TV on Tap: “Revenge” Finds a Grayson Patriarch, “Pretty Little Liars” Promises Answers and the Missing Scenes from Last Night’s “Glee”


All s happy and calm on a new American Horror Story… or not.

News

We fell for Chris Meloni when he starred in an HBO series with plenty of nudity, and now he’s been officially signed for a role on True Blood.

The FCC has set the rules for an act Congress Passed in 2010, and next year broadcasters will have to make sure advertisements are not recorded any louder than the programming. Unfortunately, since the FCC can’t afford to be proactive in enforcing the rules, it will let advertisers certify that they’re in compliance and they’ll mostly follow-up on complaints.

I think Emily Thorne is in t-r-o-u-b-l-e. Revenge has cast the father of Conrad Grayson and he’ll be played by William Devane, a.k.a. Knots Landing badass Gregory Sumner. I am now hoping we’ll learn that Tyler was raised by two moms played by Terri Austin and Marcia Cross. Or Cynthia Watros and Kimberlyn Brown.

Last night’s Glee had a few scenes cut for time, including Santanna‘s performance of “Santa Baby” and the scene where Blaine gives Kurt a very sweet Christmas present. This is the second time Glee‘s promotional materials haven’t made it into the show this season and it’s starting to get annoying. Is it that hard to make sure the scene will be included in the episode before you call the press about it?

Steve Carell will be lending his voice to an episode of The Simpsons. He’ll play Fat Tony‘s accountant who has to take on some additional job duties when his boss has jury duty service.

I was worried that Pretty Little Liars would try to stretch out the mystery over “A”‘s identity indefinitely, but apparently we’ll learn the identity of the Liars’ tormentor sometime in the upcoming season. Then again, I understand in the books “A” was like the heads of the hydra — get rid of one and several took its place.

The BBC’s director general and chairman have come to the defense of Top Gear asshat Jeremy Clarkson, who has generated complaints after saying that he’d like to see striking workers executed in front of their families. Basically, since Top Gear is syndicated in many countries Clarkson gets to say whatever he feels like until people stop watching.

Christine Amanpour is leaving ABC’s This Week and George Stephanopoulous will return to hosting the Sunday talk show (while also keeping his job at Good Morning America). I had high hopes that Amanpour would bring an outsider perspective, but it quickly turned out that ABC expected Amanpour to adapt to the format, instead of taking advantage of her unique perspective. I’m so glad I can watch Chris Hayes on Sunday mornings instead.

Could this be where Nikita finally finds its audience? The CW’s espionage series was the most checked-in series on GetGlue last week, with a rerun. However, the rerun was the second season premiere and a chance to catch up for viewers who picked up Nikita through Netflix or Hulu. New Girl and Happy Endings were able to build their audience through online sampling, will Nikita continue the trend?

The return of Fear Factor drew a big audience (at least, by NBC standards), giving the network its best Monday night all season. Meanwhile, 2 Broke Girls wasn’t able to draw a How I Met Your Mother-sized audience when it aired in HIMYM‘s 8:00 time slot.

HBO got a bad omen with its preview of upcoming series Luck, as it only held a third of the viewers who watched Boardwalk Empire.

Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate gets a visit from Chef Michael Chiarello who will discuss how his restaurant prepares for holiday dishes but first Nate surprises a military family with a living room redesign.

Work of Art (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
The competitors leave the big city to a small town where they’ll have to work with one of the locals to create a portrait.

The Will: Family Secrets Revealed (Discovery ID) 9:00 PM ET
This week the series takes a look at the battle over Rock Hudson‘s estate and how his ex Marc Christian MacGinnis battled for a share.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
It’s time for the father-daughter dance, but Jack expects his brother will disappoint Sophie at the last minute and prepares to go to the dance with her instead.

Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
This year’s list includes Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, which just might be able to get me to overlook the inclusion of the Kardashian clan.

American Horror Story (Fox) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the penultimate episode, and we’re going to find out what kind of baby Vivien is carrying, as well as why the house is such a magnet for horrible things. Meanwhile, Tate and Violet decide they’re sharing the house with too many ghosts and decide to cull the numbers down.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Melanie‘s dress gets lost by the dry cleaner, who accidentally sent it to be worn by a dead woman, prompting the ladies to crash the funeral to try to reclaim the dress. Wasn’t this a Kate & Allie episode? Also, John Mahoney returns.

Top Chef (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
The remaining cheftestants have to show their skill at making use of the flavors of tequila and wild game.

The Real World (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
As usual, for the season finale, the roommates pack up and say goodbye to each other, but there’s one more blowup from Frank as Nate drinks to much at a charity event.

The Real World: The @%!! They Should Have Shown!! (MTV) 11:00 PM ET
…and after everyone says goodbye, it’s time to keep the season going for one more hour with a special featuring unaired footage.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews is on tonight’s panel while Chelsea will be chatting with Charlize Theron.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 11:05 PM ET
Tonight’s guest list includes Kathy Griffin. Let’s hope she brought props. It’s always fun when she brings a prop to Jimmy‘s show.

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate faces a series of challenges where he has to show what can be done on a limited budget.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy will be talking with Candy Spelling tomorrow. That just better be interesting.

 

 

 

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