TV on Tap: Madonna Sets a Super Bowl Record, the Depressing Medical Truth about “Downton Abbey” and ABC Family Orders a Series from the Creator of “Gilmore Girls”

Remember the ‘No stunt casting this season’ rule?
Yeah, we’re willing to make an exception for Ricky Martin, too.


Lifetime has cast its remake of The Blue Lagoon with two Australian actors, Brenton Thwaites and Indiana Evans. Since we now know that “from the team that gave you Untouchable: The Drew Peterson Story” predicts a delightfully awful film, I’m keeping my fingers crossed the ridiculousness makes up for the lack of R-rated content.

ABC Family has picked up the dance school drama from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, Bunheads. If it follows the pattern of Gilmore Girls the first season will be brilliant, then the characters will start making stupid choices that make the show unwatchable.

You might not want to ask a doctor if the medical storylines on Downton Abbey are accurate unless you’re ready to get a depressing answer.

Modern Family will take a trip to Disneyland in May. I guess they’re warning us now so that we can get the complaints about product placement out of our system by the time the episode airs.

The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor is getting a new boyfriend, one played by the stunning Sendhil Ramamurthy. I’m eager to see Ramamurthy demonstrate his comedy skills.

With only two nominees up for the Best Song statue, this year’s Oscar ceremony won’t have performances of the nominated tunes. Maybe Rob Lowe can do a substitute number with Snow White instead.

I can’t imagine a rumor that could make me more giddy than the idea that Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer are discussing ideas for a new Star Trek series. The two are currently working together on Mockingbird Lane, a reboot of The Munsters.

Someone at NBC better be sending a thank-you basket to Madonna. Sunday’s Super Bowl was the most-watched broadcast in television history, drawing over 111 million viewers. The halftime show also broke a record for viewership, drawing 114 million viewers. Meanwhile, the season premiere of The Voice was the strongest post-Super Bowl broadcast since that Grey’s Anatomy where Seattle Grace faced a Code Black emergency in 2006.


The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate gets a visit from White Collar‘s Tiffani Thiessen who will help with a “surprise nursery delivery” while we all wonder if Nate will manage to make it through the episode without grilling Thiessen about Matt Bomer‘s hotness.

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
While I’m still waiting for this ABC Family drama to get a little bit gay (as most of them eventually do) tonight’s episode does have Meredith Baxter showing up as Kathryn‘s mom, who apparently spends the visit making Daphne feel awkward. Apparently, she’s the kind of grandmother who makes everyone cringe in between bites at Thanksgiving dinner.

Glee (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
It’s not just a Ricky Martin episode. It’s also a Spanish-themed musical episode. Though that apparently includes Will singing “La Cucaracha”, which I don’t think will help with that likability problem.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
When Jess decides that their grumpy landlord would like her if only he got to know her, she opens up a whole can of worms as he ends up learning about the various changes they’ve made to the apartment. So, Nick doesn’t own the building? He drilled a drainage hole into a roof he doesn’t own? I’m starting to dislike they guy for the very first time.

Ringer (CW) 9:00 PM ET
There’s another hellraiser for Bridget to deal with as Juliet‘s mother shows up to cause trouble. Meanwhile, Agent Machado thinks he’s close to finding Bridget, which means I’ll probably be spending another episode cursing Machado’s shortage of brain cells.

The River (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Can the “found footage” sub-genre of horror deliver scares as a weekly TV series? We’ll start to find out tonight as ABC debuts this drama following the family of a TV adventurer who goes looking for him after he goes missing in the Amazon.

Raising Hope (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Virginia takes on a new career after Burt lets loose an insult about her current line of work. Unsurprisingly, she chooses something unconventional and it spirals into something even more crazy. The episode is directed by Bring It On and Down with Love‘s Peyton Reed, so I’m hoping there’s a lively energy to this one. Or a cheerleading number.

Justified (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Raylan faces his past when a prison break leaves two former enemies free and needing recapture.

Southland (TNT) 10:00 PM ET
While a homeless veteran forces Tang to deal with her history, Sammy starts taking care of a dog… until he accidentally shoots it, making me wish to see Tammi make a return appearance to express relief that she never had any children with him.

Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Tabatha heads to a frozen yogurt shop where there’s something gag-inducing about the desserts they serve and the customers don’t hesitate to stick their fingers in the toppings. I’m just dying to find out what’s making the froyo taste so terrible, aren’t those things just a matter of pouring the mix and turning the machine on?

Unforgettable (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
At first, I was intrigued by the Marilu Henner-inspired concept of this series but then the bad reviews (and a full DVR drive) convinced me that I didn’t have the time to check this one out. However, Jane Curtin joins the cast with tonight’s episode and if I made it through Working It Out and Crumbs for her, I can make it through a CBS procedural.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
This week, the mystery baskets will challenge chefs to mix octopus and huckleberries.

White Collar (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Sara returns, seeking Neal‘s help in finding a missing Stradivarius, a case that gets him thinking about a change of lifestyle, one I suspect Mozzie won’t like. At least, Neal will still have his bromance with Peter.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
It’s a Californian Real Housewife night as Andy greets Taylor Armstrong and Gretchen Rossi.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews is on tonight’s panel while Kelly Rowland will be talking with Chelsea.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Remember the two cute cellists who played “Smooth Criminal” on last week’s Glee? 2 Cellos are set to appear tonight. Let’s hope they won’t need to replace any parts after this performance.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Suze Orman will be visiting Nate tomorrow. Honestly, part of me will miss his show, but I’m still hoping she says “Third season? De-nied!”

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Could there a better Valentine’s Day gift for HE fans than a chance to meet Max‘s ex? The only way it could get better is if he were Doug Hitler‘s brother.