TV on Tap: Beckham Goes to the Super Bowl, Steve Carell Wasn’t a Queerenstien Bear and The CW Shoots Carrie Bradshaw


Archer returns with new episodes and a very special guest star.

News

H&M has purchased its first Super Bowl ad and… wait for it, it gets better, they’re advertising their men’s underwear (which is the main reason I miss living near an H&M store). The line was co-developed by soccer superstar David Beckham.

For the first time since 2005, The Grammy Awards ceremony will have a host, namely LL Cool J.

Is 2 Broke Girls about to try to make amends for its racial stereotyping? The hit comedy is looking for a “hot Asian guy” to play a love interest for Caroline. If they need suggestions, I can come up with a list that would even include guys who haven’t appeared on Hawaii 5-0 yet. Do any of you want to make some suggestions?

The CW has ordered pilots based on familiar concepts, including a Sex and the City prequel called The Carrie Diaries, a remake of Beauty and the Beast and Greg Berlanti‘s Green Arrow.

Ryan Seacrest is teaming up with Mark Cuban to revamp HDNet into AXS.TV, a life style and entertainment channel. Considering that Seacrest’s contribution to pop culture includes the Kardashians, I’m not particularly excited to learn more about AXS.

Ryan Murphy‘s NBC sitcom has found its first lead, casting Book of Mormon star Andrew Rannells. The series focuses on a family that includes a male couple and the woman who helps them have a baby. NBC hasn’t ordered a pilot yet but it seems pretty likely.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who found the Subway product placement in this week’s Hawaii 5-0 to be particularly poorly-handled. Honestly, it inspired me to skip the fast food chain and finally go out and try one of my local independent sandwich shops.

Fox’s New Girl has booked another Party Down alum. This time it’s Martin Starr who will play one of Nick‘s pals.

After last week’s episode of The Office aired, some viewers wondered if Steve Carell made a bearded cameo as one of the Queerenstien Bears trivia team, which sounded like a bit of creative genius for a show that lost its mojo. Sadly, NBC has denied that the bearded guy was Carell.

Kevin Smith‘s reality show Comic Book Men will debut on AMC on February 12.

ABC Family is probably thinking it made a good move in ordering more episodes of The Lying Game as the twin thriller hit another series high in the ratings. On the other hand, the return of White Collar drew a million fewer viewers than the prior finale.

Listings

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Adam Lambert is making a return appearance to Ellen‘s show, let’s hope his performance is as amazing as his recent Tonight Show gig

Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
Dolly Parton will be stopping by today to discuss turning 66 and her new movie Joyful Noise.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It sounds like there’s plenty of Will on today’s episode as Marlena and Nicole try to figure out why he’s working for EJ.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Liz tries to keep the identity of her boyfriend a secret from Jack, and Jenna turns to guest star Kelsey Grammer for help. Meanwhile, Liz has another fire to put out as Tracy‘s anti-gay rant on the phone gets leaked. I think this is the episode where Thomas Roberts appears.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Bonnie is convinced that the recurring dreams she’s having will tell her how to defeat Klaus… and it also brings her back in touch with her mother, who she hasn’t seen in 15 years. Meanwhile, Tyler recruits an unlikely ally in his plan to regain his free will.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
For the 100th episode, Leonard invites Penny out for dinner, a situation that has them thinking about revisiting their romantic history. Meanwhile, Raj and Wolowitz end up playing Uno with Sheldon.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
As Leslie and Ben work on her first campaign ad, Ron deals with Chris deciding that the two of them should be friends.

The Finder (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
The X-FilesMitch Pileggi shows up as Walter tries to look at the case that put a man on death row. Meanwhile, for you Bones fans, Jon Franis Daley returns as Dr. Sweets.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Before he sells his home following his divorce, Robert California decides to throw a pool party for the Dundler-Mifflin crew.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
The designers have to work for a true fashion icon, Miss Piggy. Hey, they did a Barbie challenge in season two, I just hope they have to create human and Piggy-sized outfits.

The Secret Circle (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Jake returns to town with a warning for Cassie, but she has a surprise for him too now that she and Adam have hooked up. I’m just hoping he hasn’t brought those tedious witch hunters with him.

Up All Night (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
Megan Mullaly‘s been hard to miss, lately and now she’s headed to Up All Night as Shayna a one-time friend of the Ava show who might be stealing ideas from Ava.

Archer (FX) 10:00 PM ET
The Dutchess isn’t happy to hear about the latest man to be a part of his mother’s love life — Burt Reynolds. Oh yeah, there are also Cuban terrorists trying to kill Sterling but… Burt! Reynolds! Dating! Mallory!

Unsupervised (FX) 10:30 PM ET
FX’s latest animated comedy comes from a mix of producers of Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and focuses on two best friends who have no parental supervision.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Ralph Finnes and Holly Hunter will face Andy‘s questions tonight.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
AfterElton‘s new West Coast Entertainment Editor Louis Virtel will be on tonight’s panel while Kate Beckinsale talks with Chelsea.

Late Night with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Kathy Griffin will be talking with Dave tonight. Let’s hope she has some news about her upcoming talk show to share.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Is there some late-night faboo-comedian talk show war? Jay‘s talking with Wanda Sykes tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Need to Know (PBS) Check local listings
PBS’ young newsmagazine takes a look at gay, homeless youth tomorrow.

Primetime: What Would You Do? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
ABC’s hidden camera show returns and continues to tackle gay issues.

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