TV on Tap: Betty White is Number One, Wendy Williams Wants to Save the Twinkie and Will “General Hospital” Become a Telenovela?


Will American Idol be any different after after The X-Factor and The Voice? We find out tonight.

 

News

We now know who will play Rachel‘s dads on Glee. This is one of the times I wish we just let the internet handle the casting.

Melissa McCarthy just sold her second pilot to CBS, this one about a 37-year-old man who finds himself living with his parents.

With General Hospital looking doomed as ABC searches for a place to schedule Katie Couric‘s upcoming talk show, there are talks to revamp the soap as a prime-time summer series with a limited telenovela-style run. I have to admit, the possibility makes me kind of happy. At least it would be more than a stopgap measure to saving the genre. Then again, I’ve seen network executives talk about turning to the telenovela for summer programming in the past, only for all that talk to go nowhere, so I’m trying to keep my excitement in check.

The next time I complain about the new Celebrity Apprentice cast, I should think about what Australian viewers are getting.

HBO Documentary Films has grabbed the U.S. rights to Me @ The Zoo, which explores internet celebrity with a focus on Chris Crocker. Crocker’s “Leave Britney Alone” video may have turned him into a punchline, but his vlogging history is pretty interesting and I really wanted his reality show, about being an effeminate gay man in a small, conservative town, to happen.

Designer Ali Miller didn’t realize her tea pot, which features a map of the UK, was featured on the season finale of Sherlock — until she sold her entire stock of those tea pots overnight. Ah, the power of product placement.

Wendy Williams found herself a new running gag thanks to Twinkie-manufacturer Hostess filing for bankruptcy, she’s launched a Save the Twinkie campaign where she’ll ask guests to share their memories of Hostess snacks and give them Twinkies as gifts.

Andrew Lloyd Webber is turning to TV to conduct another search for someone to star on one of his shows. The twist, this time Superstar (which will look for someone to star in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar) will air on ITV, instead of the BBC which aired Any Dream Will Do, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria and other similar shows. No word, yet, if Graham Norton (who hosted the earlier shows) or John Barrowman (who was a judge) will participate.

How well can you separate your 21st century gay icons from 1980s cartoon pop princesses? Take the Lady Gaga or Jem test and find out. I’m just glad I learned that “synergy” is a hologram-generating supercomputer before I found it to be a trite buzzword.

Lifetime’s head-shake-inspiring hit Dance Moms has already inspired a spin-off. Dance Moms: Miami will follow a similar format with a dance studio in Miami.

Sean Hayes is headed to Pawnee. He’s signed for a guest appearance on Parks & Recreation as “the Matt Lauer of Indianapolis” who will interview Leslie.

In ratings news, Betty White’s 90th Birthday was Monday night’s most-watched show among overall viewers (which is why NBC is repeating the two shows on Saturday) while the debut of Alcatraz matched the enviable ratings Revenge grabbed with its premiere.

Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
As Will continues to be entangled with E.J., Marlena‘s going to demand some answers out of her grandson. It’s been ages since I’ve paid this much attention to Days (back then, Sami had a cute, blond brother who viewers thought might be gay) but I’m pretty sure a woman who has battled Satan doesn’t fear DiMeras.

The Rosie Show (OWN) 6:00 PM ET
Rosie is getting a visit from longtime ally Ricki Lake.

American Idol (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
TV’s biggest series kicks off its 11th season with a new set of auditions, though the real suspense isn’t about who will get sent to Hollywood but whether the too-similar X-Factor and the superior Voice will damage Idol‘s viewership.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
It’s time for a casino trip as George wins an Atlantic City vacation and takes Noah, Fred Shay, Tom and Alex along for the fun. However, he’s not sure how to handle it when he runs into Steven. After all, Dallas thinks her husband is on a business trip to Singapore.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
David Cross returns as Claire gets ready to debate and unseat his city councilman character. I almost forgot she was running for office, but I hope she wins, Claire needs storylines where she’s uptight to people who aren’t family members. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell are excited that Lily‘s going to be a flower girl… until she finds a new, favorite four-letter word. (Oooh, it’s “Bush” isn’t it? Anyone who gets that reference gets my love.)

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Jane convinces Penny she needs to stop trying to change herself for the guy she’s dating and start working to change the guy. The first boyfriend under this program is a 30-year-old slacker (Ryan Hansen) who needs to start acting his age. Unfortunately, that inspires Dave to start acting like his pre-Jane self forcing Max and Alex to stop him.

Face Off (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
The designers are challenged to come up with an waterproof design that can handle being submerged. That should make it fun to watch the judges inspect the designs.

Revenge (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
With his dad’s legal maneuvering giving him incentive, Daniel decides to propose to Emily (admittedly, we knew it was coming, unless Revenge was going to reveal Victoria‘s habit of throwing sham parties) in the middle of what looks like an unconvincing rainstorm. Meanwhile, Jack is attacked and Nolan tells Emily that she has Jack’s blood on her hands. We’re just waiting to find out if he means that literally.

Mistresses (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
The campy BBC soap kicks off its closing season with Joanna Lumley joining the cast. I hope this one’s easy to jump into.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Melanie gets Elka a visit to the locker room of the Cleveland Browns for her birthday, but Melanie ends up walking away with her own prize, a date with the team’s kicker.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Jimmy Falon‘s joining Andy tonight.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Ross Mathews will be returning to The Tonight Show, not as an intern but as an upcoming Chelsea Lately guest-host.

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Adam Lambert is making a return appearance on tomorrow’s show.

Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson will get to meet with Dolly Parton on Thursday.

 

 

 

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