TV on Tap: Matthew Rhys Has a New TV Show, Jason Sudeikis Considering an “SNL” Exit, and Matthew Perry Has a Big Debut


I’m guessing the Comedy Bang! Bang! finale is going to have some musical performances.

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FX has picked up The Americans, a drama starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as undercover KGB spies posing as a couple in Washington DC in the early 80s. Matthew Rhys and the early 80s? I already hate having to wait for this show.

Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is shopping a show that would feature musical performances with no amateurs, no eliminations and no sharp-tongued judges.

The latest amazing comedy talent to appear on Happy Endings is Rob Corddry, who will appear in a multi-episode arc as a “Car Czar” who ends up hiring Jane to sell cars. This has to lead to Jane yelling about how crazy her prices are in front of TV cameras.

Jason Sudeikis says he’s thinking of leaving Saturday Night Live, saying he wants the opportunity to push himself creatively if he sticks around. While most of the articles I’ve seen ask if SNL can find someone else to play Mitt Romney, I’m going to miss Sudeikis’ Joe Biden if he leaves.

Whoever decided to make a Breaking Bad-themed parody of Cooking Mama is a freaking genius.

Matthew Perry says that, despite the demands of his new comedy series, he’ll be able to appear in one or two episdoes of The Good Wife.

In addition to meeting Winston‘s mother, his sister will also appear in an upcoming episode of New Girl. She will be played by America’s Next Top Model finalist Keenyah Hill.

One reason NBC spends so much money on the rights for the summer Olympics is the chance to promote their upcoming series to that large audience that tuned in for the game. However, the strategy doesn’t have a great record at launching hits.

That said, 16.1 million viewers checked out Matthew Perry‘s new comedy, Go On. As always, the true test will be how many of those viewers will still be watching by midseason.

Friday’s Listings

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
As if to demonstrate what a great show it is, Comedy Bang! Bang! wraps its first season with a visit from “Weird AlYankovic. Judging from the promo picture, I’m guessing Tenacious D will also show up.

Bunk (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
Meanwhile, Bunk wraps up its first season with John Gemberling as well as return appearances by Andy Daly and Alex Borstein.

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Cetnral) 11:00 PM ET
This week’s show has Mike Lawrence, Andy Zaltzman, Kurt Braunohler and David O’Doherty.

Friday’s Olympic Highlights

Soccer (MSNBC) 2:30 PM ET
Japan takes to the field against South Korea.

Swimming (NBC) 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:15 PM
The open-water men’s swimming marathon is today, NBC will be checking up on the competition every so often.

Water Polo (NBC Sports Network) 9:20 AM, (MSNBC) 1:30 PM ET
In the morning we’ve got Team U.S.A. and Spain’s final match while Croatia battles for the gold in the afternoon.

NBC Primetime (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
The finals include the qualifying rounds for men’s platform diving.

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