TV on Tap: “Once Upon a Time” Likes Colin O’Donoghue’s Captain Hook, Cinemax Renews “Strike Back” and Six Episodes that Summarize “Charlies Angels”

No! I don’t want to say goodbye to 30 Rock!


It’s official! Ellen Greene will appear in a recurring role on Hannibal as a pal of Dr. Lecter. So far, Hannibal has reunited Bryan Fuller with two former Wonderfalls stars, now it has added one Pushing Daisies reunion. Any chance Covert Affairs can spare Kari Matchett for a few weeks?

Cinemax has ordered a third season of Strike Back.

Adult Swim has also renewed Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV::.

Cheers to Girls creator Lena Dunham who said that she was saddened to hear her show “would make anyone feel isolated” and that she’s responding to complaints about Girls lack of diversity. We all have our blind spots, but what’s important is being willing to listen and to learn when people point out those blind spots.

Would you agree about these six episodes being the ones that best summarized the contradictory qualities of Charlie’s Angels?

Once Upon a Time has promoted Colin O’Donoghue to a series regular for the last half of the season, even though his character has not debuted on TV, yet. I’m not sure if I can get used to Captain Hook being this sexy.

Alex Kingston will appear on a sweeps episode of NCIS as a well connected black market goods dealer. That sounds like a role that would welcome her channeling River Song. Then again, I wouldn’t mind if every role offered to Kingston in the future asked her to channel River Song.

Netflix is giving away six walk-on roles to superfans who find a way to express their intense knowledge of Arrested Development‘s Bluth family. Personally, I think they should just go ahead and give one of those prizes to the creator of the Lucille and Mitt tumblr.

Oh. Dear. The Insider may change its name to omg! NOW, a name that just gives me a headache looking at it. I’d probably mind it less if they spelled it “omg! nao!” like this were a show hosted by lolcats.


Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricky Martin‘s headed to the Live! to discuss his upcoming Broadway role on Evita. There’s also the women of Jersey Shore so ask yourself if that’s worth Ricky.

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Andy Cohen joins Anderson to talk with the cast of Steel Magnolias. It will be amazed when someone manages to assemble a gayer hour of television.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
With a new DVD set on store shelves, Charlie’s AngelsCheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith are visiting the show.

Last Resort (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
A few years ago, a friend talked about watching The Shield (from Last Resort creator Shawn Ryan) with his partner and observed that it was a lot like a primetime soap except that the camp and glamor were replaced with violence and tough guy posturing. That came to mind as I watched the Last Resort pilot, and I thought that this was kind of like Revenge if you switched out the socialites falling from balconies in designer gowns for nuclear strikes and bodies put in cold storage. I completely approve of this extension of the ABC brand. Things continue to be crazy this week as 20 warships close on the Colorado — I guess nuking “200 miles east of Washington DC” (Google still won’t tell me where that is) wasn’t such a powerful demonstration of “I’m crazy enough for you to take my threats seriously”.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Sounds like CBS mixed up its comedies; tonight’s episode has Sheldon meddling when he hears that Penny is considering another breakup with Leonard. I’m thinking someone decided to switch a Partners script for The Big Bang Theory and see if anyone noticed.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
It’s the beginning of the end as 30 Rock begins its final 13-episode run. My brain struggles to accept a world without Liz Lemon. The victory lap begins with Jack struggling to recover from a fall programming line-up that audiences overwhelmingly reject. (Seems like a commentary on NBC’s recent past seasons – but does it apply to this one?)

Up All Night (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
Rachel Dratch shows up as “Ava‘s biggest fan” prompting all the people who watched 30 Rock from day one ask,”Whatever happened to the whole ‘Rachel Dratch will play different supporting characters’ thing?”

Glee (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
When you’re in high school, a long-distance relationship doesn’t sound so difficult. After all, modern technology makes it a lot easier to keep in touch and you can talk every night. Then you realize that when you’re starting new chapters in your life remembering to talk every night isn’t the only challenge, maintaining what you have in common is difficult. Glee can be really hit and miss when it comes to nuance, but it’s been nicely capturing that dynamic with Kurt, Rachel and Santana. (Which is a nice change of pace from how most teen dramas treat college as a time when all your high school friends continue to be a part of your life.) Tonight, all three couples deal with the difficulty of long distance relationships as they reunite with their significant others.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
The Office returns to the topic of race relations when Andy learns that his lineage includes a tie to Michelle Obama, hopefully we’ll get a flashback to the time Michael Scott thought he could repeat the wrong Chris Rock joke and got slapped hard by Kelly Kapoor.

Project Runway (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the avant guarde challenge. This time they have to take inspiration from a “grand location” and earn the support of guest judge Zoe Saldana.

Person of Interest (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
I’ve mentioned before that the combination of J.J. Abrams, the CBS procedural formula and Jim Caviezel was enough to keep me from sampling Person of Interest. Tonight, however, has a guest-appearance by the faboo Margo Martindale which could convince me to give the show a chance.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
If the last two episodes are any indication, Leslie becoming a councilwoman and Ben‘s political consulting career could make Parks & Recreation an amazing political satire. Last week, the show dealt with hardball lobbyists and entitled legacies. I’m hoping tonight gets into the challenges of organizing public services as she tries to get community pool hours extended. Also, Lucy Lawless but last week’s episode was so good its actually managing to overwhelm my excitement over Lucy! Lawless!

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
If Olivia‘s team thinks that crime scene cleanup is only for co-workers who turn out to have a mysterious past tonight’s client will show them otherwise. Meanwhile, Dan Bucatinsky is in the guest cast for tonight’s episode so if you like seeing Cyrus‘s home life, we should get to see that.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Let’s hope Anderson‘s ready for a chat with Stephen Colbert tomorrow.

John Fugelsang: So That Happened (Current) 6:00 PM ET
While we’re still waiting for word on John Fugelsang‘s upcoming weekday show, he’s launching a week-in-review show in the meantime.


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