TV on Tap: Robert Redford Revisits Watergate, Maleficent Returns to “Once Upon a Time”


I’ll miss the Happy Endings gang after tonight’s season finale.

News

Annie is going to get entangled with a KGB agent on the upcoming season of Covert Affairs and the agent will be played by Richard Coyle. I’ve missed Coyle after his turn as the adorkable Jeff on Coupling, so I’m looking forward to seeing him play a suave and dangerous spy.

In what should be a great appetizer for the return of True Blood, Kristin Bauer von Straten will return for a May episode of Once Upon a Time.

David Letterman and Craig Ferguson have extended their deals with CBS, which will keep them a part of the late night lineup until 2014.

The upcoming TV Land Awards will reunite the cast of In Living Color.

Hellraiser: The TV Series? I don’t really see it, but maybe I’m just distracted by the er, quality of the last few movies.

Degrassi and Terra Nova alum Landon Liboiron will be headed to Netflix, after all, even though the streaming service won’t be continuing Terra Nova. Instead, he’s signed up for a role in horror drama Hemlock Grove.

36 years after All The President’s Men, Robert Redford is working on a documentary that revisits the Watergate scandal and how Nixon loyalists have tried to rewrite history. Personally, I’d really like to see them address my favorite Watergate movie, Dick, but I have a feeling that’s not going to happen.

Why couldn’t Whitney have been half as awesome as Whitney Cummingsresponse to Lee Aronson‘s complaint about all those comedies starring women?

One downside to the various mockumentary-style sitcoms currently on TV is that they’ve apparently killing Christopher Guest‘s interest in doing any more mockumentary films.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse has signed up for his first TV role with the CBS Groupon-themed comedy Friend Me. It’s going to take a lot more than McLovin to get me interested in a show set at Groupon.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, USA will air the cinematic adaptation of the novel with an introduction by President Barack Obama. I’m bracing myself for the outrage on Fox News — but will they declare it a waste of time or get angry about racism being acknowledged?

The early ratings for Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer aren’t promising. His Friday debut drew a quarter of the viewers Olbermann averaged in the time slot. It’s not an entirely fair comparison — Friday is usually the lowest-rated night for news programs — but when you’re talking about a 75% drop, an apples-to-apples comparison isn’t going to make much of a difference.

Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It’s a big day for Will as he gets tired of having people try to drop hints about how supportive they are by breaking into a chorus of “If You Were Gay.” Be sure to join us for a liveblog starting at 1PM Eastern!

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
After a preview that plenty of people watched, Betty White‘s new show featuring senior pranksters makes its debut. Is America’s love of Betty White strong enough to get people to watch a type of show that hasn’t succeeded on broadcast TV in a long time? (I mean does anyone remember The Real Wedding Crashers?)

Best Friends Forever (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
NBC’s newest comedy follows a woman who moves in with her best friend after her marriage falls apart. The complication? Her best friend now has a live in boyfriend. This was the pilot Adam Pally booked when he figured Happy Endings wasn’t going to get much from ABC beyond a quick burn-off run, so I’m figuring some of you will want to check this one out (hey, Suburgatory is a rerun tonight) and see if you can imagine Pally in Luka Jones‘ place.

Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
This time, Jeff and Jenni have to deal with drama from a celebrity client — Ross Mathews. I never imagined that Bravo would air a show where Jeff Lewis temporarily moves into Ross’ home, but the idea sounds inspired. I’m already envisioning Jeff and Ross in Bravo’s version of The Odd Couple.

Happy Endings (Bravo) 9:30 PM ET
For the second time in a row, Happy Endings is ending with a wedding and Derrick (Stephen Guarino). However, this time it’s Derek getting married. What are the chances he’ll turn his wedding into “DRAMA!” (as Derek would put it)? Meanwhile, Max reunites with his Madonna cover band. I’ll be so disappointed if we don’t get to hear them play.

Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
While Fredrik continues to try to sell that building, he also gets involved with the other agents’ sales, calling shenanigans on Ryan‘s latest tactics and brokering a deal between himself and Michael. Amid all that, Fredrik manages to make a tacky, neon sombrero look cute.

South Park (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
Cartman claims to have film of a vicious beast, the Jewpacabra, making the town consider canceling the Easter egg hunt. This is going to be one of those episodes where Cartman’s bigotry has me imagining a Dexter crossover. Or I could watch “Dances with Smurfs” again and enjoy Eric’s misery.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Leave it to Andy to turn Bravo’s upfront presentation into a “Watch What Happens Live All-Star Party” with 35 “Bravolebrities” including Kathy Griffin, Jeff Lewis, Jenni Pulos, Zoila Chavez, Tom Colicchio, Curtis Stone among others.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Thankfully, Days isn’t letting today’s episode be followed by a day without Will, so set another day aside for a liveblog.

Independent Lens (PBS) Check local listings
Being Elmo makes its broadcast TV debut tomorrow.

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