TV on Tap: Nate Berkus Judges “Design Star”, MTV Goes to “Death Valley,” and 80s Stars on the “Drag U” Finale


Nate Berkus joins the judges’ table on tonight’s Design Star.

News

Patty and Selma Bouvier just added Raising Hope to their DVR list as Richard Dean Anderson will appear on the sophomore comedy as a man who thinks Jimmy is hitting on his 13-year-old daughter (played by Anderson’s real-life daughter Wylie).

Could Heather Graham save the Fox pilot Little in Common? Fox passed on the comedy about a group adults who are friends because of their children, but the series is being recast with Graham taking over a role originally played by Paula Marshall. The series also stars Rob Corddry and Gabrielle Union.

Several characters died in the first season of Syfy’s Being Human and one of them is set to return for at least one episode next season. Expect a spoiler at the link, of course.

BBC2 has ordered a second season of 20th century drama The Hour. Now the question is, will BBC America order that second season?

ABC is turning to a Happy Endings writer in the hopes of finding the next Modern Family. The network is adapting a book on parenting, How to Con Your Kid, into a comedy about a new father who finds new reason to be close to his own dad now that they’re both parents. I hope there’s more to the concept, because that doesn’t sound anywhere as edgy as Modern Family.

While the future doesn’t look bright for Expedition Impossible, the finale did see the reality competition’s ratings go up by 15% from the previous week. Unfortunately, the finale was still down 35% from its debut. ABC surprised me before when it ordered second seasons of I Survived a Japanese Game Show and True Beauty, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed the alphabet network will surprise me again.

Today in headlines that depress me: Jersey Shore Ratings Continue to Rise. Sigh.

On the other hand Big Brother viewers are making the cast of Jersey Shore look classy. Houseguest Shelly Moore recently voted to get homophobe Jeff Schroeder evicted, and now Moore’s family says that that they’ve received death threats from Schroeder’s fans.

Listings

Eureka Marathon (Syfy) starting at Noon ET
Syfy is leading into tonight’s episode with an eight-hour marathon.

Eureka (Syfy) 8:00 PM ET
The potential crew for the Attraeus gets one step closer, leaving them to face devices meant to figure out the candidates’ true intentions. I wonder if that will work better than most of the devices in Eureka.

The Closer (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
Despite all their tensions, the Major Crimes Division faces a case so difficult it leads Brenda to turn to Capt. Raydor for help.


Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
If my eyes were correct, Kate Mulgrew appears in tonight’s episode, as someone is using an artifact to kill the warehouse’s regents.

RuPaul’s Drag U (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
In the season 2 finale, Shannel, Morgan McMichaels and Carmen Carrera try to help three former 80s music stars look their best before guest-judge Lynda Carter.

HGTV Design Star (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
The remaining designers visit The Nate Berkus Show, where they’ll do a live demo for a “look for less” and then face Nate when it comes time for judging.

The A-List: New York (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
As Austin finds himself isolated from the other A-Listers, the only one who will talk to him is Reichen. Of course, that doesn’t go over well with Jake.

Alphas (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Things get heavenly as Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt appears for an episode and the team investigates a cult. Anyone remember Dillahunt playing Jesus in The Book of Daniel? I’m having flashbacks.

The Big C (Showtime) 10:30 PM ET
Cathy and Lee spend some more time together as she decides to help him with his bucket list.

Death Valley (MTV) 10:30 PM ET
MTV’s newest comedy is a faux-reality series set in a San Fernando Valley where zombies, werewolves and vampires have suddenly taken residence, and a new LAPD task force works to keep them within the law.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
We’ve got Ross Mathews on tonight’s panel as well as a chat with Paul Rudd.

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

Pretty Little Liars Marathon (ABC Family) starting at 11:00 AM ET
If you need to catch up before the season finale, ABC is offering a chance tomorrow morning.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Tomorrow’s finale promises “more answers than any other finale.” What can we hope to learn?

America’s Got Talent (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
In the second half of the semi-finals, we should see “pole-fessional” Steven Retchless perform.

Want the extended outlook for TV listing suggestions? Check out this week’s Appointment Viewing.

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