Watch List: “Parks and Rec,” Michael Vick

Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things tonight that may possibly be worth reneging on your promise to attend your son’s piano recital. LET’S GO!


This is an NBC website, but I promise you I’m being objective when I say this: You really, really need to watch this show. It’s better than “The Office.” Along with “Modern Family,” it’s one of the two best comedies on TV. There are at least two lines each week that shimmer with genius. “If I wanted to bring a large number of deviled eggs, but I didn’t want to share them with anyone else, can you guarantee fridge space?” Yes, yes, that wins. “Parks and Rec” was picked up for a third season, and show creator Michael Schur recently tweeted that cast member Nick Offerman tore off his shirt in delight at the news. I am tempted to join him in doing so. Watch this show. ANTICIPATION: HIGH, YET IN A VERY SUBTLE AND CLEVER WAY

PROJECT RUNWAY – 10PM (Lifetime)

“Models of the Runway” is KILLING this show. Last week, they let one of the models SPEAK on the runway. STOP. Stop this right now. I don’t care about these models. They are cattle. Very thin, very gaunt cattle. This show has become a slave to its dopey spinoff that no one watches. They can’t mix up the challenges too much, because the models need to be on every episode. So no more dressing up pro wrestlers, or divorcees, or anything fun like that. This annoys me. Greatly. Memo to Lifetime: Create some other model competition show that doesn’t ruin the franchise you just paid a jillion dollars for. Also, I will fight the judges if they kick Anthony off. He’s a delight. ANTICIPATION: UP THERE, BUT WITH A FAINT WHIFF OF CATTINESS


This is Michael Vick’s reality show. Join Michael as he drops off his dry cleaning, eats at the Taco Bell drive thru, and doesn't hurt dogs. ANTICIPATION: HOLD ME BACK WITH A LEASH


Spike Lee’s controversial minstrel show comedy from 2000 remains, like many Lee films, an utterly watchable mess. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed Damon Wayans’ affected accent in this film. It’s like the angriest, most pretentious accent ever. I want him to record my voice mail message in that voice. ANTICIPATION: ON YOUR RADAR NOW, ISN’T IT?

IRON CHEF AMERICA – 8PM (Food Network)

It’s Iron Chef Flay versus Michael Smith. What’s the secret ingredient? GUMPTION. ANTICIPATION: DROOLY.

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