TV on Tap: NBC Signs Roseanne for Another Comedy, “Hannibal” Gets a “Dead Like Me” Reunion and “The Americans” Opens Big

Lifetime examines the story of the wives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X with Betty & Coretta.


Here’s the news that kept me going amid yesterday’s bleakness, Dead Like Me star Ellen Muth will appear in an episode of (Dead Like Me creator) Bryan Fuller‘s new show, Hannibal, according to TVLine.

Angry Jonathan Coulton supporters are sinking user ratings for Glee‘s version of “Baby Got Back,” which…er, borrowed heavily from Coulton’s interpretation.

Gerald MacRaney will have a recurring role on the upcoming season of Southland, according to EW. Major Dad will play a retired police officer who trained Cooper back in the day.

Ben & Jerry’s frozen tribute to 30 Rock is … Liz Lemon Frozen Yogurt with a blueberry lavender swirl. Buzzfeed is unimpressed, but I was hoping for a lemon flavor (though I suspect Liz Lemon would say she treats herself to frozen yogurt but ends up buying a pint Phish Food).

As the world of TV bloggers and critics got ready to say goodbye to 30 Rock there were plenty of tributes:

  • Deadline credits the show for opening doors to female creator/stars like Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling.
  • Buzzfeed posted a graphic of the shows that influenced 30 Rock and the shows that 30 Rockwent on to influence.
  • Vulture lists its favorite obscure characters (in hindsight, I shouldn’t have worried about that Jim Carey guest appearance) and turns the show’s jokes into infographics.
  • Grantland praised the show for its nuanced and a grounded-but-still-irreverent approach to race (we are talking about the show that got away with putting Jon Hamm in blackface).
  • Finally, The AV Club makes a comparison to the final season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the first sitcom to plan a goodbye season.

NBC wants to stay in the Roseanne Barr business, the network has signed the comedian to develop a sitcom and appear in three episodes of The Office. Last year, Barr starred in Downwardly Mobile, a NBC pilot that didn’t make it to the fall schedule.

Lifetime is stepping into the supernatural drama, ordering a ten-episode season of The Witches of East End, about women who don’t realize they come from a lineage of witches.

Great news, comrades! The Americans had a strong debut drawing 3.22 million viewers. That’s better than what the debut episodes of American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy drew. Of course, now it’s a question of how many of those viewers stick around. Based on that pilot, I expect most of them will keep watching.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Billie just may have said goodbye to Salem this week but Lisa Rinna‘s going from Days of Our Lives to Anderson Live as his co-host.

The New Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Margaret Cho‘s got a new comedy tour, Mother and she’s here to talk to Ricki about the show and her relationship with her mother.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ellen‘s got twice the reason to hold a party since the Super Bowl is coming up and it’s Portia‘s 40th birthday with visits from Modern Family‘s own Doogie, Nolan Gould and… er… Chris Tucker.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Our guys aren’t mentioned in today’s spoilers, but with the way things left off (Brian‘s still making me question my loyalty to Will), we can’t take a chance on missing out on some good stuff … or missing out on covering it in a liveblog. So be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern in the hopes that Days isn’t planning on making us wait more than a day to find out what happens to Sonny and Brian.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
It’s not just Michael who has to get used to being in a supervisory role again, due to his injury, Nikita isn’t happy that she’s going on a mission with Owen now that she’s gotten used to having Michael at her side.

The 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
As in past years, the NAACP’s awards to honor the accomplishments of people of color in entertainment haven’t overlooked gay pop culture, with Glee, Scandal, The Good Wife and Totally Biased.

Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Reba‘s family is discovering their creative side as Cash starts to find his groove for a class assignment to write a one-act play and Lily signs up for an improv class. It seems like a good thing until she realizes Cash is turning to her marriage for inspiration.

Spartacus: War of the Damned (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
This may be Spartacus‘ final season but there’s hope for a spin-off as this week the show introduces Julius Caesar, which kinda sounds like suggesting that Scandal continue with a spin-off focus on Sally Langston.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Camelot comes under threat when a trio (a weird trio?) demands that Arthur take back the laws that make sorcery illegal in the kingdom. The show starts at ten, the debate over what kind of activism the trio represents starts at eleven!

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
This week, Portlandia reveals one of the less-discussed effects of bans on gay marriage — when opposite-sex couples’ weddings get shut down for being too fabulous.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Wanda Sykes is always a great guest for Jay. We’ve been overdue to get to hear about Wanda’s take on recent events.

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