TV on Tap: Pilot Casting Brings a Potential “Vampire Diaries” Spoiler, Chuck Grassley Misses the History in the History Channel and “Warehouse 13″ Gets a Visit from a Syfy Neighbor


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Being Human puppy Sam Huntington will appear in the upcoming season of Warehouse 13 for an episode as a jazz musician feeling his chance to make an impact on his art slip away. Since this is Warehouse 13, I imagine an artifact enters his life next.

Recently, the cast of Growing Pains have been making the news and now Joanna Kerns has joined an NBC comedy pilot. She’ll play the mother of a shy woman trying to recover from a painful breakup from her fiance. Meanwhile, Freddie Prinze, Jr. has been cast to play the fiance. That the second pilot (counting Ben Rappaport‘s Awesometown) about a newly single person adjusting to living with roommates again. I blame Zooey Deschanel.

Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted his surprise and disapproval at the lack of historical programming on The History Channel. Apparently, the Senator does not realize that reality programs on The History Channel is the free market at work. They’re expected to program based on what grabs the most viewers and that’s easily done by copying other networks’ successes. He should remember why PBS can continue to air history shows the next time his party tries to politicize the funding for Public Broadcasting.

In further History Channel news, it’s getting into scripted programming with Vikings, a drama from the creative team behind The Tudors. At least it’s historical fiction.

The Vampire DiariesMatt Davis has been cast as the lead of the CW pilot Cult. He’ll play the host of a true crime TV show who realizes some of the show’s most dedicated fans are recreating crimes depicted on the show. Davis is supposed to be available to make guest-appearances on future Vampire Diaries episodes, but knowing The Vampire Diaries, that could include an unspoken “…but as a ghost.”

HBO’s Luck has had its third horse die on the set, prompting the horse-racing drama to suspend using horses until the American Humane Association can investigate the latest incident.

Partners, the CBS pilot from Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan is being retooled, with one of the roles getting recast and a new character played by Molly Shannon added. The comedy still has David Krumholtz and Michael Urie as business partners and Brandon Routh as Urie’s on-screen boyfriend. I hope the changes aren’t a bad omen.

In case you need a nostalgia kick, there are 700 episodes of the Power Rangers potentially coming to DVD, which sounds like a perfect excuse for a snarky viewing party with multi-colored cocktails.

The CW’s Hunger Games-like pilot, The Selection has found its second male lead with William Moseley from The Chronicles of Narnia.

Nick Jonas will be returning to Smash, appearing in the season finale.

Cosby Show alum Tempest Bledsoe has joined an NBC comedy pilot about thirtysomethimg dads. She’ll co-star with Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger and Jesse Bradford.

Evidently, even highbrow HBO audiences can’t stop themselves from gawking at a terrible real-life trainwreck.

Listings

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
With Jeff Who Lives at Home opening in theaters, Susan Sarandon is sitting down for her first chat with Wendy.

The View (ABC) Check local listing
Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and Rita Rudner are all scheduled to sit at The View table.

The Middle (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
From the minor ironies of scheduling department, the first new episode following Patricia Heaton‘s audience-alienating tweets has a guest-star who is believed to have lost his show because of his political stances, Ed Asner. Even better, he just might be referencing that particular role by playing a veteran newsman who hires Brick. The former Lou Grant also has an appearance on Hawaii Five-0 coming.

Whitney (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
The past three episodes (I caught up for you) have seen Neal break off his engagement with Lily and deal with the awkwardness of thier breakup. Tonight Whitney interrupts him having dinner with a work friend that she suspects is really a date, prompting them to ask if he may be gay. I would watch any show that has Maulik Pancholy dating guys, no matter how unfunny. So good move Whitney, though perhaps Neal should have come out sooner. (Thanks to netogeno for the heads up.)

Survivor (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
While I may be willing to give second chance to Colton based on his recent response to Survivor viewers fuming at his behavior, the cruel and bigoted man who bullied his tribe last week is the one currently on TV. Last week, he managed to get his tribe to hurt itself, a move that left viewers wondering if he was being stupid and petty or setting himself up for a merge with the women’s tribe — where he believes he’s got more natural allies since he’s a gay man (sigh). It looks like that may have been a deliberate move, as he tries to further ingratiate himself to the women’s tribe in tonight’s episode.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Robin Givens appears in tonight’s episode, which means that we’re finally going to get to learn about Dallas‘ past attending a predominantly black college. I’ve been waiting for this episode ever since I heard it was coming.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Fizbo has stood out as one of Modern Family‘s best moments, and tonight the show tries to top it by adding an allusion to another sitcom’s classic episode — by having Cameron attend the funeral of his clown mentor.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
I’ve been waiting to see the no-nonsense Kelly Cutrone who told employees to cut the begging-for-camera-time drama on Kel on Earth to show up on ANTM. I’m hoping that happens tonight as she will be mentoring the models in a challenge to create an ad campaign.

Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
I didn’t watch Flipping Out and think “I want personal advice from this guy,” but Bravo’s new series has Jeff, Jenni and Zoila advising people on their personal issues while they help them fix up their homes. It’ll be nice to see the team together again without the worry that Jeff is going to get paranoid that someone is stealing from him, somehow.

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
The gang tries to celebrate Penny’s birthday despite the event seeming to be curse with every restaurant having one unpleasant surprise or another awaiting them.

Face Off (Syfy) 10:000 PM ET
For the second-season finale, the finalists have to create three original characters, who will have to be able to perform in a dance routine.

Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Fredrik has to deal with a client with unrealistic hopes to sell his property at a higher price than the market will allow.

South Park (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time to return to the crude world of South Park and its take on the vital, current issues — like tonight’s episode that explores the potential tragedies that happen when you don’t put the toilet seat down.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Victoria puts on a fat suit to attend an Overeaters Anonymous meeting in her quest for a Newsie Award. Clearly someone’s been sick at home and watching Tyra reruns.

Happily Divorced (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
Fran gets a reminder that coming out is a continual process when she realizes that Peter isn’t out to his family and sees a visit from his brother as a chance to remedy that.

Ugly Americans (Comedy Central) 10:30 PM ET
I’ve sampled Comedy Central’s animated monster comedy a few times and never found it compelling enough to become a habit, but I know some of you are fans and are likely to be excited about a new season beginning tonight.

Monster Man (Syfy) 11:00 PM ET
Syfy’s newest reality series goes behind the scenes at Cleve Hall‘s monster prop building workshop where he creates movie magic with his family and colleagues. Since this is a Syfy series, I’m expecting a Face Off crossover at some point before the season finale. Can’t miss that Kabletown synergy.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s getting a visit from Jeff Lewis and Kristen Johnson.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson is getting a visit from Miss Piggy.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s a coffee shop opening on tomorrow’s episode. I’m guessing that’s Sonny‘s coffee shop.

The Rosie Show (OWN) 7:00 PM ET
It’s an 80s flashback with Debbie Gibson and Jaleel White.

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