TV on Tap: “Downton Abbey” Should Have Been Gayer, “Desperate Housewives,” “In Plain Sight” Get Farewell Visits, John Leguizamo Remaking a Britcom

It’s a new school year at Degrassi with a new group of freshmen starting classes.


Mmmm, yes. Hottie Cristian de la Fuente will return to In Plain Sight for one episode of the farewell season as Mary‘s ex-fiance. Sadly, there’s no mention of flimsy plot excuses to get his shirt off.

Meanwhile, In Plain Sight star Mary McCormack has found her first role after Marshall Mary, she’s joined an ABC comedy pilot about a female executive who becomes a stay-at-home mom.

The latest takedown of Downton Abbey for its historical accuracy suggests that Lord Grantham and Mr. Bates should have been lovers since when a Lord hired a fellow veteran as his valet, it was often a way to cover their romance. I have to admit, combine that with how Lord Grantham’s marriage started as one of convenience and that could have been the beginning of a very interesting show.

This makes me more likely to check out Marc Cherry‘s Devious Maids: Ana Ortiz has joined the cast. I still expect it will jump the shark if it gets a second season.

College Humor hilariously characterizes TV channels as your family members.

Desperate Housewives will have a flashback episode that looks to the series’ best days with Steven Culp and the faboo Lupe Ontiveros making a return to the series. I can’t wait.

John Leguizamo returns to TV with an ABC remake of a British comedy, Only Fools and Horses about two brothers and their grandfather as they pursue various get-rich-quick schemes. If ABC doesn’t pick up the pilot, it has to develop another show for Leguizamo based on his own life. I have to admit, that last part has me rooting against the remake.

Here’s some news that should make that Community hiatus a little more bearable. There’s an Inspector Spacetime web series in the works.

Donald Sutherland just signed up to play Mike Vogel‘s father in the Fox comedy pilot Living Loaded. From Always Sunny In Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney, the pilot follows a partying blogger whose life takes a big change when he gets a job as an NPR host. Not only will Sutherland play Vogel’s boss, his character is also the manager of a Public Radio station.

Sharon Osbourne is about to appear on Up All Night as a version of herself who frequently battles with Ava, whose talk show films near the set of The Talk.


Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
I’ll be tuning in to watch Daniel Dae Kim sit in the guest-host’s chair since I don’t have much interest in seeing either Jon Cryer or Derek Hough.

Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson is dedicating his 100th show to Janet Jackson, who will discuss her brother, being a kid at Studio 54, her secret marriage and participate in a dance-off.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Apparently, “A” is getting tired of torturing Aria, Hanna, Spencer and Emily because the text messenger of terror is adding a victim this week. Would this be a good time to mention how many soap opera mysteries will let the villain try to distract suspicion by making themselves a victim?

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
While the HIMYM team hopes pairing Robin and Ted again brings Ted back from the brink of horrible, Barney finds a secret video Marshall and Lily made.

The Voice (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
It’s time for a third round of auditions and, with luck, more awkward scenes of Carson visiting auditioners at their workplace so we can learn to dislike their acting abilities before they sing a note.

2 Broke Girls (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
When Max has the chance to sell a bunch of cupcakes for a Bar Mitzvah, she tries to claim that her cupcakes are kosher. I get that this is an excuse for Max and Caroline to dress differently and struggle to maintain a guise, but I usually hate sitcom episodes where a lie needs to be covered with bigger and bigger lies, are they trying to make the cupcake business as unwatchable as the diner schemes?

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
As if addiction to possessing people and turning the hot doc’s girlfriend crazy weren’t bad enough, Josh finds out that Sally‘s mother is dying. If addiction is going to be a big theme of the season, are we going to see someone go Dark Willow? If so, I’m betting on Josh.

The Lying Game (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
Now that Ethan‘s been arrested and on his way back to Phoenix, Emma doubles up her efforts to dig up evidence to help his case. Worse, the case gets unpredictable as Alec ends up calling in a special prosecutor to take on the case to deal with any conflict-of-interest issues he may have and give him more time to have scheming phone calls with Ted. Maybe this will be the time Ted says, “It’s like Sutton‘s two different people, sometime.” and Alec realizes what Emma and Sutton have been doing.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
Now that the seniors have graduated, there are some new students at Degrassi including Owen‘s brother Tristan, who might add some perspective on why Owen had issues with Riley and Zane.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
After their infomercial, the dolls are tasked with performing for a sitcom about women in prison. Sadly, they probably aren’t repurposing scripts from the short-lived Fox sitcom Women in Prison because I’d pay to see drag queens fight over who gets to take on Wendy Jo Sperber‘s role.

It’s A Brad Brad World (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
As Brad and Gary‘s anniversary party gets closer, Brad meets with Shay Mitchell for a fitting which makes this another Monday with a double-feature of Shay.

Smash (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
I have to admit, I’m still feeling mixed about this series, though I was surprised the other day to wake up with “Let Me Be Your Star” stuck in my head. Still, I’m drawn to the performers’ stories so maybe Smash will finally win me over tonight as the show looks to cast its Joe DeMaggio and Karen considers a role in the show chorus.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
In my years living in Honolulu, I never heard of Hawaiian war re-enactors, but I guess it’s as good an excuse as any to have some historical costumes on display and maybe to get a hunky guy in a malo loincloth. This episode also has Apollo Ohno as a Hawaiian history buff, which has me hoping for hilariously mispronounced Hawaiian, but Ohno probably has the background to avoid that danger.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
With a new season of her show debuting tonight, Andy’s got Bethenny Frankel visiting. I’m actually tempted to tune in. I liked Frankel when I finally saw the first season of The Real Housewives of New York. She was actually funny, not reality TV funny.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Rejoice, Colbert fans! The series is expected to resume filming tonight.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Dave is getting a visit from  Jesse Tyler Ferguson tonight.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
If you didn’t get enough of  Anjelica Huston on tonight’s Smash, she’ll be talking with Jimmy.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Matthew Morrison will be sitting in the guest-host seat tomorrow.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Jesse Tyler Ferguson will be guest-hosting tomorrow’s show. I’m debating if that’s enough to make Elisabeth‘s petulance tolerable.