TV on Tap: “Community” Adds Viewers, Christina Ricci is “Girlfriend in a Coma” and Applegate Quits “Up All Night”


A reality TV parody and a Firefly reunion in the same episode?
Oh,
Castle, this is what sweeps should be.

News

In a shocking development Christina Applegate has quit Up All Night, as reported by Deadline. The struggling show is transitioning to filming in front of a studio audience. Early reporting said that Lisa Kudrow was being considered as a replacement for Applegate, but Kudrow’s longtime producing partner Dan Bucartinsky tweeted a denial. Either way, the future for Up All Night has found a way to look even bleaker.

NBC has found its Girlfriend in a Coma. Christina Ricci has been cast in the lead role for the comedy pilot about a woman who wakes up from a 17-year coma to learn she was pregnant at the time and now has a teenage daughter.

The amazing Jonathan Banks has joined the cast of the NBC pilot Bloodline. The series is about two rival warrior families, with Banks playing the patriarch of one of the families. So far, NBC’s channels has been grabbing the Breaking Bad alumni. Giancarlo Esposito is on Revolution, Betsy Brandt will be a part of NBC’s Michael J. Fox show and Anna Gunn will star in a Bravo pilot.

In a move that surprised no one, NBC has cancelled Do No Harm. At least, this means Steven Pasquale is free to find a new role while it’s still pilot season. Hopefully it will be something with a lot of excuses for Pasquale to be shirtless. Too bad NBC didn’t try to see what would happen if they retooled Do No Harm by adding Christina Applegate to the cast and turning the show into a comedy.

On the other hand, I was surprised that IFC ordered a second season of Comedy Bang! Bang!, if only because IFC has already been including the comedy show in so many network promos that I figured I just missed the renewal announcement.

I have a weakness for fanfiction that gets meta, so I love the idea of an alternate history of Doctor Who where The Doctor and The Master have always been women, especially since this alternate history imagines Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margoyles as The Doctor.

Also getting a second season: ITV’s Mr. Selfridge, the period drama starring Jeremy Piven that will make its debut on PBS next month.

Kim Raver has joined the cast of the NCIS: Los Angeles spin-off pilot. I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed since I hoped we’d see a lot more of Raver on Revolution. She’s one of the rare performers able to hold her own opposite Giancarlo Esposito.

Community fans got the rare bit of good news from AC Nielsen as the cult comedy returned with ratings that beat the previous’ season premiere (when competition was less intense) and improved on 30 Rock‘s average in the time slot. That’s reason to be hopefu,l but the show isn’t saved until Community does this well throughout the season. Additionally, the wrap-up to Scandal‘s story arc tied the series’ high.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Co-host Jane Velez-Mitchell‘s back to remind us that not all out cable news anchors are thoughtful and measured.

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
This morning’s show is pretty fabulous with Jane Lynch and ShamelessEmily Rossum.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Guillermo Diaz is visiting the View table today. I’m hoping they’ll ask him how he makes a character who’s good at drinking whiskey and struggles with his enjoyment of drinking whiskey into somebody who seems like he really needs a hug.

The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Wow. I didn’t have high expectations for how The Carrie Diaries would handle Walt‘s struggle with his sexuality (blame Eric van der Woodsen), but last week’s episode worked as a stark reminder of how much things have changed and how open homophobia was acceptable in 1984. After that eventful Halloween, Walt’s next awkward moment comes  when Mouse turns to him for advice on sex as a young man with experience in the subject.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
HIMYM has had a tough balance with guest female characters and keeping the misogyny of Barney Stinson at arm’s length from the show. The show usually succeeds. But those times it fails, the disappointment it inspires is memorable. Tonight, the gang tries to convince Ted to break up with Jeanette because she’s crazy, which really needs to avoid creating too many flashbacks to “The Bracket”.

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Being the edgy and unconventional one in the family, Bay‘s celebrating Valentine’s Day by throwing a singles-only anti-Valentine’s Day party. Good thing everybody’s set their relationship status to “It’s Complicated” so that they can attend the party but still have plenty of romantic tension to give the party some drama.

90210 (CW) 9:00 PM ET
The first rule about secret society underground fight night is you don’t talk about the secret society’s underground fight nights. Thus, absolutely nothing happens tonight with Liam, Navid or Grant Gustin‘s slimy frat bro. Meanwhile, whatever Teddy‘s up to is too secret to include in the episode description.

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
After getting in trouble with cute funeral home employee Max for making unauthorized visits, Sally decides it might just be easier to date the guy. That way, the next time she gets caught peeking at a body, she can respond with a, “Honey, I thought I’d surprise you with a visit!”

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
Usually a performance challenge means that we can expect plenty of raunchy double-entendres from the dolls, but this week they’re challenged to put together a kids’ show.

The Following (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
For it’s Valentine’s Day’s episode, The Following brings “Mad Love” telling the story of the early days of Dr. Quinzell Claire“s relationship with Mister J Hardy.

Castle (ABC) 10;00 PM ET
Gina Torres shows up as Castle takes on those Real Housewives Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a reality TV star. Now this is the Firefly reunion I’ve been waiting for (though I would have preferred Drive to have lasted five seasons and for a reunion to happen there).

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
Compounding on the McGarrett clan’s trust issues, Steve hires a private investigator (Treat Williams) to follow his mother. But why does he bring an anthurium bouquet? I mean, anthuriums? Meanwhile, in an attempt to counter-program Castle‘s Firefly reunion, Summer Glau shows up to ask the Five-0 team for help.

Bang Goes the Theory (BBC America) 10:20 PM ET
BBC America continues to court nerd viewers with this show that sees a team of scientists attempting “spectacular stunts and crazy innovations.” Just as long as they don’t forget to include the explosions, this could be a fun Mythbusters replacement in between seasons.

Inside Comedy (Showtime) 11:00 PM ET
Showtime’s comedy talk show returns with Bob Newhart and Louis C.K..

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated)Check local listings
Are you ready for the return of Southland? If not, guest-host Regina King might remind you why you should be.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Julie Andrews is visiting tomorrow’s show.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy‘s chatting with Mehcad Brooks tomorrow about Necessary Roughness.

 

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