TV on Tap: FX Orders a Fourth Season of “Louie,” Martin Sheen Joins Charlie “Anger Management” and “HIMYM” Prepares a Soundtrack


HBO’s documentaries get fasionable with About Face: Supermodels Then and Now

News

At the panel in front of the Television Critics Association, FX announced that it had ordered a fourth season of Louie as well as seven more episodes of Russell Brand‘s talk show Brand X, though it would go through creative changes first. I hope those changes include better lighting and upgrading the footage to low-resolution video.

Meanwhile, Martin Sheen will appear with his son in an episode of Anger Management. If FX ends up ordering more episodes (which seems likely), his character will continue to appear on a recurring basis.

While previous pitches for Marvel series haven’t gone far, the publisher is considering pitching a series “in the Avengers world” but not including any of the characters from the movie. As a superhero nerd, my first thought that TV was finally going to get that big soap featuring Jan, Wanda, Simon, Vision and Hank that I think of when I hear of The Avengers, but apparently they’re considering a variety of ideas including a “high-concept cop show”.

In a final bit of FX news, the network is still trying to make Powers into a series and will likely start from scratch with a new cast.

First it was Polly Walker, now Ivan Sergei has signed up for a recurring role on The Mentalist.

AMC is developing a series about Area 51 based on a book that chronicled the secret military facility through interviews with people who worked there in the 50s and 60s. The project is produced Gale Anne Hurd, who also produces The Walking Dead.

The cast of American Horror Story continues to grow with Franka Potente appearing in a two-episode arc.

While the potential ninth season is still being negotiated, How I Met Your Mother is putting out a soundtrack, which will include all of Robin Sparkles‘ music as well as… oh, they had me at “Let’s Go to the Mall.”

Lauren Tom (Bad Santa, Men in Trees) will appear on Supernatural in what might be a recurring role as one character’s overbearing mother.

Just because series star Kate Walsh is leaving after 13 more episodes, Private Practice may continue past her departure.

I would have very much preferred The Middle with Ricki Lake in the lead role.

Heather Locklear will be appearing in a three-episode arc on Hot in Cleveland.

I thought the drop-off between the two episodes that aired on the series debut night was a bad sign, but the second week of Sullivan and Son stayed strong in the ratings.

Listings

Daria (MTV) starting at 9:00 AM ET
MTV’s retro block digs back to the days before The Real World: Las Vegas starting this week. Since, last I saw, there are a few Daria fans out there, I figured you’d like to know.

Bunheads (ABC) Family) 9:00 PM ET
With its “bill paying season,” Paradise has looked pretty lax about money, but that doesn’t stop something from disappearing from Michelle’s house, just after she let students use the place to change.

The Closer (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for one more visit from Brenda‘s parents as she tries to keep things calm after a Catholic priest is killed.

About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
HBO’s latest documentary takes a look at a variety of supermodels (including Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson, Paulina Porizkova and Isabella Rossellini) and their history through interviews. I hear this one has one has more than a few moments that turned out to be far more candid than intended.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Artie used an artifact to make things right last week, now its Claudia‘s turn. Let’s hope Aaron Ashmore has more to do than appear as a body lying next to a metronome.

RuPaul’s Drag U (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
I hope they still have the plastic wrap in the workroom as this week sees Sharon Needles, Raja and Pandora Boxx work with three plus-sized women. I foresee one of Pandora Boxx’s improvised girdles.

In the Big House (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
While Louis tries to plan a family picture (despite Dotsie‘s apparent belief that taking a picture with her ex-husband means they’re married again), Michel and Jay look for a surrogate mother. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for another appearance by Joey.

The Glass House (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Last week, Jeffery nominated himself for elimination, despite his alliance having had a strong run, that kind of overconfidence usually means doom, but this hasn’t been the usual reality show.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
So they gave us a reveal about the Kanima last week, but we were all too busy screaming, “What did you do, Lily? What did you do?” to really notice, so Matt‘s going to get our attention by creating a hostage crisis. Also, as the last, breathing Argent woman (what do you think the chances are that a new branch of the family will show up next season?), Allison has to make some big decisions.

Degrasssi (Teen Nick) 10:00 PM Et
While today and tomorrow’s storylines don’t sound particularly gay, it does have new religious student Becky learning the hard way that you don’t leave your hunky brother alone with Jenna. (I think Degrassi has found the one context where Jenna isn’t annoying.) Meanwhile, Claire gives the old-school fans a flashback to the time Wheels ran away and got into a stranger’s car.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Jerry O’Connell (along with Carole Radziwill, clearly Andy can’t go more than a few days without talking to one of the Real Housewives) is on tonight’s show. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some Mockingbird Lane scoop.

Olympic Highlights

Beach Volleyball (NBC) 4:00 PM ET
Team USA faces off against Team Poland.

NBC Primetime (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps race each other in the 200 meter freestyle, plus there’s men’s gymnatics and diving!

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

All the Right Moves (Oxygen) 9:00 PM ET
We’ve been hearing about Travis Wall post-So You Think You Can Dance reality show, it finally hits the airways tomorrow. (We’ll have an interview and photo spread with Travis and his three main castmates (Nick, Teddy and Kyle) later today!

HGTV Design Star All Stars (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
I hope you haven’t had enough Design Star yet because its time for the series’ best to face off.

Trivia Triptych

Congratulations to no one for figuring out this week’s trivia challenge. And I thought this was an easy one before I posted it!

 

Viewers eventually learned that what they watched of the three characters’ lives were imaginary. On Roseanne viewers learned that the series was a novel bring written by Roseanne Connor (Roseanne Barr) in her free time. In the final episode of Newhart, it turned out that characters like Michael Harris (Peter Scolari) were all a part of a dream by Dr. Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart‘s character from The Bob Newhart Show). Finally, St. Elsewhere ended by revealing the series, which included Mark Harmon as Dr. Robert Caldwell, was what Dr Westphall autistic son Tommy imagined life was like in the hospital in his snow globe.

I guess I’ll scratch “characters from the Tommy Westphall universe” as a potential puzzle.

 

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