TV on Tap: A “Two and a Half Men” Threesome, Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D” Characters Revealed and is Bryan Fuller’s “Mockingbird Lane” in Trouble?


Raising Hope kicks off its thrid season tonight
and gets back to representing 33% of blue collar sitcom families.

News

I’m not sure what to think of this. Deadline says that Bryan Fuller‘s Mockingbird Lane is dead at NBC. Fuller, however, tweeted that NBC told him that Deadline was “dead wrong”. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed.

At least I can feel better at Ellen Greene mentioning that Pushing Daisies could live again on the theatre stage and that she’ll be reuniting with Fuller on Hannibal.

Saturday Night Live alum Brad Hall is set to appear in an episode of Parks & Recreation.

The AV Club brings up something that’s been frustrating me about TV, asking Where have are all the blue collar sitcoms gone? However, the article also asks about the overall lack of money problems in today’s sitcoms. Take Modern Family for example, why hasn’t Phil had to deal with the real estate crisis? Alternately, why doesn’t a car accident lead to short-term money problems for the Dunphys?

Ryan Murphy is getting even busier, selling two more series including a Fox drama about “one of the biggest conspiracies in American history” which just sounds like the beginning of a parody.

TVLine has information about the lead characters in Joss Whedon upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. drama. I should be nerding out here, but I’m not.

I don’t usually notice Two and a Half Men news, but there’s an episode coming up where Alan (Jon Cryer) and Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne- Smith) consider having a threesome and end up inviting Walden (Ashton Kutcher) to join them.

The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles has started calling itself CHLA to avoid confusion with crazy Adult Swim comedies.

Cedric the Entertainer will appear on 2 Broke Girls as Garrett Morris‘s son. At this point, I’ve stopped hoping a solid performer can improve that show and started bracing myself for how poorly they’ll be used.

Early ratings figures peg Revolution as the most DVR’ed show, increasing its ratings by 51% once the people who watch the show within three days are counted. At the moment, counting the DVR viewers makes Revolution the second most-watched scripted program (behind Modern Family), but that’s expected to change once The Big Bang Theory‘s DVR viewers are counted.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
One of the few Real Housewives I don’t actively avoid, Bethenny Frankel is Anderson‘s guest-host today to discuss Pitch Perfect with Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
NeNe Leakes‘s already a talk show fixture for The Real Housewives of Atlanta, now that she’s got a sitcom it means she’s giving The New Normal a lot of promotion, including today’s chat with Wendy.

The Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) check local listings
You had to know Ricki wouldn’t take long to address her gay fans, and today she discusses coming out with a variety of guests, including Lance Bass.

NOW with Alex Wagner (MSNBC) Noon ET
I was watching yesterday’s show and it turns out tomorrow’s show is scheduled to include Nate Silver on the panel. I don’t think we see enough of Silver, so this is a welcome announcement.

History Detectives (PBS) Check local listings
PBS’ engaging nonfiction show returns as a book of liquor recipes is a window into Prohibition, a ledger reveals how Native American actors were treated and Leon Panetta returns the diary of a fallen North Vietnamese soldier to his family.

Raising Hope (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
The third season kicks off with the death of Sabrina‘s grandmother (Tippi Hedren) who leaves a last will and testament video that ends up shocking Sabrina and Jimmy. Since this episode also introduces Sabrina’s mom (Melanie Griffith), I’m guessing she’ll have something to do with grandma’s final wishes.

Hart of Dixie (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Alright, the pilot of The CW’s down home medical drama wasn’t good and I have no idea if it got better or worse from there, but I figure some of you will want to know the series returns with new episodes tonight so you can watch for the next scene where Wilson Bethel loses his shirt.

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
In addition to bringing back an eliminated competitor (thankfully the guy who walked off in episode one isn’t a possible returnee) tonight’s challenge sees the remaining competitors working with young artists, bringing their vision for creatures to life. Considering that one of the creations highlighted in the previews shows a bit of a Yo Gabba Gabba influence, I’m pretty excited about this challenge.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
I guess New Girl has already started to try to turn Nick and Jess into the show’s big romance since tonight’s episode has them dealing with being friends without benefits (or just friends to keep it simple). Meanwhile, Schmidt decides impersonating one of Mitt Romney‘s sons will give his love life a boost.

Go On (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
The episode description for tonight’s episode says that Ryan deals with the idea that he’ll have to cook and shop for himself. That gets a little too close to the “men are just hilariously incompetent around the house” humor of Guys with Kids, but Go On has earned a little bit of faith by now.

The New Normal (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
Now that David and Bryan are telling people about their impending fatherhood, David has invited his mother (played by the wonderful Jackie Hoffman) over for a dinner and family news.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
The competition takes on a new kind of competitor as teen cooks show what they can do with fish and a “sugary frozen treat”.

Flipping Out (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Now that Andrew has finally had the proper reaction to working with Jeff (the one that doesn’t involve wondering how to live without the presence of TV cameras) the staff has to figure out what to do with his workload.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight Andy is chatting with Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlburg and no Bravolebrities!

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Anderson Cooper is sitting on Jimmy‘s guest couch tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Stephen Colbert‘s next stop in discussing his new book is a visit to the Live! set tomorrow.

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Martin Short is guest host while Julie Bowen discusses the Emmy ceremony.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
The cast of Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias remake are visiting the show tomorrow.

 

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