Tuesday’s kind of a dull TV night for me, filled with shows I watch, but am rarely very excited about. (Yeah, I’m looking at you, “Glee.”) Perhaps one of tonight’s new offerings with fill that void.


“Detroit 1-8-7,” 10 P.M.

What Is It?: A cop drama set in Detroit, starring the decidedly New Yorkish Michael Imperioli.

Why To Watch: Finally, a crime show set in the midwest!

Why To Turn the Channel: Another cop drama? Really? But at least they abandoned the tired “mockumentary” format originally planned for the show (and which is still evident in the trailer below).


“Raising Hope,”
9 P.M.

What Is It?: A comedy about a young guy from a dysfunctional family who is forced to raise the product of a one night stand when the child’s mother is sent to jail.

Why To Watch: It’s from the mind of Greg Garcia, the creator of “My Name Is Earl,” and if you found that show funny, you’ll probably like this one, too. And also because child endangerment is hilarious!

Why To Turn the Channel: The thought of watching Martha Plimpton playing the mother of a twentysomething is completely depressing.

“Running Wilde,” 9:30 P.M.

What Is It?: A clueless, spoiled, and obscenely rich bachelor attempts to win the heart of the girl who got away, a naive do-gooder.

Why To Watch: It has ties to the brilliant “Arrested Development,” in star Will Arnett, and creator Mitch Hurwitz.

Why To Turn the Channel: If the trailer is any indication, it’s likely the show is…not that funny, and that will just lead to reliving the resentment you still harbor over the cancellation of the much funnier “Arrested Development,” and who needs that kind of grief?

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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