cold all week and am a bit hopped up on medicine so I'm not 100% confident that what I think I saw is what was actually there.

  • FNC- 11.4 the dullard maddow- 4.0 *shakes head* poor maddow, im sure Hacker Herc feels for u :(

  • Because she looks like the even uglier sister of Anne Hathaway. James Vanderbeek would make a good Sam Beckett if they ever do a Quantum Leap movie.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    If you can't decide what to watch tonight

    by F1rst

    My son loves Ben and Kate. It's funny, the cast is great and has real chemistry, plus it the most heart out of anything on tv right now. It's too bad that with the ratings it has right now it'll probably get cancelled before a full season airs.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Doesn't look like Ben & Kate will last too much longer....

    by Beebop

    That's a shame. I really like the show. New Girl killed again tonight. Lots of good riffing. And it's funny (well, not "ha ha" funny, to quote Ralph Wiggum) how they're hammering home just how depressed the guys on the show are. Nick and Schmidt royally hate themselves.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Tuesday is Anarchy night.

    by happybunni

  • Que?

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Happy Endings was OK. Don't Trust the B fucking killed it.

    by Uncle Pooky

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    New Girl is Who Killed It. Endings and B were Decent.

    by Crow3711

    Eliza Coupe is absurdly, absurdly hot. It's just...not fair.

  • This show rips my fucking heart out on a regular basis.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    The only reason to watch Underemployed is Michelle Ang

    by terry1978

    Sweet mother in heaven.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    @uncle pooky

    by JaredP

    i know i love the show, but it is brutal to watch. shakesperean tragedy at it's finest

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST

    SOA is really not that good

    by Monolith_Jones

    It can be supremely dumb and has absolutely no subtlety. I don't see how anyone can compare it to the truly great tv dramas like Breaking Bad, The Wire or Mad Men . It's not even as good as The Walking Dead.

  • SOA is the better show, hands down.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    the better show, in my opinion of course

    by Uncle Pooky

    to each his own.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Don't Trust the B

    by thepoohguy

    Totally brought it last night. Just hilarious. Van Der Beek was spot on and Muniz showed why he should have a sitcom. Tuesday night is now the hardest night because of so much good stuff. Raising Hope, New Girl, Go On, Happy Endings, Don't Trust the B. My DVR is overworked at 9:00 that's for sure.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Gemma

    by vondamage

    It that how her other son died too I wonder???

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    vondamage, re: Gemma...

    by Uncle Pooky

    no. Her other son Thomas died of a congenital heart condition.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I've Gotta Agree with Monolith Jones on SoA

    by Crow3711

    Granted I haven't seen every episode by any means, but the ones I have seen struck me as incredibly silly. A bunch of self-important macho douches acting like they're in a club that matters, some high-minded gentleman a club, when they're just psychopathic criminals. It was very...well, macho is the only word for it, in a bad way. To each his own, but nothing i saw even came close to approaching the level of maturity present in an average episode of mad men. SoA suffers from the worst case of "I watch it, therefore it's the best show on tv" in my opinion. And Kurt sutter is a huge douche.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    You make a good point, crow, but....

    by Uncle Pooky

    *A bunch of self-important macho douches acting like they're in a club that matters, some high-minded gentleman a club, when they're just psychopathic criminals.* That is exactly the same idea behind the Sopranos.

  • I don't believe The Sopranos glamourized their characters the way SOA does. SOA is basically 'look at these cool dudes!' Besides that its just not as well made as the other shows I mentioned, and I have seen every episode. The acting is pretty bad at times, the writing has no subtlety whatsoever, with characters going around making statements at each other. Then there's the awful music cues that kick in whenever there an action scene, much like an episode of The A-Team, robbing the scene of any tension. A good show? Sure, but on an objective level it's light weight fare that is leagues below those other dramas I mentioned.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Sounds like there's a difference of opinion here, and that's OK.

