TV on Tap: “Mad Men” Asks Jon Hamm to Cover Up, Fox Considers a “Shogun” Remake and 41% of DVR Content is Never Watched


I have a feeling we’re going to have a talk about what Glee declares “guilty pleasures” tomorrow…

News

Jon Hamm will be wearing tighter pants in the upcoming season of Mad Men! Unfortunately, producers also asked him to wear underwear so viewers wouldn’t spend the season watching if Hamm consistently dresses to the right. Still, let’s focus on the positive — tighter pants!

TV Land has ordered a fifth season of Hot in Cleveland, which will bring she comedy to its 100th episode.

According to a study by Nielsen, Twitter can predict a show’s success in the ratings. Basically, an increase in how much people tweet about a show predicts an eventual increase in the ratings. That seems obvious, but this study measures and quantifies the connection between the two.

Fox is currently developing two potential mini-series and now it’s considering two more. One would be about the O. J. Simpson trial (a story I have no interest in living through twice), while another would be a new adaption of the James Clavell novel Shogun. If Fox is going to make a mini-series about feudal Japan, could we consider looking at a story less Eurocentric?

In one of the odder stated reasons for recasting a role, former 666 Park Avenue hunk Robert Buckley is being replaced on the comedy pilot Holding Patterns because when the cast was assembled producers realized Buckley looked too much like his co-star, Humphrey Ker. Based on the pictures I’ve found of Ker online, I’m guessing you’d have to see them together to notice the resemblance.

GSN has picked up repeats of Sale of the Century, the quiz show that owned its 80s ridiculousness the way the Carringtons wore shoulder pads on Dynasty.

A new study claims that 41% of what people record on their DVR ends up never being watched with 72% of the DVR users surveyed identified as “hoarders.” Two questions come to mind — how much of those unwatched programs gets re-recorded later and would that number shrink if there were more storage space available?

CBS has renewed CSI for a 14th season with Ted Danson sticking around.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Fran Drescher shows up to discuss Happily Divorced. The show will also have a segment on “Beauty Salon Nightmares.” I hope Anderson doesn’t disappoint and miss the opportunity to bring up The Beautician and the Beast. Also, Marilu Henner is Anderson’s co-host.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Smash star Megan Hilty visits Wendy today.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sami asks Will a question that usually heralds the beginning of a lot of headaches for many a Salem resident, “Why don’t you ask Stefano for help?” You know that will only end with Will being part of another parade of future suspects before the police think they’ve found Stefano’s murdered body. Again. We’ll be there to liveblog today’s formation of bad ideas, so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Warehouse 13 Marathon (Syfy) starting at 6:00 PM ET
By now, I’ve forgotten the details of how the world ended up in jeopardy — I think it involved Data misprogramming the magic glowing dust program on the holodeck, but I might be getting shows mixed up. Thankfully, Syfy is offering an overnight marathon that gives you a chance to rewatch the entire story arc that got us here.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Dean Pelton enlists Jeff, Britta and Annie to recruit a wealthy potential student referred to as “whale” leading to… er, a Moby Dick parody? Whale Wars references? A monologue about the problems with Orca: The Killer Whale?

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
I’m guessing there’s been a slowdown in Vampire Diaries fanfic since tonight delivers a flashback to Damon‘s hard-partying days in 1970s New York City.

Glee (Fox)
It’s guilty pleasures week for New Directions which means we get to see Blaine and Sam perform Wham! and leave me disappointed that their “guilty pleasure” is Wham! and not Wham! UK. Come on, you know you’d like to hear Glee‘s take on “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)”.

Project Runway (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Er, how did Project Runway make strippers so boring the most interesting part was Nina‘s giggling? Lets hope this week’s take on the classic retail challenge is a little more watchable.

Archer (FX) 10:00 PM ET
You know it had to happen. Archer starts pandering and decides to introduce a dog agent to freshen up the show with adorable acts of canine espionage.

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Tension escalates between Olivia and the White House as she takes a new case from a CEO (Lisa Edelstein) who is having an affair with Fitz‘s new Supreme Court nominee.

Kathy (Bravo) 11:30 P ET
Tonight’s panel has Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Darren Criss and Lily Tomlin.

Newsreaders (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
Adult Swim’s absurdly hilarious take on the fake news drama wraps up its first season with a look at one of the many versions of Newsreaders that exists in other markets — Newsreaders Jr., hosted by child journalists.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
The People’s Court Judge Marilyn Milian is co-hosting Friday’s show.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
The babydrama gets violent tomorrow, plan for a liveblog!

 

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