TV on Tap: FX Orders More “Archer” While Lily Tomlin, Scott Foley, Abbey Elliott, Jay Hernandez and Larry Wilmore Grab Pilot Roles

Be sure to join us for a Days of Our Lives liveblog as Will admits to Marlena
that he, too, loves earth tones. No, wait, there’s something else….


FX has ordered a fourth season of its animated spy parody Archer. Even better, it has signed a deal with series producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson to keep creating content for FX for two more seasons.

Marc Cherry‘s Devious Maids pilot just got even more interesting with the addition of ScrubsJudy Reyes and Without a Trace‘s Roselyn Sanchez.

The Fox pilot Living Large just got even funnier with the addition of Larry Wilmore. Larry joins Mike Vogel and Donald Sutherland as the show follows a partying blogger who becomes an NPR host. Wilmore will play a reserved intellectual who dreamed of becoming an NPR host until Vogel’s character gets the job. The role won’t get in the way of Wilmore’s Daily Show appearances.

The faboo Lily Tomlin is going to play Reba McEntire‘s mother in the ABC pilot Malibu Country, where McEntire plays a singer who moves her family from Nashville to Malibu after her rock star husband spends all her money, leaving a home in Malibu her last asset

With the return of Community coming in just three weeks, here’s a list of five episodes that you can use to hook your friends on the series. I’d add “Home Economics” the episode where Jeff is living in his car and Joel McHale first bared his buff torso for the first time in the series. Still, the recommendations include “Modern Warfare,” where Jeff ends up in his boxer briefs.

Is Abby Elliott leaving Saturday Night Live? She’s signed for the Fox comedy pilot Ben Fox is My Manny where she’ll play a single mother whose brother moves in with her to help with the child rearing. I’ll miss Ellott’s Rachel Maddow mostly because I’m waiting for SNL to air a sketch that mocks her actual quirks.

To take a break from the pilot casting news, Cougar Town hunk Josh Hopkins will appear in a two-episode story arc of In Plain Sight, that includes the episode where Mary runs into her ex, played by Cristian de la Fuente. That episode is sure going to be serving a lot of sexy.

Jay HernandezJay Hernandez is returning to TV with the Jerry Bruckheimer CBS pilot Trooper, where he’ll play a former Miami Homicide Detective who relocates to New York. Mira Sorvino will co-star with Hernandez.

Felicity hottie Scott Foley will star opposite Becki Newton in The Goodwin Games, the pilot from the creators of How I Met Your Mother about three siblings who reconnect after their father dies. As Vulture points out, with Scott Speedman and Greg Grunberg in pilots, the guys from Felicity all have projects this pilot season. However, since Foley will appear in the upcoming season of True Blood I wonder if this can be filed as casting news that spoils cable dramas.

I love the idea of female Doctor Who fans cosplaying as The Doctor and Captian Jack, but where are the Sara Jane Smith and Martha Jones drag queens?

TLC’s next freak show? A special about Extreme Cheapskates who dumpster dive and take other measures to save money. I’m convinced TLC’s programming is an experiment to see how many times a person can say “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore” before they actually try to relocate to Mars.

Friday’s Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Just as I was starting to feel disappointed that Nate hasn’t had many celebrity guests since he announced his show was wrapping up, he gets Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey to demonstrate how she prepares her Italian feasts. I’d rather see yet another another segment about getting great design out of bargain purchases.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that Will has admitted to himself that he wants to kiss a guy, he’s got something new to discuss with Marlena, though Sami might be getting in the way of a heart-to-heart. Still, apparently at the DiMera mansion there’s some real drama going on. Snicks will be liveblogging today.

Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
This week looks into the history of Blair Underwood‘s family, an undertaking the actor has pursued in the past, but without much luck. However, a new DNA study has created new possibilities for African-Americans seeking to understand their ancestry and Underwood is making use of it.

Degrassi (TeenNick) 9:00 PM ET
Marisol and Katie get a chance to prove that they’re awful when Imogen gets in trouble for something they all did together… I’m sure that’s going to leave Fiona forced to choose sides. I know every school has its mean girls and when they graduate someone takes their places but there’s something in how Degrassi handles its mean girl characters that makes me want to hit the fast forward button. At the least, I hope we’ll find out why Tristan and Tori hate Zig (besides his name, which seems to exist to inspire wordplay in recappers).

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Monroe has a tendency to get in trouble because of his association with Nick and this week it reaches a peak as he tries to help Nick investigate an extreme fight club (I guess they might as well get that storyline out of the way). I’m starting to think it’s time Grimm examined why Monroe keeps helping Nick. So far, it’s looking like he’s dealing with an extreme inability to say no, though I’d like to think he just enjoys the chemistry he has with Nick.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
When Merlin heads to a remote village to investigate a mysterious illness and he realizes he cannot use his magic to heal the villagers. Does that make you think there’s something causing the sickness? Would it be an episode of Merlin if the trouble were solved so simply?

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the 10th anniversary of the feminist bookstore where a surprise visitor (Penny Marshall) leaves Toni and Candace with the kind of uncomfortable expression we usually see on the poor souls who make the mistake of entering their store. Meanwhile, the “sanitation twins” teach people how to separate their trash in a sketch that had me in stitches when IFC previewed it.

Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) 10:00 PM ET
Spartacus leads a mission to rescue Crixus from captivity, but that might get complicated by another gladiator from the House of Batiatus. Meanwhile, Ilythia continues to scheme and make me sad that Footballers Wives never got picked up as a series.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Jimmy’s getting a performance from the Broadway cast of Sister Act.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
John Waters is making another visit to Craig‘s couch tonight.

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