TV on Tap: Josh Charles Commits to “The Good Wife,” the BBC Cancels “Being Human” and a Drop for “The Americans”

Are you ready for more of The Walking Dead?


James Wolk has joined the cast of The Crazy Ones, the David E. Kelley-written comedy about father-daughter advertising agency starring Robin Williams. I’m sorry James Wolk fans. Maybe David E. Kelley is past his self-parody stage?

Deadline reports that Miranda Otto has joined the cast of Rake, the Fox drama pilot that also stars Greg Kinnear as a “frustratingly charming” criminal defense lawyer. You know what this means, we’ll be watching looking for the chance to yell “She is no man!” at the TV.

Fox’s comedy pilot about a group of New York detectives has just added Stephanie Beatriz, according to The Hollywood Reporter. You’ll probably recognize Beatirz for her recent Modern Family role (where she played Gloria‘s sister). The pilot also stars Andy Samberg and comes from Parks & Recreation‘s producers.  This just keeps sounding better.

This week’s Raising Hope included a joke where Burt hit an NBC exec for cancelling My Name is Earl. For what it’s worth that joke wasn’t written by Greg Garcia (who created both Earl and Hope) and it wasn’t a statement of lingering bitterness over Earl‘s end.

The fifth season of Being Human will be the last to air on BBC Three. I have to admit, while I never disliked the new characters, I became a lot less invested in the show when the last original cast member left.

Why are Modern Family‘s ratings slipping? Is it a poor lead-in from The Neighbors, is it just a seasonal drop?

The day after How I Met Your Mother aired an episode featuring a special Tim Hortons doughnut, the Priestly (which was invented by and named after Jason Priestly, or, at least, his HIMYM counterpart) the chain’s R&D lab was quick to attempt such a creation. The pastry is a jelly doughnut stuffed with a Timbit (which I think is what they call a doughnut hole at Tim Hortons). Unfortunately, the bad news is that the chain has no plan on selling it in stores. Then again, I’m apathetic on the whole matter since there are no Tim Hortons near me. (Then again, I can get blue meth donuts, sadly they’re cake donuts).

David Walton is the new Hugh Grant, as far as NBC’s comedy pilot based on About a Boy is concerned.

I couldn’t disagree more with Jezebel‘s attempt to defend shows that people hate watch. Hate watching doesn’t involve shows you’re embarrassed to enjoy, those are guilty pleasures. You hate watch shows that have a glimmer of greatness and run far away from that greatness. The Client List is a show you’re embarrassed to enjoy. You hate watch Glee. (On the other hand, I watch Scandal because I hate everyone who is not a murdering woobie or a haplesss DA and like seeing them suffer. That’s different but it sounds like is should be called hate watching, too.)

After a great fall, NBC is having a disastrous 2013 with several ratings disasters — Do No Harm, Smash, 1600 Penn and Deception (which succeeds by only being a mild disaster). While the TV business is cyclical, Vulture explains why it might not be able to recover in a time when TV includes DVRs and cable programs that beats broadcast programs in the ratings.

Josh Charles has extended his contract to star on The Good Wife, TVLine reports. Charles has agreed to appear in a fifth season of the show, which has not been renewed for a fifth season but this agreement has got to signify that there’s a good chance that CBS will renew it.

Law & Order courted controversy by casting Mike Tyson as an abuse victim, a move that inspired a petition objecting to the casting of Tyson due to his rape conviction. That episode scored a record low in the ratings.

FX got bad news with the second episode of The Americans, which faced a steep 32% drop in adult viewers under 50. On the other hand, once you count DVR viewing, the premiere is close to being FX’s most-watched series premiere (which could just makes the second-episode drop bigger). I’m trying not to panic but the world doesn’t need another Brilliant But Cancelled show. Especially not a show that looks like it could be this brilliant.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Toni Braxton is Anderson co-host for a show that sees Judith Light discussing her upcoming role on Dallas, and gets a visit from the cast of AMC’s latest reality series.

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Today’s show has Jennifer Hudson, Madeline Stowe and no talk about how once buzz-heavy shows are struggling in the ratings during their second season.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Lucas and Will try to put their heads together to try to figure out why that shooting from years ago is coming up again. We’re following this one with a liveblog so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
With Michael giving up the field work, Nikita decides to take a mission solo, not even bothering to leave a note explaining where she’s gone. That kind of lack of communication only causes trouble, since Alex tries to follow her, which is where things start to go wrong.

Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Reba wants to record a collaboration with a young singer (Broadway star and country singer Laura Bell Bundy) who is known for her tabloid headlines as much as her singing, but that requires letting her move in. Surprisingly, that living arrangement leads to personality clashes.

Spartacus: War of the Damned (Starz) 9:00PM ET
With supplies running low, Spartacus contemplates an alliance with a band a marauders. If these marauders can look as good as Spartacus’ crew in the traditional skimpy armor, we could accept such an alliance.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Morgana‘s latest dastardly deed involves kidnapping Gwen and a torture technique involving mandrake root and rewriting Book of Love‘s “Bewitched” to praise witches scheming to destroy Camelot.

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Last season, she was making jewelry. This week, he’s making furniture now. There’s also a Steampunk Convention, I hope that means I won’t have to try to explain steampunk to my guy in the future since I’m at the point where I just mutter something about gluing unnecessary gears to stuff.

Lost Girl (Syfy) 2:00 AM ET
The Canadian succubus drama has a great record with lesbian inclusiveness (as well as some controversy on transgender issues) and roni1133 tells us this week’s episode did a good job when it included a gay male couple. If you want to check it out for yourself, Syfy’s reairing it late on Friday.

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