TV on Tap: Jon Hamm Gets Animated, Paul Rudd’s Staying in Pawnee, and Prince Manvendra is Coming to America


The weekend begins with the return of What Would You Do?

 

News

If you enjoyed Paul Rudd‘s appearance on last night’s Parks & Recreation you can expect to see him in at least two more more episodes.

Fox has ordered a pilot about a teenage spy that, unfortunately, is not a remake of The New Adventures of Beans Baxter, though this one is about a teen who is recruited after her CIA parent dies.

Would you watch Charlie Sheen‘s adaptation of Anger Management if it starred Selma Blair or Julie Benz?

In an interesting essay, a history professor writes in Newsweek that Downton Abbey “serves up a steaming, silvered tureen of snobbery” and that it treats the era’s class issues with sentimental nostalgia. Honestly, I like Downton because my perception is completely the opposite, asking the audience to consider class issues in a way I don’t recall happening in other period dramas. Perhaps I’ve missed some good shows while comparing different adaptations of Pride & Prejudice?

The fourth season of PBS’ Martha Speaks is getting a visit from Jon Hamm, his real-life girlfriend and their German Shepard mix, Cora. Hamm will join forces with the lead character Martha, a talking dog, to help a woman whose work separates her from her job.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about an upcoming show on TLC, but the channel has picked up the BBC reality series Undercover Princes and Undercover Princesses. The basic idea for the show is a reality TV Coming to America, where three royals try to live as ordiinary people and find love. One of the Undercover Princes, by the way, was out Price Manvendra Singh Gohil of India, whose royal roommates had to deal with their homophobia.

Anne Heche has signed up for an NBC comedy. Save Me follows a woman who thinks she’s channeling God after an accident. I have a feeling Heche’s personal troubles are going to come up if she goes on a promotional tour for this one.

It’s confirmed. New Girl is a hipster show — Urban Outfitters is selling a Douchebag Jar. Now when will they start selling Happy Endings-inspired hipster outfits?

It’s the end of an era! Priceline has dropped William Shatner as their spokesman. Fittingly, the ads have him dying in an explosion.

Why has American Idol lost a quarter of its viewers? Is that just a sign of last season’s curiosity factor being gone now that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have settled in as judges, or can that be blamed on X-Factor x-haustion?

IFC sounds happy about the ratings of Portlandia, as the network is bragging that the second season premiere drew 29% more viewers than the series’ debut last year.

Friday’s Listings

Chuck (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
The team takes a mission on a Japanese bullet train, but an encounter with Nicholas Quinn turns it into a hostage situation.

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (Sundance) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for Olivia‘s big charity event. Of  course, things get a bit interesting at the event or else there would be something else in the episode description.

Primetime: What Would You Do? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
ABC News’ hidden camera show (putting those words together just make me sad) continues to take on gay incidents in the fifth season as viewers react to seeing a man kiss his boyfriend after his wife has left the table. Okay, they’re running out of ideas if they’re putting together situations this convoluted.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
When Nick investigates a gruesome murder, he starts to wonder if an abuse survivor (the latest appearance for Fred Koehler, who’s grown up from his Kate & Allie days to be a “Hey, it’s that guy” actor) might be orchestrating his own revenge. Meanwhile, Munroe gets a warning 

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
While most of the castle is excited about Arthur‘s birthday, Merlin learns that there’s an assasin looking to spoil the event.

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Jack McBrayer heads to Portlandia to find out what happens when you forget to bring your reusable bag to a grocery store in Portland. I almost envy him, here in the Duke City I’ve recieved dirty looks for bringing a bag.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
As Todd recovers in the hospital from his beating last week, the drugs leave him thinking a teddy bear is romantic competition.

 

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