TV on Tap: Frances Conroy Returning to “American Horror Story,” “Doctor Who” Breaks Ratings Records and Do Gay Comedies Get Away with Racist Humor?


You know you’ll end up talking about what happened on the VMAs tomorrow.

News

Hunky Geoff Stults will have a recurring role in the upcoming Fox comedy Ben & Kate starting with the Halloween episode.

In related news, Bones creator Hart Hanson says he planned to bring the late Michael Clarke Duncan back for another episode of Bones to establish what happened to the characters from The Finder.

In today’s “this just keeps getting better” news, Frances Conroy will be appearing in the new season of American Horror Story. Conroy is reliably amazing in horror roles, so I was a little disappointed she wasn’t a part of the returning cast. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case.

Paul Abbott‘s drama about a transgender assassin Hit & Miss has been cancelled.

In Breaking Bad news (what? did you think obsessive Breaking Bad fans were done talking about it?) some nerd tried to compute an estimated value of Skyler‘s big pile of cash. Short version: it was a biiig pile of cash.

You can add Christina Ricci to the list of upcoming guest-stars of The Good Wife. She’ll play a controversial, crude comedian. How long until the producers feel the need to issue denials that Ricci’s character isn’t inspired by (previous Good Wife guest-star) Sarah Silverman?

Bravo has literally ordered a fifth season of The Rachel Zoe Project.

I’m not sure what to think about GQ‘s article about “gaycism,” which is its term for racist humor in gay-inclusive shows like Modern Family and The New Normal. On one hand, there are gay creators who need to realize that belonging to one repressed group doesn’t give them an innate understanding of all other groups. Still, the article has the slighted tone I’ve seen in too many “Who can say what?” articles and gaycism already has a meaning.

I used to love how fans of The Mole would obsess about every little shot, wondering if it was a clue to the identity of The Mole. I see a similar obsessiveness in Breaking Bad fandom, thanks to that show’s attention to detail. However, sometimes a yellow top is just a yellow top.

Ohmigodohmigodohmigod, Kate del Castillo, who will forever be Teresa Mendoza, La Reina del Sur (some of you might remember her for her Weeds role) will appear on Gimm as a detective from Albuquerque who comes to Portland looking for a missing child. I’d start chanting “Spin-off! Spin-off!” but apparently there’s a Reina sequel coming.

The return of Doctor Who set a record for BBC America. The episode drew 1.6 million viewers, making it the channel’s most watched telecast.12:50 AM 9/6/2012

Perhaps it was the reunion with Dinesh D’Souza (who said the thing that got Politically Incorrect cancelled) or people wanting to see Bill‘s response to Clint Eastwood‘s speech but last week’s Real Time with Bill Maher reached an 8-year high.

The Democratic National Convention was good for MSNBC, which had the most-watched coverage on cable. However, I was more interested in comparing the ratings to last week’s Republican Convention. On the first night, the DNC drew a million more viewers for the night and in the primetime hour carried by the broadcast networks.

Listings

Talking Liberally: The Stephanie Miller Show (Current) 9:00 AM ET
Reporting from the Democratic National Convention, Steph and the mooks will be talking with Joe. My. God. blogger Joe Jervis

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Today’s show returns to Days‘ gays as Sami starts to be aware of Will and Gabi‘s drama along with more of Sonny and T. At least you can watch it while following our liveblog starting at 1PM Eastern!

The 2012 Video Music Awards (MTV) 8:00 PM ET
Kevin Hart hosts this year’s ceremony which promises performances from Rihanna (who’s set to open the show), Frank Ocean, Pink, Green Day and One Direction as well as the U.S. debut of K-Pop rapper Psy. I hope he’ll be trying to beat the craziness of the “Gangnam Style” video. Be sure to join us as we follow the action on Twitter and Tumblr!

Coverage of the Democratic National Convention (PBS, Current, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, MSNBC) 8:00 PM ET
While tonight’s big event is President Obama accepting his party’s nomination I’m sure a lot of you will want to see Zach Wahls get to speak. Basically, it sounds like a good night if you like them smart and sexy.

Project Runway (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
The designers hit the street this week, looking to see what they can sell. I think that ends up leading into a team challenge or something. This week’s promo is a bit unclear, save for the team drama.

Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
It’s time for what’s usually the craziest episode of the season as we go behind-the-scenes at Childrens Hospital.

NTSF:SD:SUV:: (Adult Swim) 12:15 AM ET
Clearly predicting the wild interest in time travelling adventures following last weekends’ premiere of Doctor Who, the NTSF team are recruited by a trio looking to stop a demented renaissance man.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check loca listings
Kristin Chenoweth‘s making her first public appearance since her Good Wife injury tomorrow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s more WilSon drama tomorrow and (surprise!) Will ends up confiding in Marlena. At least you can turn to a liveblog.

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