What's On: ‘Archer’ Takes a Trip to 1940s Dreamland as the Show Moves to FXX
Archer (10/9c, FXX): The animated hit reinvents itself yet again as the show moves to FX’s sister network, for an eighth season subtitled Dreamland, a film noir dreamscape that represents the coma-induced musings of Archer (H. Jon Benjamin). He now fancies himself a dapper but typically hapless 1940s P.I. modeled after Sam Spade, seeking the killer of his partner Woodhouse (the late George Coe). In between PTSD flashbacks to World War II, Archer finds himself caught in a gangland war, initially pledging allegiance to the heartless “Mother” (Jessica Walter), which actually sounds a lot like business as usual.
Brockmire (10/9c, IFC): Hank Azaria is a boozy, bawdy marvel as Jim Brockmire, a washed-up baseball sportscaster who discovers that his public meltdown a decade ago made him an Internet meme, and the time is ripe for a revival. His unlikely comeback journey leads him to a minor-league team of bad news boors in fracking-wracked small-town Pennsylvania, where team owner Jules (the sensational Amanda Peet) hopes Brockmire can boost her own money-losing venture. Brockmire is a comedy home run.
Talk Show the Game Show (10/9c, truTV): If pure cheese if your preference, this mash-up send-up of talk show, game show and comedy show feels like an extended Saturday Night Live sketch with intermittently amusing results. With dishy Guy Branum behind the desk, guests wrack up points by hitting all the marks we’ve come to know and love to loathe in our many years of talk-show watching: name-dropping—prompting yellow-card warnings and time in a penalty box when it becomes excessive—bringing gift for host, plugging product, mentioning city, drinking alcohol, bringing pet, humblebrag, aww from audience, callback, prank anecdote, and the like. Opening night contestants include sports legend John Salley, comic actress Tiffany Haddish and Scandal vet-turned-24: Legacy hero Dan Bucatinsky.
Inside Wednesday TV: Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) turns 21 on Fox’s Empire (9/8c), and naturally, his party doesn’t go off exactly as planned. … OWN’s Greenleaf (10/9c) celebrates Calvary’s Fall Revival, the perfect occasion for Bishop (Keith David) and Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield) to make their move against the rival Triumph church and its scheming pastor, Basie Skanks (Jason Dirden). … The recent news stories about plans to close the notorious Rikers Island prison add relevance to the final episode of Spike TV’s docu-series Time: The Kalief Browder Story (10/9c), a cautionary tale of injustice that began when Browder was arrested at 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack and spent two of his three years in Rikers (before the charges were dropped) in solitary confinement. … Playing herself, Mom’s Allison Janney endures an awkward elevator pitch from the wannabe screenwriters of TV Land’s Nobodies (10/9c), who are increasingly desperate to cover their lies about their friend Melissa McCarthy’s (so far non) participation in their project.