TV on Tap: Dan Futterman Joins “Political Animals,” “Fringe” Plans Alternate Endings and Fox’s Silver Anniversary Trivia Challenge


The wait is over! Revenge returns tonight.

News

With Fringe on the bubble, the sci-fi series has filmed two endings, one that wraps the series up and another that closes the season with a “crazy cliffhanger.”

Mitt Romney told Diane Sawyer that he’d agree to appear on Saturday Night Live if he thought the material were funny. That just leaves me picturing the SNL writers’ room making a list of the strange things Romney has laughed at in the past.

Smallville alum Laura Vandervoot (Supergirl) will be appearing in an episode of White Collar as a NYC socialite with a wealthy husband.

I’ve thought Bree Turner has been a great addition to Grimm, so I’m happy to hear that she’ll be a series regular next season. Nick‘s slowly getting his own scooby gang.

The increasingly-interesting cast of USA’s Political Animals just added two more with Roger Bart and Dan Futterman.

Bravo wants another season of The Shahs of Sunset. I’ll keep my fingers crossed this doesn’t turn into another one of those Bravo reality show where the participants become too aware of their “character” to maintain what made the first season work.

In what I suspect could be an illuminating case, two black men are filing a lawsuit against The Bachelor, claiming racial discrimination for the show’s 23-season history of never including a person of color as the featured Bachelor or Bachelorette. If this gets to the point where the production company has to disclose its audition materials, this could end up opening a window into the process of how reality show producers decide who to include on a show.

The Parents Television Council latest target is the ABC sitcom Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. That just makes me like the show more.

I guess there are no more worthwhile ideas for Hollywood to pursue.

FEARnet has renewed its original comedy series Holliston. Since I only have FEARnet’s OnDemand offerings, I have no idea if I should be happy about that news.

The co-creators of Nurse Jackie are leaving the show they’ve run since the beginning.

Fox has unveiled a series of quizzes about the network’s 25-year history. I’m a little disappointed that the are no questions matching Friends cast members with their short-lived Fox comedies.

Listings

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
The child stars of The Sound of Music will be reuniting on today’s show.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will comes out to another Salem resident, this time sitting down with Gabi, though he’ll first have to convince her it’s not a good idea to try to break up Chad and Mel. This calls for a liveblog, so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
It’s time for that Clueless reunion as George meets a woman at the Chatswin Farmer’s Market (played by Jeremy Sisto‘s Clueless co-star Alicia Silverstone) who quickly charms him with her healthy-eating ways. Meanwhile, Tessa and Dalia team up to look for a runaway Yakult which I’m sure won’t have any punchline crossover with the healthy-eating lady.

Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
The major theme to Interior Therapy has been couples with communication issues — or, specifically, couples where one person seems to hear Charlie Brown‘s teacher whenever their partner expresses an opinion. This week, we have a bachelor who has let his girlfriend make most of the decisions about how his bachelor pad is designed.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
We’ve got another spokesmodel challenge as the hopefuls have to film an anti-bullying PSA. I’m sure that comes after Tyra gives them a long talk about how bullying has affected her… perhaps with a shout-out to The Soup?

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
We’re finally getting to meet a member of the Tucker family as Cameron‘s dad comes to town, prompting an awkward family dinner. Meanwhile, there’s a death in the Modern Family recurring cast that will probably have us reflecting on how we never saw it coming. Death’s not just for the penultimate episode of The Big C anymore!

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
ABC let viewers preview two episodes before Apartment 23 debuted and this one, while funny, had what I thought was an odd pace. Instead of the rapid pace of Happy Endings, where I often had to rewind to hear jokes that came and went while I was laughing at the previous joke, Apartment 23 almost pauses in between punchlines, like there was a studio audience laughing but then muted out. That doesn’t make tonight’s episode, that sees Chloe set June up with a guy played by the ridiculously good-looking Michael Landes, from being less funny, but it does strike me as How I Met Your Mother‘s sibling on the single-camera/multi-camera scale.

Million Dollar Listing (Bravo) 110:00 PM ET
Just as Michael thinks he’s rid himself of Fredrik, they end up doing business again thanks to Fredrik’s new client.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Kevin Nealon shows up as Victoria tries to become a shoe designer. Since the episode is titled “cruel shoes” I’m predicting at least one pratfall on the runway.

Revenge (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
With Daniel in jail, Victoria is especially vulnerable — so it’s a good time for a lover from her past (James Purefoy) to step in and distract her… or fuel a downward spiral.

South Park (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
How can ziplining go horribly, horribly wrong? Leave it to the South Park kids to turn it into mischief.

Happily Divorced (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
Fran finds herself living with her mother again after her parents have a big fight and Dori ends up moving into Fran’s house.

Conan (TBS) 11:00 PM ET
Sean Hayes‘ latest stop in promoting The Three Stooges is a visit to Conan.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
In what might be one of the more interesting combinations of talk show and guest, Rachel Maddow will be talking with Andy tonight, along with the woman who makes Jeff Lewis tolerable, Jenni Pulos. It’s been a while since Andy‘s asked a guest about their stance about the latest Real Housewives feud only to get a blank stare, but I’m hoping for that tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s been too long since Wanda Sykes last visited Ellen, but that gets remedied tomorrow.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
All Three Stooges will be visiting the show, namely Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will‘s coming out quickly turns into explaining to Gabi that she didn’t turn him gay.

 

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