TV on Tap: “Once Upon a Time” Casts Rose McGowan as a Young Barbara Hershey, Sendhil Ramamurthy Joins “Beauty & the Beast” and a Quartet of Renewals

Its the final chance for callbacks as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ends a nostalgic season.


There’s a bigger place for adorkable guys, BBC America has ordered a 10-episode season of Chris Hardwick‘s The Nerdist. The Nerdist will lead next spring’s “Supernatural Saturday” line-up, which will include Doctor Who, Being Human and Orphan Black.

Elementary‘s post-Super Bowl episode will feature Oz‘s Terry Kinney as an “unpredictable criminal,” according to TVLine, prompting speculation that he might play Moriarity.

Does this mean we’re going to start to look at Cora in a sympathetic light? Deadline reports that Rose McGowan has been cast to play a young version of Regina‘s mother on Once Upon a Time. Will it turn out that Cora’ s part of a cycle of cruel mothers making their daughters into future cruel adults.

In a fitting bit of casting, Jason Schwartzman will appear on Parks & Recreation in an episode where Leslie Knope tries to turn a video store into a historical landmark.

Apparently, yesterday was the day of announcing series renewals over twitter:


Also renewed, but not announced on twitter: Catfish: The TV Show, which has pulled in big audiences since its premiere.

I’m not sure if Sendhil Ramamurthy‘s overwhelming hotness is enough to get me to give Beauty & the Beast another chance. The Heroes and Covert Affairs vet will play a power-hungry Assistant District Attorney. I don’t get the impression this is going to be the show that gives Ramamurthy a well-written character.

At the end of the year I enjoy reading Salon‘s Hack List, which savages the year’s crimes against journalism hilariously. This year, MSNBC lands in the number 8 slot. Don’t worry, Rachel Maddow is properly acknowledged as a national treasure, but we’re reminded that MSNBC is also the network of Joe Scarborough and Luke Russert.

Okay. I may be tempted to snark at the idea of a Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip reunion, but Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry were great together, so I’m excited about Whitford appearing on Go On. I just hope Perry isn’t joking about them sharing a hot tub in the episode.

EW reports that Mark Consuelos and John Stamos will be appearing on The New Normal. Consuelos will play a tech on The New Normal‘s show-within-a-show who Roxy finds crush-inspiring while Stamos will play a co-worker of Nana who sets off her gaydar.

Discovery may be taking a second look at its programs about guns, thanks to the dialogue on firearms following the Sandy Hook tragedy. It has cancelled American Guns and refuses to answer questions about the future of Sons of Guns. Meanwhile, Ted Nugent, who hosted a special Ted Nugent’s Gun Country that could have become a series, won’t be returning, either.

Deadline reports that Starz is developing a drama that would follow the early days of hip-hop in the Bronx of the 1970s. Would such a drama eventually have room for a Deborah Harry-inspired character?


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Rosie Perez is Anderson‘s co-host today as he talks with the cast of Downton Abbey (yes, including Rob James-Collier) and puts two “superfans” through a trivia challenge.

The Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricki‘s got a big guest list for her holiday celebration that includes Marilu Henner, Lee Dewyze — and a celebration of ugly sweaters with Jaymes Vaughn and James Davis. Look, they’re hot enough to look good in an ugly sweater but, please Ricki, just let them go shirtless and carry the ugly sweaters.

Katie (syndicated) Check local listings
The View (ABC) Check local listings
Thanks to Parental Guidance, we’ve got a double-dose of Bette Midler and Billy Crystal, though Katie also has co-star Marissa Tomei.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Really? Gabi‘s getting between WilSon? And it sounds like the residents of Salem can’t believe that either since its a topic in today’s discussion. You can join our discussion as we liveblog the action starting at 1PM Easter!

Burn Notice (USA) 9:00 PM ET
It’s Escape from Miami, except that Michael Weston doesn’t wear an eye patch and Snake Plissken didn’t have to bring his mother with him. Okay, so its just the gang on the run from Detective Greggs Agent Riley, but will this Burn Notice finale bring about the status quo-changing cliffhanger the Panama mission pretended to be?

Project Nim (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Hot on the heels of the Ikea money going viral, HBO has this documentary about Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee who was taught sign language and raised in a home like a human child to see if environment changed how a chimpanzee can understand language.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
This week’s challenge has designers working to take inspiration from fashion from the 1920s. I think that means it’s time to watch for complaints that someone copied Jay‘s Chrysler building dress… that is if people still remember it.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) 10:00 PM ET
A season full of callbacks to the previous seven seasons wraps with the gang assembling a practice courtroom to deal with Frank and Dennis‘ car accident. So, we have a comedy with a cast of terrible people wrapping up a run with a trial. I hope this goes better than Seinfeld.

Unsupervised (FX) 11:30 PM ET
Coming from a mix of creators who worked on Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FX’s animated high school comedy was never the laugh riot I hoped it would be, but it certainly was a charming show. Sadly, that charm wasn’t enough to earn a second season and tonight the final episode gets burned off.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Tomorrow’s show has This is 40‘s Leslie Mann as guest-host with an appearance by Paul Rudd and Judd Apatow.

The Ricki Lake show 9syndicated) Check local listings
In tomorrow’s edition of “Ricki Lake is a dependable queer ally,” Ricky examines the modern family, including Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood‘s Guncles.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Yep, there’s more WilSon tomorrow and, even better, you can put a liveblog in your planner!

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