For the first time since “Gilmore Girls” and “Veronica Mars” aired back-to-back nearly a decade ago, Tuesday night has become appointment-TV night again. A couple of unlikely shows have propped up Tuesday night’s status: “Scream” (10 p.m. Eastern on MTV) and “Dead of Summer” (9 p.m. Eastern on Freeform). Whereas other nights have a decent show here and there (such as Wednesday’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”), Tuesday is the only night that currently gets me excited to come home from work and fire up my DVR.
“Dead of Summer” (9 p.m. Eastern Tuesdays on Freeform) doesn’t break a single clod of new ground, but it’s a slick summer horror series that almost achieves a sense of nostalgia. It’s set in 1989 at a summer camp on a lake, presumably somewhere in the Midwest (one of the characters sports a White Sox cap), and it deliberately calls forth the ’80s vibe – not palpably so, but at least it avoids anachronisms.