TV on Tap: No “Torchwood” This Year, Catherine Tate Returns to “The Office” and “Big Bang” Beats “Idol” Again


Start your engines! A new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race begins tonight.

 

News

Raising Hope just announced a couple of interesting upcoming guest stars. David Krumholtz will play a blind church organist who is allergic to dogs, while Reno 911!‘s Mary Birdsong will play the new mayor who turns out to be a party animal.

Fox has ordered four drama pilots (including projects from Kevin Williamson and Greg Berlanti) and is expected to order only one more. One of them might be Silvio Horta and Jennifer Lopez‘s show about three Latina sisters. From there, it’s going to be an uphill battle for any of those pilots — with few shows looking likely to be canceled in the fall, the network won’t need many new shows.

Not only will Courteney Cox‘s ex David Arquette appear in the finale of the upcoming season of Cougar Town, creator Bill Lawrence let loose that fans can expect to see a relationship for Bobby with Sarah Chalke, seven episodes with Dan Byrd stuck in a helmet as punishment for having a bad haircut last season and a Zach Braff cameo.

Catherine Tate will make her return to The Office on February 16. I. Can’t. Wait.

When asked about the future of Torchwood, Eve Myles said that “Nothing’s going to happen in 2012.”

The stunning Taylor Kinney will appear on a fairy tale-themed episode of Castle as the husband of a woman who was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and killed in an apparent wolf attack.

When The Big Bang Theory beat American Idol last week, it could have been partly due to fans tuning in for the comedy’s 100th episode. However, Thursday’s episode won the time slot by an even bigger margin, winning among both total viewers and among adults under 50.

The series finale of Chuck reached a season high, which still wasn’t enough to match the most recent performance of Grimm.

Listings

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Channing Tatum will be visiting, and while he’s got some other movie to promote, what are the chances Kelly won’t want to hear more about Magic Mike?

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Neil Patrick Harris will be visiting to discuss his family life and How I Met Your Mother. When Harris made his first appearance as a guest-host on Live, I dreamed of hearing him talk about his life the same way Kelly and Regis discussed theirs. It’s taken a few years, and I still find it revolutionary every time.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sami realizes she won’t be able to keep E.J. away from their daughter on her birthday, thanks to Will‘s actions.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
As Hannah fights to minimize Caleb‘s participation in their investigation into “A,” Emily hopes she can use a visit from her mom, Pam, to get her to give Maya another chance. On the bright side, after the time Pam thought about poisoning Maya with leftover tuna noodle casserole there’s nowhere to go but up.

The Mortified Sessions (Sundance) 8:00 PM ET
The first season wraps up with the early days of Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston and Community‘s Danny Pudi.

The War Room with Jennifer Granholm (Current) 9:00 PM ET
Current’s latest news hour puts former Michigan Governor into the role of news host airing opposite Rachel Maddow. It sounds like former infoMania host Brett Erlich will be contributing to the show. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that’s an opening to the return of Bryan Safi‘s “That’s Gay.”

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
This sounds like a (relatively) quiet week as Sally investigates reincarnation, Aidan struggles to maintain control while on a date with a human. (Somebody get him a copy of the season one DVD to remind him what happens when he loses control.) Meanwhile, while Josh and Nora try to prepare for the next full moon. From the looks of the episode pictures, that will give Sam Huntington more time to use his puppy-needs-a-hug face.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
The fourth season kicks off with Elvira, Mistress of the Dark as guest-judge/ The drag queens try to put together a post-apocalyptic look. That, of course, is after they work at pronouncing post-apocalyptic.

The Lying Game (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
Ethan looks into a lead about Sutton and Emma‘s mother but the investigation gets him in legal trouble.

It’s A Brad Brad World (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Brad has to deal with a photo shoot where the editors have rejected most of the looks he has planned before he styles Pretty Little LiarsShay Mitchell.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (Logo) 10:30 PM ET
You don’t think they’re going to let a season go by without a peek at the juicy behind-the-scenes drama, do you?

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s getting a visit from couple Brad Goreski and Gary Janetti.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Chelsea’s getting a visit from Wanda Skyes tonight.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Tonight’s guest list has both Chris Colfer and Madonna. If that were the guest list on The Graham Norton Show a pink unicorn that sneezes glitter would have magically appeared on the stage. Too bad it’s Jay and not Graham.

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

Glee (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Okay, so some of us may have cheered at the promises of no more stunt episodes, but I’m sure many of us will make an exception when it comes to tomorrow’s Michael Jackson tribute.

Ringer (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s double trouble drama returns.

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