TV on Tap: “Idol” Probably Losing J-Lo and Adult Swim Gets into the Fake News Business

Press start to begin the Community finale.


Adult Swim is getting into the fake news business with the latest Childrens Hospital spin-off, Newsreaders. It’s based on the two “Newsreaders” episodes of Childrens Hospital, satirizing TV newsmagazines. Mather Zickel, who played the host of Newsreaders in the two episodes, will reprise his role. Also attached is former Daily Show producer Jim Margolis, thereby shoring up the project’s fake news credibility.

Meanwhile, we may not be getting another season of The Venture Brothers, but Adult Swim did order a Halloween special in addition to a Moral Orel prequel.

Why did CBS cancel CSI: Miami? With budget and ratings close between Miami and CSI: NY, it came down to scheduling. With two New York-set shows already set for Friday night, CBS picked the one that could give the Friday schedule a geographic theme.

In what might be a spoiler for tomorrow night’s finale, Nikita has promoted Noah Bean to series regular.

Is Jennifer Lopez getting ready to leave American Idol? Fox did say that Idol is in need of fresh energy for next season.

Cougar Town may have been saved by TBS but it’s losing its showrunner, series creator Bill Lawrence. Don’t worry, though. Lawrence will continue to consult on the show until he finds another project.

Gaming icon Peter Molyneux, who gaymers will probably remember best for the Fable franchise, will participate in Spike TV’s E3 coverage. This is the first time I’ve been interested in Spike programming since they canceled Blue Mountain State.

The lesson to learn from the nine canceled shows with the highest ratings is that a big audience isn’t as important as holding on to viewers.

Yeah, I’m enough of a TV nerd that the new CBS sitcom Partners made me remember the short-lived Fox sitcom of the same name. However, unless they do a Halloween episode where they end up giving Baker’s chocolate to trick-or-treaters, I don’t see that strong a similarity.

Friday Night Lights alum Jesse Plemons has signed up for a recurring role on Breaking Bad. You FNL fans will have to tell me if I should be excited about that. [Editor's note: You should be.]

MTV has cancelled I Just Want My Pants Back.

I can’t think of a better way to keep me from watching The Amazing Race than to include Dick Donato, who still manages to be one of the most awful Big Brother houseguests in the past few years.

Ouch. CNN’s ratings hit a 15-year low on Tuesday night. If this keeps up, Current’s not going to have to work hard to beat them in the ratings.

President Obama‘s well-timed visit to The View gave the series a 15-month high. Today’s ratings news, by the way, is brought to you by the number 15.


The Rachael Ray Show
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are joining Rach today to make their favorite veggie dishes. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some zucchini recipes since I’m planning on growing some this year and I’m told just one plant produces a lot of zucchini.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Today’s show has Betty White who will probably discuss her support of President Barack Obama, Susan Lucci who I’m hoping will spill the reasons why Devious Maids isn’t going to be a part of the fall schedule (I’m still thinking the name Betty Applewhite came up) and a performance from the Broadway cast of Once.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
We’re at the “Will Comes Out: The Aftermath!” part of the story as EJ gives Sami advice on how to handle the revelation (shouldn’t that be one of those “rethink your life” moments?) while Lucas has a calm, rational conversation with his son… well, until Sami returns.

American Idol (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
As the final three wait to see how many times Ryan Seacrest can say “…after the break” before announcing the final two, we’re going to have a performance by Adam Lambert.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
As the three-part Community finale begins, Pierce learns what he inherited of Hawthorne Enterprises. Since the news comes from his father’s former right-hand-man, played by Giancarlo Esposito, I’m hoping Pierce inherits a meth empire disguised as a fried chicken franchise, though I might just have to be happy with a 16-bit video game version of the study group.

Perez Hilton All Access: Katy Perry (CW) 8:00 PM ET
In case you didn’t get enough Perez Hilton on this week’s Glee, he’s joining Katy Perry for the filming of her music video of “The One That Got Away” and on her UK tour. Yeah, I think I’d rather watch a “Klaus vs the Salvatores: Stalemate #2831″ episode of The Vampire Diaries.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
The two biggest relationships are at stake as Jack and Avery renew their vows while Criss worries that he’s not good enough for Liz.

Community (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
As the Community finale concludes, the study group has to save Greendale from the iron rule of Chang, while Dean Laybourne makes one last attempt to draw Troy into the air conditioning repair annex. Apparently this attack involves Jeff pulling out his best Criss Angel impression, which does make proper use of Joel McHale‘s abs.

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
We’re at the season finale, which means its time for something to happen that will put the presidency at risk. Since the series got renewed, I’m hoping ABC has the wisdom to repeat the entire season so I can try to watch this without racing my DVR’s urge to clear space.

Awake (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
We’re a week away from the finale and Britten is on the verge of finding out the truth about the accident and the conspiracy behind both realities. This time, however, Britten’s partners could be in danger as he starts to figure things out.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews is on the panel as Giada De Laurentiis visits to discuss the latest season of The Next Food Network Star.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy will be discussing The Celebrity Apprentice with Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ellen‘s celebrating her 1,500th show tomorrow, with surprises and a look back at Ellen’s favorite moments.

Jeopardy (syndicated) check local listings
It’s Anderson Cooper‘s turn on Power Players’ week.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Okay, I’m not clear if Will appears in tomorrow’s episode or not, but he definitely gets discussed.