‘Scream’ and ‘Dead of Summer’ make Tuesday nights great again

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.

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First episode impressions: ‘Dead of Summer’

"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.

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