TV on Tap: A “Southland” Cop Goes to “Haven,” “Boondocks” is Returning and Twenty Years of “Real World”


It’s time for House‘s final case.

News

Happy Real World Day! The groundbreaking television series debuted twenty years ago today. Just try not to think about what the show used to be and what it’s become… instead, think about how how Eric could get in the first season.

When news came out that creator Dan Harmon was fired from Community, fans asked what it means for the cult-favorite comedy’s creative future? The odds don’t look good. Many of the writers have left for greener pastures, recently and there’s a long history of shows failing to replace a writer with a distinctive voice. (See The West Wing, Picket Fences

Meanwhile, in semi-related news, Donald Glover will appear in the next season of HBO’s Girls.

Dorian Missick is switching jurisdiction from Southland (where he was Lydia‘s partner) to Haven, where he’ll play a Boston detective drawn to the troubled town by a case.

Guinness World Records has named Sherlock Holmes as the most frequently portrayed human literary character on TV and film.

After a long break, there’s a fourth season of The Boondocks in the works.

For the new season of So You Think You Can Dance, there will be two winners, one male and one female. While I think there’s a good idea behind this, it turns out that Nigel Lythgoe‘s issues with gender are partially at work, as he explains the change by saying “Girls dance totally differently than guys.”

In an interview discussing the Scandal finale, Shonda Rhimes says that she thinks all shows should get 13-episode seasons saying, “I think it would allow for a little breathing room and a chance to reboot.” She’d convince far more people if she said something like, “Sometimes we run out of ideas and end up filling episodes by writing our characters having sex with ghosts.”

Listings

America’s Got Talent (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
As the auditions head to New York, one act gets Howard to question why he’s even there. Me, I’ve been questioning if this is going to be another one of those incredibly clumsy AGT attempts to create drama.

House (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Honestly, I got tired of the House format pretty early in the series run, as much as I may adore Hugh Laurie, but it’s been a staple of Fox’s schedule for seven seasons. Seeing the series end is definitely an event. Following a retrospective of the series’ great moments, House treats a drug addict, which turns out to be the perfect case to get him to rethink his life.

American Ninja Warrior (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Was I alone in taking as much amusement as I did in the changes to Midoriyama now that it’s been built stateside? The flashing lights! The water is conspicuously blue, not grey and muddy! The corners are padded for safety! Tonight, the NBC edition gets its season premiere as the finalists from last night’s Southwest tryouts take on a second course.

Eureka (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Someone gets the genius idea to conduct war game scenarios at Eureka, because things never go horribly wrong in Eureka…. then it turns out the security systems have been hacked and then things go horribly wrong.

Eden’s World (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
Oh dear. The E-Team’s latest case is a girl who needs help convincing her mother to let her participate in pageants. Somebody send that mother a collection of how The Soup has covered Toddlers & Tiaras to show her what’s in store for her family.

Ojo Por Ojo (Mun2) 11:00 PM ET
I’m one of those people who has wanted to learn Spanish just to be able to follow some of those crazy telenovelas. Thus, I’ve been happy to learn that Mun2 has been airing a late-night telenovela repeat with english subtitles. Now that the crazy La Reina del Sur has wrapped, a new series debuts tonight. Ojo Por Ojo follows two crime families locked in a bitter rivalry in the wake of a love triangle. This one has a couple of gay characters Tin and Marcos.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 11:00 PM ET
Now, don’t get excited. The second season of MTV’s addictive horror drama doesn’t begin its new season for a few more weeks. However, in case you forgot how Kate Argent‘s sanity could be measured in pounds of bat guano, this recap of the first season, should catch you up.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s getting a visit from Matthew Broderick and Jerry Seinfeld.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC) 12:05 AM ET
Kathy Griffin is on tonight’s guest list. Let’s hope she didn’t get everything she wants to say about President Obama‘s evolved stance on marriage equality out of her system while hosing her Bravo talk show.

What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
L.A. Reid is Kelly‘s guest-host tomorrow as Kris Allen and Jimmy Fallon visit.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy is getting a visit from NeNe Leakes.

 

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