TV on Tap: BBC America Brings “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” to TV Screens, and Ricky Gervais Returns to the Golden Globes


Morgan Fairchild faces questions from Brenan and Booth on tonight’s Bones

News

I never thought I’d be excited about a Munsters revival becoming a pilot, but with the brilliant Bryan Fuller in charge, I was dancing around the living room (to “I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls” of course) at the news. I am starting my campaign to see Diana Scarwid (who worked with Fuller on Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies) play Lily.

Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Golden Globes for a third year. I can’t wait.

Desperate Housewives‘ creepy pharmacist (you know, from when the show was still compelling) Roger Bart will soon tangle with Revenge‘s Emily Thorne. Bart will play a journalist who has written a tell-all book about Hamptons society. I can’t wait to see Emily take him down.

I have friends who spend their Sunday mornings listening to Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! on NPR. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard of it but setting up a radio antenna so that I can listen while at home has been on my ‘To do’ list forever. But I’ll finally be able to enjoy a full episode this Christmas when BBC America airs a Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! special on December 24th, with Paula Poundstone on the panel.

As a young comic book reader, one of my earliest Obviously Gay Traits was my love of Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld, so I’m guessing I’m not the only gay geek happy to hear that the Cartoon Network’s upcoming DC Nation programming block will include Amethyst short films. I’m in shock that DC actually remembered they ever published this girl-friendly comic.

In a promising sign for Grimm, NBC has ordered two additional scripts, which signals that the network is considering ordering more episodes.

ABC Family’s Switched at Birth is about to get gayer with an appearance from Meredith Baxter, who will play Lea Thompson‘s mother. Now, can we get a gay character on the well-crafted family drama?

Speaking of increasing a show’s appeal to gay viewers, upcoming musical drama Smash just signed up Grace Gummer for a potentially recurring role as the daughter of Angelica Huston‘s character. In case you didn’t remember, Gummer is the daughter of Meryl Streep.

It’s been six years since A&E aired Airline, and now a new reality series featuring Southwest Airlines employees is coming to TLC. It’s from the same production company that gave us Airline, so I’m expecting a pretty similar series.

When Spike TV airs the Video Game Awards on December 10, the Legend of Zelda franchise will win the first Hall of Fame Award. Since I mostly tune in for the teasers of next year’s games, I’m looking forward to seeing previews of BioShock Infinite and the next Alan Wake game (whew, I was worried about the future of that series).

Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate discusses family portraits, unveiling his design for a workspace before a photographer visits with tips on how to get a great portrait.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Fran Drescher will be visiting Wendy today. I want to hear a “How you doin” off.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
When Dean Pelton is asked to film a commercial for Greendale, it becomes a big production that ends up encompassing most of the student body and college alum Luis Guzman. 

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Sheldon has to think about what Amy means to him when Stuart from the comic shop asks her out on a date. Will he finally admit to feeling more than vague comfort at being around her?

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
Leslie starts work on the smallest park in Indiana, a tourist attraction that also works as an excuse to spend more time around Ben. I hope that leads to a Bentervention, because someone needs to ask herself if she can handle being around Ben after turning the model UN into World War III.

Bones (Fox) 9:00 ET
Booth and Brennan‘s latest investigation starts when the shrink-wrapped body of an executive at a toy company (where Morgan Fairchild is the CEO) is discovered.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
When Andy decides to take some of the staff on a trip to Gettysburg for inspiration, Robert Califonia stays behind to lead a brainstorming session for the company’s next great idea.

Burn Notice (USA) 10:00 PM ET
As Michael tries to save a scientist being held captive, Sam and Jesse take on an undercover mission that goes badly, and Madeline puts her trust in the wrong person.

Prime Suspect (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Jane‘s latest investigation takes her out of Manhattan when an out-of-town couple’s vacation ends in murder.

Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butthead (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
The boys decide to make their own version of “Supersize Me,” which should give them reason to snicker at the way some people eat on those MTV reality shows I only see on clip shows.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) 10:00 PM ET
With Thanksgiving coming, we finally hear how Mac gained all that weight. Would it surprise you to hear he blames the gang?

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate gets ready for Thanksgiving with a visit from Pat and Gina Neely.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Eric Stonestreet will be visiting the View ladies tomorrow.

 

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