TV on Tap: Jeremy Jordan Joins “Smash,” “The Comic Strip Presents” Reunion in the Works and Lifetime Goes to “The Blue Lagoon”

Sundance kicks off its “Movies to Go Gay For” with Robert Pattinson in How to Be.
At least he doesn’t sparkle in this one.


I want to support the Lafayette theory of True Blood, which says that things when make sense for Lafayette, things make sense for True Blood, but I don’t agree with the examples, as someone who enjoyed the Marianne and Queen Sophie-Ann craziness.

Giving me more reason to anticipate Once Upon a Time‘s second season, Meghan Ory, who plays Red, will be a series regular next season.

Somehow, I missed that there was a reunion of The Comic Strip Presents last year. That falls under the category of “just as well” since the special never made it stateside. Now, another special is in the works, “Five Go to Rehab”, a follow-up to the comedy anthology’s first episode. Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French are among the performers negotiating to participate.

After getting “about 400 e-mails” Bones creator Hart Hanson denied speculation inspired by David Boreanaz‘s tweets that the upcoming season would be Bones‘ final one.

Add Bored to Death to the list of canceled TV shows that are totally going to be turned into a movie. Some day there will be talk of a Wonderfalls movie again.

Smash is adding Tony-nominee Jeremy Jordan to the cast next season. Jordan will play a singer with a self-destructive streak, a description I’d shorten to “insufferable” if there weren’t a change in leadership.

Meanwhile, NBC announced its fall premiere dates and Go On will get a preview airing during the Olympics while Justin Kirk‘s Animal Practice will get a preview following the closing ceremony. The following day, fans can get a preview of the new season of Grimm. Whitney and Community will be the last shows to return. They’re set to air their season premiere on October 19, providing NBC doesn’t end up moving those shows to make up for a spectacular bomb.

There’s another season of Project Runway All Stars in the works… but will it be as compelling now that they’ve crowned the top “He was robbed” designer? Then again, there’s a long list of victims of Heidi, Michael and Nina‘s terrible judgement. Like Anthony Ryan.

Matthew Perry‘s new comedy Go On has promoted John Cho to series regular. Ah, it seems like only yesterday I was making excuses for watching him on Off Centre.

Looking at cable ratings, while most of the viewers who checked out the premiere of Dallas were over 55, it got a solid rating among 18-54 year-old viewers, though that dropped with viewers under 35. Meanwhile, Bunheads failed to reach ABC Family’s target audiences of younger women and The Glee Project is struggling despite turning into a hit during the first season.

Vulture has also dug into the ratings for Girls. While there are a lot of interesting tidbits, I’m intrigued by the revelation that only 5% watch it on HBO GO — which probably explains why the premium cable channel doesn’t see any value in selling standalone subscriptions to the streaming service.

Friday’s Listings

How to Be (Sundance) 8:00 PM ET
Sundance is debuting its “Films to Go Gay For” series of movies celebrating Pride this weekend starting with this surreal comedy with Robert Pattinson as an aimless twentysomething who turns to self-help books and ends up inviting the author of one book to move in with him in his parents’ home. I haven’t been able to figure out what makes this a “Film to Go Gay For.” Have any of you seen it?

Boogie Woogie (Sundance) 9:30 PM ET
The other half of Sudance’s “Films to Go Gay For” has Heather Graham, Alan Cumming, Gillian Anderson and Joanna Lumley in this satire of the art world that’s been compared to The Devil Wears Prada.

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
Bill‘s interview guests include Alan Thicke who has a book, How to Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You to promote, but I suspect Kirk Cameron‘s current infamy as a far-right conservative will come up, too.

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
This week, Amy Poehler joins Scott for a chat.

Bunk (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
Wow. So IFC decided to mix Remote Control and Whose Line is It Anyway? and throw in a whole lot of crazy? That may have been unpredictable but it’s a lot of fun. This week, we’ve got Dana Gould, Eugene Mirman and Damien Lemon at the podiums.

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