TV on Tap: “Community” Returns, Milo Ventimiglia Joins “L.A. Noir” and “New Girl” Nabs Jeanne Tripplehorn

The Happy Endings gang celebrates the arrival of spring with the annual dodging of the hurled salad.



If you heard a cry of joy travel across the internet yesterday, that was because NBC announced the return of Community. The cult-fave comedy will return to Thursday night starting on March 15, when Parks & Recreation will go on hiatus with 30 Rock taking its place.

Dennis Quaid might be getting ready to sign up for his first TV series. He and Michael Chiklis are in talks to star in CBS’ period drama based on the real life story of a rodeo cowboy who becomes Sheriff of Las Vegas.

Comcast announced two big new efforts. The media giant is launching four cable channels, each of them with a name attached. Aspire will seek to create uplifting programming aimed at an African-American audience under the leadership of Magic Johnson, REVOLT, led by SeanDiddyCombs is a music/news channel that promises to include the chatter of social networking sites. That description and the all-caps name makes REVOLT sound like a nightmare where nobody knows how to properly use “literally” in a sentence. Director Robert Rodriguez will head El Rey, an entertainment channel aimed at second-generation Latino viewers. Finally, Spanish-language producer ConstantinoSaidSchwarz will tackle a kid-oriented channel.

Comcast is also launching a subscription video streaming service, Xfinity Streampix that will include older movies and TV series. I’d be intrigued if I didn’t regularly encountered bad interface design from Comcast.

I’m already anticipating Cartoon Network’s DC Nation to watch Amethyst short films, but the anthology will also include Super Best Friends Forever, a feature about Supergirl, Barbara Gordon and Donna Troy from the woman who developed My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I hope the Bronies and Pegasisters have heard about this.

Milo Ventimiglia just joined the TNT drama pilot L.A. Noir. That is going to be one good-looking cast… especially once I forget about why I hate what Jon Bernthal did as Shane on The Walking Dead.

The Reelz Channel just picked up the Sarah Palin documentary, The Undefeated, that moviegoers rejected. Apparently, they’re the go-to source for unwanted conservative media.

Jeanne Tripplehorn will show up for a two-episode arc on New Girl, as the ex-wife of a parent (Dermot Mulroney) Jess starts dating. That should help wash away the memories of how Big Love wasted her talent.

In today’s edition of casting news that might spoil shows currently airing, Being Human‘s Dichen Lachman has joined the ABC pilot The Last Resort, about a nuclear submarine crew who become fugitives and start the smallest country with nuclear arms.

In case Ken Olin didn’t wear out any residual thirtysomething left in you with Brothers & Sisters, he’s joining ABC’s fashion soap Americana with Anthony LaPaglia.

Why is it that fans with a YouTube account are so much better at designing credits for AMC shows (aside from Mad Men)? I just love this take on the Breaking Bad opening.


Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
We’ve got a double-dose of Carson Kressley starting with a morning visit to the Live! set where he will discuss how he’s helping the winners of the show’s “Hawaiian Dream Wedding Giveaway” have a memorable event.

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate teaches a couple who has had trouble sleeping how to redesign their bedroom to address the problem. Also, how to make winter comfort foods with unique twists and transform inexpensive furniture into tasteful decor.

Days of our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s more drama coming today as Marlena and Will discuss Sami‘s secret.

Survivor (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Sadly, last week’s premiere was a crash course into why I haven’t watched Survivor in years. At this point, can you get cast on Survivor if you’re not some kind of walking stereotype? Let’s hope the immunity challenge isn’t so badly designed Jeff Probst doesn’t have to keep shouting instructions at the competitors until somebody gets hurt. Again.

Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
Brace yourselves, Chelsea‘s doing an episode about drag performers as the guys go to a bar and find themselves smitten with one performer, Sandy (Jai Rodriguez) and meet him the next day. I’m sure a Chelsea Handler-produced comedy would know to avoid the broadest gay panic jokes, but from what I’ve seen of this show it lacks the touch the Always Sunny gang has. On the other hand, Pandora Boxx tweeted that she’ll be in the episode.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
A Wilmer Valderrrama-rama is about to begin, he’s supposed to appear on Are You There Chelsea? for a That 70′s Show reunion and on the critically-praised Awake but first he’s showing up in Chatswin as Dallas‘ new toy boy. Meanwhile, Dalia‘s next step in her rivalry with Tessa is to try to steal Lisa away. This one is also supposed to have an appearance by The Situation from Jersey Shore so maybe I’ll watch Chelsea instead.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Usually, it’s Mitchell getting angry about how Jay made his childhood more difficult. This time, however, Mitchell is going to ruin one of Jay’s proudest moments. I look forward to watching the role reversal.

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
While most people watch an underground rodent to predict the seasons, the Happy Endings gang know spring is here when Brad and Jane have their annual “Sping Smackdown” where they bicker and unintentionally entertain Dave, Penny and Alex while Max hibernates.

Face Off (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
For tonight’s double-elimination challenge, the remaining artists have to create an alien character and have it work when examined by LeVar Burton, who has seen his share of aliens made out of prosthetics.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s guests tonight are John Legend and his fiance, model Chrissy Teigen.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Colbert is getting a visit from Nancy Pelosi, which suggests a good chance of there being more gay jokes from Steven.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 12:05 AM ET
Jimmy‘s getting a visit from Rep. Barney Frank tonight. I’m getting ready for some good zingers.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Jimmy’s got a trio of Broadway performances set to air this week starting with a number from the cast of Ghost: The Musical. Huh, I’m feeling myself getting taken over by the spirit of an SNL “Really?” segment. Excuse me…

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
Today’s Carson Kressley double feature wraps when he stops to chat with Craig.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Tomorrow’s guests include Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez and Cobra Starship.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
I head tomorrow’s show is expected to be so special that snicks is warming up his liveblog gloves.