TV on Tap: Kyle Chandler Will Lead Showtime’s “Vatican,” Lifetime Considers a Cleopatra Miniseries and NBC Might Have Reached Their Breaking Point with “Up All Night”

Like you didn’t already know Neil Patrick Harris could pull off the early 20th century military officer look.


Kyle Chandler will star in the Showtime pilot The Vatican as a progressive New York archbishop whose political stances ruffle some feathers and win him some allies.

Maya Rudolph is pregnant, providing one more wrinkle for Up All Night. Writers were planning on incorporating Rudolph’s pregnancy into the series, but at this point NBC is thinking of just giving up on the show.

Felicity Huffman has found a killer new TV role, the Desperate Housewives alum joined the drama pilot Boomerang as the matriarch of a family of assassins.

CNN got mocked mercilessly for the way it covered the passengers stranded on the Carnival Triumph, but viewers rewarded the network with a 54% ratings jump. Consider it the next step in the Diana Christensenization of TV news.

I guess we shouldn’t expect Burn Gorman to stay on Revenge long, the Torchwood alum has joined the AMC pilot about the Culper Ring, a spy ring that worked for General George Washington during the American Revolution. Gorman will play a British Major who finds freer spirit of the colonies to clash with his by-the-book persona.

TV land has ordered twelve episodes of Kristie’s New Show (formerly called Giant Baby so send TV Land a thank you note for changing the name), a comedy with Kirstie Alley as a Broadway star who is found by the son she gave up for adoption, who is now an adult. The series also stars Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards.

Jack McBrayer‘s first role after 30 Rock will be on The Middle as a dentist who hires Frankie to be his hygenist, according to TVLine. The role is set for one episode but could become a recurring role.

Missing the attention it was getting during the filming of Liz & Dick, Lifetime is developing a miniseries about Cleopatra, Deadline reports.

Mike White says that Amy‘s big investigation into Abaddon took inspiration from Homeland, which debuted at about the same time and, “hung on this very juicy plot that really motors that show. And so I was like, ‘You know, well we could do [that].” Honestly, I don’t really find the story that juicy, but that might be because Enlightened is a show I watch for the characters.

It sounds like Krysten Ritter is looking to show her versatility, having joined a comedy pilot about an idealistic office worker whose sex appeal matches her anxiety levels, a role that sounds a lot less like the b—- from Apartment 23 and more like the panicked roommate from Apartment 23.

Bad news for Community fans, ratings for Thursday’s episode dropped by 42 percent from the strong start to the season. It might be time for Community fans to start finding ways to make their voice heard, again. Are any magazines allowing readers to vote on the cover anytime soon?


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Willie Geist is joining Anderson today to try out the exercise device that also lets you keep sitting on your bottom, the hula chair. (Otherwise, think of it as a shake weight that switches out the sexual innuendo for even broader physical comedy.) Let’s hope Anderson does nothing to earn Willie’s glare of disapproval.

Bunheads Marathon (ABC Family) starting at 11:00 AM ET
It’s catchup Monday as ABC Family gives viewers the chance to see the last several episodes you might have missed or to just listen for the lines that just went by too quickly amid all that rapid-paced banter.

Independent Lens (PBS) Check local listings
With “The Powerbroker,” Independent Lens takes a look at the work of Whitney young, Jr., the civil rights leader who used his business connections to open new opportunities to African-Americans. Every struggle for equality takes place on multiple fronts, though historical memory typically leaves most of them behind.

Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) 7:30 PM ET
If I’ve been tracking things correctly, this should be the week Prince Bubblegum makes a return appearance as the voice of Prince Bubblegum, even if the episode description only mentions Marceline telling the Ice King a story. I’ll be happy if that means we’re getting NPH with a big side of Gunther.

The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
A couple weeks ago it was Halloween, now it’s Carrie‘s first Thanksgiving without her mother and she’s trying to step up and make a big holiday dinner. Since she’s got an ambitious menu planned you know what that means — cue the poultry fireball!

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Kyle MacLachlan returns as The Captain tonight, and Neil Patrick Harris is sporting some sort of Kaiser Wilhelm(?) costume. At this point, it’s unlikely to be one of Barney‘s pickup schemes so… doppelganger?

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Since Toby‘s latest love interest has gone, he’s probably ready to meet someone new in a different setting, like at his dad’s campaign office. You might notice a family resemblance, the woman Toby notices is played by Lea Thompson‘s real life daughter, Zoey Deutch, which means Toby would be flirting with his on-screen mother’s off-screen daughter.

90210 (CW) 9:00 PM ET
I guess Silver is still being awful since she’s spending her time making plenty of demands on the surrogate mother who will be carrying her child. She might not have to deal with Silver for long though. It turns out that Tristan thinks she’s got a great singing voice.

The Following (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Carroll gives his old lawyer a call… that means we’ll be seeing that lawyer making use of sharp implements on Carroll’s behalf, right? Or have we reached the point where the show tries to subvert our expectations?

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Spending more time with Kenny ends up bringing back some of Aidan memories. I know Mark Pellegrino is supposed to make another appearance this season, so could that be how we get the return of Bishop delivering that “I could have kept you from feeling lonely” stare.

Hubris: Selling the Iraq War (MSNBC) 9:00 PM ET
Rachel Maddow narrates MSNBC’s newest documentary looks back ten years to re-examine the campaign to convince Americans that invading Iraq was a matter of necessity. There were a lot of people who we all should have stopped taking seriously after that, but that hasn’t happened. Maybe this will change things.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
There are guest-stars aplenty this week with Pro Bowl players, Pat Monahan from the band that made that “Hey Soul Sister” song that was so freaking ubiquitous and Magnum P.I. alum Larry Manetti.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson chatting with Monday Mornings‘.

Cult (CW) 9:00 PM ET
You’re not tired of charismatic serial killers, are you?


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