TV on Tap: “Modern Family” Wins a Catholic Award, Adrian Pasdar is the President of the “Political Animals” and Daniel Radcliffe as a Young Jon Hamm?


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News

In a move that may inspire a “squee” out of many age groups at once, Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm are negotiating to star in a British mini-series about Russian doctors in World War I. Radcliffe and Hamm would play the same character at different ages.

Did Jane Lynch spoil the fate of one Glee senior? In an interview, Lynch referred to filming her final scenes with Dianna Agron, prompting speculation

Then again, Agron might be escaping a series that has gone from unfocused to… irresponsible and exploitative. Alyssa Rosenberg is calling for people to stop watching the series for the way it’s used Coach Bieste‘s domestic abuse and Dave Karofsky‘s suicide attempt for drama without giving them much examination otherwise. Honestly, those aren’t new complaints about Glee. I’ve heard them in the comment threads for Christie‘s recaps.

Fox has ordered a reality series called The Choice. It sounds basically like a remake of The Dating Game that adds swivel chairs and poses as a parody of The Voice. At least they got Cat Deeley to host it.

The cast of USA’s Political Animals just keeps getting better. Adrian Pasdar has joined the six-episode series as the President who appoints Sigourney Weaver‘s former First Lady to the position of Secretary of State.

Now that the cast of Two and a Half Men are on their way to signing up for another season, CBS has another series with contract drama. Three NCIS stars — Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray and Pauley Perette — will see their contracts run out at the end of this season and no deal has been made, so far. Can you imagine watching the show without Abby around?

Lifetime has a new logo. Ridiculous doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Cancelling Luck cost HBO $35 million. That was the amount of money spent on the series’ second season, which will never finish filming or be shown by HBO.

If you’re one of those Top Chef fans who still have fond memories of season one fave (and later Top Chef producer) Lee Anne Wong, she’ll be judging an upcoming episode of Chopped.

The Catholics in Media Associates has honored Modern Family with its 2012 television award. Modern Family isn’t the first gay show to be honored by CIMA, past award winners include Glee, Ugly Betty and Homicide: Life on the Streets.

While many shows hit new ratings lows on Tuesday, NCIS: Los Angeles‘ ratings were up by 25%, thanks to the Hawaii Five-0 crossover. Too bad that episode was bad enough to make the average Hawaii Five-0 episode look like Sherlock in comparison.

The reunion episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where the winner was finally announced, was the season’s most-watched episode.

Listings

The Nate Berkus Show
Nate‘s performing a 24-hour room makeover, joins Aaron McCargo for a trip to the market and gets tips on looking good in photos. Let’s hope Nate can hide his “I know that, duh!” face during the segment about looking good in pictures.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
When Howard‘s mission gets rescheduled and creates a conflict with his wedding date, he and Bernadette have to figure out how they’ll adapt. Meanwhile, Amy starts working to condition Sheldon with positive stimulus. Undoubtedly, this leads to Sheldon taking up asceticism to keep her from winning one over him.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
We see that the death of Starburns wasn’t just a way to parody the dark turn that usually ends an episode of Law & Order, as the Greendale student body works to come to terms with his death. Not Chang, though. Chang sees this as a chance to gain power for campus security.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
I’m ready to write off this season of The Vampire Diaries. Based on the trajectories we saw with Damon and Katherine, Klaus should have graduated from terrifying menace to troublesome, rebellious ally. Instead, he’s the bad guy who is still chugging along, despite hitting all those stalemates that make him seem less dangerous and more like a villain who needs to take a longer break in between defeats. Tonight, Klaus tries to take Elena away from Mystic Falls, which I’m sure is as likely to go as well as when the Daleks make their second appearance in the middle of a season of Doctor Who.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
Last year, 30 Rock delivered a perfect parody of the kind of reality show that’s found all over the Bravo schedule. (Which seems like the kind of Kabletown synergy scheme that would get Jack Donaghy‘s approval — what’s programming for one network is the subject of parody on another channel.) Tonight, The Queen of Jordan takes over the TGS set again, thanks to the launch of Angie‘s clothing line. I wonder if Queen of Jordan viewers still think Jack is gay…

The Secret Circle (CW) 9:00 PM ET
For some reason, the kids of the Circle are planning to attend prom instead of spending all their time talking about last week’s cliffhanger. I mean, if I thought I saw a dead friend running around alive, I wouldn’t be able to pick out a corsage. Okay, there’s also the matter of a crystals that can be found at the prom but otherwise, I’d be focused on this “Nick might be back from the dead” thing.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Andy begins to plot his return to Dunder-Mifflin — just as Robert shuts down a nearby branch. Wait… I thought Dundler-Mifflin already done some heavy downsizing, isn’t that how Andy ended up in Scranton, anyway? Either NBC got lazy with the episode description, or The Office is getting really lazy about continuity.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
It’s 24 hours before election day and Leslie is working to make sure her last day of campaigning makes a difference. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an “October surprise” like, maybe, the release of a Bobby Newport sex tape. Okay, I’m just dreaming, there. I’ll just look at screen caps of Rudd holding a mirror from the This is 40 trailer.

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Olivia team’s takes the case of a devastating plane crash, defending the pilot from accusations coming from all corners. Meanwhile, Amnada Tanner disappears, leaving Huck to dig into parts of his life he’d rather forget.

Awake (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
As Britten deals with a gang violence case in one reality, his partner is planning a going away party in another. At the pace things are moving, I’m guessing we’re going to have to hope for a second season if we’re going to find out what happen to his two realities if he moves.

Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet (Lifetime) 11:00 PM ET
Lifetime’s new talk show has interviews with Lady Gaga and Portia de Rossi.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s wrapping up his week with Susan Lucci and Mark Ruffalo

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews is on tonight’s panel as Jennifer Love Hewitt gets ready for a chat with Chelsea. I can’t wait to see Chelsea ask what’s up with her character from The Client List and her way as The John Whisperer.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:30 PM ET
Stephen Colbert will be visiting to discuss his new children’s book while the cast of Nice Work If You Can Get It will be performing a number.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
It’s a children’s book author double feature on CBS late night when Craig talks with Julie Andrews .

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show
Nate‘s getting a visit from Jessica Alba tomorrow.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth will be visiting tomorrow to discuss The Avengers.

 

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