TV on Tap: “Once Upon a Time”‘s Gay Easter Egg, the Candidates Name Their Favorite Shows and “Chicago Fire” Gets Sarah Shahi

30 Rock is airing on Wednesday night this week. How’s that for a twist?

Happy Halloween, everybody!


There was definite drama among Community fans yesterday after news spread that the fourth season would debut on Canadian TV on November 9, while U.S. viewers had no premiere date to anticipate. Gawker went on to speculate that this might kill the show as fans would torrent the Canadian episodes and not watch the show on NBC, sinking the ratings. However, the announcement disappeared from CityTV’s website and NBC announced that Community will return in February, so fans stopped feeling like they had been told that the dress of life doesn’t come in their size.

Speaking of NBC’s midseason schedule the Peacock network is taking a risk by putting Revolution on hiatus until March (so that it can be accompanied by the fourth season of The Voice). The common wisdom says that audiences might lose interest during the break, but it also means the show won’t have to air with so many long breaks. It also looks like NBC might be holding Hannibal and Do No Harm for the summer, traditionally a tough time for broadcast networks to launch programming.

In a move that should make Chicago Fire‘s lesbian viewers happy, The L-Word-fave Sarah Shahi is joining Chicago Fire for a multi-episode arc as a love interest for Taylor Kinney‘s character. I’m happy I have reason to post another shirtless photo of Kinney.

TV Guide asked the Presidential candidates what TV shows they watch. President Obama named Homeland, Boardwalk Empire and The Wire as his favorites, Parks & Recreation and Modern Family as shows the family watches together and SportsCenter as workout programming. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney listed Justified, 30 Rock, NCIS, Modern Family and Friday Night Lights as his favorites. I have to admit, I had the same reaction as the AV Club, thinking that didn’t really sound like a reflection of one person’s tastes but a mix of shows calculated to appeal to a variety of key target demographics.

Interesting. I didn’t hear that Once Upon a Time named Dr. Whale after influential, gay horror director James Whale (who was brought to life on film by Sir Ian McKellan in Gods and Monsters. Does that make him an honorary gay since Storybrooke seems to be lacking in queer people?

When Shirley MacLaine first encountered Rob James-Collier on the set of Downton Abbey her reaction was to ‘It’s you! The evil one! Why are you so evil?’ Aw, I thought by now it was clear that Thomas just needs the love of a good man with a life expectancy longer than two episodes.

Showtime definitely has a new signature hit in Homeland. The Emmy-winner hit a series high last Sunday.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
The faboo Kristin Chenoweth rejoins Anderson for a Halloween episode that includes Bizarre Foods eater Andrew Zimmern, “mommy ghost hunters” and a “mudslinging” mystery guest.

The Ellen DeGeneres show (syndicated) Check local listings
Jane Lynch is visiting to discuss Wreck-It Ralph and (we hope) take a trip through the haunted house.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
It sounds like Wendy‘s Halloween plans were delayed by Sandy but instead she has Barry Manilow, so that’s something.

Nova ScienceNow (PBS) Check local listings
PBS celebrates Halloween with this look at the chemistry of cooking that includes a look at the neuroscience of understanding taste, a visit with Nathan Myhrvold a “Willy Wonka of food” who makes things like grilled-cheese flavored cotton candy and spreads the news about how to brine your turkey dinner.

Arrow (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Oliver finds a way to get his and Laurel‘s interests to intersect. When a man is framed for a crime by one of the people on his list, it’s a job for vigilantes and charitable lawyers.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
NBC is preempting its Thursday night line-up to make sure that people who were caught in the wake of Sandy, don’t miss an episode of its higher-rated Monday night lineup. However, since this week’s 30 Rock was meant to air before election day, it’s airing in the placed of this season’s second cancellation. Does Jenna use her unexpected political pull to determine who wins the election? Liz and Jack are working on it.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Uhboy. Modern Family steps into turf that has already been claimed by The Middle as Alex‘s get a boyfriend that seems a little… flamboyant. However, Modern Family has an advantage over The Middle — a regular gay character and, thus, Mitchell finds himself in the awkward position of being asked for an opinion on the sexuality of his niece’s boyfriend.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
The challenge in introducing a new, male character on a show like Supernatural is that he’s bound to shake up the slashwink balance and tonight Benny (the guy who helped Dean escape from Purgatory) meets Sam. Benny’s already got in between Destiel will he also disrupt the Wincest?

Suburgatory (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Parker Young fans, tonight’s episode should get a priority spot on your DVR since Lisa guilt trips herself into helping Ryan and Tessa. Meanwhile, it’s time for that Archer… er, meetup (it’s not a reunion) as H Jon Benjamin (I’m guessing that’s who ABC is referring to when they say Jon H Benjamin) shows up as Dallas‘ life coach, Tabitha.

American Horror Story (FX) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time for another case of uncomfortable timing as Briarcliff gets hit by a violent storm that inspires an escape attempt.

Face Off (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
The audience votes have been counted and now it’s time to announce a winner — though first there are discussions about the season’s drama, a look at unaired footage and viewer questions.

South Park (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time to take on the Lance Armstrong disgrace, as the residents of South Park rend their garments over the fall of a beloved icon who got them wearing yellow wristbands.

DTLA (Logo) 11:00 PM ET
Why has Bryan been behaving so strangely? Lenny wants to know.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s having a “Halloweave” (ooohkay) party tonight with Tamar Braxton and Melissa Rauch.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 12:05 AM ET
Vampire Weekend is scheduled to perform tonight.

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) 1:35 AM ET
Carson is set for a segment with the nerdilicious Nate Silver today. I hope it was recorded in time for Carson to ask Silver how he overcame being “thin and effeminate” which is a huge hurdle for statistical analysis.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated0 Check local listings
Deborah Norville again? At least, Krysten Ritter and Candace Brooks are also on the guest list.

Gigolos (Showtime) 11:00 PM ET
It’s the season finale, has anyone been watching? Is there any sign of gay-for-pay storyline that was teased before the season debuted?


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