TV on Tap: “Castle” Finds a Rival for Beckett, “Green Acres” Could Be Heading to Broadway and “Anger Management” Stops the Bleeding


Myka and Pete are still in shock at the way things ended last season on Warehouse 13.

Hope you spent your Sunday clearing out your DVR because tonight’s TV listings are packed (and pretty gay, too boot). When did Mondays in the summer become such a big night of television?

News

I’m not thrilled that Happy Endings is going forward with that love triangle that the series hinted at all last season, but if there’s a sitcom that can handle the dreaded love triangle, it’s Happy Endings.

Add one more impressive casting move for American Horror Story which has signed Clea DuVall to appear in multiple episodes.

Firefly alum Adam Baldwin is headed to Law & Order: SVU, where he’ll play an interim replacement for Capt. Harris, who’s dealing with being a murder suspect.

For a little while, I was hooked on whatever I could find of the UK’s Big Brother. A part of that was host Davina McCall who has a presence and energy that makes the elimination episodes really compelling, no matter how little emotion I’ve invested in the show. It’s also a sharp contrast to Julie Chen‘s hosting style, which has earned her the nickname “Chenbot“. It turn out that Chen says, on the inside she’s more like her UK counterpart, but she stifles that when she hosts Big Brother.

One of the qualities that makes the current crop of dramas so interesting is watching how they evolve over time, how the creators react to the quality of the show and viewers’ reactions. However, the downside to that development is that sometimes characters that start out interesting end up outliving their usefulness.

Jack Coleman currently has a recurring role on The Office as a closeted Senator. The producers of Castle must think he’s got the politician vibe just right because they’ve cast him to play a Senator who ends up butting heads with Beckett.

Is Green Acres headed to Broadway? If they include the original comedy’s meta moments of craziness I think that could work… and meta craziness works really well in the theatre.

In what sounds like a very strange plot, Bones is planning an episode with a Jack the Ripper copycat, though the strange part is the kinda-sorta time travel-ish aspect.

TBS’ Sullivan & Son had a solid debut but I’m a little worried about that drop-off between the first two episodes.

Anger Management may have started big but it lost a lot of viewers in the following weeks. Its fourth week, the series saw ratings stabilize.

Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sonny‘s back again today as EJ gets Will to find video evedence of his innocence… exactly the kind of task that has you needing a friend to keep your mind from curling up into a ball and shutting down… and you won’t be alone, either if you join us as we liveblog the action! Be sure to be here starting at 1PM Eastern.

American Ninja Warrior (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the final two hours and to learn if Midoriyama is conquered the first time the obstacle course is shipped to the states.

Bunheads (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Whenever you make a big move, a many of your friends say they’re going to visit, but usually only one of them follows up. This week, Michelle gets that visit from one of her Vegas pals — only Fanny ruins the fun by leaving a ton of work for her new business partner.

The Closer (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
So sure, Brenda has a case-of-the-week to deal with, but more interestingly she’s also navigating the office politics that will probably lay the groundwork for the series finale.

Vito (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
We in the GLBT community are still getting to know our history. We’re still learning to put the moments and groups that had an impact on our rights in perspective, and we’re still learning the stories of the individuals who were a part of those steps forward. With Vito, HBO examines the impact of Vito Russo who wrote The Celluloid Closet and co-founded GLAAD and ACT UP.

RuPaul’s Drag U (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
Raven, Chad Michaels and Jujubee try to help make over three boxers, which I guess means they’d better make sure they keep their quips in check.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
It’s been nine months since the Warehouse was destroyed and viewers picked their jaws off the floor and screamed “They’re not going to leave Jinks dead, are they?” (okay, other viewers screamed “They’re not going to leave Helena dead, are they?”) and we’re finally about to get an answer as the team goes in search of a powerful artifact that can set things right.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 10:00 PM ET
It’s starting to look like this is going to be a very gay season of Degrassi as Eli alienates people he doesn’t like anyway by taking Romeo & Juliet and turning Juliet into Jules. Things get complicated quickly, as Dave starts getting bullied, especially by the rest of the hockey team, for playing Romeo to Tristan‘s Jules.

In the Big House (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
Logo’s newest series has no child performers (thankfully) but follows a real-life modern family living in West Hollywood and running one of LA’s hottest gay bars. The Verdis are made up of Jay, Michel, Michel’s ex-mafioso father Big Lou, Big Lou’s ex-wife Dotsie and Michel’s gay brother Louis. This looks like an interesting setup for a reality series.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
This is it, tonight’s episode promises we’ll learn who is controlling the Kanima. Then again, considering how this season has gone, that revelation will only open new mysteries (which is why this has been such an amazing season).

The Glass House (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
So this week, the audience was asked to choose between the Mormon with the persecution complex and… oh, I’ve already forgotten who the other person is, which probably tells me who’s going home since it’s usually far worse to be forgettable than to be awful on reality TV.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Vlogger Michael Buckley joins Kelly tomorrow.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Tomorrow’s show has not only Chris Colfer but guest host Tabatha Coffey

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will deals with the discovery he makes on today’s show… kinda like how I’m dealing with the discovery that Days will be taking a break during the Olympics.

Trivia Triptych

Congratulations to xander874 who was the first to correctly guess the trivia challenge:


Eddie McClintock though the years (in 1999′s Stark Raving Mad, 2003′s A.U.S.A. and 2006′s Crumbs).

Neil Patrick Harris, Scott Foley and Jane Curtin co-starred with Eddie McClintock in different short-lived series. McClintock co-starred with Neil Patrick Harris (and Tony Shaloub) in Stark Raving Mad, a comedy that won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy but didn’t get a second season. In A.U.S.A., a comedy about Assistant U.S. Attorneys, McClintock was Foley’s roommate. Finally, Curtin played was Eddie’s mother in the dysfunctional family comedy Crumbs.

 

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