TV on Tap: “Once Upon a Time” Signs Up a New Stud, “The Office” Plans a Spin-Off and Dave Gets a Celebrity Pal on “Happy Endings,”


Tonight’s double-feature of 30 Rock has Suze Orman, Will Arnett, Kristen Schall,
James Marsden
and more!

 

News

The producers of Once Upon a Time are certainly working to keep viewers from missing Jamie Dornan‘s good looks. Soon after Sheriff Graham died, hunky Eion Bailey showed up in Storybrook. Now, Sebastian Stan is set to make an appearance in March. There’s no word on who Stan will be playing.

I wasn’t sure about Greg Berlanti‘s Green Arrow reboot when I first heard about it, but now that character descriptions have leaked I’m feeling better about the concept. Sounds like they’ve come up with a good way to update Oliver Queen for a current show. That said, after Jack & Bobby and Brothers & Sisters, I’m still feeling wary about how Berlanti will handle Oliver’s politics.

Is TV ready for a reality competition show where people seek to prove their skills as DJs? Simon Cowell is working on such a show with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Do many people know enough about DJ’ing to have an opinion on what makes one a good DJ?

NBC is considering a spin-off from the The Office: a comedy focused on Dwight Schrute‘s life managing Schrute Farms. Sounds like a terrible idea. A little bit of Dwight goes a long way and creating a family that balances out his excesses will be a big challenge.

The Good Wife is getting ready to drop a shocker on viewers as we get to meet someone from Kalinda‘s past. Can the Good Wife writers keep up the mystery the more we learn about her?

In further Good Wife news, the amah-zing Morena Baccarin (if only V made Diana half as interesting a Baccarin) will be appearing in a March episode that includes the return of Dylan Baker‘s creepy Colin Sweeney.

The Rosie Show is getting a new producer and a new, smaller set that Rosie says was inspired by the “homey feel” of the Watch What Happens Live set.

Colin Hanks will play himself on an upcoming episode of Happy Endings that will likely make me angry with myself for being so far behind on my Dexter DVDs. Hanks will befriend Dave when the Steak Me Home Tonight truck becomes Chicago’s newest hotspot.

Both ABC and The CW have ordered pilots based on “Beauty and the Beast.” What would a show based on that fairy tale look like on various other networks?  I expect Bravo’s take on Beauty & the Beast would be a reality show about a high-end pet groomer.

Listings

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
I figure the So You Think You Can Dance fans will want to check out Cat Deeley as guest-host. Nick Jonas and Rachael Ray are set to stop by for a chat.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Tori Spelling guest-hosts as Anne Heche and Bradley Bayou visit.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Days pays tribute to veterans with an episode where Marlena gets Jack to discuss Post-Traumatic Stress with a therapy group.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Devon Banks returns (how does Will Arnett find the time to appear on all these other shows?) to try to get the best of Jack, but since Jack is continuing to sabotage Liz‘s love life, I’m guessing Devin doesn’t manage to pose much of a threat.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
You knew it was bound to happen, Raj finds himself in a relationship with his new phone’s Siri-like personal assistant. Meanwhile, Leonard and Penny decide to take the first few steps to getting back together by trying out a few dates.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
As Leslie‘s campaign gears up, she decides to throw a bowling party to absorb some lessons from a focus group. Meanwhile, April, Chris, Donna and Jerry compete to see who can raise the most money from cold calls. I’m on Team Jerry, just to see him win something over the co-workers who treat him so badly.

30 Rock (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
We get two episodes of 30 Rock tonight and the second half-hour brings Kristen Schaal to the NBC page program as Kenneth considers a new direction while Tracy and Jenna are asked to entertain at a bar mitzvah for their accountant’s son.  Somehow, amid all that, they encounter Suze Orman.

The Finder (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Wilson Cruz makes his first appearance tonight as Walter looks into the case of a missing woman who left a red stiletto behind as a clue. We’ll have a video interview with the show’s stars, Geoff Stults and Maddie Hasson a bit later today!

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Diane von Furstenberg returns to guest-judge the designers’ skill at time management when they’re given only six hours to design a dress. Usually, I love seeing von Furstenberg guest-judge because she flat-out dismisses how Heidi, Michael and Nina have decided which designer is “matronly,” “costume-y” or “on-trend” but without those three around, will she be as much fun?

Archer (FX) 10:00 PM ET
The staff at ISIS aren’t thrilled by Mallory‘s latest decisions — namely, making Cyril a field agent and instituting drug testing. I hope Cyril has some good backup. I don’t want this series to have a major death.

Inside Comedy (Showtime) 11:00 PM ET
Comedian David Steinberg hosts this new talk show featuring intimate conversations with comedians discussing their craft. The premiere has Jerry Sienfeld and Don Rickles.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy is getting a visit from Emmy Rossum and Alan Cumming.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross is wrapping up his week with, er… The Meatball Shop Guys? Google is not telling me who they are, unless these are guys from the New York restaurant The Meatball Shop, which sounds like an odd guest choice unless they’re bringing plenty of samples. Meanwhile, Liz Carey, Bobby Lee and Josh Wolf will sit on the panel.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Tori Spelling continues as guest-host while the guest list includes Louis Van Amstel.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Friday’s looking like a busy day for Will – all his storylines take another step forward.

 

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