TV on Tap: Cam Gigandet Goes Western, Melissa McCarthy Sells a Comedy to CBS, and Emmy Ratings

Summer break is over for New Directions as Glee‘s third season begins tonight.


Cam Gigandet is getting fitted for a cowboy hat. The Twilight hunk has just signed up to play the lead in TNT’s western pilot Gateway.

The Colbert Report is planning its first hour-long episode, which will see Radiohead sit down for an interview with Stephen and perform four songs. I just wish I enjoyed Colbert’s music episodes more.

While it’s still not clear how they will come back, the upcoming season of Top Chef will include a webseries where eliminated chefs will battle for a chance to return to the show. Maybe they’ll be competing for a spot on next season’s cast?

I still remember Peter Berg as one of the heartthrobs on Chicago Hope, even though he’s mostly worked behind the scenes (including his work on Friday Night Lights) since. Now Berg has scheduled a rare on-screen role, as he’ll play one of Maria Bello‘s exes on an episode of Prime Suspect.

If you’ve missed Elizabeth Perkins as the fabulously blunt Celia Hodges on Weeds, you might want to make plans to tune in to The Closer when the series returns in December, as Perkins will play a woman who gets on Brenda‘s bad side. Her on-screen husband will be played by Desperate HousewivesMark Moses.

 Following her Emmy win, Melissa McCarthy just sold a comedy script to CBS about a woman facing a midlife crisis.

The ratings for this year’s Emmy Awards were basically flat from last year, at least among viewers 18-49. Among all viewers, the ceremony lost over a million viewers from last year.

In Emmy statistics, this year HBO won the smallest number of Emmy awards since 2003. That’s partly due to the awards consolidating the movie and mini-series categories, but this year the premium channel’s offerings also had to compete with Downton Abbey.


The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Organizational expert Mark Brunetz joins Nate as he helps one woman declutter her apartment.

Glee (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Class is back in session at McKinley High as Mr. Schue sets in motion his plan to help New Directions recover from its loss at Nationals. I’m keeping my fingers crossed we get another meta sequence like the one that opened last season.

90210 (CW) 8:00 PM ET
There’s no mention of Teddy in tonight’s episode description, so be prepared to discuss if Justin Deeley‘s abs comes close to being a reason for watching.

Kathy Griffin: Pants Off (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
In her latest comedy special, Kathy takes on the Real Housewives and Michelle Bachman, as well as the time she spent an evening at Anderson Cooper‘s home.

Dancing with the Stars (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the first elimination, so who will be the first one cut?

Ringer (CW) 9:00 PM ET
As if suddenly having to take her twin sister’s place weren’t tough enough, now Bridget has to figure out how she’ll cover-up that she just killed a man in self-defense.

The New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
After a sudden breakup, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three guys who try to help her find her rebound guy so that she’ll stop monopolizing the couch, crying to Dirty Dancing. Deschanel is very charming in tonight’s episode, but I expect a lot of you will be more excited to see Max Greenfield. 

Raising Hope (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Viral video star Greyson Chance appears in tonight’s season premiere as a 13-year old Jimmy who, it turns out, showed a lot of musical talent until an accident put an end to that. Now, what’s with Maw Maw and that puppet?

Tosh.0 (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
Tosh kicks off the latest batch of new episodes with a visit to Arizona State University, where he’ll announce the College Campus Invasion winner.

Workaholics (Comedy Central) 10:30 PM ET
In the second-season opener, the guys end up taking losing an item to ridiculous lengths.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews will be joining the panel tonight.

Awkward. (MTV) 11:30 PM ET
Now that Matty has finally confessed his feelings for Jenna, will she sabotage it with her doubts?

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Jenni Pulos joins Nate to surprise a school principal who has turned to using her car as an office.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
With Roseanne Barr and Levi Johnston on tomorrow’s guest list, it should be a very interesting show.



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