TV on Tap: NBC Promises That “Community” Will Return, The “Walking Dead” Prequel That Never Happened and Who Took “Chelsea”‘s Vodka?


Monday brings a double dose of Andy Cohen with a daytime appearance and
the debut of a new
Watch What Happens Live feature.

 

News

At the TCA press tour, NBC made sure to mention that Community will be returning and the cult-fave comedy has not been cancelled, though the fourth season remains a question mark. Still, I think that NBC felt enough pressure that they made such an announcement is a promising sign for the series’ future. At the least, it means they’re feeling the fan outcry.

Fox will be trying to compete with Saturday Night Live again, this time with a block of animated comedies overseen by Childrens Hospital and Boondocks producer Nick Weidenfeld. Consider my interest piqued.

The third season of the Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky-produced Who Do You Think You Are? will look at the family trees of Martin Sheen, Rashida Jones, Jason Sudekis, Reba McEntire, Blair Underwood and more.

There will be no Glee spin-off, though Fox president Kevin Reilly promises that there is a plan to deal with the graduation of the seniors and we’ll start to see it come together in the spring.

Things have gone back-and-forth this weekend with Keith Olbermann and Current TV but at the moment Olbermann is set to take charge of the network’s election coverage, though that won’t include this week’s coverage of the New Hampshire primary. I’m keeping my fingers cross somebody at Current realized Olbermann is right about how the shoddy production values makes the network look silly.

Meanwhile, Parks & Recreation has scored a bit of a casting coup with a guest appearance by comedy icon Carl Reiner, who will play a man who could be a key endorsement for Leslie Knope in her campaign for City Council.

Fox is still struggling to decide whether it will bring back House, Fringe and Terra Nova for another season but it’s made a choice about Alan Gregory. That terrible show will not be returning. Thankfully.

If you rewatch The Walking Dead pilot closely you’ll notice Being Human‘s Sam Witwer as the zombie that Rick encounters in the tank. That was supposed to lead into a prequel about how Atlanta fell but those plans fell apart when showrunner Frank Darabont left the show.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin was asked about Pat Buchanan‘s status at the network since the conservative pundit hasn’t been seen since October. Griffin’s answer, was noncommittal, though he said that he thought the ideas in Buchanan’s latest book wasn’t “appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.”

TNT has ordered a reality game show, The Great Escape where three teams will try to escape from a variety of unusual locations.

If you enjoy Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne on E!’s Fashion Police, you’ll soon get to enjoy more of it as the series will expand to an hour on March 9.

There’s always an odd moment of spin to come out of the TCA tour, and this year it’s the bizarre explanation for the new title of Are You There, Chelsea?, which was based on Chelsea Handler‘s book Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. In a December press conference, Handler said you couldn’t mention vodka in the title of a series, but now the stars are saying that they were just being inclusive of everybody’s alcohol preferences. I just hope the title doesn’t turn out to be the most interesting part of the series.

IFC has two more comedies in development. Bunk is a game show described as a cross between Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Remote Control. Comparing your show to Remote Control is a good way to grab my attention. Meanwhile, Comedy Bang! Bang! is described as a “highly unrealistic version of a variety show.”

If I’m reading these comments from series star David Cross correctly, the second season of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret will be the final one. Cross says that the series was planned to tell a complete story in 12 episodes. While I like the idea of telling a complete story, I still find myself wondering why bother splitting the story over two seasons.

The fifth season premiere of Jersey Shore may have won its time slot, but its audience was also 14% smaller than the one that watched the previous season opener. Our national nightmare may soon be over.

Listings

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s a talk show crossover as Wendy gets a visit from Andy Cohen.

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Kelly and her guest-co-host Reggie Bush are getting a visit from Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will may think he knows enough about EJ to demand money out of him, but EJ turns out to be ready for a blackmail attempt from Will.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Now that the Liars have gotten their hands on a big clue, they get to work at seeing what they can learn from it — but Hannah objects to the idea of using Caleb‘s tech skills to get that information. However, a surprising discovery might get her to reconsider her opinion.

The Lying Game (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
Emma latest challenge in maintaining her guise as Sutton comes when she goes on a college visit Sutton set up. Meanwhile, Rebecca offers to help her sister deal with her drinking problem, but she may have an ulterior motive.

It’s A Brad Brad World (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
It’s a busy week for Brad as he works on a photo shoot for a web site, tries to sell a project and hires an assistant.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy gets visits from Anderson Cooper and Beverly Hills housewife Camille Grammer tonight while Sandra Bernhard will show up for her first “Sandrolody” segment.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
One of my favorite commentators, Melissa Harris-Perry will make her Colbert Report debut tonight.

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
We may not see Will tomorrow, but Sonny will have something to say about Chad‘s love life. Not in the way we wish, though.

Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
She’s back! And this time Tabatha Coffey isn’t limiting herself to helping salons get their business in shape.

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