TV on Tap: ABC Making “Big Thunder”, Eric Mabius Joins “Blue Bloods” and Felicia Day Returns to “Supernatural”


Felicity + Kevin Walker + 80s flashback = Someone at FX is a genius.

News

Former Ugly Betty hunk Eric Mabius hasn’t committed to a U.S. show since it ended, but TVLine says we can look forward to a guest-appearance on Blue Bloods.

The Neighbors‘ upcoming George Takei episode is getting even more nerdtastic. TV Guide reports that Mark Hamill will also appear in the episode.

Add Ke$ha to the list of pop stars with reality shows.

Bad news if you were looking forward to seeing a Bryan Cranston and Jane Kaczmarek share the screen again. It turns out Kaczmarek will appear in a DVD extra… or maybe it’s good news? I mean, what if they’re planning a Breaking Bad/Malcolm in the Middle mash-up for the DVDs?

This pilot season’s ridiculous idea is a series based on Disneyland’s Big Thunder Railroad ride, which will follow a 19th century family who moves from New York City to a frontier mining town. That means I can look forward to Adventure Thru Inner Space: The Series, right? ABC also ordered a pilot for a soap that will make use of the classic, public domain horror characters like Dracula and Dorian Grey.

As we’re getting closer to the day of national mourning that the series finale of 30 Rock will bring, critics are finding ways to pay tribute to the show. NPR’s Linda Holmes notes how the show resisted the idea of the fantasy, perfect romance, taking a more realistic approach to relationships where you throw out the checklist for your ideal mate and learn to be happy with someone who’s just fun to be around.

Meanwhile, Ben & Jerry’s will pay tribute to the 30 Rock with a special ice cream flavor, which will be announced Thursday night. That seems like good timing since that’s when people with good taste will need a pint of ice cream to go with their tears.

On a related note, Vulture asks if New Girl is poised to become the best sitcom on television. With 30 Rock ending and so many other great comedies facing uncertain futures, there’s an opportunity, and New Girl has been steadily improving.

According to TVLine, Felicia Day will be making a return appearance to Supernatural. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, the episode is setting up a spin-off about a crime-fighting duo made up of a computer hacker and her fairy girlfriend.

By now I hope everyone has had a chance to see last Sunday’s Downton Abbey and the surprising death. (Memo to myself: buy more tissues.) In the UK, it was a true shock since the show managed to keep spoilers from leaking. Even better, The Sunday Mirror thought it was spoiling the happier events of the episode, making the surprise even bigger.

With a new boss, CNN is making some changes, handing Soledad O’Brien‘s morning show over to Erin Burnett and Chris Cuomo as well as dropping pundits Erick Erickson, James Carville and Mary Matalin.

In case you still had some faith in humanity, Dr. Phil‘s son is producing The Test, a daytime talk show that will focus on conflicts that can be resolved with lie detectors and DNA tests.

In an encouraging sign, the second episode of The Following gained viewers in the younger demo while the third episode of The Carrie Diaries reached a series high.

Bad news for Dallas, the soap’s second season premiere drew 2.98 million viewers a drop from the series’premiere (6.9 million) and the first season finale (4.29 million). On the other hand, Justified‘s recent season premiere series high.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Jane Velez-Mitchell joins Anderson today as Scandal President Tony Goldwyn visits.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Neil Patrick Harris is headed for a chat ith the Talk ladies today. I’m guessing they’ll be discussing the Super Bowl as well as How I Met Your Mother.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It’s time to get back into the buildup for the bound-to-happen custody battle, as Nick looks into Will‘s history and learns about why Lucas was jailed. (Gabi‘s not going to be able to keep her own secret for long, is she?) We’ll be following the action with a liveblog so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Arrow (CW) 8:00 PM ET
The manic villain is an essential part of any superhero’s rogue’s gallery, at least they make a hero a lot more interesting. Tonight, Seth Gabel makes the case for why he should be Arrow‘s arch-nemesis of high energy and crazy as The Count, a drug dealer responsible for getting a powerful drug called “Vertigo” on the streets of Starling City.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Sam and Dean have to face their past when they meet a man who claims to be their grandfather, Henry Winchester, visiting from the past as part of his search for a demon. Since Supernatural doesn’t usually make continuity mistakes that are hard to overlook, I’m going to expect a good explanation for why Sam and Dean aren’t running into someone from their mother‘s side of the family.

Suburgatory (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Could TV lose its only canine character awkwardly named after a probiotic beverage? This week, Yakult goes missing, prompting Dallas to call her ex-to help find the dog — or, maybe, arrange a new product placement deal in naming a replacement pet.

The Americans (FX) 10:00 PM ET
The CW is delivering the new wave and pastel fashions of the 80s with The Carrie Diaries, tonight FX brings viewers the paranoia and fear of The Cold War with this drama about a pair of KGB spies (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) who have spent the past sixteen years posing as the typical American family pursuing the suburban dream. With luck, this series will last long enough for us to see the family torn apart by the airing of Amerika.

Workaholics (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
Alice decides she’s finally had enough of dealing with those fools at TelAmericorp and quits… which makes room for guest-star Daniel Stern to have something to do besides talk about the life lessons he learned as a young telemarketer in the 60s.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Melanie puts her relationship at risk when she gets her boyfriend to set Joy up with one of his friends. She knows what happens if their first date doesn’t go well, right?

Happily Divorced (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
Does Fran have the skills it would take to be a good nanny? She finds out what it would be like to raise children when Cesar asks her to take care of his children.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s got the staff from Vanderpump Rules tonight — Jax Taylor, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Marie and Tom Sandoval. Unless the writers of Vanderpump Rules are dropping a lot of interesting footage, I expect this to be a great cure for insomnia.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson‘s got a pair of co-hosts tomorrow with Hoda Kotb and Stacy London.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
The amazing Vanessa Williams is scheduled to appear on tomorrow’s show.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Rachel‘s inviting Matt Bomer to tomorrow’s show. I really hope this means we get to see Matt try to cook.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s more baby drama set for tomorrow, make sure you have time for the liveblog!

 

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