TV on Tap: “Drop Dead Diva” Rises from the Grave, Tom Cullen Goes “Downton” and John Barrowman Might Join the “Doctor Who” Anniversary


Switched at Birth breaks new ground with an episode performed entirely in American Sign Language.

News

During an appearance on a British daytime talk show, John Barrowman revealed that he’s been contacted by the current Doctor Who team about participating in the 50th anniversary celebration. The negotiations are in the very early stages — Barrowman was telling reporters the day before he hadn’t been contacted — but at least they’re finally talking.

Annie Potts has joined the ABC pilot Murder in Manhattan, which follows a Park Avenue widow who solves murders with her daughter. The drama’s cast also includes Enver Gjokaj and Brendan Hines.

Mike White says that if Enlightened gives us a third season, it would likely be a “send up of the legal world” as Abaddon sues Amy and she files a countersuit. That has me feeling ready to spend another season with Amy and all her frustrating faults.

Not only will Shirley MacLaine be back on the upcoming season of Downton Abbey, five more characters will be joining the drama including Weekend‘s Tom Cullen as a childhood friend and potential new romance for Mary. However, there’s one more character to write out as Siobhan Finneran announced that she would be leaving Mrs. O’Brien‘s villainous ways behind.

In a surprise development, Deadline broke the news that Lifetime has un-cancelled the law dramedy Drop Dead Diva… except that this season will secretly have the soul of another recently-cancelled legal drama.

However, Zero Hour is not so lucky. The conspiracy thriller has been pulled from the schedule and basically cancelled. ABC says the remaining episodes will air over the summer, as every network does when they pull a show from the schedule.

The Fox comedy pilot Enlisted, which follows three brothers working at an Army base in Florida, has cast its third brother, TVLine reports. Veronica Mars and Private Practice alum Chris Lowell has joined the show, where he’ll play brothers to Parker Young and Geoff Stults.

In a brilliant-but-uncomfortable bit of casting, Fox’s Gavin & Stacey remake, Friends & Family has cast Alexis Bledel for the Stacey role. Bledel is a solid choice, I can see her handling Stacey’s quirkiness, sweetness and vulnerability — except, as TVLine points out this means Jason Ritter will go from romancing Lauren Graham on Parenthood to romancing Graham’s Gilmore Girls daughter.

TMZ says that the rumored fourth judge for the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent will be Heidi Klum. I’m guessing she’ll play the role of the brutally honest judge that Howard Stern didn’t fill last season.

A former model is suing the studio that makes Mad Men for using her image in the series’ iconic opening sequence, charging that the image is being used without her permission. At the least, it sounds like someone’s record keeping needs work.

The CW is reviving the improv game show Whose Line Is It Anyway? for a summer run. It should be the same show fans remember with Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie returning (they’ll be joined by a guest each week) but the amazing Aisha Tyler will be hosting this version.

Mary McCormack has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot Welcome to the Family where she’ll play wife to Mike O’Malley.

Supposedly, Smash‘s second season was due to good number of DVR viewers. However, this season, not only is the musical drama ratings are down it isn’t taking space on DVRs either.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Since the media barely covered the Chandra Levy case the first time around, today Anderson has an EXCLUSIVE talk with her mother along with an interview with Nikita star Maggie Q.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
From what I can figure, today’s show is about giving a viewer a “Tip-Off” makeover where some of Rachael‘s regular experts compete to see who can offer the best DIY tips. I think? Anyway, John Gidding (is that beard new?) is in two of the “Tip-Off” rounds.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Er, Nick does realize what happens in a town like Salem when you can make a room full of people that angry with you, right? (I’m sure Stefano can explain.) Regardless, it looks like he’ll continue to spend today making sure the Brady family members all have motivation for attempted murder. We’ll be following it with a liveblog so make sure to be here starting at !PM Eastern!

The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Carrie finds a way to sneak out for a wild night with Larissa and her Interview magazine colleagues… except that excuse turns out to be motivation for her dad to also go out. What are the chances they’ll end up at the same place? The gods of TV plotting demand it.

Switched at Birth (ABC Family)
Among the great qualities of Switched at Birth is the depth it handles being deaf, from the ways it changes how one approaches everyday life, the various voices within the deaf community and the different ways hearing people respond to having a deaf person in their life. Tonight, it delivers an episode told entirely in ASL as the student body of Carlton fights to keep their school open, a battle that leaves Bay unhappily on the sideline.

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
You know from the first moment Liam showed up, it could only end up with Aiden held captive shirtless with Josh eventually coming to his rescue. You’d think the elder vampires and werewolves would have learned. It never ends well for anyone who tries to keep Josh and Aiden apart.

90210 (CW) 9:00 PM ET
There are only seven episodes left to 90210 and Teddy is still not mentioned in the episode description. He was pretty much the only reason to ever watch, so no surprise viewers have been fleeing the show for the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Dixon gets Silver to buy-in to Michaela‘s singing career by convincing Silver to direct Michaela’s first music video. Presumably, our boy Teddy might show up at some point.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
As we work our way through the “Who’s Little Edie?” scandal (there’s a little girl on a Ryan Murphy sitcom who knows all about Edie!), the dolls have to put together a charity single that guest-judges La Toya Jackson and the Pointer Sisters can approve.

The Following (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
The FBI considers transferring Joe‘s case to a different facility and putting a different agent in charge, which Ryan suspects is some kind of trick. But isn’t everything a trick?

The Staircase (Sundance) 10:00 PM ET
Sundance follows-up on the crime documentary miniseries The Staircase with a two-part follow-up that follows Michael Peterson‘s further attempts to get himself acquitted for his wife’s murder.

After Lately (E!) 10:30 PM ET
When handyman Hank seems a little too eager to take care of Jiffy‘s needs compared to everyone else, that gets the staff to claim that Hank is motivated by a crush on Jiffy.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews is guest-hosting the show tonight (and tomorrow) when he’ll be chatting with NeNe Leakes.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Marlee Matlin is visiting tomorrow’s show.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy‘s set to talk with music producer Clive Davis tomorrow.

The New Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricki‘s talking about sex tomorrow with Dan Savage a part of the discussion.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Oh look, EJ and Sami start discussing what they can do about a problem like Nick. Make sure you can join tomorrow’s liveblog!

 

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