TV tonight: 'Community,' 'Parks,' 'Scandal'
Posted February 20, 2013
Community | NBC, 8 ET/PT
There's probably not much the replacement show-runners at Community can do now to attract new viewers, but they can at least stop chasing away current ones. And one way to do so is to drop the faux-self-deprecatory jokes about the show's changes, as in a subplot in tonight's flat outing that finds Pierce (Chevy Chase) helping network executives dumb-down a show for American tastes. We're not looking for excuses or apologies - and considering the continuing success of The Simpsons and Modern Family, to name just two, it's fairly clear we're not looking for stupid. So stop trying to make it sound like you're somehow the aggrieved parties and do a better, funnier show.
Parks and Recreation | NBC, 8:30 ET/PT
What would a sweeps period be without a wedding? Granted, considering the show's overall ratings track, it's doubtful the rushed wedding of Leslie (Amy Poehler) to Ben (Adam Scott) will draw the kind of crowd that once watched Rhoda marry Joe (though to be fair, it's doubtful any sitcom on the air today could come close to those near-record ratings). Still, even people who don't particularly care for Parks like Poehler and Leslie. So if this is a happy day for Leslie, here's hoping a larger-than-normal audience shows up to celebrate.
Scandal | ABC, 10 ET/PT
While most network series are bleeding viewers, Scandal seems to be adding more every week with its over-cranked craziness in which every character is capable of murder - and half of them, including the president of the United States, are guilty of it. Tonight, that president is wondering whom he can trust, while David (Joshua Malina) is wondering whether he's being followed. On this show, he almost certainly is.
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