TV on Tap: Neil Patrick Harris Will Return to Host the Tony Awards, Kristoffer Polaha Gets “Awkward” and “Saturday night Live”‘s Forgotten Lesbian

Class is in session at Savage U.


Neil Patrick Harris tweeted that he’ll return as host of this year’s Tony Awards. Where’s my image of Professor Farnsworth shouting “Good news everyone!”? Oh, wait, I’d rather post an image of NPH.

Ryan Seacrest was supposed to make a big announcement about his future at Kabletown Comcast on The Today Show this morning but Seacrest tweeted that the announcement will happen tomorrow, citing health concerns. Is “elbow surgery” a euphemism for not wanting to be on the same set as Sarah Palin? (Maybe not, we’re talking about the guy who gave us the Kardashians. Clearly, the man has a high tolerance for people who are focused on staying on TV.)

NBC will release the soundtrack to Smash on May 1 with thirteen songs from the musical drama.

Were we premature in declaring Kate McKinnon Saturday Night Live‘s first out lesbian cast member? That honor might belong to Danitra Vance who was a part of the sketch comedy’s forgotten 1985 cast and died in 1994.

You can watch four minutes of tomorrow night’s Happy Endings finale. I’m still not ready to say goodbye.

Ringer hottie Kristoffer Polaha will appear in two episodes of the second season of Awkward, as someone from Lacey‘s past.

CBS has signed a deal with The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King to keep them working on the legal drama for three more years and to develop more shows for CBS. Is it possible to assemble a cast as amazing as the one featured on The Good Wife twice?

What’s notable about The Killing‘s season-to-season ratings drop? That’s the opposite of the usual pattern with AMC’s shows. Usually, fans spend the time in between seasons talking up shows like Mad Men convincing their friends to sample the show and become a part of the audience. The Killing may have started out as AMC’s second most-watched debut, but now it has the same number of viewers as Breaking Bad — which has more of the viewers under 50 advertisers like.


The View (ABC) Check local listings
We’ve got a Tori Spelling double-feature today starting with an appearance on The View.

Raising Hope (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
I was happy to see Jimmy and Sabrina finally get together since it put an end to stories where Jimmy lies and schemes in order to seem like a sensible romantic partner. (Those usually aren’t qualities that makes me root for a romantic hero, strange as it may seem.) I’m hoping they’re not going back to that well for stories about Jimmy and Sabrina’s relationship since tonight’s episode has Virginia stoking Jimmy’s paranoia over Sabrina’s hunky new study partner.

Ringer (CW) 9:00 PM ET
As Ringer‘s season finale nears, the series continues to deal with plot threads that should have been resolved by the winter finale, like the attempt on Bridget‘s life that happened in the pilot. Yeah, watching Ringer makes me long for the relatively fast-paced storytelling of Days of Our Lives.

The Voice (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the first results show, letting us know who will move on. Were viewers too damaged by Chris‘s nonstop vibrato to dial their phones? Will RaeLynn take another step to becoming the country Katy Perry? Most importantly, will there be more shirtless dancers?

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
One more person is on her way to discovering Cece and Schmidt‘s secret relationship as Jess starts to suspect that Cece is hiding something. I predict this will involve Jess making a wide-eyed sheepish look at some point. I’m going out on a limb, here.

Best Ink (Oxygen) 10:00 PM ET
Oxygen is testing the skills of ten tattoo artists in its latest reality competition with one out artist, Nicky in the bunch. Here’s a sample of how he handles his competitors’ sense of drama:


Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
Ted Allen unveils some especially cruel challenges this week (or, so I hope) as he turns the mystery basket ingredients over to viewers, leading to chefs having to figure out how to use a regional meat product, jarred food and a salty snack. I guess they didn’t go for my suggestions of fresh durian, Choward’s Violet candies and Italian 00 flour stolen from Mario Batali‘s pantry.

Justified (FX) 10:00 PM ET
We still have two more episodes to go this season and Quarles is getting increasingly unstable. How much lower can he go? More importantly how long will we have to wait to see more of Tim and Rachel?

Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo) 10:00 MP ET
Tabatha checks in to a bed-and-breakfast that is lacking in style and… well, breakfast. Sigh, I hate it when this series ends. This show somehow satisfies my inner marketing geek while also being entertaining, so I always miss it when it ends.

Savage U (MTV) 11:00 PM ET
He may sometimes make me angry, but I’ve come to appreciate how Dan Savage challenges dumb ideas people have about sex and gender roles. Now Savage is taking that to the airwaves in this show that follows him as he travels to different college campuses to dispense advice. It’s like they brought Loveline back without an asshat comedian to distract from the informative parts.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight, Andy will be sitting with Tori Spelling and Chris Klein.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
In his first public appearance since being fired from Current, Keith Olbermann will be talking with Dave tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s another big day ahead for Will, big enough that snicks will be preparing a liveblog!

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Yes, the season really is over, but at least we get the return of Derek and an appearance by Brian Austin Green.