TV on Tap: Ricky Gervais Keeps Busy, Sucklord Toys with a “Work of Art” Judge, and “Who’s Still Standing?” Rebounds

Who did X-Factor viewers pick as the series’ first winner?


Ricky Gervais is working on a new sitcom, set in a retirement home, with Gervais playing one of the facility’s care workers. This one might turn out a little different, however, since he’s working with Channel 4 (which gave us Queer as Folk, Shameless and Skins) instead of the BBC, who broadcast Gervais’ past series.

Meanwhile, Gervais had some additional good news as a second season of Life’s Too Short is in the works. U.S. viewers won’t get the chance to see the series until February 19.

ABC has settled a lawsuit with the Tokyo Broadcasting System, who felt that Wipeout had too much in common with its various obstacle course shows, like Ninja Warrior and Most Extreme Elimination Challenge. I’m guessing it’s one of those boring settlements where money is exchanged and no one admits to anything.

In what might be my favorite example of how to make money off of your newfound reality TV fame, former Work of Art competitor Sucklord has created an action figure of Work of Art judge Jerry Saltz (which Saltz reviews). Considering how Saltz just refused to consider Sucklord’s art style from the very first challenge (admittedly, Sucklord’s work did not make a great argument for his style), that just seems like some very apt revenge.

“Dog Whisperer” Cesar Milan‘s latest series is a big hit on Spanish-language television, so there’s an American version in development. The Leader of the Pack follows Milan as he rehabilitates an abandoned or homeless dog and three people compete to become the dog’s new guardian.

There were rumors saying it was the case and now HBO has made it official that the upcoming Aaron Sorkin drama will be called The Newsroom.

Michael Showalter is co-creating a comedy for Fox, I Hate Your Friends, about a couple that has an amazing connection … until they meet each other’s friends. Isn’t this the premise of pretty much every “men and women just don’t understand each other” comedy? Unless her friends are the gang from Happy Endings and his friends are the Kardashians.

Despite all the publicity, TLC’s All-American Muslim hasn’t seen a boost to its ratings, and last week’s episode saw ratings drop 30% from the previous week.

While there wasn’t great news for NBC’s new game show Who’s Still Standing? when the ratings came in for its Monday debut, Tuesday’s episode increased by 20%, a hopeful sign that the game show might find itself an audience.


The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate surprises a veteran and her sister with a makeover. Then he learns to make simple appetizers and offers his last minute gift ideas.

The X-Factor (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
The final three have performed and before it’s time to announce a winner, there will be performances from Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Leona Lewis. Who’s still watching? Do you have a favorite?

Prime Suspect (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Jane‘s latest case takes her to Chinatown, thanks to a mahjong game that ends in murder. In case I don’t get another chance to say it, I’m going to miss Jane’s hats.

Beavis & Butthead (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
After the boys are caught cheating on a test, Principal McVicker tries to turn it into a life lesson. Good luck with that. I’d have better chances teaching a ferret to make sourdough rolls.

Project Accessory (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
Another new reality show crowns a winner tonight. Honestly, when this one debuted I meant to check it out but my DVR has been pretty full until recently. Did any of you watch? Did it hold your attention all season?

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Anderson Cooper will be chatting with Dave tonight. Hopefully, he’ll be discussing his New Year’s plans.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Kelly Osbourne joins Nate for a “Holiday Fashion Showdown.”

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
The amazing Margaret Cho will be returning to The Talk set.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It sounds like there’s another family gathering for Will to ruin tomorrow. Let’s hope that there will be slo-mo.