TV on Tap: Previewing the “Happy Endings” Finale, Colton Won’t Be Returning to “Survivor” and Will “Saturday Night Live” Get Its First Out Lesbian?


“Are you there, Sheldon? It’s me, your Spock action figure.”
Leonard Nimoy brings his voice to tonight’s
Big Bang Theory.

News

Saturday Night Live may finally be getting its first lesbian cast member. The Big Gay Sketch Show alum Kate McKinnon (her characters included Fitzwilliam) might join the late night variety show when it returns on April 7. Once that’s out of the way, maybe SNL could consider getting its second gay male cast member?

The Masterpiece Trust, an initiative that helps fund PBS’ Masterpiece, received an unprecedented donation of $1 million. Hooray for the funding of quality programming.

There’s a new syndicated comedy coming, The First Family follows an African-American family in the White House with Christopher P. Duncan as the President while Marla Gibbs, Gladys Knight and Jackee Harry playing members of the First Family. The series is starting with an order for 104 episodes, so it should be around for a while.

What’s the matter with kids these days? Or why are the teenage characters the worst part of so many dramas? Blame is attributed to network suits who think teen characters will make the show instantly accessible to teen viewers, but I think a bigger problem is that most of these characters only exist as ways to complicate the lead characters’ lives. Since we only see them being a hassle to the main characters, they’re an annoyance to the viewer as well. For contrast, look at The Good Wife where the teen characters are fully dimensional characters, even when they’re primarily making life more difficult for Alicia.

Becoming Chaz producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are trying to convince Chaz Bono to sign up for a reality dating series. That won’t be new territory for Bailey and Barbato, they also produced Logo’s Transamerican Love Story.

USA’s lawyer drama Suits will have funny woman Rachel Harris appear in an episode.

EW has a peek at next week’s season finale of Happy Endings including an interview with Adam Pally. I’m trying to stay in denial about the season ending, and this isn’t helping.

Jeff Probst says he doesn’t foresee Survivor bringing back this season’s gay villain Colton, which sounds odd to me considering the way CBS usually just loves reality stars who behave as badly as Colton did.

In an interview with Multichannel News, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says that he’s still open to ordering more Torchwood, but he doesn’t expect Russell T. Davies to have time for the series anytime soon.

FX has ordered another late-night talk show, this one produced by Chris Rock and hosted by comedian W. Kamau Bell. The network also has a talk show with Russell Brand coming up.

Listings

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Anjelica Huston will be visiting the Live! set today for you Smash fans. Meanwhile Channing Tatum probably plans to discuss 21 Jump Street, but you know Kelly’s going to ask for more Magic Mike pix.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
There’s a whole lot going on this week as Troy and Abed‘s blanket fort returns — only for a competing fort to arise, Vice Dean Laybourne makes another attempt to recruit Troy into the air conditioning program and Britta has a plan to bring down the Subway that stomped Shirley and Pierce‘s dream of opening their own sandwich shop (she’ll probably britta it up). I guess that’s why this is a two-part episode.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
It finally happens. Sheldon meets Spock! Or, rather, he starts hearing Leonard Nimoy‘s voice in his head. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that voice says “Who cares if it’s oatmeal (half steel-cut, half rolled oats with a spoonful of flax seeds) day! Eat the delicious pancakes!”

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
While Damon and Stefan hatch a plan to destroy Klaus, Klaus and Rebekah move their own plans forward. This being Mystic Falls, both plots are hindered by Rebekah being all “Damon, Damon, Damon! I want revenge on Damon!” on one side while the other has to deal with Stefan being all “Elena, Elena, Elena! We can’t endanger Elena!” on the other.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
Liz tries to break out of her rut of going from crisis to crisis by taking up meditation. As usual, her work life isn’t going to let her take up relaxation that easily. Meanwhile, Jenna decides she’s cursed, Tracy is surprised by how much he owes in taxes and Jack has an idea to expand Kabletown.

The Secret Circle (CW) 9:00 PM ET
There’s another witch hunter in town (sigh) to remind Jake of his old allegiances and to deliver a message to Blackwell. At this point, I’m starting to give up on the hope that The Secret Circle writers are ever going to agree with me on which stories are interesting.

Up All Night (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
It’s Stevie Nicks week on TV as the iconic singer goes from American Idol to Up All Night as Ava‘s dream guest. Unfortunately, Ragan and Ava have caretaking duties get in the way of booking the legend. (Ragan’s watching over Amy, of course, Ava’s got a new dog she’s treating like a baby-substitute.) At least Ragan holds Stevie’s attention long enough to live out her “Stand Back” fantasies.

Awake (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
What happens if Detective Britten packs up and moves away from Los Angeles? We just may find out as Hannah suggests a move to Oregon in the wake of their son’s death.

Punk’d (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
MTV’s iconic practical joke series returns with a series of guest-hosts taking on Ashton Kutcher‘s prank-playing duties. It starts with Justin Bieber going after Taylor Swift, Rob Dyrdek and Sean Kingston.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy chatting with JB Smoove (rescheduling from Tuesday) and American Reunion‘s Shannon Elizabeth.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
Oh yes, two of my favorite minds are meeting again as Rachel Maddow makes a return visit to Jon‘s show.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 12:05 AM ET
In an interesting bit of timing Carson Daly is set to appear tonight, right after Carson came under fire for a homophobic joke.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Susan Sarandon is set to visit Jimmy tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) 10:00 PM ET
We’ve got two season finales coming up tomorrow night.

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