TV tonight: 'Pioneers of Television,' 'New Girl'
Posted January 14, 2013
Pioneers of Television
PBS, 8 ET/PT
PBS launches the third season of this survey of television history with a salute to the medium's Funny Ladies, which starts with Lucille Ball and carries on through Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett and Tina Fey. Future segments will examine Primetime Soaps, Superheroes and Miniseries -- and will bring us interviews with such stars as Larry Hagman, Joan Collins, LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams, Richard Chamberlain and that beloved Batman trio, Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar.
Fox, 9 ET/PT
One of the marks of both growth and improvement in New Girl is the way the show has developed the friendship - primed, perhaps, to lead to more - between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson). Tonight she tests that relationship by stepping in between Nick and his estranged father, a scheming gambler played by Dennis Farina. As for the show's breakout character, Schmidt (Max Greenfield), he has a scheme of his own, and it's aimed at winning back Cece.
FX, 10 ET/PT
This terrific, and terrifically entertaining, drama continues to lay the groundwork for its seasonal story as Raylan runs into new romantic problems, Art shows that he knows more about the missing Waldo Truth than he's ready to reveal, and Boyd confronts a preacher and a returning Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns, turning in his usual great guest turn). If that sounds like a packed hour, it is. But the remarkable thing is how well each scene is handled, and how deftly the show makes its transitions from exposition to comic relief, to startling moments of violence and dramatic tension. Jump in.
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