TV on Tap: B.J. Novak is (Mostly) Leaving “The Office,” Rob Morrow Will Fire Up “CSI: NY” and TLC Will Follow Married Moonies


’nuff said.
No, wait… squee! Okay… ’nuff said.

News

The entire cast of Community will return for the comedy’s fourth season. Unfortunately, Dan Harmon still won’t be in charge.

It turns out Mindy Kaling isn’t the only writer/actor leaving the show, B.J. Novak is also leaving, though he is expected to continue to appear on a recurring basis. Once more, I hope we’re approaching the day when The Office remembers it’s an ensemble show.

TBS has renewed its bland workplace comedy Men at Work. It almost seems fitting this show was renewed just as Retired at 35 kicked off its second season.

Does Louis C.K.‘s HBO sitcom Lucky Louie deserve a second chance with TV historians? Only if we can revive the meme of combining the laugh track from Lucky Louie with scenes from more dramatic HBO shows.

How The Today Show‘s Ann Curry kerfuffle echoes NBC’s earlier fiasco with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show.

The first two episodes of CSI: NY will see Rob Morrow appear as a reformed arsonist who helps the team deal with a series of fires.

TLC is planning to air a special about three newlywed couples traveling to Korea to get approval from Reverend Moon. It’s called Getting Married to the Moonies which, unless there’s been some reappropriating that happened under my radar, suggests it’s going to be so respectful.

Breaking Bad is adding Scottish actor Laura Fraser as a “former associate of Gus Fring” which just makes waiting for the season five premiere even more difficult.

Last year, The Glee Project started out with a disappointing debut but slowly gained viewers until it was clearly a hit. The series is repeating that journey in its second season.

Listings

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Joe Maganiello will be talking about Magic Mike today. While Kelly Ripa has suddenly found her restrained side now that Magic Mike is about to hit theatres, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when you mix Wendy Williams and a discussion of male strippers.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Jeff Lewis is visiting the show today.

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s Channing Tatum‘s turn to discuss Magic Mike with Kelly.

Awkward. Marathon (MTV) starting at 3:26 PM ET
First off, 3:26 PM? That’s even more awkward than the period in Awkward.‘s title. Those annoyances aside, if you haven’t checked out MTV’s amah-zing scripted comedy, you’ve got another chance. For those of you who miss Daria, I highly encourage checking this one out. Jenna Hamilton may not have Daria‘s confidence that it’s the rest of the world that’s a mess, but it’s a show that captures the frustrations of being young and realizing you’re smarter than most of the people you know.

Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer (Current) 8:00 PM ET
Guest-host John Fugelsang (yes, him again, I’m not complaining except Current shows are starting to take up a lot of space on my DVR) is interviewing Chely Wright tonight.

Breaking Pointe (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Opening night is finally here, which means a long stressful jouney is about to end… after one final hump that’s better known as actually performing your way through opening night.

Anger Management (fx) 9:00 PM ET
I have little interest in the next chapter of the fall and fall of Charlie Sheen. I suspect that’s the case for most of you but I also figure some of you might be interested in seeing theatre actor Michael Arden, who has shown up in plenty of AE-faves.

Burn Notice (USA) 9:00 PM ET
Michael‘s missions are rarely as simple as they sound and that’s the case when Agent Pearce asks him to go after the man who killed her fiance… who, er, turns out to be a CIA agent.

Twenty Twelve (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
With the London Olympics coming, BBC America is debuting this comedy about the people planning the event with Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville. These docu-soap parodies are more likely to miss with me — The Office is still one of those shows I appreciate more than I enjoy… and tonight’s ninety-minute premiere will really rest that.

Wipeout (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
While I like obstacle course shows, Wipeout tries my patience. The nonstop commentary replaces any joy the obstacle course may bring and substitutes it with the urge to yell “How about we see you run the course, then?” Still, I’ll probably tune in to see what the new obstacles are like, right before I go back to wondering how I found John Henson funny on Talk Soup.

Kathy (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Kathy‘s talking with Jane Fonda, Lisa Ling and Sharon Osburne.

Suits (USA) 10:00 PM ET
As Harvey and Daniel have their little battle to determine dominance now that a new male has entered the territory, Mike gets caught in the middle. If Daniel and Mike can also get some homoerotic tension going, I can ship this as a love triangle and think its worth it.

Wilfred (fx) 10:00 PM ET
After that surreal (and brilliant) “preview episode,” I hear Wilfred gets a little more grounded this week as Wilfred competes in some kind of dog fitness challenge.

Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Brian talks with the family of Tyler Clementi tonight, including Tyler’s parents Jane and Joe as well as Tyler’s brother James.

Awkward. (MTV) 10:30 PM ET
The second season opens on Christmas as Jenna is still debating if she should confront the writer of the care-frontation letter and realizing that she needs to complete getting over Matty if she’s going to be happy with Jake.

Louie (fx) 10:30 PM Et
While Louie has been amazing at commenting about the human condition and mixing the thought-provoking with the gasping for air because we were laughing too hard, it’s terrible at getting the word out on what’s coming up. Apparently, tonight’s season premiere is about a “challenging day” and, probably a lot of other stuff.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s wrapping up the week with Kylie Minogue and Katie Couric.

Brand X with Russel Brand (fx) 11:00 PM ET
fx’s new comedy night wraps with the cable channel venturing into late night by giving Russel Brand a talk show. Brand’s style of comedy always inspires strong feelings, whether I’m loving his jokes or not. Thus, I expect I’ll either be laughing or looking for the angries way to use the remote to change the channel.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Matthew McConaughey‘s talking Magic Mike tomorrow.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy has NeNe Leakes visiting, who I like to think of as a regular in Ryan Murphy shows, now.

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