TV on Tap: “Glee” Grabs Katey Sagal, Comedy Central takes the Late Night Crown and “Mad Men” Style Returns to Sunday Nights

Angela Lansbury talking show tunes!
That’s why you should be excited about a new season of
Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook.


FX has issued an apology to fans of The Americans who found their DVR recordings cut off early. The episode ran for 67 minutes but listings had the run time going for an hour, meaning many viewers missed vital scenes. FX is putting the full episode online for viewers to catch up.

The next target for Adult Swim — 80s detective shows. Deadline reports that the late night block has ordered a new live action series, Hole to Hole, that will parody 80s detective shows.

Since I find Artie one of the more toxic characters on Glee, I didn’t expect to be excited at the thought of meeting his mother, but she’s going to be played by Katey Sagal  (who was once one of Bette Midler‘s Harlettes) which suddenly has me caring about him a smidge. I’m still not sure what kind of casting it would take to get me to care about Kitty or Will.

Paul Reubens has joined the cast of Once Upon a Time‘s Wonderland spin-off series, according to Deadline. He’ll play the voice of the White Rabbit.

When I venture into message boards and comment threads where people are discussing TV, I’m a little appalled to observe what has been aptly dubbed Skyler White syndrome, where a female character who calls out a male antihero on his faults becomes the focus of hate among viewers.

So. Uh. The BBC considered making an animated Doctor Who series which would feature all eleven Doctors (wouldn’t that raise the question of where twelve and thirteen are?) I don’t know what to think of that.

With all the talk about late night TV in the past few weeks, NPR’s Linda Holmes asks why there isn’t similar attention paid to daytime TV. Last week, Judge Joe Brown was cancelled after a fifteen year run, drawing as many viewers as The Tonight Show (the top late night talker) does. Meanwhile, the top daytime court show, Judge Judy draws more viewers than any late night host does.

Speaking of the late night wars, Comedy Central declared victory as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report managed to draw more viewers in the target demo than any of its late night competitors. Comedy Central has won the late night ratings battle on individual nights before but this is the first time Stewart and Colbert landed on top for a full quarter.

Friday’s Listings

Good Morning America (ABC) Check local listings
Good thing I watched last night’s Scandal right away because that’s how I found out that this morning’s GMA will have Valerie Harper, Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore to discuss reuniting.

Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook (PBS) Check local listings
Michael Feinstein is back for another look at the history of American popular music starting with a look at musical theatre. Since you know Feinstein wouldn’t tackle the subject without spending some time with the great show tune performers, he sits down with Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole and Stephen Sondheim.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
While I‘d like to see Michael find a role where he continues to be a valuable part of the team even without his hand, I guess Nikita isn’t there since this week Nikita follows another lead on a prostetic hand that could bring things back to the way things were before. I’m still hoping Michael ends up finding a way to become a guy who doesn’t let a disability slow him down.

Friday Night Spotlight (TCM) 8:00 PM ET
Turner Classic Movies kicks off its new film showcase series by turning to Cher to co-host “A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film,” a four-part series featuring 17 films Cher picked to highlight the changing roles of women. The first part looks at motherhood with Mildred Pierce at 8PM, Stella Dallas at 10PM, Penny Serenade at Midnight and Bachelor Mother at 2:15 AM.

Happy Endings (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Tonight’s double-feature starts with RuPaul as a hairdresser who has been working for the Kerkovitch sisters for years in peace, only to see that start to go down the drain when Max enters the salon. Then, while Penny tries to reconcile with her estranged dad (Andy Richter) before her wedding, the guys are wrapped in a food truck rivalry between Steak Me Home Tonight and The Brazilian. Guess who becomes a turncoat when it turns out the owner of The Brazilian has a hot son? (Me, all it would take is a good bowl of vatapa* but I suspect a Brazilian food truck wouldn’t serve that.),
*It’s a stew that has ginger, spicy peppers, coconut milk, tomatoes, cilantro and peanuts, combining the greatest quantity of the most delicious flavors known to man.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
As Maya continues to go through her teenage rebellion phase, she gets rid of her cello after a bad audition and leaves me sadly shaking my head. Is everyone self-destructing this season? That’s one way to make me appreciate Tristan‘s lack of screen time.

Spartacus (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
We’re at the penultimate episode of the entire series and we pretty much know how this is going to end (Agron taps into the Phoenix Force and saves the rebellion, right? Right? Don’t tell me I’ve been writing outlining too much fanfic!). This is why the grocery store started carrying tissues in club store sizes.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s taken a season-and-a-half but its finally time to give Juliette that “So Your Boyfriend is a Grimm, Hope You’re Not Freaked Out By Medieval Weapons” pamphlet (provided by Emma Pilsbury, of course). For the most part I’d like to see Juliette become a part of the team, but after watching the way Juliette’s storyline has been dragged along, I wouldn’t mind if she took one look at Nick‘s mace and decide she’s moving in with Rosalee‘s Aunt.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Anderson Cooper is there to get the scoop on this whole taking over The Tonight Show business. Or maybe Jimmy‘s getting the scoop on the “What’s up with CNN?” business.

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