2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
On Deadline (9 p.m., NBC), Oliver Platt is in the early stages of creating what could be a great quirky TV character, a Columbo for the zeroes. His pudgy, brash, hard-drinking New York tabloid newspaperman plays into, yet somehow rises above, every TV and movie clichi about journalism in the book. And ya gotta love Platt’s Elvis sideburns. Marie backs her car through Ray and Debra’s living room wall on Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS). Let’s all pretend that last week’s gooey, huggy “let’s go to Italy” season opener was a bad dream. Frontline (9 p.m., PBS, check local times) presents “Drug Wars,” Lowell Bergman’s two-part report on the government’s failure to stem the flow of illegal narcotics into the U.S. Concludes Tuesday.
The drug war also figures into Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way (9 p.m., History Channel), a chronicle of drug use through history and changing attitudes toward certain narcotics. Peter Jennings Reporting: The Gun Fight (8 p.m. ET/10 PT, ABC) examines the political power of the National Rifle Association.
Buccaneers at Vikings (9 p.m., ABC)
National League Division Playoffs:
Mets at Giants, Game 5, if necessary (8 p.m., Fox; if there is no Game 5, Fox will air a rerun of the “Dark Angel” premiere at 8.)
Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Bette Midler, Ben Stiller
David Letterman (CBS) Ben Stiller, Merle Haggard
Jay Leno (NBC) Debra Messing, Christina Aguilera
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Darva Conger, Ramona Gray (rerun)
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Mimi Rogers
All times Eastern unless noted.
Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.More Joyce Millman.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.