TV on Tap: Nathan Lane is Returning to “Modern Family,” NBC is Developing a George Washington Drama and a Defense of “Leave It to Beaver”

Sigh. The afterglow never lasts for long.


Jeff Lewis is suing Jenni Pulos over a book she has written, claiming she is in violation of non-disclosure agreements. I think we’ve finally reached the point where Jeff’s tendency to push people away has finally gotten Jenni.

I suspect someone at HGTV is smacking their forehead and exclaiming, “A show about a design firm staffed by models/handymen? Why didn’t I think of that?”

Macy’s has responded to the petition that the retailer cut their association with Donald Trump, giving US Weekly a statement where they try to distance themselves from his recent election inspired extra-awfulness while continuing to sell products with his name.

NBC is developing a drama about George Washington that would switch back and forth between the time when Washington was a revolutionary fighting for the colonies’ independence and his time as the country’s first president. I have to admit it’s an amazing idea for a series but that sounds like something that belongs on a cable channel.

Rumer Willis will be appearing on Hawaii Five-0 as a cute bank teller Masi Oka‘s character has a crush on. This being Hawaii Five-0, their first chance to get to know each other will likely happen during a hostage crisis at her bank.

The AV Club makes the case that Leave It to Beaver deserves better thanks than its reputation as a symbol of the rigid social structure of the 1950s. They make a good case, but I don’t think The Donna Reed Show earns that reputation, either.

Not only is Nathan Lane returning to Modern Family, its also getting a visit from Billy Dee Williams.

The History Channel is hoping to repeat the success of Hatfields & McCoys. Deadline reports that the channel is developing a mini-series about the formation of the Texas Rangers from the producers of the his miniseries.

Vulture has a look at the untold stories of this season’s TV ratings. Things don’t look so good unless you’re FX or NICS: Los Angeles.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson is joined by NicoleSnookiPolizzi for interviews with “pregnant man” Thomas Beatie and rapper Bow Wow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that WilSon have passed a relationship milestone, it’s time for a new hurdle to pop up (and, yes, it’s the one you’ve been expecting/dreading for the past several weeks). Be sure to join us for a liveblog and, during the slow parts, maybe a discussion of whether President Obama ships Sonny with Bryan (hence the timing of yesterday’s press conference). Liveblog starts at 1 PM Eastern!

Last Resort (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
With the launch key missing the crew starts asking themselves “Who is the mole?” (Here’s where fans of brilliant-but-overlooked reality shows pop out of the woodwork to respond that they like it better when Anderson Cooper asks that question.)

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Damon starts getting into the Professor Shane goodness as he finds out about the stuff the professor has been teaching Bonnie. Meanwhile, Klaus and Stefan help Jeremy deal with a “new chapter in his life.” Considering what we last saw of Jeremy, that’s more than a little bit eyebrow-raising.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Usually, battles of willpower on this show pit Liz against Jack, but this time Tracy makes Jack into the villain of his latest movie. I’m glad 30 Rock is combining those two characters in a storyline while it still can.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Sheldon gives Howard and Raj the chance to spend more time together by creating a mystery… by running off somewhere at 2:45 every day. As much as I’d love a revelation that Sheldon belongs to the University fight club, I’d guess this is his way to get Raj and Howard over the awkwardness they’ve been experiencing since Howard’s return.

Up All Night (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
For its Thanksgiving episode, Up All Night has Ava and Walter (Sean Hayes) spend the holiday doing charity work. I’ll keep hoping the show has an I Married Dora-style moment of meta and has someone express thankfulness that they’re still on the air.

Glee (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Rachel, Santana and Kurt plan a return to Lima just in time for McKinley’s performance of Grease. I expect I’ll continue to be reminded that the only songs I know are the ones that appeared on Olivia Newton John’s Greatest Hits volume 2.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Forget The Farm, I’m starting to think NBC picked the wrong direction for an Office spin-off. Tonight’s episode sees Angela start to suspect The Senator is cheating on her — so she recruits Oscar to help spy on her husband. Didn’t NBC realize they could have turned these three into an even more ridiculous version of Three’s Company? Also, Toby tries to get the U.S. to stop asking “What the —- is a movember?” by getting some of the guys to grow a mustache.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
At first I had my hopes up when I saw that the title of this week’s episode was “Made in the U.S.A. Today”. Where to have your clothes manufactured is a challenging issue for designers, Jay McCarroll claimed it was the reason he took so long to come out with his own line. Too bad it turns out that the challenge is to take images submitted by newspaper readers (I’m guessing the USA Today, so prepare for polka dots and other circle-based patterns) and use them to inspire a design.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
Ben and Leslie have had their challenges, but tonight Leslie meets her main crush: Joe Biden.

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
The crazy is is really piling up this week as one of Huck‘s former colleagues threatens the lives of Olivia‘s merry band of conspirators, a revival of their David Rosen problem and Cyrus‘ husband getting his first front page story since returning to the White House Press Corps. (And somehow this all ties into the secret of Quinn Perkins.) It’s like Scandal is sticking its tongue out at Revenge.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) 10:00 PM ET
If this show weren’t already renewed for a ninth season, I’d be wondering if all these callbacks are a sign that the series were quietly making this their final season. Tonight, the gang deals with the news of Charlie‘s mom being diagnosed with cancer, which should remind us of Charlie’s cancer scare.

Elementary (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
So, blah blah double homicide case… did Watson say Irene? Irene! I guess we’ll have to wait until after the Super Bowl for that to go anywhere but it looks like they’re going there.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight, Andy offers himself as an answer to the question, “Who still listens to Camile Paglia‘s cries for attention?” If any of you are thinking of watching and playing a drinking game for every mention of “Dionysian,” well… it was nice knowing you.

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FX) Midnight ET
Be sure to note that tonight’s episode is airing a half-hour later (for some reason FX thinks it needs a full hour of Russell Brand‘s rambling — or has he gotten more coherent since I last tried to make it through an episode of Brand X) or else you’ll miss Wanda Sykes.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Judy Greer is visiting Anderson‘s next Frugal Friday.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Vanessa Williams makes a visit. Since 666 Park Avenue isn’t likely to be on the air much longer, let’s enjoy her where we can.


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