TV on Tap: Blair Underwood is the New “Ironside,” “Elementary” Disappoints and “Downton Abbey” Holds Steady


Will the changes to it more or less watchable?

News

NBC has found a star for its Ironside remake, adding Blair Underwood to the cast. I have to admit that makes me a lot more interested in Ironside.

MTV has ordered a semi-scripted comedy pilot about a Kardashian-style family, according to Deadline. I have a feeling this purchase was heavily influenced by the success of another partially-improvised reality TV parody, The Real Husbands of Hollywood.

In what sounds like a nightmarish combination, CBS has ordered a pilot starring Robin Williams created by David E. Kelley. Crazy Ones would follow a father/daughter advertising team. It’s got crazy in the title, so you know this will feature Williams and Kelley at their least restrained.

Unsurprisingly, Thailand’s culture minister is upset with Saturday Night Live for a fake ad making fun of the country’s sex tourism.

Buzzfeed‘s list of why you should be watching The Carrie Diaries is pretty spot on, but I think a much bigger deal needs to be made of the fact that Carrie’s mentor is Martha bleeping Jones.

Oh, goody. We’re not rid of Minute to Win It thanks to GSN.

The screenwriter of The Contagion says that the movie could be turned into a TV series. Sure, The Walking Dead may make a bleak existence into compelling TV, but a plausible pandemic seems a little too dark for a TV series.

Bad news for Elementary, it’s post-Super Bowl spotlight doesn’t compare well to other shows to air after the big game. The crime drama drew 20.8 million viewers, while last year’s episode of The Voice got 37.6 eyeballs.

On the other hand, Downton Abbey did pretty well in the ratings despite the Super Bowl competition.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Kimora Lee Simmons joins Anderson for a chat with Nashville‘s Clare Bowen. All I know about Kimora is Jujubee‘s “Snatch Game” performance, so maybe I’ll tune in for the comparison.

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Katherine McPhee‘s going to be trying to convince viewers that, no Smash has really improved this season.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Margaret Cho returns to the Talk table today.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Clinton Kelly and Nate Berkus try to pretend they didn’t just spend the last few hours furiously cleaning and re-re-decorating when Rachael stops by for a tour of their homes.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s TV legends day at Wendy‘s show as she talks with Diahann Carroll about White Collar while LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Ben Vereen show up to discuss Roots.

Pioneers of Television (PBS) Check local listings
The third season wraps up with a look at the era of the miniseries, which includes Rich Man, Poor Man, Roots and The Thorn Birds. Since this show tends to focus on the happy, I’m guessing America killed the format” won’t be a part of the episode, but can we at least look at Tales of the City?

Raising Hope (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
In this week’s two-parter the Chance family wraps up their adventures in Hollywood (will they fit a Honey Boo Boo reference in there?). Then Burt and Virginia to come home to realize they’ve lost a certain incriminating tape that’s fallen in the hands of another couple (Mike O’Malley and Liza Snyder fueling a Yes Dear/Raising Hope rivalry that wasn’t known until now).

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Now that Alison‘s remains have been found, the DeLaurentis family is holding a final memorial service. While that does prompt Emily to recall some important memories, it also brings Jason back into town. There are a lot of pretty guys in Rosewood, but Jason’s good looks have been missed.

Betty White’s Second Annual 90th Birthday Special (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
The first special was so great, NBC invited Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Vicki Lawrence, Sarah Silverman, Sean Hayes and more to celebrate Betty White‘s 90th birthday all over again.

The Taste (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Now that the auditions are out of the way and the judges are done declaring they have no idea why they made the choice they did, we’re on to the actual competition as the 16 competitors have to offer their best comfort food dishes. Since the tasting is still blind, this would be where the show stops feeling so much like The Voice. Again, I’m looking forward to seeing if they can get rid of the personality drama that’s made Top Chef so frustrating.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Cece‘s husband hunt continues with a trip to a dating convention. Is that like speed dating where the question, “Are you looking to get married” has already been answered? That sounds awkward, so the gang decides to follow along — with Schmidt deciding it’s time to try to win Cece back.

Smash (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
How do we solve a problem like Smash? It started out with promise and quickly turned infuriating until the remaining viewers just decided they were watching for the trainwreck rather than the potential greatness.  At least we can look forward to appearances by Jennifer Hudson and Jeremy Jordan.

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
This week’s challenge involves making candy into candy-inspired monsters. I’m thinking this episode might also work as an appetite suppressant.

The Lying Game (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
Someone in the Mercer family finally starts getting suspicious over the way Sutton is earnest and kind one day, only to become cruel and insulting the next. That someone would be Laurel, who starts to ask questions.

The Face: The Fight to Make the Final 12 (Oxygen) 9:00 PM ET
The main appeal of The Face is waiting to see if/when Naomi Campbell loses her sh*t and throws something at someone. But since Oxygen wants to convince itself that people will tune in for the modeling competition, it’s starting off with a casting special.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
The champions’ competition continues continues with mystery baskets that turn out to have sour apple martini mix. Er, I mean “martini” mix.

White Collar (USA) 10:00 PM ET
As if Neal didn’t have enough moments to demonstrate diverse skills, the latest case involves forgery, money laundering and jazz.

Justified (FX) 10:00 PM ET
That didn’t take long. Harlan gets a chance at freedom thanks to information the US Marshals need from him.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Carson Kressley is one of Andy‘s guests tonight. Unfortunately, so is that awful Dance Moms lady.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:30 PM ET
Eric Stonestreet‘s got a bunch of talk show appearances this week, starting with a chat with Dave.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Julie Andrews is back for another chat with Steven tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Tomorrow sounds pretty amazing with co-host Tiffiani Thiessen along with interviews with Rashida Jones and the author of a Scientology expose.

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Tomorrow’s show has Eric Stonestreet and Reba McEntire.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Damn that Days and its unannounced WilSon appearances. However, tomorrow will definitely feature Will and Sonny. We’ll be liveblogging, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for some Brian, too.

 

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