TV on Tap: NBC Orders Four Series, “Political Animals” Selects a Veep and “30 Rock” May End Next Season

Calm down Nick, New Girl will be back with new epsidoes next season.


The upfronts are next week– it’s like Christmas for me! Vulture is assessing the big four broadcast networks and what they’re trying to achieve with their schedules for the 2012-2013 season. First up is NBC, which still is trying to pull itself out of the pit dug by past management, but has some hope thanks to the success of The Voice and Smash.

Meanwhile, we know a few more shows that will be on NBC’s schedule. In addition to The New Normal (which snicks told you about), the Peacock Network has ordered the Anne Heche comedy Save Me about a woman who think she’s channeling God after her marriage falls apart. The series also stars American Horror Story‘s seductive maid Alexandra Breckenridge and the ridiculously handsome Michael Landes.

NBC also ordered Revolution, a thriller form J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke set in a world where all forms of energy have ceased to exist.

Finally, late on Monday NBC ordered two more comedies, Animal Practice which stars Justin Kirk as a veterinarian who loves animals but hates humans, and 1600 Penn, a family comedy set in the White House and co-written by Book of Mormon‘s Josh Gad.

That makes five new comedies for NBC which is looking likely to order a final season of 30 Rock, one made of only 13 – 14 episodes. If Community and Parks & Recreation get renewed, they may also get similarly short seasons. So far, all of NBC’s new comedies are single-camera shows, so it looks like they’re not dumbing things down.

I have one more link to share about the upfronts. Jace Lacob has read the scripts for this year’s pilots and picked the best dramas of the lot. He’s pretty positive about Bryan Fuller‘s Hannibal and Mockingbird Lane.

American Horror Story has added award-winning actor James Cromwell to its season-two cast. He’ll play a doctor at the mental hospital and another rival (the main one, apparently) to Jessica Lange‘s couple.

When asked by The Hollywood Reporter, Connor Paolo said he’d be open to returning to Gossip Girl providing his two shows can make the scheduling work.

USA’s Political Animals just added Dylan Baker as the Vice-President who clashes with Sigourney Weaver‘s Secretary of State.

Max Greenfield taught a spinning class for charity this weekend and did an incredible job of it. Even better, he did it in character as Schmidt.

EW has a preview image of how Lady Gaga will look when she appears in the May 20 episode of The Simpsons. It’s one of 18 looks.

Showtime has ordered a third season of compelling softcore trainwreck Gigolos, though Jimmy and Vin might not be back. (So they’re keeping Brace? Uhhmm-kay.) Interestingly, producer Richard Grieco wants someone to go gay for pay.

The return of Sherlock was a good night for PBS. The popular mystery series was watched by 3.2 million viewers who watched it live. That doubles PBS’ average performance but doesn’t match Downton Abbey.


Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Stephen Colbert‘s next stop in promoting I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) is a visit to the Live! set.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Ricky Martin is visiting the View set today to perform with the cast of Evita.

Glee (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Last year, Glee‘s prom had the drama of Kurt and Karofsky being elected prom king and queen as well as Glee showing us it could make a performance of “Friday” a surprising amount of fun. Whatever they’ve got planned for this year, it’s going to be hard to beat the ghost of proms past.

Cougar Town (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
A hurricane is expected to blow through town so you know that that means for Jules — time to break out the wine. Okay, that’s Jules’ reaction to everything. Meanwhile, Travis is about to make a move on Laurie, which also makes Jules want a drink.

L.A. Complex (CW) 9:00 PM ET
While Tariq and Kaldrick may be an intriguing couple, we have to watch them go through the usual storyline where Kaladrick treats Tariq badly to cover up for their relationship.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
For the first season finale, Nick considers moving out, prompting a trip to the desert for the whole gang. This should be an interesting test of what kind of show New Girl wants to be — does it wrap its first season setting up a new status quo for the second season, or is New Girl the kind of show that resets everything for the next season?

The Voice (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time to announce this season’s winner… and find ways to fill up a two-hour results show.

Savage U (MTV) 11:00 PM ET
Dan‘s next stop is the University of Central Florida where he’ll talk with a lesbian who is starting to notice she sometimes finds herself attracted to men. Uh-oh.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight, Andy‘s guests are chef Cat Cora and a return visit by The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Alexis Bellino. Sigh. With all my “Who is this Bravolebrity?” searches, Google is starting to think I’m a huge fan of the Real Housewives.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Not only is Ross Mathews on tonight’s panel, Morgan Spurlock will talk with Chelsea about his new documentary Mansome. I bet Chelsea has a few snarky comments about the focus of Mansome, which is men’s grooming

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Chew (ABC) Check local listings
This week, the Chew team is celebrating Mother’s Day by including their mother’s on the show. Tomorrow, it’s Clinton Kelly‘s turn.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Salem is in mourning tomorrow as everyone tries to deal with the explosion of the safe house.