TV on Tap: “Arrested Development” Too Good for Just 10 Episodes, Shonda Rhimes Stands Up for Gay Characters and “Portlandia” Saves MTV


I guess in this case the question is, “If you were a forest…”

 

News

TV Guide says that Arrow will be introducing Roy Harper and he’ll be played by Teen Wolf alum Colton Haynes. This will only encourage my pleas that they introduce Cheshire into the series. (Sorry, was I making it obvious which was the super-hot super-team when I started reading comics?) Roy will be a love interest for Oliver‘s sister Thea, which is ridiculous because Thea is not an assassin with poisoned fingernails.

In further Arrow news, TV Guide talks with John Barrowman and asks if the “well-dressed man” is the Dark Archer, which is a bit of speculation that reminds me how little I remember of the Green Arrow comics I’ve read.

Production on the new season of Arrested Development has been suspended — to expand the original 10-episode season to run for 12 – 15 episodes, according to Deadline. The additional episodes are a result of extra material that was filmed and will now be worked into the season.

Jon Stewart says he almost quit The Daily Show because the people who worked there were… well, jerks. Sadly, that’s not much of a surprise to hear if you think back to what The Daily Show was like in its Craig Kilborn days.

In response to a question a fan asked on Twitter, Shonda Rhimes explained why including GLBT characters in her shows is important, “..as long as someone feels like it is okay to ask the question ‘why all the gay people on your shows’, then there is still a HUGE problem that needs to be solved.” Where’s my slow clap gif? That is called being a good ally.

As you might expect, HBO has purchased the rights to turn the follow-up to Game Change (which will cover the 2012 presidential race) into a movie that will air in 2016.

Looks like Ice T will be appearing on an episode of 30 Rock.

Portlandia is staging an MTV reunion with Tabitha Soren, Kurt Loder and Matt Pinfield as Portland residents who take over the channel to force it return to its music-focused roots.

Storage Wars star Dave Hester is suing A&E claiming he was fired for complaining about producers’ attempts to spice up the show by manipulating the results.

AMC is developing a comedy set in Colonial Boston following two brothers who hate Paul Revere, according to Deadline. If this does well, that remake of The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer is surely next.

2.1 million viewers watched Syfy’s 12 Disasters of Christmas, making it one of the year’s most-watched movies.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
After hitting on him when he appeared on The Talk, Sharon Osbourne is joining Anderson as his guest-host.

Live! with Kelly & Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
There’s a pretty fabulous guest list today as Alan Cumming discusses Any Day Now, Anne Hathaway talks Les Miz… and possibly her recent tammy flashing. (You know Kelly will ask.) Future Army Wife Ashanti performs.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) check local listings
It’s a busy episode for Rach as Kyan Douglas makes over a Santa Claus lookalike while John Gidding helps reign in a woman who goes overboard with the holiday decorations. Gidding also shows off some wreaths that aren’t circular.

The New Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricki discusses families where there’s a female breadwinner with Dean McDermott (you know, Mr. Tori Spelling) and Beverly Hills housewife Kyle Richards (whose appearance on this show makes that “Real Housewives” title seem a bit inaccurate).

The View (ABC) Check local listings
The cast of Downton AbbeyRob James-Collier, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Sophie McShera and Elizabeth McGovern — are visiting the show. I’m sure they’re thrilled that their press tour comes just in time to dodge questions about Dan Stevens‘ future with the show.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Yep, Alan Cumming‘s going to be discussing his new movie on a second show, except this one has Jason Mraz performing.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It sounds like we have a day full of those awkward conversations that define soaps as Will and Gabi try to hold back some secrets, while Sonny keeps stumbling others. You know this can’t go without a liveblog. Be here starting at 1PM Eastern!

Arrow (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Even vigilantes get Christmas episodes. Tonight Ollie must restore the Christmas spirit to Queen manor after learning that his mother and sister stopped celebrating the holidays after he disappeared. Unfortunately, I don’t see any mention of a Yuletide-themed villain for Ollie to defeat.

Whitney (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Tonight’s episode is titled “Hello Giggles” (like Zooey Deschanel‘s website), so there are probably a few magical pixie girl jokes at her expense. I figure some of you (I don’t get you) might find this show bearable for a little while in the spirit of anti-Zooey solidarity.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s Phil‘s turn to be the sensible, nay-saying spouse this week as Claire and Cam decide they’d be great house flippers. Unfortunately, while Claire gets to be a little free spirited, Mitchell is still in the role of the frustrated-with-his-spouse Pritchett.

Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
This year’s list includes Hillary Clinton, Honey Boo Boo, Chris Christie, Olympian Gabby Douglas, Ben Affleck, Seth MacFarlane and One Direction. Oh please tell me someone explained Larry Stylinson to Barbara.

American Horror Story (FX) 10:00 PM ET
It’s turnabout week as Jude finds herself a patient at Briarcliff and Lana torments Dr. Thredson. Meanwhile, in the modern day, Dylan McDermott goes to therapy.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Uh-oh. This one has Alan Dale in it, who, from Torchwood to Once Upon a Time is usually asked to play bad guys. Duck everybody!

Happily Divorced (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
With Fran engaged, she and Peter decide he needs a new Fran in his life. Thus, this week Debi Mazar has a guest role.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
We’ve got Ross Mathews on the panel as Chelsea talks with Adam Levine.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Stephen‘s taking Michael Stipe down from the shelf for this week’s performances. Mandy Patinkin is also on the guest-list, hopefully he’ll sing, too.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Grizzly Bear is performing on tonight’s show.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Christina Milan is tomorrow’s guest-host.

The New Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Oh. Yes! Ricki‘s reviving her shows about hot guys as she looks for the hottest bachelor in America.

 

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