TV on Tap: FX Signs Up for Charlie Sheen’s “Anger Management,” “GCB” Gets Hunkier and “Happy Endings’” Ratings Leap

NBC kicks off Halloween weekend with the dark fairy tale of Grimm.


The big news is that FX has picked up Charlie Sheen‘s adaptation of Anger Management, an order that makes sense when you consider that FX currently airs Two and a Half Men and holds the rights to the Anger Management movie. The first season will last ten episodes but if that one meets certain ratings goals, FX will order ninety (ninety!) more episodes.

EW’s calling it a True Blood reunion but I’m calling it an Ugly Betty flashback. Either way, the horribly-named GCB has signed up Kevin Alejandro and Grant Bowler to make an appearance.

Speaking of Ugly Betty, Silvio Horta is working on another dramedy. this time with the director of Easy A. The project, Mrs. Miller, follows a retired CIA operative who gets dragged back into her old espionage career, forcing her to try to live two lives as suburban “queen bee housewife” and as a tough espionage agent.

TNT has picked a male lead to star against Tricia Helfer in their search-and-rescue drama Scent of the Missing, and it’s Eric Winter, who you probably remember best as the McCallister brother that Kevin Walker fell for in Brothers & Sisters‘ first and second seasons.

If you need a White Collar fix before the crime drama returns next year, Martha Thomason will appear soon on 2 Broke Girls for a two-episode arc, where she will get between Max and Johnny.

snicks told you about Happy Endings‘ great ratings in the briefs, but I wanted to add a few observations. First, that Halloween episode delivered the series’ best-ever ratings. This was also the best Happy Endings has done at retaining the audience that watched Modern Family. From the looks of things, putting the Halloween episode online helped viewers discover the show, much like how the online previews of New Girl helped it premiere to big numbers. Let’s keep our fingers crossed those new viewers stick around for next week’s episode.

Friday’s Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate visits the 326 square foot apartment of comedian Arden Myrin and offers advice on designing for small spaces. Then, he gets a visit from Spike Mendelsohn, who will talk about how to get the flavor of expensive foods like steak and lobster for less by using affordable alternatives.

A Gifted Man (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Michael encounters a former football star (Allan Louis, who played the barely-there Marco on Privileged) who has hit hard times, now homeless and in bad need of help.

Chuck (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Okay, NBC’s spy drama just bugs my partner and I silly for straining credibility. Still, I know a number of you are fans and tonight the final season begins as Chuck takes on a thief (Mark Hamil) and an investor (Craig Kilborn) who have stolen money from the wrong people.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
It’s a family reunion when Michael and Nikita find Nikita’s father (David Keith). Meanwhile, Percy finds a way to get Alex more interested in retrieving Nikita’s black box.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
From producer Sean Hayes and co-creator David Greenwalt (Buffy, Profit, Angel) comes this drama about a homicide detective who learns that the dangers from the fairy tales are real — and that he’s the rare person able to handle such threats. I know the reviews haven’t been kind, but I’m still hoping this compares well with Greenwalt’s earlier series.

Gold Rush: Alaska (Discovery) 9:00 PM ET
The prospectors return for another season of heavy machinery and unaware innuendo as they continue to work their way to that glory hole.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
The Winchester brothers are back on the FBI’s radar thanks to the leviathans, forcing the hunter brothers to seek a way to fall off the grid.

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
When Magnus travels to Africa to meet with the Sanctuary’s new financial guru, it turns into a hostage situation.

X-Men (G4) 11:00 PM ET
The news of a second mutant kidnapping turns out to be a trap set by an anti-mutant group.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
Craig’s guest list tonight includes out comic Judy Gold and a performance by Duran Duran.


Graham Norton starts a new season of his talk show Saturday.

Saturday’s Listings

beCAUSE: Illegal Love (Logo) 8:00 PM ET
Logo’s latest beCAUSE documentary is a French look at the Proposition 8 battle. It should be interesting to follow the battle from a different perspective.

Possessing Piper Rose (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Lifetime is celebrating with a new film that has Robecca Romijn as a woman who adopts a 4-year-old with her husband, only for the girl to be possessed by her dead birth mother.

Supah Ninjahs (Nick) 8:30 PM ET
A clan who want to take the dojo for themselves, the Ishina Clan, makes their move against the Ninjahs. I hope Hologramps has a way of dealing with intruders.

Zombie Apocalypse (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Sure, by now you know what an AMC take on the zombie movie would be like, but how about a Syfy Original Movie version of the Zombie Apocalypse with Ving Rhames leading a group of survivors?

Bedlam (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
On first glance, a man getting calls in the dead of night seems like a stalker, but in Bedlam Height, there’s a good chance something dead and/or evil is involved. Meanwhile, Ryan discovers even more about Jed‘s past.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
He’s back! Graham kicks off his tenth season with Kate Winslet, Rob Brydon (you’ll probably recognize him as Gavin & Stacey‘s Uncle Brin), Jamie Bell and musical guest Noah & the Whale.

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