TV on Tap: MTV Wants to Turn “Scream” into a Series, Catherine Tate Promoted to “Office” Regular and Portland Mayor Sam Adams Campaigns for a “Portlandia” Emmy


Sundance follows four wheelchair-bound women with its new series Push Girls.

News

This has been a weekend with too much sad news. Richard Dawson who starred in Hogan’s Heroes but will probably best be remembered as the original “kissing bandit” host of Family Feud died from esophageal cancer.

I have to admit I’m equally intrigued and wary of the news that MTV is developing a TV series inspired by the Scream movies. On one hand, the Scream movies were very soapy, I can see characters like Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers translating really well into a Teen Wolf-style serialized drama. (I’d guess MTV’s already expecting Teen Wolf‘s second season to do well and they’re looking for a companion series.) On the other hand, I can’t think of a successful TV show that would provide a template for a Scream TV series… unless Sidney inherits an antique shop stocked with cursed objects.

While the writers have yet to get a good handle on her character, I’m thrilled to hear that Catherine Tate will be series regular on the upcoming season of The Office. Because it’s Catherine. Tate.

Dear ABC Family, please make this Sabrina the Teenage Witch reunion happen.

What has the success of History’s Hatfields & McCoys wrought? For one thing, it’s made networks more interested in Westerns and NBC may give a second chance to the rejected pilot The Frontier (which is from Sean Hayes‘s production company). Meanwhile, Charlize Theron is trying to sell a series concept that’s tells the feuding families’ story in the modern day.

More casting news for Frank Darabont‘s TNT pilot L.A. Noir. Thomas Jane may be joining the series.

Dirty Sexy Mayor Sam Adams is campaigning for Emmy voters to vote for Portlandia.

Steven Moffat thinks if CBS’ upcoming Elementary isn’t very good it will “debase” his modern Sherlock Holmes series, Sherlock. I disagree, judging from what I’ve seen, if Elementary is a creative dud, it will launch a million essays on why the U.S. shouldn’t attempt anything already done by Moffat — especially if the Jeckyll and Hyde-inspired Do No Harm also turns out to be terrible.

According to biographer David Maraniss, watching Mad Men reminds President Obama of his grandparents, especially his grandmother who worked her way up much like Peggy did.

Listings

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Rach is auctioning the services of some of her favorite regular guests, including Kyan Douglas who will be giving a surprise makeover.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that the parade of suspects have made their way through Stefano‘s den, its time to ponder who ended up shooting him and how guilty everyone can appear to be.

Teen Wolf Marathon (MTV Hits) starting at 9:00 PM ET
Did you know there’s still an MTV channel that’s focused on music videos? Since that kind of thing doesn’t make the program listings I didn’t know about MTV Hits until now — because MTV Hits is diverting from music videos to air the entire first season of Teen Wolf.

America’s Got Talent (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
I have to admit, I’m missing the two-hour episodes. So much is cut to a short clip, there hasn’t been time for a must-see moment to come out. Then again, maybe all those montages are a sign that there aren’t enough must-see auditions. I hope that changes as the auditions head to Austin.

America Ninja Warrior (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
I was relieved to see that they’ve Americanized the one challenge that forces me to look away whenever it comes up on OG Ninja Warrior — the Wall Lift. I always end up cringing at the idea of the wall falling and crushing an ankle. I don’t like that obstacle in the middle of the course — as it probably will be in tonight’s northeast division finals — but at least I won’t be worrying about watching someone get injured.

Eureka (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
While I got tired of Eureka after the midpoint of last season, it’s gotten pretty strong in (what has turned out to be) its final season. The death of Holly was a moment that was surprising and hit hard. Thus, I wasn’t thrilled to hear Zane might find a way to bring Holly back — until Eureka managed to reunite Fargo with Holly in a way that maintained the sorrow and the feeling of loss. I’m keeping my fingers crossed Eureka doesn’t completely throw out those emotional punches as Fargo tries to retrieve Holly from the virtual Eureka tonight.

Eden’s World (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
The only argument for child pageants that’s held any resonance for me is the one that claims that the experience can help overcome shyness. Being judged based on your appearance probably isn’t be best technique, but I’d like to think this week’s episode where Eden helps a girl with overwhelming shyness won’t induce me to ,”No! Don’t do it!”

Push Girls (Sundance) 10:00 PM ET
A few months ago, Sundance previewed its new reality series and I thought it definitely had potential. TV doesn’t have many wheelchair-bound characters, and plenty of them end up being defined by their negative feelings towards their disability. It’ll be pretty powerful to see people deal with their disability that’s not about wishing they could walk again or who have found some sci-fi way to regain the ability to walk.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
If, while watching last night’s premiere, you were hoping that new cutie Isaac would be getting more screen time, you should get his wish as his father gets attacked in tonight’s episode. If I remembered the hype for this season correctly, this episode should bring the debut of this season’s other big villain.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
For her first episode in June, Chelsea has Ross Mathews and Margaret Cho on the panel.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
More secrets, more evil text messages and even more “A“s.

The Glee Project (Oxygen) 10:00 PM ET
Last season, The Glee Project turned out to be the perfect anecdote to summer Glee withdrawal — but what happens after a season when Glee had enough bad episodes that many of us could probably use a break from Glee?

 

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