TV on Tap: “Modern Family” Gets Profane, AMC Remakes “Goodfellas” and “Downton Abbey” Starts Strong

A new group of special effect make-up artists seek to make their mark on a new season of Face Off.


AMC is developing a TV series based on the Oscar-winning 1990 mob movie Goodfellas. Nicholas Pileggi, the writer responsible both for the screenplay and the book that inspired it, is involved in the adaptation. I’m hoping for the chance to add a “They spit! On their own floor!”

The upcoming season of Cougar Town will tell a complete story arc, whenever it airs (though that might happen in March).

Good news Psych fans, the USA mystery series has been renewed for a seventh season.

Oh, Oprah.

In his final appearance before the Television Critics Association as the executive producer of Desperate Housewives, Marc Cherry said that he might make a cameo in the series finale but promised there would never be a movie about the ladies of Wisteria Lane.

Before Kimberly McCullough exits General Hospital, the soap will get a return visit from her on-screen dad, Tristan Rogers.

Last week, Suburgatory gave us a scene that left viewers hoping for an uncensored DVD. It sounds like next week’s Modern Family is going to inspire a similar sentiment, though for different reasons.

I’ve gone back-and-forth on Fox’s Alcatraz, but hearing that Geri Jewel (best remembered as The Facts of Live‘s Cousin Geri) will appear on the show in flashbacks pushes me back to the “interested” column.

Daytime TV audiences are stuck hearing about sammies and EVOO until 2014, at least.

When the new season of The Bachelor debuted to terrible ratings, I stopped myself from getting too excited by noting that the long-running reality series had tough competition from football. However, now that the second episode scored a series low, I’m hoping the end may be near.

Sunday’s second-season premiere for Downton Abbey was viewed by 4.2 million people. That audience was 18% bigger than the one that watched the first season and better than Mad Men.


Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Following Will‘s failed blackmail attempt, E.J. decides it’s time for him to start making demands.

Face Off Marathon (Syfy) starting 8:00 AM ET
If you missed the first season of Syfy’s compelling competition series, here’s your chance to see the show that turned out to be so amazingly compelling.

Nature (PBS) Check local listings
When a population explosion and drought leaves the kangaroos living around the capital city of Australia, they start moving into the city. I have a feeling this ends with a lesson on how living with kangaroos just isn’t as adorable as it sounds.

Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
Laura Prepon plays a character based on Chelsea Handler in this sitcom based on Handler’s memoir. Can a broadcast sitcom capture Handler’s acid tongue? I’m not sure and the reviews haven’t been encouraging.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Dan Byrd shows up this week as the new kid at school. Tessa quickly figures out he has a secret and guesses that he is gay, though that might be the wrong conclusion.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Mitchell and Cameron take the next step in their plans to have another child. They start interviewing potential surrogate mothers. Meanwhile, Luke and Manny get a class assignment to make an egg survive a two-story drop.

Income Property (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
A same-sex couple looking to rent out part of their home is the focus of tonight’s episode. (h/t roni1133)

The People’s Choice Awards (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
Kaley Cuoco makes her debut hosting tonight where nominees include Glee, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, The Good Wife, True Blood, Lady Gaga and Jane Lynch. Now, if we listen to Valerie Cherish, should we be expecting The Big Bang Theory to take a bunch of wins?

True Life (MTV) 9:00 PM ET
Two young men who are also chubby chasers, including a gay man, are profiled in tonight’s installment.

Happy Endings(ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Dave‘s father (Michael McKean) comes to visit and is surprised to meet his dad’s new girlfriend — Penny‘s mom (Megan Mullally).

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Joy and Elka take a turn at being animal rights activists, camping out at the zoo to help preserve an endangered species of rhino.

Top Chef (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time for another Restaurant Wars, this time a boys vs. girls edition

Face Off (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
The new season kicks off with the new hopefuls offering their take on a Wizard of Oz character. Aww, I wish it were just an Oz character in general because then I’d instantly be rooting for the person who picks The Patchwork Girl or Woozy.

Revenge (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
With Tyler out of the way, Emily sets her sights on an author (Roger Bart) who has been a part of Hamptons society long enough to know Emily’s father.

The Challenge: Battle of the Exes (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
The newest Challenge sees former showmance partners forced to work together. That doesn’t include any of the series’ past guy-hookups, though, so I’ll be skipping this season’s poorly-conceived challenges and forced drama.

Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC) 10:00 PM ET
Shangela (or is it Laquifa?) shows up in tonight’s episode to coach one of the hopefuls.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy gets a visit from Rosie Perez and high-energy chef Hugh Acheson.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Dave is getting a visit from Dolly Parton, which makes those Joyful Noise ads seem a little less annoying.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Rosie O’Donnell is on Jimmy‘s guest-list tonight. Even better, Robin Thicke will be showing up to perform.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Dolly Parton‘s next stop is a visit to the Live! set.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ellen‘s getting a visit from the amazing Meryl Streep.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Isaac Mizrahi will be chatting with the Talk ladies Thursday.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Things get awkward for Will when he meets one of Sonny‘s friends. Hold on, Sonny has friends other than Will and Chad?