TV on Tap: “Doctor Who” Meets Another British Icon, a Look at “The Walking Dead”‘s Prison and “Today” Stumbles without Ann Curry

If you’re planning on celebrating Independence Day with fireworks,
please do so more safely than Katy Perry‘s example.

First off, a programming note: We’ll be spending Independence Day taking it easy so tomorrow we’ll just have a Meme and a Days of Our Lives Liveblog.


As excited as I am for the next two items I am positively bouncing around the room over the news that Dame Diana Rigg will appear in an episode of the upcoming season of Doctor Who. Rigg will appear with her real-life daughter Rachael Stirling.

Just marginally (marginally) less exciting than two geeky British icons colliding is the news that Trevor Donovan will be back for a multi-episode arc on 90210 next season. The bad news? Right now he’s only set to appear in two episodes. He may appear in more but that will depend on if he gets the role of Finnick in the sequel to The Hunger Games, a role that might make him him too busy to play Teddy Montgomery.

All 15 regulars on Glee will return next season with Chord Overstreet in talks to become a series regular. Not everyone will appear in every episode and I’m still wondering how Glee will keep from seemling like more of an unfocused mess next season.

EW has the first pictures from The Waling Dead‘s upcoming third season, showing the survivors at the prison:


Why is Glenn‘s shirt still in one piece, damnit? As I recall, one of the comic’s gay characters (and one heteroflexible character) shows up after Rick and his crew discover the prison.

There may not have been any out anchors on cable news when Anderson Cooper 360 debuted but by the time he officially came out yesterday, he could look at the experience of a number of hosts who came out before him and see the benefits of being open with his audience. As an interesting side note, this leaves Fox as the only cable news with no out hosts. I’m sure you’re shocked and anticipating the next series of “glass closet” stories.

You’re both coming off as terrible people, okay?

In a surprising move, HBO has ordered a fourth season of Eastbound & Down.

Terry Crews, whose career includes playing Chris Rock‘s dad on Everybody Hates Chris and the President in Idiocracy, will appear in five episodes of The Newsroom. He’ll play Will McAvoy‘s bodyguard.

Following the news of her divorce, Katie Holmes filmed an appearance on Project Runway All Stars.

Looking at this preview of The CW’s upcoming “extreme musical chairs” series, Oh Sit!, I’m thinking we’ve got a potential Best New Ridiculous Thing on Television, though perhaps the wink and nudge can come a little bit sooner.

If you’re one of those people who love how Oprah can’t hide her ego if she talks about herself long enough, OWN is planning to air a special, Oprah Builds a Network featuring her thoughts on starting a cable channel.

Are Today Show viewers feeling distanced from the morning show over the ousting of Ann Curry? Friday’s show, the first without Curry, lost in the ratings to Good Morning America. I feel bad for Savannah Guthrie, who deserves more than to be the Deborah Norville to Ann Curry’s Jane Pauley.

Tuesday’s Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will decides to make use of the information he has against EJ today, lets hope this goes better than his last attempt at getting the upper hand on EJ.

Pretty Little Liars Marathon (ABC Family) starting at 11:00 AM ET
Catch up on how the promising soapy thriller got away from the wheel-spinning and became compelling again with this 12-hour marathon.

America’s Got Talent (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Cirque du Solei and are here to keep interesting all the pauses that come in between announcing the results of last night’s votes. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for musical magic act Jarrett & Raja, who didn’t have a great performance but have such a fun concept for an act.

HGTV Design Star (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
In this episode of HGTV Design Star, the designers competing for their own show on HGTV design a kitchen in hopes of winning a feature in HGTV Magazine. Also, if there are any magical beings summoned by saying HGTV several times in a few minutes, we’ll find out in this episode.

Chopped (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
On the eve of Independence Day, Chopped presents a patriotic challenge with apple pie appetizers and bourbon desserts. I’m guessing we’ll be going with regional ingredients, then? I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for some Hatch green chile.

The Glee Project (Oxygen) 10:00 PM ET
The remaining hopefuls have to demonstrate their adaptability as they get ready for a performance of Jessie J‘s “Price Tag.”

Workaholics (Comedy Central) 10:30 PM ET
It’s time for a (bound-to-be) terrifying look at how Anders became the man he is today when we meed Anders’ dad.

Wednesday’s Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will and EJ continue to clash on Wednesday.

Twilight Zone Marathon (Syfy) starting at 8:00 AM ET
Syfy is spending the holiday with one of the greatest arguments that has ever existed against the idea of TV being a force for making people dumber. For those of you missing late sci-fi writer Ray Bradburry, “I Sing the Body Electric” is set to air at 2PM.

Firefly Marathon (Science) starting at 8:00 AM ET
The Science Channel is airing the entirety of one of the most beloved/mourned brilliant-but-cancelled shows. On the other hand, the upside of such brilliance being short-lived, you can watch the whole thing on a holiday.

Comedy Central Celebrates America (Comedy Central) starting at 9:00 AM ET
Comedy Central’s celebrating Independence Day with 9 hours of patriotic-themed episodes of Futurama, South Park and 30 Rock.

Dallas Marathon (TNT) starting at 5:00 PM ET
Now that there’s a second season coming, here’s your chance to catch up on TNT’s compelling follow-up to the iconic 80s soap, as TNT airs the entire series so far.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Regis Philbin hosts this celebration that promises performances from Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney and Madonna.

Dallas (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
The deed to Southfork turns the Ewing relationships and scheming upside down.

Futurama (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
Oh. No. Bender becomes a paparazzo, meaning a positively awful personality becomes involved in a terrible part of our culture. And yet, somehow the combination of awful and terrible will likely be absoloutely delightful?

Soul Man (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
The faboo Kim Coles shows up this week as Boyce is tempted to cheat on a choir competition by bringing in ringers.

Boston Pops Firework Specacular (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
ABC’s Independence Day celebration has Jennifer Hudson performing.

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

Thursday’s Preview

Suits Marathon (USA) starting at 6:00 AM ET
While there isn’t a new episode of Suits this week, USA is digging into the archives for a full day of USA’s new legal drama.