TV on Tap: Jean Smart Takes a Principal Pilot Role, “Grimm” Gets Caribbean and Why Is “American Idol” Sinking?


The Voice returns with a new line-up of judge and awkwardly bad photoshop.

News

Following roles in in Hawaii Five-0 and Harry’s Law, Jean Smart has found a new comedy role, according to Deadline. She’s joined the Craig Robinson-centered pilot, which has Robinson playing a musician who becomes a middle school music teacher. Smart will play the stressed out principal of Robinson’s school.

Good news, Mr. Feeny will be a part of Boy Meets World follow-up series Girl Meets World as William Daniels will reprise the role. Those of you who thought it would be hard to revisit Cory and Topanga without Mr. Feeny’s sage advice, you can let out a sigh of relief.

Whoa. The second season of Baby Daddy doesn’t debut for another two months, but ABC Family has already ordered a third season.

It looks like Grimm is expanding its lore once more. The supernatural drama has cast The Wire alum Norman Wilson, according to TVLine. His character is named Baron Samedi, which matches one of the Loa of Hatian Voodoo. First La Larona, now Baron Samedi. I wonder if the Grimm producers have heard the tales of what happens if you bring home lava rock from your visit to Hawaii.

With all the talk of NBC possibly needing a new late night talk show host, Buzzfeed suggests eight people who are worth considering despite not being white men. I’m totally on board for a show hosted by Maya Rudolph or Kumail Nanjani, but I’m not sold on giving George Lopez another shot.

In further late night TV commentary, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Tim Goodman suggests that CBS should look at David Letterman‘s time slot and move to get Stephen Colbert (as himself, not the faux-pundit) to take over. Not only does Goodman think Colbert would make a great host, he notes that both Letterman and Colbert’s contracts end in 2014. While Colbert would make a great host of a standard talk show, I think it would be a shame to lose a show that regularly finds the sweet spot between education, audience participation and wildly entertaining, like The Colbert Report.

TVLine reports that Banshee is getting Emmy-winner Zeljko Ivanek for its second season. Ivanek is set to appear in three episodes as Racine, a rogue FBI agent who has been pursuing Rabbit. Since Racine isn’t that common a name among TV characters, let the Paper Dolls crossover fanfiction commence!

This is turning out to be a terrible season for American Idol. Last Thursday’s results show lost half the viewers who watched the season premiere. That episode saw the season’s last “white guy with a guitar” (the kind of competitor who has won the last few seasons) be eliminated, prompting people to wonder if the viewers who used to reliably vote for these cute boys have stopped watching.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson has invited guests I’ve found questionable before, but today he talks with the unbearable Duggars. Is this a way to make Vinny Guadagnino of Jersey Shore seem like a reasonable co-host?

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Kristin Chenoweth is guest-hosting today and tomorrow’s show which features guests from rival singing contests — new Voice judge Usher and the latest American Idol eliminee.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Is a visit from the adorable Brad Goreski enough to make it through Patti Stanger guest-hosting?

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
After months (it has been months, right? It feels like years, but it’s only been months) of dodging questions, Nick opens up to Gabi about his experience in prison. Let’s hope that means we get actual answers, but you can join us as we liveblog the action starting at 1PM EasternKate also overhears Sonny say something shocking.

The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
It’s the role reversal episode as Carrie ends up pretending to be someone she isn’t — claiming to be Larissa in order to make her job easier… all while Walt brings himself a few step closer to admitting the truth of who he is.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
At this point, there are so many parts of HIMYM that frustrate me that the only stories that sound like they have potential are the crazy, high-concept ones. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the arrival of Future Ted and Future Barney doesn’t ruin that, too.

The Voice (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
After going from first to fourth (or is it fifth?) in the ratings, NBC must be ready to declare the return of The Voice a national holiday — all while they hope the arrival of new judges Shakira and Usher keeps viewers coming back.

Lost Girl (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Icon of sci-fi badassery Linda Hamilton shows up this week as a ruthless assassin while, coincidentally, Bo is looking for a serial killer pursuing at-risk youth.

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Now that he’s found a cure for the virus, it’s time for Aidan to follow up on his promise to Kenny. As much as I like the idea of Aidan getting a teen sidekick, it feels like meeting Aidan, Josh and Sally is how one turns their life into a tangled jumble of misery. Surely, living in a bubble can’t be worse than Henry, Nick (and others’) fates.

The Following (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
The battle over Claire‘s agency continues as Joe finds Ryan‘s hiding spot and sends a couple followers to the location. When do we get to the point where Claire wonders why she thought Raylan Givens had too much baggage.

Revolution (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
After a 17-week hiatus, NBC’s addictive post-apocalyptic drama returns to settle the argument if it’s better for a show to take a long hiatus in order to have an uninterrupted run, or to stay on the schedule with frequent repeats. Oh, and our merry band were last seen facing a military helicopter while promos promised a major death. Let’s hope that doesn’t reduce the oodles and oodles of slashwink Revolution has been delivering.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
The Five-0 team comes to the defense of a company facing a public backlash for endangering the local shark population.

1 Girl 5 Gays (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
After three plus seasons, Aliya Jasmine is saying goodbye to 1G5G with a special farewell episode. Don’t worry, she’s leaving the show in the hands of Degrassi alum Lauren Collins.

Bates Motel (A&E) 10:00 PM ET
I tried to resist adding one more show to my watchlist, but there was just enough in that pilot to get me to come back. As long as last week’s preview wasn’t a season preview, tonight is where we learn that Norman has a hunky, older brother.

After Lately (E!) 10:30 PM ET
I’ve been waiting for Fortune to get to do more than to catch her co-workers being bonkers and shake her head while she walked away. That finally changes this week as she battles with Kevin Nealon for hitting her car. Meanwhile, Chelsea forces everyone to go on a juice fast, prompting some perspective and thoughtfulness over how she could have applied this forced solidarity when she was trying out coffee enemas.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Kyra Phillips co-hosts tomorrow’s show about “crazy obsessions”.

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Kristin Chenoweth is back to co-host another day with guests Dido and, sigh, Kim Kardashian.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Kate gets to give Sonny the “You’re not the only one with drama” raised eyebrow tomorrow. That calls for a liveblog.

 

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