TV on Tap: “Modern Family” Usually Says ‘No’ to Product Placement, Gay Neighbors Move in on “Up All Night” and Casting News Brings a “Walking Dead” Spoiler


Telemundo takes on a gay story with Relaciones Peligrosas which debuts tonight.

 

News

Starz has found their Leonardo Da Vinci. He’ll be played by British actor Tom Riley who’s probably a “Hey, it’s that guy” actor if you watch a lot of British TV.

NBC ordered ten pilots yesterday, including Roseanne Barr‘s Downwardly Mobile and County, a hospital drama starring Jason Ritter.

News Corp. is teaming up with Colombian broadcaster RCN to create a new Spanish-language network, MundoFox. The network is set to launch in the fall and reach 75% of the country. I’m curious to see what kind of programming MundoFox airs, especially since RCN is the network that gave us Betty la Fea, the original Ugly Betty.

When The Glee Project kicks off its second season, it will have Lea Michele as the guest-mentor.

Modern Family viewers are quick to notice an episode that’s heavy on the product placement, and the people in charge of the show say that they turn down most offers, only doing up to three episodes a season.

Get ready to meet Ragan and Chrisgay neighbors on Up All Night. Nat Faxton (who you might remember as the chef who taught Penny and Alex‘s cooking class on Happy Endings) and Ben Falcone will get along with the Brinkleys until the eventual horrible disagreement. Additionally, Nurse Jackie‘s Eve Best has signed up to play a mogul who buys The Ava Show.

Sorry Canada. I don’t know what you’ve done to deserve this.

Greg Berlanti has sold another pilot, this one to CBS. Golden Boy follows a cop who’s career takes a metoric rise, going from officer to police commissioner.

Food Network Star is revamping for its eighth season. Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentis will step down as judges to mentor the competitors, along with Alton Brown, and viewers will get to pick the winner again. Unfortunately, with Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson sticking around, I expect this to continue to demonstrate what’s wrong with the Food Network.

Congratulations to Degrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler who will be appointed to the Order of Ontario, the highest honor in the province.

Considering the TV networks current love for remakes, isn’t it time someone considered updating Robotech (or, specifically “The Macross Saga”) for today’s audiences? I know Tobey Maguire bought the rights for a movie but the love story of Lisa Hayes and Rick Hunter needs at least 18 hours to be properly told.

Casting news has a history of spoiling cable dramas. Fans of The Sopranos knew where things were going when Drea de Matteo joined the cast of Joey. Breaking Bad viewers got a good idea of where the latest season was headed when Giancarlo Esposito was cast in Once Upon a Time. Now, Walking Dead fans are wondering about the news that Jon Bernthal might join the cast of L.A. Noir, the new show from former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont — especially since TV Line ran a blind item saying that a series regular quit The Walking Dead in a show of loyalty to Darabont.

Kristin Chenoweth will appear on an upcoming episode of Hot in Cleveland as a friend who breaks up with her boyfriend and moves in with the Cleveland ladies.

Listings

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Oh boy. Fresh off of saying that she chose to be gay, Cynthia Nixon will be visiting the Live! set to discuss starring in WIT. Mary J. Blige will be sitting in the guest-host’s seat.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now it’s Nicole asking favors out of Will, which at least means he’ll soon have the money he tried to blackmail out of E.J., so I guess it works out in the end.

The Rosie Show (OWN) 6:00 PM ET
Looks like there’s been some schedule-shuffling and Kathy Griffin‘s making her appearance today. Prepare from something that’s different from Kathy’s usual talk show appearances, as she’s going to discuss her childhood troubles and struggle with eating disorders.

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Trying to save Emmett’s motorcycle (after all, he does have that fine looming), Daphne lies to the get the money from John and Kathryn. Meanwhile, Melody continues to try to keep Emmett and Bay apart.

Joan & Melissa (WE) 9:00 PM ET
As the second season begins, Melissa tries to convince her mother that a trip to the plastic surgeon for some “fine tuning” might not be such a good idea.

Justified (FX) 10:00 PM ET
The murder of a US Marshall shuffles things as Raylan teams up with a former colleague (the faboo Carla Gugino) and Art leaves his desk to tackle the case. Meanwhile, Dickie Bennett learns he doesn’t like being in the same prison as Boyd.

Southland (TNT) 10:00 PM ET
Cooper and Tang get an unfortunate test of their physical fitness when they are attacked on the street by a suspect. Meanwhile, Lydia deals with her grandmother (played by Marla Gibbs).

Relaciones Peligrosas (Dangerous Relationships) (Telemundo) 10:00 PM ET
Telemundo debuts its newest telenovela, a story set in a bilingual high school where the student body includes a gay teen, Alejandro. This one is an adaptation of Fiscia O Qumicia, so it has a high bar to meet.

Tori & Dean (Oxygen) 10:00 PM ET
After Tori gets into a car accident while trying to evade the paparazzi (please, no one make a Princess Di comparison) she has another shock coming when she learns that her mom is looking at selling the house where she grew up.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time for a Redemption Competition as four previous competitors who came in second place, make a second attempt to win the big prize. Who can they impress their judges with their use of sweetbreads and root beer schnapps to take the prize?

Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Tabatha gets back to dispensing advice to salons as she hits a “Boughetto” salon where sloppy mistakes are commonplace.

White Collar (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Someone cut up a copy of Van Halen‘s “Hot for the Teacher” because Neal is going undercover at a prep school to help Peter figure out what happened to some missing scholarship money.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
She’s starting her day by guest-hosting Live! and Mary J. Blige will end the night by visiting Andy on the WWHL set.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross will be chatting with Dot-Marie Jones tonight while Fortune Feimster, Joe Matarese and Matt Braugner will sit on the panel.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
I’m not really excited about tonight’s Colbert Report guest but at least the wonderful Elizabeth Warren will be making a return visit to The Daily Show.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Andrew Sullivan will be facing Steven tonight. I’m sure they’ll be discussing Sullivan’s Time cover article about Obama‘s critics. I hope he’s prepared for Colbert’s barbs.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Tomorrow’s Live! sounds really gay as Kristin Chenoweth will be guest-hosting while Alan Cumming will be visiting,

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s more of Sonny and Will tomorrow.

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