    by Uncle Pooky

    SPOILERS BELOW! I've never seen an episode of Breaking Bad or The Wire, so I can't speak to any comparisons there. And yes, I'll give you that the acting on Mad Men is clearly of a higher caliber than that of Sons of Anarchy. And as far as the Sopranos goes, I don't think it's fair to say the characters weren't glamourized to the extent of SOA. In my opinion, the Sopranos was far more guilty of that. But there is no tension on MM, and it's very hard to care about characters if they are never in any real trouble, or even danger. SOA? Shit, last night a fucking *toddler* may have been mortally wounded in an automobile accident. Death is always around the corner on this show. And I disagree about the subtlety. It's there, admittedly not as much as other shows. Sometimes you don't need subtle. When I'm in the mood to listen to heavy metal, I don't want subtle. Same with SOA and why I watch it. Again, not trying to say you're wrong or convince you I'm right. Just speaking on my opinion.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    It's all good Pooky we all have different tastes

    by Monolith_Jones

    You should definitely check out Breaking Bad. The Wire IMO is te best tv drama ever but it's not for everyone.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Ben & Kate & New Girl were great last night

    by Paul

    I loved Ben's girlfriend how she kept showing up at the wierdest times, I really hope they keep bringing her back. She could keep coming back trying to get Ben back and then finally as a jilted lover. On New Girl I loved the whole guy roomate back and forth with Schmitt getting offended, Also I loved Jess trying to show off the car on the rotating platform.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    So Death, Explosion and "Danger" Make a Show Good?

    by Crow3711

    No. No no no no NO. If you honesty can't find the sweet, guy wrenching tension and consequences in every episode of mad men...you just don't appreciate that kind of drama. And it is DRAMA. Explosions, toddlers being killed, explosions....these are the antithesis of drama. That is the window dressing that distracts the eye from noticing the validity of the actual drama and story.

  • Vapidity.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    No, crow. That wasn't the point I was trying to make.

    by Uncle Pooky

    The point I was trying to make was that on MM, there is no real *threat* to any of the characters, and consequently it is difficult to get invested in them. And again, it's just my opinion. If you're perceiving gut-wrenching tension and consequences in every episode of MM, then that's great. Personally, I've never really experienced that in any episode, let alone all of them. SOA, on the other hand, has had at least 4 episodes this season alone that have left me disturbed at the end; not only from the brutality of an event, but how that event will eventually lead to certain dominoes falling, inevitably leading to further tragedies involving people who had nothing to do with the original event. THAT is what makes it a good drama, at least in my humble opinion.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    soa is an amazing show

    by jsfithaca

    but imo, nowhere near sopranos, wire, mad men or breaking bad. However, i still think theres a lot of substance underneath sons of anarchy just not neccesarily as well-done or substantial or a subtle as those other shows. and while sons of anarchy may be more exciting then mad men, it doesn't even come close to the kind of supreme character development exhibited on mad men. also monolith, why do you think walking dead is better than soa? id rank soa way above walking dead. i agree with you on the wire being the best show of all time though.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    SOA

    by Extr3m1st

    I love the show, never seen MM yet but I plan to. I am sure I will love it. SOA is a lot of fun, and does have some hot sex and naked ladies and is a fun show with a lot of action. Sure it is not the Shield or The Soprano's or The Wire. Heck it may not even be TWD. But it is still a very good show.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Paburrows I agree, New Girl was really good

    by Monolith_Jones

    The car presentation scene was really funny and reminded of classic Lucy.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    jsfithaca

    by Monolith_Jones

    I guess it's because The Walking Dead inspires some thought after the show ends, not always, but enough. SOA never challenges me in anyway. It ends and I don't think about it again until the next episode airs. Even something like SVU raises some interesting moral issues but with SOA it's all spectacle and I don't see much under the surface.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Cece in new girl

    by rakesh patel

    I'd love to cover her in olive oil and elephant atta chapati flour. But that's because I'm a bit pervy.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    huh

    by jsfithaca

    id say its the opposite for me. but im usually thinking about boardwalk empire or homeland during the fall season, not these two shows.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Mad Men

    by vondamage

    The character development of ad execs in the sixties makes me yawn just thinking about it.... SOA is an entertaining show about a biker gang, of course it is going to be cartoonish at times but cartoons are fun too...

  • I watched the first six episodes of Boardwalk Empire and then the episodes started piling up on the dvr. I don't know why,I liked it enough, but at a certain point I had to accept the fact that I just wasn't interested enough to watch them. Same thing happened with the second season of Treme. I will watch both of those series someday though.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Sopranos

    by bender

    I love that show, but after season 2 the "substance" kinda went away. Alot of the characters except for Paulie, Sil, and Bobby became unlikeable pricks. Especially Tony. For crying out loud he was like a big baby most of the times during those sessions with Melfi.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    completely disagree bender

    by jsfithaca

    i thought the substance remained all the way through the series. i thought maybe in seasons 5 and 6 the plots weren't as good but the substance remained throughout

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Tony Soprano

    by vondamage

    DO NOT MESS WITH THAT MANS DAUGHTER