TV on Tap: “Hot in Cleveland” Gets Valerie Harper for a “Mary Tyler Moore Show” Reunion, ABC Wants to Save “Happy Endings” and Peter Jackson Wants to Direct an Episode of “Doctor Who”


MTV goes retro with classic seasons of The Real World this weekend.
Stay indoors, unless you want to risk
catching youself saying, “In my days…”

News

The cast of Pretty Little Liars is managing to get even hunkier, according to TV Guide with the addition of Sean Faris as an investigator from outside of Rosewood.

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson tells EW that he would like to direct an episode of Doctor Who, providing the iconic series is willing to meet his fee — a Dalek.

My Name is Earl alum Nadine Velaquez is joining the cast of Major Crime in its second season, according to Deadline. Velaquez will play a D.A. working on the Phillip Stroh case who clashes with Captain Raydor.

I guess Fox News was having a slow news day. Have there been any national stories they’ve been trying to ignore this week? Any anniversaries?

Deadline reports that a major Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion is coming to Hot in Cleveland with Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman and Valerie Harper appearing in an episode that sees Elka (Betty White) and Mamie Sue (Georgia Engel) reunite their old bowling team. The episode is scheduled to film on April 5.

I could add some commentary about these animated New Girl gifs of Jake Johnson, but they’re images of Jake Johnson and its Friday. Isn’t that enough? Treat yourself!

TV Guide reports that ABC Family’s comedy Baby Daddy, which has already booked Matt Dallas for a recurring role, will also see Leslie Jordan make a guest appearance as a “bossy elf” who makes working as a mall Santa a pain.

ABC is flat out telling you, watch Happy Endings next Friday or they’ll have to cancel it.

The upcoming season of NTSF: SD: SUV:: is adding a new member to the team — former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan.

A lot of TV writers have weighed in on rumored changes to the The Tonight Show, but The Hollywood Reporter‘s Tim Goodman says that we should really be wondering about Jon Stewart. When Stewart takes a break this summer, it could deliver future trouble for Comedy Central if viewers tune out for John Oliver‘s guest-hosting stint and, worse, if a drop in Daily Show viewers ends up hurting The Colbert Report‘s ratings.

Comedy legend Bob Newhart has booked his first appearance in a sitcom since 2005, appearing in a May sweeps episode of The Big Bang Theory, reports TVLine. He’ll play a Mr. Wizard-type of TV personality who was a big influence on Sheldon and Leonard when they were children.

David Anders is joining the cast of Necessary Roughness next week, reports The Hollywood Reporter. He’ll play the second in command to John Stamos‘ new character, who owns the world’s top sports talent agency and from the sound ot things this may be a return to the kind of eeeevil character Anders plays so well.

After insisting that it wouldn’t offer its HBO GO service as a separate subscription to people who don’t have a cable subscription, the premium channel might be on the verge of changing its mind, though you would have to subscribe through your internet provider, making HBO GO a premium service you buy on top of your internet service.

Mamie Gummer has joined the CBS pilot Backstrom (which also stars Rainn Wilson and Kristoffer Polaha, with Thomas Dekker in a guest role). Gummer will play a lesbian police officer who has been nicknamed “The Angel of Death” by the media for the time she killed three people who shot at her.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s time for another awkward “Frugal Friday” (Anderson, you can afford it, just spend the money!) with co-host Judge Marilyn Milian from The People’s Court.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s a confrontation between Nick and Sonny that nearly turns violent expected for today’s show, and we’ll be following it with a liveblog, and hoping that Sonny will turn to the audience to find someone to kiss his booboos, Be here starting at 1 PM Eastern.

The Real World Marathon (MTV) starting at 8:00 PM ET
For some reason, MTV has decided to revisit the early days of The Real World and remind us of how it was once a show about young people with dreams, that went beyond becoming a reality star and spending a few years traveling to wherever the new season of The Challenge is filming. However, let’s not spend too much time questioning this great gift and just enjoy the chance to watch the original New York gang again with moments of ogling Eric.

Last Man Standing (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
I may have been so offended by Mike‘s rants in the pilot that I’ve avoided this show ever since, but I figure some of you will be interested in Jonathan Taylor Thomas showing up for a Home Improvement reunion in tonight’s season finale.

Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
For the first season finale, Reba‘s family decides to meddle in her love life and… oh, who cares when Eddie McClintock is supposed to be a part of the episode! Yet, somehow, the episode description seems to think Stacy Keach is the bigger star.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
Fiona continues to deal with the feeling of vulnerability that comes after a break-in, taking security measures that put herself in danger. I guess that means she watched The Walking Dead a few weeks ago and found those booby traps inspiring.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
At long last, we’re finally getting to see the Scooby Gang (Portland Division) get together and now Juliette and Rosalee are combining their knowledge to try to restore Juliette’s memory. This makes me as happy as the time a dark stranger showed up at Angel‘s office and turned out to by Wesley.

Spartacus: War of the Damned (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
Spartacus‘s army encounters a metaphor as they find themselves at a crossroads and debate which direction they want to go.

Hubris (MSNBC) 9:00 PM ET
Talking Hubris (MSNBC) 10:00 PM ET
MSNBC is re-airing the Rachel Maddow-narrated documentary about the deception that went into selling Americans on going to war in Iraq, but this time they’re following it with a panel (featuring Rep. Patrick Murphy, Chris Hayes, Alex Wagner and Hubris authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn) to discuss the issue further.

Out There (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
There’s a new girl in town and Chad is quite smitten with her — too bad, there’s also a new bully in town and he’s her brother.

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