TV on Tap: Catherine O’Hara’s New Pilot, AMC Wants Bowling Celebrities and Rex Lee Dons Hot Pants on “Suburgatory”


Roy Harper shows up on tonight’s Arrow, I’m already mentally casting a Cheshire.

News

Jason Lee has joined the CBS pilot Second Sight, an adaptation of a BBC drama about a police detective (Clive Owen in the original) dealing with an eye disorder that gives him hallucinations. Shockingly, the handicap helps him to solve crimes.

AMC is developing the webseries All Star Celebrity Bowling to become a TV series. The title may not sound particularly compelling, but it’s from Chris Hardwick‘s Nerdist Industries, which definitely gets me interested.

I have nothing against Ashley Abbott, but I far prefer the amazing Eileen Davidson on Days of Our Lives, even if her current storyline isn’t especially great (maybe they could bring back one of Davidson’s other characters?) Thankfully, her return to The Young and the Restless will only last a few episodes, keeping her free to stay on Days.

I’d mostly agree with Jezebel‘s list of reasons why you should be watching Enlightened which is a freaking great show, but I think they like Amy a lot more than I do.

ABC’s Sofia Vergara-produced pilot, Killer Women, has cast Tricia Helfer to play the only woman in the Texas Rangers.

It’s too bad that Geoff Stults has way more good looks and charm to his credit than hit shows, but maybe his new pilot will change things. He’s set to star in Enlisted, a military comedy about three brothers working at the same Army base in Florida.

Would Cult be any better if it didn’t try to create a fake CW show with obsessively-devoted fans to be at the center of the thriller and replace it with a barely-disguised Supernatural stand-in?

Oh. Dear. Look, I freaking adore Catherine O’Hara but I’ve bought too many movie tickets to see her incredible comedy talent get barely-used. I hope her Fox comedy pilot won’t be a repeat of those disappointments. To My Future Assistant will follow assistants at a New York law firm dealing with overbearing bosses with O’Hara playing one of the nightmare bosses.

That shocking Downton Abbey finale set a record and left 8.2 million viewers with their jaws on the floor. That’s a big jump from the 5.4 million who watched last year’s finale.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson‘s got a time slot rivalry with Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown as Anderson’s guest host while Melissa Rauch (from Community‘s competitor The Big Bang Theory) shows up for an interview. The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels also makes a visit to the set.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
The faboo Wanda Sykes is making a return visit to Ellen‘s show.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It sounds like there’s enough WilSon drama for a liveblog, so be sure to join us starting at 1 PM Eastern!…

Nova (PBS) Check local listings
With “The Mind of a Rampage Killer,” Nova tries to answer the “Why?” that comes to just about everyone’s mind when the news networks break out the “Breaking News” graphics to let the country know there’s been another mass shooting. Sadly, there’s a reasonable chance you’ll have reason to bring up what you learn on this episode in the near future.

Arrow (CW) 8:00 PM ET
As Arrow starts to ramp up its efforts to make fans squee. Tonight we get the arrival of Colton Haynes as Roy Harper and James Callis a jewel thief who steals from someone close to Oliver’s friends. That’s right, Baltar is the other reason for geeks to get excited.

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Adam and the TAPS team investigate the home of Nathan Hale, a patriot executed as a spy during the American Revolution. The home is now a museum, but there are unexplained incidents that inspire talk that Hale has returned home after his death.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
It must be guys-with-gay-a-following night at the CW — or, at least, a special version of guys-with-gay-a-following since we are talking about The CW’s Wednesday-night lineup. Arrow delivers Colton Haynes, while Supernatural brings Christian Campbell (not to be confused with the Supernatural character played by Parker Lewis) as a cop from Sam and Dean‘s past who has turned to witchcraft since then. (Don’t worry, you didn’t miss Campbell’s previous appearance on Supernatural, at least that’s what my Google-fu tells me.

Unsung (TV One) 9:00 PM ET
TV One’s look at musicians whose influence has been overlooked by music history has profiled a few individual disco artists, but tonight it dedicates two hours to the genre.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Sure, Gloria thinks she’s getting a big favor when Mitchell offers to take her baby off her hands for a little while, but Cam‘s already digging up his camera, baby-sized vintage Hollywood costumes and the list of pictures that require two models. Somewhere along the way David Faustino shows up.

Suburgatory (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Tessa becomes the agony aunt of Chatswin as people start turning to her for romantic advice, including Mr. Wolfe, who doesn’t do a great job of listening to Tessa’s advice, as you can see in the preview below:

Necessary Roughness (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Wow, this show has really stepped up, tackling an issue only this show– as the only current drama about a sports team– can. For the season finale, Roughness show follows what happens to the team when Rex comes out. Considering how good last week’s episode was, I hope this is setting things up for next season.

The Americans (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Things get even crazier for Phillip and Elizabeth thanks to a failed assassination attempt on President Reagan. Thus far, The Americans has been teaching me about forgotten early eighties music. This week, it’s teaching me that John Hinckley‘s attempted assassination happened in March 1981.

Southland (TNT) 10:00 PMET
As much as Steele has been getting on Cooper‘s nerves, how bad will things get now that Cooper has to go home to an empty house every night? Bad enough for a routine traffic stop to get far tenser than it should.

Workaholics (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
Adam and Anders decide they’ve been following the wrong career path and try becoming inventors. This is probably after watching an episode of Shark Tank and thinking, “We could do that!”

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews is on tonight’s panel…

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
The faboo Lisa Kudrow is set to chat with Craig tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Thursday’s guest list includes Patti Stanger as Anderson‘s guest-host, how could you pass that up?

The New Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricki dedicates tomorrow’s show to gay parents, including discussions with Rosie O’Donnell and Dan Bucatinsky.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Mario Cantone‘s is scheduled to visit the View set tomorrow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Gabi‘s pregnancy goes through a little bit of.. danger tomorrow and we’ll be there to liveblog the worried hospital waiting room pacing.

 

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