TV on Tap: Kal Penn to Host Discovery’s “Big Brain Theory,” “Fairly Legal” Is Cancelled and Is the Door Finally Open to “Muppet Babies”?

Lets hope Malibu Country turns out to be a show worthy of Lily Tomlin.


Kal Penn will host a competition series on Discovery, The Big Brain Theory, that will focus on engineering challenges. I have to admit, I’m intrigued by the concept.

A day after it made the cancellation of Common Law official, USA announced that it cancelled Fairly Legal. Since the gay character stopped appearing by the second season, I gave up trying to endure it.

Revolution and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke says that the reason why the power went out is at least somewhat scientifically possible and repeated that we won’t have to wait very long to get some answers.

HBO has ordered eight episodes of Hello Ladies, the comedy from Ricky Gervais‘ frequent collaborator Stephen Merchant.

Here’s what you’ll be doing on election night.

In a surprising development, Hell on Wheels has lost its showrunner and AMC has withdrawn the series’ third-season renewal until it can find a replacement it likes.

While the Disney-Lucas merger has certainly inspired plenty of Disney-Star Wars mashup fanart (along with cries of joy at the thought of Leia being a Disney princess) one of the more obscure questions is could this make it easier for Muppet Babies to get a DVD release? Fans have long speculated that the cartoon’s use of footage from classic movies (for example, the opening sequence shows Kermit trying to escape the rolling boulder from Raiders of the Lost Ark) made for complicated copyright clearances. While Muppet Babies didn’t just borrow from George Lucas‘ films, it did use a lot of them — and now both the Muppets and Lucas’ films are owned by Disney.

Following up on the chart that explains what your favorite food brands say about your politics, Buzzfeed has charted the relationship between TV shows and political leanings.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Nancy Grace is Anderson‘s co-host today, and if that doesn’t sound unbearable to you, one of his guests is a former teacher convicted for having sex with students, so she’ll have fuel for the self-righteous and judgmental side. Phaedra and Porsha of the Real Housewives of Atlanta are also set to visit.

The Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricki takes a look at the stories of people who were affected when a opposite-sex marriage is rocked when one spouse unexpectedly comes out. The guest list includes a Mormon couple who are still married with children, a daughter still mad over her father’s coming out and a lesbian with two children.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Since Will and Sonny can’t kiss and make up without a fight, things get tense on today’s episode. Be sure to join us for a liveblog watching the fireworks starting at 1 PM Eastern!

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together (NBC, HBO, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, CNBC, Syfy, USA) 8:00 PM ET
NBC Universal has quickly assembled a telethon for the Red Cross to help raise funds for hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The line-up still has time to change (as well as the channels carrying it) but Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Sting and Bruce Springsteen are scheduled to perform.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 8:00 PM ET
This week’s challenge sees the models trying to model teeny weenie bikinis designed by Cedella Marley (daughter of Bob Marley — and motivation for traveling to Jamaica?) while riding a dolphin along with a warrior princess photoshoot. Where will TV get its crazy without this show?

Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
ABC revisits its TGIF glory days with another attempt at putting comedy on Friday nights by bringing Reba McEntire back to the Friday night line-up (her debut sitcom, Reba, was a part of The WB’s Friday night line-up when the defunct network was basically duplicating the tone of TGIF). This time McEntire plays the wife of a country music icon who starts her life over in Malibu after her husband is caught cheating on her. There are plenty of AE-faves on this show, from Lily Tomlin as McEntire’s mother, Sara Rue as one of the strange new neighbors, and Jai Rodriguez as the agent Reba turns to as she tries to revive her country music career.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
Sigh. Now that the Tori and Maya friendship is on the rocks due to the two competing in a pageant, Maya gets to the point that she tries to steal Zig away. Oh, Maya, you’re better than that. I hope Tristan shows up to remind her of that.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
We’ve already seen a couple stories about how certain parts of the wessen community don’t appreciate Monroe‘s association with Nick. Now the shoe is on the other foot as another Grimm arrives in Portland to let him know that Grimms are supposed to be sociopathic wessen-killers and not take the ‘instrument of justice’ path that Nick has chosen.

Nikita (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Let’s see, so tonight Ryan and Nikita clash over how to run The Division, a mission struggles because Alex is unavailable, but after last week I’m mostly watching in the hope that Birkhoff will do more Dalek voices.

Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
As that fateful night gets closer, Audrey and Duke uncover a few clues to the identity of the Colorado Kid.

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