TV on Tap: Emile Hirsch Joins Bonnie & Clyde, Shonda Rhimes Upset by Lack of Diversity on TV and When Will Melissa McCarthy Outgrow “Mike & Molly?”


Oxygen kicks off its modeling competition The Face tonight,
to keep things simple, it’s airing on the same night and time as
Face Off.

News

G4 will soon be gone from your cable line-up, replaced by The Esquire Network which aims to be “an upscale Bravo for men.” The new channel’s first show will be Knife Fight a cooking competition show hosted by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall, who absolutely no one was demanding to see on TV again. The network will also heavily feature Adam Scott with reruns of Parks & Recreation and Party Down. I have little interest in any show that brings back anyone from that awful second season of Top Chef (because I watched it once and NEVER AGAIN), but I can suport putting plenty of Adam Scott on TV.

Fox’s comedy pilot about a New York police prescient just picked its police captain casting Andre Braugher to be in charge of the workplace that includes Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz. This is easily turning into the most promising pilot of the current season.

A very close second among promising pilot casts is the CBS comedy Mom, which already has Anna Faris and Allison Janney. Now Nate Corddry has joined as Faris’ restaurant manager boss, according to Deadline (hands up if you watched United States of Tara and still shudder at the mention of Nate Corddry playing a restaurant manager). And also, TVLine reports that Breaking Bad alum Matt Jones will play Faris’ ex. However, before we get too excited, let’s remember how great I Hate My Teenage Daughter sounded based on its cast — and then we saw it.

There’s a lot that Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes says in an interview with Salon that gives me visions of shark tanks and Olivia Pope wearing water skis (or having sex with a ghost that turns out to be a hallucination caused by a brain tumor) but I do appreciate her frustration with the lack of diversity on TV, ” I think it’s sad, and weird, and strange that it’s still a thing, nine years after we did Grey’s, that it’s still a thing. It’s creepy to me that it’s still an issue, that there aren’t enough people of color on television. Why is that still happening? It’s 2013. Somebody else needs to get their act together. And oh, by the way it works. Ratings-wise, it works. People like to see it. I don’t understand why people don’t understand that the world of TV should look like the world outside of TV.”

Melissa McCarthy has another hit movie on her resume with Identity Thief. If her next few movies do as well how long until she leaves Mike & Molly?

Lifetime and The History Channel have cast the leads for their mini-series about Bonnie & Clyde, recruiting Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger to play the bank robbing duo.

Production on the new online versions of All My Children and One Life to Live is scheduled to begin on February 25. I think that means we’re two weeks away from feeling like these soaps are really coming back.

TVLine reports that Lisa Edelstein will be turning to Pope & Associates for help in an upcoming episode of Scandal, which is returning to the case-of-the-week format for the rest of the season.

Remember Duck Tales? it changed the face of daytime — kicking off an interest bin syndicated afternoon TV by large media companies such as Disney. AV Club puts together a great history of the series and explains its relevance.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated)Check local listings
Regina King is Anderson‘s co-host today to get you in the mood for Southland‘s return. Meanwhile, Emmy Rossum visits to talk up Shameless and Beautiful Creatures.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Julie Andrews is joining the Talk table today.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
We’re looking forward to tomorrow night’s episode of Necessary Roughness and hoping Mehcad Brooks will have a good preview when he talks with Wendy.

The Jerry Springer Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Oh, joy. Today’s show features gay-for-pay performers confessing to their girlfriends about the truth of what they were doing on all those trips to Las Vegas. Brace yourself for things to be loud and homophobic.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Since everyone else in town is busy dealing with heartbreak and acting out, it’s up to Emily and Jason to try to figure out what happened to Ali on her trip to Cape May. Anything that keeps Jason in Rosewood has got to be a good thing, right?

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
In case you haven’t noticed all those commercials for Bryan Singer‘s new film, Jack the Giant Killer, Face Off is helping promote it with what sounds like the usual, “Design something that would fit in the world of our promoted product” challenge.

The Face (Oxygen) 9:00 PM ET
Oxygen gets into the modeling competiton genre tonight with a show that offers supermodel mentors and Nigel Barker as host. However, one of the mentors is Naomi Campbell, which means most people will be tuning in to see if she can keep her temper in check.

The Lying Game (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the school formal, which is the time of year when a soapy teen thriller has characters plotting big moves. In this case, Emma tries to capture Rebecca and Sutton in a lie.

Justified (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Not only is tonight the State of the Union speech, but Justified‘s scheduled ep is focused on that severed foot. This is a good night of TV for Rachel Maddow.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time for the latest Champions round, with mystery baskets featuring sea snails, carrot juice and honeycomb.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Last week, Anderson featured a tell-all about the church of Scientology, this week he’s talking with Libby Phelps Alvarez, who used to be a member of the Westboro Baptist Church.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy‘s talking with Chris Noth and Joan Collins tomorrow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
I see Will’s name in tomorrow’s synopsis.

 

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