TV on Tap: Jesse McCartney Joins “Army Wives,” Defending Zooey Deschanel and “Happy Ending” Producers Remain Optimistic About the Future


A flash back to 1984, Sex and the City and Martha Jones? Bring it on The Carried Diaries.

News

As the TCA session continued, The CW’s Mark Pedowitz was asked about the renewal odds for its shows. The news souds good for Supernatural fans, the Nikita viewers get to join the Happy Endings boosters in the “sweating it out” seats.

Speaking of Happy Endings, Hitfix‘s Alan Sepinwall talked with Happy Endings producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff who remain optimistic about the series future, despite the worrysome ratings, “we’ve all felt from the beginning that we’re the underdog show that somehow continues to scrap its way along. Honestly, we read all these articles about how we’re f–ked and everything, but it sort of feels like we’re always f–ked and we always keep going.”

The CW won’t be adapting Battle Royale into a series, after all. Now I’m hoping all this Battle Royale TV series talk has put an idea in the head of the right person. The setting of the novel would make a good addition to the current bunch of postapocalyptic dramas.

I understand (kinda) why Zooey Deschanel is polarizing and I’ve asked myself why her New Girl character Jess doesn’t bother me like a manchild character or GirlsHannah. Slate makes the case that despite all the manic pixie girl trappings, Deschanel deserves more credit than she gets for creating a fully realized character who subverts the trope.

As Army Wives revamps this season, its adding a bunch of new army wives and army husbands. according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jesse McCartney will appear in ten episodes this season as a husband to one of their series’ new regulars.

Lifetime is adapting the BBC drama Prisoners’ Wives, about women with husbands in prison. Shouldn’t Lifetime go for a trio of Wives shows and make its own version of Footballers’ Wives?

In a first for a scripted TV drama, Switched at Birth will film an episode entirely in American Sign Language.

Former Sex and the City writer Jenny Bicks talked about her current work adapting Heathers into a TV series for Bravo and said that she’d like to bring back as many actors from the original movie to the series, which is set 20 years after the events of the movie. I don’t imagine it takes that much for Shannen Doherty to film those commercials.

Mindy Kaling told Access Hollywood that she’s working to find time in her schedule so that she can make one more appearance on The Office before the series wraps.

Listings

Live! with Michael and Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
We’ve got a double-feature of Chris Colfer this morning starting with an appearance on Live! with The Carrie DiariesAnna Sophia Robb. So we have one actor who is starring with Sarah Jessica Parker and another who is taking a role originated by Parker. Theme day?

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
And Chris Colfer‘s next stop is a visit with Anderson and guest co-host T-Boz.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that Chad is living the dream and getting to interrupt a wedding, things are about to go bonkers in Salem as secrets come out and a person who had secrets kept from them (otherwise known as Sonny) is appropriately upset. This is the kind of soap craziness that can’t go without a liveblog, so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Robin never struck me as someone who would expect a guy to get her father’s approval before proposing but that’s how How I Met Your Mother brings Ray Wise onto the show as papa Scherbatsky.

The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM Et
When I first heard about The Carrie Diaries, I cringed. After the second Sex and the City movie, I was done with the franchise and couldn’t imagine coming back for a prequel series. Then the CW added Freema Agyeman to the cast, playing on my feelings about my favorite/second-favorite (depending on the time of day) Doctor Who companion, followed by promos that reminded me more of the fun of the original Sex and the City than the materialism of the movies.

Continuum (Syfy) 8:00 PM ET
Syfy’s debuting a new night of imported dramas starting with this Canadian drama about a cop who travels back 65 years to 2012 chasing down a group of terrorists who are hiding in the past present day in 2012. Like with Syfy’s last Canadian import (see below), I know this show has its loyal fans. Even better it also has Victor Webster. We’ll see if I can find time to see if its as good as the word of mouth says.

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Much like many a TV school, the Carlton School for the Deaf introduces new, complicated programs based on the needs of the plot — so if you were wondering why Carlton started a pilot program to include hearing students just as Bay got in trouble at her school, you can guess one of tonight’s major plots. Good thing we already know there’s a cute boy among Bay’s new classmates.

Bunheads (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
Sometimes when bad things happen to likable TV characters you have to resist the urge to cheer since you still expect things to work out for them in the end and you expect that this crisis is just about betting up a new status quo. Thus, when Truly loses the lease on her shop, I’m hoping that leads to Truly’s boutique moving into the dance studio.

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
The first season of Being Human amazed me, it did a great job expanding on the original series. Unfortunately, the second season was an unfocused mess that could only be saved by a great cast and plenty of slashwink. The third season brings Mark Pellegrno and Kyle Schmid are back while adding Amy Aquino and Xander Berkeley. Hopefully, that second season just turns out to be a minor bump in the road so I don’t have to start writing letters calling for bringing Kemp stateside.

Lost Girl (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Syfy wraps its Monday night line-up with a second popular Canadian drama as the adventures of the succubus Bo continues. Like Continuum I know this one inspires a lot of loyalty out of fans, though I have yet to find the time to judge for myself.

Catfish: The TV Show (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Aw, they had me convinced that they finally found a real person last week. This week follows an online romance with a woman who has a suspicious lack of communication tools, maybe that’s a red herring to finding a real person this time.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
In one of the more annoying TV stunts, Hawaii Five-0 presents a whodunit where the audience determines who committed the crime not by evaluating clues but by east coast viewers voting online. Then again, if you’re on the west coast, most of the fun is done.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s got Kim Richard to talk about her barely falling of a diving board on SPLAT Stars in Danger (thanks Liz!)

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Chelsea‘s interviewing Johnny Knoxville following a panel that includes Ross Mathews.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Tim Gunn‘s talking with Jimmy tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson will be joined by Stacy London and Shemar Moore.

The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Valerie Harper‘s to discuss her memoir and her career with Jeff tomorrow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that we’ve had a wedding full of drama, it’s time for some aftermath and a liveblog.

 

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