TV tonight: 'Zero,' 'Penn,' 'Archer'
Posted February 27, 2013
Zero Hour | ABC, 8 ET/PT
Are you wondering why you're seeing so many reruns on tonight's schedule? Simple: The February sweeps are now over, taking with them most of the new scripted network outings, leaving behind American Idol (Fox, 8 ET/PT) and a few midseason tryouts.
Like, for example, this Da Vinci Code-type adventure, as Hank returns from India to find himself on the trail of yet another clock. All because the members of the mysterious sect that was guarding a secret that could destroy the world decided to split it up and hide it in clocks - which is just one of the many reasons you should never entrust a secret to a sect.
1600 Penn | NBC, 9:30 ET/PT
In a quandary over his Supreme Court pick, the president (Bill Pullman) takes his family away for a ranch vacation, where Skip (Josh Gad) and Becca (Martha MacIsaac) bemoan the state of their love lives while Emily (Jenna Elfman) tries to bond with Marigold (Amara Miller) and Xander (Benjamin Stockham).
There's a lot of talent in that cast, Elfman in particular shining with a very funny, softer-than-usual performance. But the scripts, and Gad's tendency to overdo, generally defeat them.
Archer | FX, 10 ET/PT
It hasn't been a great year for new comedies, but it has been a rouser of a season for Archer, which is having one of its best runs yet in the ratings, and deservedly so.
Tonight the show spoofs one of sister network Fox's biggest reality stars, as Archer, Lana and Cyril go undercover in the hell's kitchen of a star chef - voiced by Anthony Bourdain.
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