TV on Tap: “Glee” Will Be Two Shows, a Daytime Performer Comes Out and “Smash” Rests for a Midseason Return


Get ready to follow today’s Days of Our Lives with the liveblog treatment!

News

Things are going to change a lot on Glee next season as the musical drama will split its focus between Ohio and New York as the series follows Kurt, Rachel and Finn while also keeping track of New Directions. (It’s being described as a “show within a show” but I think they really mean “two shows in one.”) This sounds like a bad idea for a show where supporting characters disappear for long stretches of time.

Contrary to what NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters on Sunday, the upcoming season of 30 Rock will be the series’ swan song, after all.

NBC is holding Smash until midseason, a move that will give new showrunner Josh Safran a chance to get adjusted to the show and allow the series to avoid preemptions from fall events like the election.

As part of its plan to try to use the Olympics to get people to check out its new shows, NBC will give The Voice an early September 10 launch.

NBC managed a surprise announcement at the upfronts, ordering a pirate drama, Crossbones, a show from the creator of Luther that will follow Blackbeard.

The Bukudroos-produced Who Do You Think You Are? might live on after NBC’s cancellation. The reality series, which traced celebrities’ family trees, helped drive new subscribers to Ancestry.com and, therefore, the company would like to find a way to keep the series going.

NBC made sure to let advertisers know it hasn’t forgotten about Mockingbird Lane, which will film its pilot next month. I’m keeping my fingers crossed they can take advantage of the timing and pick up some actors who are free now that their pilot hasn’t been picked up to become a series.

Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle has signed up for an HBO show. The series is set in the world of 1980s bond traders, with Riggle playing a boss with an unhealthy life that doesn’t involve mind-numbing monologues about fashion or ghastly murder sprees.

When I heard that The Bold & the Beautiful might have a lesbian storyline in the works, I didn’t realize it would involve Joanna Johnson, who was part of the soap when it began or that Johnson has decided to come out as a lesbian in real life. I have to admit, hearing the Spencer family is back in the picture has me thinking of checking B&B out for the first time in years.

Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
As the family secrets keep coming, Sami learns that Lucas knew about EJ‘s blackmail all along! Oh, there’s also the matter of Will deciding it’s time to come out to his parents. One of those revelations is worth a liveblog so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
With The Talk back in New York, they get a return visit from Liza Minnelli.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
President Barack Obama is the guest for the entire episode, where I expect issues like marriage equality will come up.

Glee (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
We’ve got two hours of Glee tonight and it includes a body-switching dream and the nationals competition. That’s almost enough to make you forget there’s a tearful goodbye coming.

Cougar Town (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Hurricane damage gives Grayson a reason to move in with Jules… and living together gives them a chance to wonder what their marriage would be like and to deliver the obligatory commitment panic episode…

90210 (CW) 8:00 PM ET
For the season finale, 90210 brings Teddy back to town… and that’s all they say about him, which doesn’t have me feeling hopeful that this show has figured out that Teddy was one of 90210‘s most interesting characters.

America’s Got Talent (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
So far, Howard Stern has been exactly the judge I hope he would be. Even better, I’m starting to think AGT has finally kicked its addiction to manipulative background stories and let itself be about the talent show. I hope that continues as the auditions head to San Francisco.

L.A. Complex (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Tariq and Kal decide its time to get away from Los Angeles and see where that takes their relationship next. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’s a place where this series continues to realize which stories are the more interesting, unlike 90210

The White Room Challenge (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
This week, the designers head to a collectibles store, which certainly leaves some interesting possibilities. Please tell me someone finds a use for a beanie baby menagerie.

Best Ink (Oxygen) 10:00 PM ET
Nicky may not be a part of the competition anymore, but for the finale we have Margaret Cho as guest-judge.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Jay will be having another chat with the amazing Wanda Sykes tonight.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 12:05 AM ET
Adam Lambert‘s next appearance is a visit to Jimmy.

Savage U (MTV) Midnight ET
Dan‘s next stop takes him to Rhodes College in Memphis.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson (Check local listings)
Anderson will be playing Jeopardy this week and he’s letting viewers watch him backstage.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s even more coming out drama tomorrow along with even more liveblog greatness.

 

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