TV on Tap: Alec Baldwin Packs His Bags for “Portlandia,” the Original “Iron Chef” is Coming Back and “The Wire” Goes Victorian

Tonight on White Collar: an excuse to get the leads’ to lose their shirt.
(Don’t mistake that for complaining. I am so not complaining.)


Alec Baldwin interviewed Fred Armisen for his podcast and asked for a role on Portlandia. Considering Baldwin’s Saturday Night Live performances, I’d say they should consider writing an episode around his various ideas for characters.

In what could turn out to be amazing news, new episodes of the classic Iron Chef will air in Japan starting in October. If it gets dubbed in English like the original run, I will be ecstatic.

Saturday Night Live is adding three new cast members, including two Second City alums.

How does the cast of MTV’s The Inbetweeners deal with internet trolls? This is almost as good as that Kidz Bop twitter account.

In case you need to get caught up, Netflix now has the first seasons of Revenge, Once Upon a Time and Scandal. You have a couple weeks before their second seasons kick off. Considering how addictive these shows were (okay, I can’t personally speak about Scandal… yet) that should be plenty of time.

I wanted to get into The Powers that Be when it first ran, but it never clicked for me. It probably didn’t help that each time I chanced on an episode, it was airing on a different night.

NBC is developing an “Upstairs Downstairs-type soap set in the White House” that’s being written by Sri Rao, who you may remember as the guy who wrote that excellent second season of General Hospital: Night Shift.

I don’t know if the full package can be anywhere as great as it sounds but someone has created a parody of The Wire that reimagines the crime drama as a serialized Victorian novel.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Whew. That was a big improvement and a lot closer to the show I hoped Anderson would be. Today, Anderson is joined by Niecy Nash to talk with one of the New Jersey Housewives, a mystery celebrity, “the Human Lie Detector” and I’m not sure if they guy who gave the President a bear hug said he could fly in for today’s show or not.

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Thanks to that Olympics hiatus and The X-Factor‘s early start, SYTYCD is moving to Tuesday for the final performances that will determine the winner of the season. At least that means one less night of Gordon Ramsay yelling at people on Fox.

The Voice (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Wow. After my interest faded last season, last night was a good reminder of how great The Voice‘s auditions are (overuse of “Hey Soul Sister” aside). That said, I’m glad tonight’s auditions are just an hour and not two.

Go On (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Now that Matthew Perry‘s character has been established, it’s time to give the rest of the cast some personality as Lauren deals with her discomfort in taking tests and Steven deals with a breakup. (From the looks of the promo pics, let’s just say wingman is sounding like a euphemism for slashwink bait.)

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
I could snark on Face Off jumping on the “just add zombies” bandwagon a few years late but considering that tonight’s challenge combines Alice in Wonderland with zombies. There’s always time to offer a crazy take on Wonderland.

Flipping Out (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
I’m not sure if it’s been long enough since last season’s unpleasantness to start watching Jeff‘s self-centered asshat side again, even if the new addition Andrew is like a clumsy, adorable cartoon character. (Okay, I think I’d watch The Andrew Show.) But at least tonight’s episode follows Jeff and Jenni taking a trip to Chicago together. Jenni can still make Jeff bearable, right? Judging from the season premiere, making Jeff bearable is becoming a bigger and bigger challenge.

White Collar (USA) 9:00 PM ET
Coming in a couple weeks too late for our Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney, Neal and Peter go undercover into a boxing ring that’s a hotbed of insider trading. (They’re going after insider trading? That’s two fantasies in one episode.) Yeah, we’re getting even closer to that episode where Peter and Neal have to pose as a couple for a case.

All the Right Moves (Oxygen) 10:00 PM ET
Amid budget stresses, surprise theatre renovations and emergency fundraising, Travis gets a “surprise visitor” who helps to deal with the stress.

Bomb Girls (Reelz) 10:00 PM ET
Reelz’s latest import is a Canadian period drama starring Meg Tilly as one of a team of women who work in a WWII munitions factory. Judging from the previews, they’ve at least got the period setting down, though I couldn’t find any reviews or online buzz, which makes me think it turned out to be either unremarkable or just obscure.

Covert Affairs (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Well, after last week’s shocker of an ending you don’t think they’re going to move on to a new case, do you? Tonight is all about the aftermath (and, apparently, there’s a new villain to face).

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
In what sounds like an episode that’s been held over since Easter, tonight’s mystery baskets include “pink candy,” chocolate bunnies and a “sweet baked good.” If that baked good is hot cross buns, that will confirm the Easter theory.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
With The X-Factor debuting tomorrow, L.A. Reid is Andy‘s guest tonight, along with Beth Stern.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Oh. Wow. Anderson and co-host Kelly Osbourne will be talking with Ryan Lochte tomorrow.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Lance Bass will be visiting with Wendy tomorrow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It sounds like we should be seeing the gays of Salem tomorrow so get ready for a liveblog!


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