TV on Tap: NBC Says “Go On” to Matthew Perry, Lifetime Says No to Melanie Griffith and “The Simpsons”‘ Anniversary Wish to Fox

It’s time for the final lap on RuPaul’s Drag Race.


With this weekend’s anniversary tributes to Fox, I found a couple recaps worth recommending. This list of The 10 Best Short-Lived Fox Shows remembers Profit and Wonderfalls, therefore making me a happy camper (don’t worry, it remembers Firefly too). Meanwhile, this review of Fox’s reality TV programming nicely captures the trends, the many lows and the times it challenged audiences (beyond assaulting their taste levels).

Is there any cable channel that has been so successful in building a schedule by spinning off its hits as much as Bravo? That list has me thinking Andy Cohen kicks himself every time he sees Carla Hall on The Chew.

A fifth of the audience who watches The CW’s programming watch them online. That doesn’t make the affiliates happy, since they don’t get to count those viewers, but the network insists it needs to keep up with how its audience watches TV.

An upcoming White Collar will feature a con woman who tries to woo both Neal and Diana.

Desperate Housewives has signed up a few more dead characters to return for the series finale, including Steven Culp, Roger Bart, Richard Burgi and (making me very happy) Lupe Ontiveros.

Did you catch The Simpsonsanniversary message that aired during last night’s rebroadcast of the series’ premiere? The iconic animated series took another shot at its corporate sibling, Fox News.

As someone who has wasted many hours playing Pinball FX 2, the suggestion of an Archer board makes me ridiculously excited, even if the chances of it actually happening are low.

I enjoyed these suggestions for ways Castle could feature more Firefly cast members, but where’s Sean Maher?

Lifetime has passed on the American Housewife pilot, which starred Melanie Griffith with Jonathan Del Arco in a supporting role. At least we’ll get to see Del Arco in Major Crimes.

NBC has ordered its second series for the upcoming season, giving the go-ahead to the Matthew Perry comedy Go On. The pilot was directed by out Emmy winner Todd Holland, who also directed the Malcolm in the Middle and Wonderfalls pilots, thereby buying an insane amount of goodwill from me. The series has Perry as a sportscaster who is surprised to connect with his required support group. The early pickup means Go On can hire writers without the kind of competition most new series face — and that advantage might pressure other networks to make their series orders sooner.


Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
For you Smash fans, Anderson is chatting with Debra Messing.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Marathon (Logo) starting at 12:30 PM
Before Ru crowns the next drag superstar, here’s your chance to get caught up on the season starting with the “float your boat” challenge.

The Voice (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
It’s time for Adam and Cee Lo‘s teams to face the semi-final rounds and the instant eliminations. I hope one of them follows Christina‘s lead and gives the insta-exit to someone the producers have been hyping heavily… then again, I don’t want to miss ay more strange moments between Christina and Tony Luca.

Eureka (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
The search for the Astreaus is complicated by the discovery of dragons near Eureka. Maybe it’s time for someone to pull out their How to Train Your Dragon DVD — or look for a malfunctioning device. This is Eureka, after all.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
Another season finale, another music video challenge — but this one has choreography by the faboo Candis Cayne and a campy retro sci-fi theme. And don’t worry Ru still gets to smack a drag queen or three.

Smash (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Rebecca (Uma Thurman) stirs things up on the production as she starts to spend time with Karen and continues to make Derek batty… somehow that leads to a Bollywood-influenced number.

Eden’s World (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
All right, I tried to make it through the first episode but the train wreck is a little too messy, the absurdity needs more meta, and I am not the audience for Eden‘s signature song “Cutie Patootie.” If you got farther than I did, this week’s episode had Eden advising a pageant contestant with a rather… intense coach.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s Monday night brings Kate Walsh and Wayne Brady.

Conan (TBS) 11:00 PM ET
Conan‘s guest list tonight includes Kathy Griffin and Morgan Spurlock.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
I don’t often see newsmakers, especially ones who aren’t politicians, getting included on the Late Show guest list. But tonight he’s got viral video gay ally Zach Wahls on the show. Zach has a book, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family, which sounds like a great way for more people to learn about his story.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Good thing this isn’t one of those Monday nights when I’m recording some cable rerun at 11PM because The Tonight Show has Jesse Tyler Ferguson. There’s no new Modern Family this week, so take the JTF you can get.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Jesse Tyler Ferguson‘s next stop is a visit with Ellen.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Julie Andrews will be sitting with the Talk ladies tomorrow.