TV on Tap: Bravo Gets a Lolcats Show, “Castle” Gets a “Battlestar Galatica” Hunk and Stephen Colbert Wins Another Peabody


ABC’s new drama Scandal is about people working to prevent scandals.
Emily Thorne
should have a few words with them.

News

Castle‘s got a mighty fine addition to the cast coming, former Battlestar Galatica and Dollhouse hottie Tahmoh Penikett will appear in the season finale for a role that will recur if the series gets another season.

After all that speculation, Ryan Seacrest‘s big announcement about his role at NBC turned out to be a role in the network’s upcoming Olympic coverage. Does this mean the Olympics is going to start playing mind games with the athletes? “I’m sorry to tell you that you have failed… to not win the gold!”

Discovery is shutting down its environmental TV channel Planet Green, which launched in 2008. It will be replaced by Destination America, which will “celebrate the people, places and stories of the United States,” despite sounding like an EPCOT ride. Thankfully, there’s plenty of existing Discovery programming that already fits that description since most of the channel’s programming will come from other networks, but the original programming will offer a mix of food and travel.

If you’ve been wanting to see Alan Thicke in a role that does not involve Canadian jokes, he’s signed up for a recurring role in The L.A. Complex. The soap opera has already aired a few episodes in Canada, with more episodes being filmed, but will debut on The CW at the end of the month.

Is Saturday Night Live about to lose Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis?

Bravo announced that it’s working on new seasons of Flipping Out, Tabatha Takes Over and Top Chef Masters while developing 11 new series including one about the staff that gives us Lolcats and daily fails along with spin-offs of Top Chef, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The Peabody Awards have picked 38 honorees for its 2012 awards including one for The Colbert Report‘s segments on SuperPACs, urbanite comedy Portlandia, Game of Thrones and Homeland. Let’s hope everyone now knows to keep their cookie-shaped Peabodys from Cookie Monster.

Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that he’s admitted he’s gay, Will‘s set to spend to day discovering the liberated feeling that comes with acknowledging that your sexual orientation. We’re continuing to Liveblog this episode so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Independent Lens (PBS) Check local listings
Being Elmo looks at the life of puppeteer Kevin Clash who plays the iconic Sesame Street character Elmo.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
First his Spock action figure becomes a voice in his head, now Sheldon gets the chance to meet his hero Stephen Hawking. The only problem, it’s Wolowitz who gets to meet the legendary physicist, meaning its time for Sheldon to lean on another friend for a favor.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Greendale’s biggest bromance is at stake as Pillowtown and Blanketburg get ready to battle for supremacy — unless Troy and Abed can save their relationship from Vice Dean Laybourne‘s machinations.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
Every so often, Jack takes an interest in a TGS staffer other than Liz. It never goes well, especially when he takes on Pete. Evidently, he hasn’t learned his lesson as Pete’s latest self-evaluation inspires Jack to try to improve Pete’s prospects once again. Let’s hope there are no toupees involved, this time. Meanwhile, speaking of lessons not learned, Jenna gets in a prank war with the writers.

Up All Night (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
For once, it’s Chris getting a little bit obsessive as he gets jealous over Ragan‘s work relationship with Luke, especially once work involves plenty of late nights.

Awake (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
BD Wong gets to do a little more than just ask Michael questions, as a patient of Dr.Lee‘s ends up creating a crisis in both realities.

Punk’d (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Bam Margera pranks Teen Wolf Tyler Posey. Unfortunately, he also Punks Tyler, the Creator and Ronnie from Jersey Shore.

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
The latest Shonda Rhimes drama about professionals who are at the top of their ability but can’t get their personal lives in order follows a Washington DC crisis management firm, starting with an intern who claims to have had an affair with the President. How long until they’re hired by a closeted homophobic politician about to be outed? At the very least, this one has Guillermo Diaz in the cast to hold my interest.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s guest tonight is the one and only Kathy Griffin.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Author Anne Rice doesn’t make a lot of TV appearances, but she’s talking with Stephen tonight. I guess she’ll only be interviewed by people who have received multiple Peabody Awards.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Finder (Fox) 8:00 PMET
The Bones spin-off debuts in its new time slot tomorro


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