TV on Tap: “Charlie’s Angels” and “Prime Suspect” Debut, and “The Big Bang Theory” is Back

The gang is back as The Big Bang Theory starts a new season.


Here’s some news that will be very welcome to Teen Wolf fans. MTV is reportedly considering ordering an additional 12 episodes, which would give the second season a total of 24.

This certainly sounds interesting. CCH Pounder (who has a long list of credits but you’re most likely to recognize her as Warehouse 13‘s Mrs. Frederic) will appear in two episodes of Revenge as the warden of a juvenile detention facility.

Lifetime has made it official and canceled Roseanne’s Nuts.

When Cougar Town returns, we’ll get to meet Ellie‘s mother, who will be played by Susan Blakely. You might recognize her as Rookieboy‘s mother from Southland.

AE-fave Ken Marino will appear on an episode of Whitney. He’ll play Andy‘s (Chris D’Elia) older brother.

I keep hoping the words Celebrity Wife Swap just came together in my mind during a horrible nightmare, but not only is it real but there’s going to be an episode with Ted Haggard and Gary Busey.

In a move that could be the first shot in a battle between cable companies and channels, Time Warner Cable announced that they are considering offering a low-cost package that doesn’t include ESPN. The sports channel gets a large fee from cable companies for every subscriber and can demand that fee because providers wouldn’t dare include a basic cable package without it.

Netflix has been in need of good news lately, and the Discovery Channel has renewed the agreement to make its shows available for streaming. I guess it’ll have to suffice.

In the nick of time, ABC has found the voice of Charlie for tonight’s premiere of Charlie’s Angels. He’ll be played by Broadway regular and Alias dad Victor Garber.

In a new way to measure buzz, Ad Age has begun tracking the ten most-popular shows on pop culture social media site Get Glue (you can follow what I’m watching there), and the top two spots onthe debut chart are True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, while NickToons’ Hey Arnold! and Rocco’s Modern Life make a surprisingly strong showing.

Tuesday’s ratings are in, and Fox may have a new hit in The New Girl, which drew 10 million viewers, a number that probably doesn’t include the millions who previewed the pilot online. The comedy was likely helped by Zooey Deschanel‘s social media presence. That was 13% more viewers than the ones who watched the season premiere of Glee.

As for Fox’s musical dramedy, I’d say the bad news for Glee isn’t that ratings dropped 29% from last year’s season premiere, but that it lost 10% of the audience that watched last season’s finale. Meanwhile, Ringer lost 800,000 viewers from last week. However, it’s still drawing more eyeballs than its lead-in 90210 or Life Unexpected, which aired in the same time slot last year.

It’s a good week for Comedy Central. Thanks to a strong lead-in from Tosh.0, the season premiere of Workaholics was up 282% from the first season premiere.


The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
time for another “Nate’s Crate” challenge as two friends each get a
similarly-equipped crate and have to show who can do the most with those

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
The next stop in promoting her new book, Jane Lynch will be chatting with Wendy today.

Charlie’s Angels (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
ABC revamps the classic drama as three new Angels battle crime while looking amazing in Miami. Can this trio capture the magic of the original?

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Penny worries she may have ruined her friendships with the gang, but considering that they have to follow Sheldon‘s leadership on the paintball team, I figure they’ve got bigger problems.

The X-Factor (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
The auditions continue tonight.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
As Elena starts to implement a new plan to find Stefan, Jeremy looks for answers to why he’s seeing ghosts.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
John Goodman and The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams appear in tonight’s season premiere, as the new biology teacher clashes with Jeff, and Dean Pelton faces a new rival.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
Now that she has the chance to run for office, Leslie worries that she has to give up her new relationship with Ben to pursue her dream. Meanwhile, we’re finally about to meet Ron‘s first wife.

Project Runway (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
The remaining designers have to work with rock band The Sheepdogs to create designs to boost their image.

The Secret Circle (CW) 9:00 PM ET
As Cassie looks to strike a friendship with someone who isn’t a witch, and Diana works towards getting everyone to bind the circle.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
When the Dundler-Mifflin team discovers a list of names in the new Sabre executive’s notebook, it starts a flurry of speculation on what the list could mean.

Whitney (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
Comedian Whitney Cummings and Chis D’Elia star in this comedy about a happily unmarried couple facing pressure to get married.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) 10:00 PM ET
The gang goes Jersey as Dennis and Dee head to the vacation spot they used to visit in childhood.

Prime Suspect (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Maria Bello
is a tough cop joining the NYPD homicide squad, based on the critically praised British mini-series.

Archer (FX) 10:30 PM ET
Now that Sterling is a Pirate King, he’s got a whole new set of duties to screw up.

NTSF:SD:SUV:: (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
When Piper is brainwashed, she ends up trying to kill the NTSF  team. I’m not sure who I’m rooting for.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
With The Nerdist making its debut this weekend, Chris Hardwick will be talking with Craig.


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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate has another set of tips on how to find the money to design while living paycheck-to-paycheck, as well as a tip on how to make $10 in groceries into a week’s worth of dinners.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Patti Stanger may be on the guest list, but so are Elmo and Cookie Monster.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET



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