TV on Tap: “American Horror Story” Next Season Will Be Set in the Past, “True Blood” Gets a New Showrunner and Measuring Fall TV’s Online Buzz

Make sure you’re free in time to watch tonight’s Revenge finale.


True Blood has picked a new showrunner. If the show gets picked up for a sixth season, co-executive producer Mark Hudis will take over the reins from Alan Ball, who is leaving at the end of this season.

Jeff Greenstein, who created the 1995 Fox sitcom Partners is unhappy about CBS’ upcoming sitcom Partners and the vague similarities. Huh. I thought Smash was getting rid of Ellis.

Vulture talked with Ryan Murphy about his various projects. Among the interesting bits: the second season of American Horror Story will be set in the 60s when it was acceptable to commit people for all kinds of reasons and everyone has agreed to appear in the next season of Glee.

The Office‘s Oscar Nunez has joined the cast of the upcoming Lifetime movie about the Casey Anthony case.

A social media analytics company has examined online reaction to the network upfront announcements, finding good news for The CW’s Cult and Fox’s The Mindy Project, while finding little interest in Fox’s Ben & Kate and ABC’s The Family Tools.

Joan Rivers will appear in two episodes of Drop Dead Diva, playing a manifestation of Jane‘s subconscious appearing in her dreams.

I’m glad I’m not the only one to notice that The L.A. Complex is a great drama. I’m keeping my fingers crossed somebody picked up the second season.

The return of American Ninja Warrior to NBC saw its ratings improve by 41%. Meanwhile, the House finale increased by 36% from last week.

On the other hand, the bad news keeps coming in for CNN which hit a 20-year primetime low.


The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Kathy Griffin is making a return appearance on today’s show. I hope today’s discussion topics includes “Why Elisabeth is so infuriating.”

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
If you want another sign how far this show — once one of the network’s definitive shows — has fallen, on the last day of May sweeps ANTM isn’t crowning a winner but airing one of those season-extending rewind episodes.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
For the season finale, we’re coming full circle as Mitchell and Cameron chase down another adoption lead, one that requires Gloria‘s assistance as a translator.

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
There are many things we don’t know about Chloe, and this week reveals that her “it girl” lifestyle has inspired a manga series… which makes me realize that this series could work as the inspiration for a yuri series. Meanwhile, JVDB realizes that Dean Cain has a bigger dressing room… and, sadly no, that’s not a euphemism.

Revenge (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
When a show like Revenge promises an “explosive event” you’re not sure if they mean Mythbusters-standing-behind-blast-shields kind of explosive… or a Victoria-turns-her-gaze-of-death-up-to-eleven kind of explosive. Either way, I expect this to be epic.

White Heat (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
The action moves to 1973, when London is dealing with bombings from the IRA. Plus, there’s a police officer in Manchester who keeps asking for things like blast radius analysis.

Around the World in 80 Plates (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
If this show came close to living up to it’s potential, I’d be excited about tonight’s trip to Spain. Instead, I’m expecting useless challenges and a twist that doesn’t really test cooking ability.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews is on tonight’s panel as Chelsea meets with animal expert Donald Schultz.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
If you’re a fan of Andy‘s odd guest pairings, tonight he’s got Dan Rather and John Mayer.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
For those of you who still miss Dynasty, Rach is meeting Linda Evans tomorrow.

The View (ABC) check local lisitngs
The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar will be performing.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
We’ve got Will and Gabi on tomorrow’s episode.