TV on Tap: Neil Gaiman Planning a Return to “Doctor Who,” a New Manservant at Downton and “Sherlock” Goes Manga


I’m not sure if I’m ready for more of Jeff Lewis
yelling at employees on a new season of
Flipping Out.

News

TV Guide has a look at the new Downton Abbey manservant, Alfred, along with word about Thomas‘s next storyline. I have to admit, I’m disappointed. At this point I want to see what happens to the schemer when he meets a good man who appeals to Thomas’ best nature.

Following on his Hugo Award-winning episode, Neil Gaiman is writing another installment of Doctor Who. At the moment, it looks like the episode will air in the second half of the current season but it’s still too early to be sure.

Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It and Veep, says he’s talking with HBO about a series set in the world of Silicon Valley workpalces.

ABC’s midseason comedy, How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life already looks like the new I Hate My Teenage Daughter (long title, talented cast, unfunny show), and it’s just taken Willie Garson in its grasp.

HBO has made it clear that it doesn’t plan to let people subscribe to its streaming video service, HBO GO, without already subscribing to a cable provider… but they will offer it to viewers in Norway, Finland and Denmark.

Roger Ebert thinks the big problem with Clint Eastwood‘s RNC speech started when he tried to work talking points into the improvised routine. I still think Jon Stewart summed it up best when he said Eastwood was talking to a President Obama that only Fox News viewers can see.

There is a manga adaptation of Sherlock coming soon. Before you start imagining how the format might change the series (wouldn’t we like to see Sherlock team up with L to take down Moriarity and Light?) they’re adapting the episodes that have already aired.

Listings

The Price is Right (CBS) Check local listings
Today is the 40th anniversary of the iconic game show. To celebrate that milestone, they’re bringing back memorable contestants from the past four decades, including the winner of the first Showcase Showdown.

Opening Act (E!) 8:00 PM ET
E!’s reality series follows aspiring singers as they’re given the chance to open for major recording artists. For its season finale, the show gives a guy a chance to be Lady Gaga‘s opening act.

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
One of Face Off‘s best challenges have the hopefuls working to create a design that will allow the models a full range of movement. Usually that leads to a big dance routine, but this time they’re applying prosthetics to acrobats. Acrobats! Clearly, I don’t have to worry about this reality show pulling a Shear Genius.

Flipping Out (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
The sixth (sixth? really?) season begins with Jeff and Gage clashing over how their dream home should look (do we need to make him watch old episodes to get him to think about the wisdom of telling Jeff how things should look?)

White Collar (USA) 10:00 PM ET
It’s been so long since we last saw Alex, I started thinking that she had been quietly written out. However, tonight a series of museum thefts make Neal and Mozzie suspect that she’s back and a little vengeful about that lost treasure. She’s probably just jealous that Neal’s spending so much time with Peter nowdaays, unlike the days when he was repeating conversations with her about the music box.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
For this week’s challenge, the cheftestants have to find a use for one of those convenience foods that doesn’t offer that much convenience, frozen pancakes.

All the Right Moves (Oxygen) 10:00 PM ET
Murphy’s Law is fully in effect as Shaping Sound gets ready for its premiere — only for scheduling problems and an injury to complicate things.

A scene from tonight’s All The Right Moves

Covert Affairs (USA) 10:00 PM ET
My partner and I often mock the contrast between Covert Affairs and Burn Notice. On one USA drama, the CIA is an organization where short-term loyalty is the rule. On the other, they’re a close-knit bunch who can usually depend on each other when backup is needed. Tonight’s Covert Affairs is basically the awkward family dinner episode where Annie learns that there’s a primary suspect for Jai‘s death and then has to sheepishly reveal that she’s been sleeping with that guy.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Out rocker Bob Mould is on tonight’s guest list. Keep your fingers crossed for a performance.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
In order to keep things gay (though there may be different gay audiences tuning in) Kathy Griffin is chatting with Craig tonight.

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

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