TV on Tap: ABC Shelves Delta Burke’s “Counter Culture,” Adam Sessler Leaves G4 and a Look At Sutton Foster in “Bunheads”


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The ABC comedy pilot Counter Culture has been shelved due to the injury series co-star Delta Burke suffered just before the pilot was going to be filmed. Theoretically, they could try to shoot the pilot after ABC has announced its fall schedule, but that’s not expected to happen. I’m keeping my fingers crossed though, since it also starred Margo Martindale, Kerri Kenney and Doris Roberts. That’s too much talent to gather and not film anything.

Hulu is adding a LGBT category to its genre listings, along with the addition of a number of gay-themed films. I’d like to think this opens another door for people trying to understand what it means to be gay and working to accept themselves.

I’m sad to pass on the news that X-Play host Adam Sessler is leaving G4. Sessler was a reliable voice against homophobia among gamers and G4′s game coverage will suffer from his absence.

Evan Marriott, the former Joe Millionaire, has apologized for the way he behaved during the height of his fame. It’s an incredibly sincere-sounding and introspective look back at the past few years of his life, I’m impressed.

EW has a preview of Sutton Foster in the upcoming ABC Family drama Bunheads. Sadly, if Bunheads has that crackling Amy Sherman-Palladino dialogue, the ABC Family marketers forgot to include it.

Does the series Syfy has in the works indicate that the channel might be returning to making sci-fi? I hope so.

Have you wondered what the Bundys look like around the world? Here’s an overview of different countries’ adaptations of Married… with Children. I’m fascinated by the British Married for Life, I can’t think of the last time I saw a U.S. show get remade by a British broadcaster.

The Robot Chicken team is working on a DC Comics special with Neil Patrick Harris providing the voice of Two-Face. I. Cannot. Wait.

Bethenny Frankel‘s talk show will make its debut in June. It will start out with a six-week trial run that will air on stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix and Minneapolis. Since I live in none of those cities, I look forward to seeing it make its way onto The Soup.

Listings

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Today’s show has Matthew Broderick guest-hosting as Jenna Fischer and Garry Marshall visit. Fischer’s got a new movie to discuss while Marshall has a memoir, which sounds like the beginning of an amazing conversation.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Mary McCormack will be visiting today’s show to talk about the upcoming In Plain Sight.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Last week it was holodecks, this week Community is taking on crime procedurals as the study group finds that someone tampered with their experiment. When Community delivers a great parody, it’s a platform for exploring the characters and the relationships. Since someone dies in tonight’s episode, I’m keeping my fingers crossed Community stays on its current hot streak.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
With Bernadette and Howard‘s wedding only a few weeks away, someone was bound to get a moment of hesitation. It turns out that Bernadette is the one to question taking a walk down the aisle after she learns about Howard’s sexual history. There’s also the return of Wil Wheaton to make the day worse for Howard.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Because the kids of Mystic Falls love a period costume, this week’s episode has a 1920s dance where things are bound to go terribly wrong. Do you think the people of Mystic Falls store all their most ridiculous clothes for their descendants to wear them at costume dances? I like the idea that somewhere in the Lockwood mansion there’s a pair of Z. Cavariccis waiting for the day when there’s a 1990s dance.

American Idol (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
As the final six wait to find out who is going home for their Queen song performance, The Queen Experience will perform “Somebody to Love” along with Katy Perry.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
For its second time going live, 30 Rock is giving us a show about performing live as Jack and Liz decide to stop performing TGS live. However, Kenneth mounts a campaign to preserve TGS as part of the tradition of live TV.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Now that he’s quit his job, Andy gets it in his head to crash a fundraiser for The Senator (Jack Coleman. If that doesn’t sound like an opportunity for somebody to accidentally push the Senator out of the closet, I don’t know what would.

The Secret Circle (CW) 9:00 PM ET
I’ve been complaining forever about being bored by half of this show’s storylines but I thought things finally started to pick up last week. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that continues as the search for the final crystal takes the Circle to “the Creepiest Place on Earth.” Apparently that’s an amusement park. Of course it’s an amusement park.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
It’s debate day as Bobby and Leslie face off in a televised debate. Can the policy wonk win over the entitled pretty boy who uses his deep pockets to finance campaign promises?

The Mentalist
Jane‘s latest case involves a body found outside of a drag club which seems to be a reliable way to find D.J.ShangelaPierce‘s name in the guest cast. Funny how someone who never cracked the final three of RuPaul’s Drag Race has become the most visible drag performers. Maybe that “Next Drag Superstar” moniker needs to be reconsidered.

Awake (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
It’s a week of sports mania as the rivalry between two teams leads to different sport fan crimes in each reality.

Punk’d (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Lucy Hale is this week’s host as she punks her Pretty Little Liars co-star Ian Harding along with Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson.

Scandal (ABC) 10:0) PM ET
The latest case for Amanda and her team comes when a dictator finds his family has been kidnapped.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s got Jenna Fischer and Jason Mraz visiting tonight.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 12:05 PM ET
Adam Lambert is set to appear on tonight’s show.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Tori Spelling‘s makes a return visit to The Talk tomorrow.

 

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