TV on Tap: Jane Fonda Joins Aaron Sorkin’s “Newsroom,” Nick Zano Goes to Beverly Hills, and Making the Case for “Enlightened”

Candy Spelling gives a final tour in Selling Spelling Manor.


Jane Fonda is taking a recurring role on HBO’s upcoming Aaron Sorkin-written newsroom drama … and its a role she should be very prepared to take on. She’ll be playing the CEO of a major news channel much like her ex-husband Ted Turner. Hopefully, her character will also steal kisses from satirical faux-conservative pundits.

I completely agree when AfterEllen and TVLine make the argument for why HBO should renew Enlightened. I love that we have a show focused on a character who’s activism includes hypocrisy and a self-centered nature, and they don’t treat those flaws as a reason to dismiss her activism. Besides, it’s been way to long since I’ve seen a show make proper use of Amy Hill‘s formidable talents.

Janice Dickinson is returning to reality TV. In Sober Model House, she’ll move a bunch of models with addiction issues into a house and try to work to get them sober.

A veterans’ group is angry with Hawaii 5-0. The series happened to be filming at Punchbowl National Cemetery when The Greatest Generations Foundation was trying to hold a memorial ceremony for the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The group says crew members yelled at them to get out of the way, and refused to pause to allow the memorial to occur without disruption from the crew.

In a People magazine interview, President Obama says he only recently got a DVR and that he watches Modern Family with his daughters, while he enjoys Boardwalk Empire and Homeland when he has time to himself.

Bad news for Busy Phillips fans. The Cougar Town star told TVLine that when ABC cut its order down to 15 episodes, the writers had to cut some stories, including a relationship planned for her character.

After being so incredibly charming on 2 Broke Girls, Nick Zano signed up for a multi-episode arc on 90210. Unfortunately, he doesn’t play a serial killer who sets his sights on the unbearable Adrianna, but another playboy heir. Because 90210 badly needed another one. Hopefully, Zano won’t have to act like a cowboy hat and a six-pack count as a personality.

Meanwhile, a star from the classic 90210 is getting a reality series on CMT. I Love Jennie will follow Jennie Garth as she moves her family to a Central California farm.

The family of Clint Eastwood might also be getting a reality series, as his wife and two of his daughters are filming a show for E! to air next year. The Hollywood icon will only make a few cameos on the show.

So far, the controversy over TLC’s All-American Muslim hasn’t given the reality series a ratings bump.


The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate is challenged to show what he can do with a limited budget including a $500 bedroom makeover, and hot outfits under $50 and $10 dinners.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy will be talking with Candy Spelling about her HGTV special that airs tonight.

Bones (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
In case you’ve only become interested in spin-off series The Finder after learning that Wilson Cruz will have a recurring role, Fox is repeating the backdoor pilot tonight. As a bonus, it’s got Geoff Stults walking around a house in his boxers.


Selling Spelling Manor (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
HGTV’s new special follows Candy Spelling as she gives viewers a tour of Spelling Manor before she moved out. If you’ve ever wanted to see the infamous gift-wrapping room (and maybe compare it to how it was presented on So NoTorious) here’s your chance.

Beavis & Butthead (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
In another hour-long double-feature, the boys become bounty hunters, mall masseurs and accidentally travel back in time to 1832.

Burn Notice (USA) 10:00 PM ET
For the fifth-season finale, Michael gets his biggest CIA mission just as Anson‘s ready to set his plan in motion. Sam and Fiona try to keep an eye on Anson while Michael goes off on his mission, but can they keep things from going as badly as their first encounter with him?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) 10:00 PM ET
For the season finale, the gang plans to get their revenge on the bullies at their class reunion. I think I might save this for tomorrow so I can watch it with Grimm, as part of a Sasha Roiz double-feature.

Prime Suspect (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
While investigating the death of a Jewish jeweler, Jane ends up investigating a group of Brooklyn rappers.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
Sean Hayes will be visiting Craig tonight. Even better, John Hodgman will also be visiting.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Eeeeee! Nate meets Elmo!

Chuck (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
The guest-star heavy final season continues with an appearance from Rebecca Romijn.