TV on Tap: Reichen and Rodiney Sign Up for “Couples Therapy,” TV Guide Minus the Guide and Amy Acker Visits Storybrook


The latest VH1 Divas performance pays tribute to the cities that gave us soul.

News

Once Upon a Time is getting a visit from an Angel alum, namely Amy Acker, who will be involved in a storyline with one of the seven dwarfs. I can’t wait to find out the show’s take on Snow White‘s pals.

When I heard about the death of Kim Jong-Il, I switched from our DVR’ed show to the news channels, was annoyed to see that MSNBC didn’t pull away from its weekend line-up of non-news programming for the death of a world leader and grumbled about it on twitter. It turns out Fox News also continued with their scheduled programming, an episode of Huckabee where the governor performed “Merry Christmas, Baby” with the Marshall Tucker Band. So, I guess people on both ends of the spectrum had the limits of their tolerance for Wolf Blitzer tested.

FX has ordered a pilot from Justified creator Graham Yost. The Americans will follow a family of KGB spies living in the United States in the early 80s. I sure hope its good enough to get to the point where they can watch the epic mini-series so terrible it killed the format, Amerika.

After adding original programming and picking up reruns of shows like Weeds and Curb Your Enthusiasm, The TV Guide Network is losing the TV Guide that takes up a quarter of the screen. At least, that change is happening in most of the country. Rural areas that don’t have digital cable (and the program guide that comes with it) will continue to get the classic format.

VH1 is getting ready to air a series about celebrity couples and the stress of dealing with relationship issues while under the media spotlight, Couples Therapy. One of the couples who will appear are Reichen Lehmkuhl and Rodiney Santiago. This can be where you begin your discussion about some forms of equality being unwelcome.

After adapting Shameless for U.S. audiences, producer John Wells is developing another adaptation for Showtime. This time he’s turning an Australian movie, Animal Kingdom, into a series. The movie followed a crime family in a battle with the police.

Mariska Hargitay is producing a pilot for NBC that certainly has my interest piqued, American Dream will be a dramedy set behind-the-scenes at a reality show. It is being written by a former Jersey Shore and Bridezillas producer. Fingers crossed that it’s can come close to the greatness of The Comeback.

Over at Deadline, there’s a defense of ABC’s upcoming comedy Work It and I disagree with the central premise. The lack of transgender characters doesn’t prevent Work It from being transphobic any more than Three’s Company is cleared of charges of homophobia because Jack Tripper wasn’t really gay. Perhaps it’s time Hollywood caught up to the 90s and learn from how the Kids in the Hall handled cross-dressing roles.

Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate
gets a visit from Jamie Oliver, who will demonstrate how to quickly make a take-out meal at home. Then, Isaac Mizrahi shows off his three perfect holiday looks

Terra Nova (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
In the season finale, the eleventh pilgrimage arrives at Terra Nova, Jim gets ready for a fight with the Phoenix Group and someone dies… then comes the cliffhanger of waiting for a renewal. I know the buzz on this one faded pretty quickly, does anyone have strong feelings either way?

The Mortified Sessions (Sundance) 8:00 PM ET
Tonight it’s time for powerhouse funny couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman to face their humiliating past.

Who’s Still Standing? (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
NBC’s new game show threatens to drop contestants — literally, thanks to a trap door on the set’s floor — when they get a question wrong. I found the Game Show Network’s Russian Roulette addictive in its day and usually enjoy seeing Ellen drag out the “Know or Go” set, so I’ll check this out until the questions bore me for being too easy. (Then again, with Cash Cab‘s Ben Bailey hosting, maybe there’s a chance I’ll find the questions engaging and not annoyingly simple.)

The Closer (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
We’ve got Mark Moses and Elizabeth Perkins on tonight’s episode as Brenda investigates a girl on a bicycle who was killed in a hit-and-run.

VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul (VH1) 9:00 PM ET
The latest VH1 Divas pays tributes to the cities that gave us great soul music with performances from Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + the Machine and Mary J. Blige. There will also be a tribute to Amy Winehouse for what she added to London soul.

The A-List: Dallas (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
The drama’s not quite done yet! There’s still tonight’s reunion to get through.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight’s finale will see Andy greet Chris Colfer and Lea Michelle. I can’t wait to see their faces when Andy asks for their opinions on Bravolebrities. I’m hoping for a blank look and maybe a, “Nene? Why are we talking about the Hawaii state bird?”

 

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate unveils his top holiday tips and gives his gift-wrapping advice.

Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Kathy’s back with another comedy special just in time to deal with holiday stress.

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