TV on Tap: Ryan Murphy Predicts a Very Different “Glee,” and “90210″ Ends … But Trevor Donovan Already Has a New Role

The Porlandia finale explains how locals deal with a power outage.
I presume that torch is made from locally-sourced materials.


In talking with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Murphy said that if Glee gets a fifth season, the show would be “very different.” While he avoided getting specific, he said he will probably have a large chunk of the cast staying in the same location.

The end is near for the gang at West Beverly Hills as TVLine revealed that 90210 will end this season. Ratings have been so bad this season the only debate about 90210‘s future was if it would end this season or if it would get a farewell season like Gossip Girl did.

However, our main reason for suffering through Adrianna‘s storylines has already found his next role, as Zap2it reports that Trevor Donovan has joined the ABC Family comedy Melissa & Joey as the boy who lived next door to Mel when they were children.

The next classic comedy reunion to happen on a TV Land sitcom will see Carol Burnett and Tim Conway appear together in an August episode of Hot in Cleveland.

ABC is developing a miniseries based on the documentary How to Survive a Plague, according to The Hollywood Reporter. David France, who co-wrote and directed the documentary about AIDS activists, says he hopes the story can be exapnded in its transition to a scripted drama, “We know we’d like it to be an extended story that’s not just about AIDS and what AIDS wrought but about this tremendous civil rights movement that grew from the ashes of AIDS.”

Suburgatory might be losing its Body. TVLine says that Parker Young has joined the Fox comedy Enlisted, a comedy about three brothers who work at the same Army base in Florida.

I figure some of you will be interested in checking out Vulture‘s slide show of the many suits Olivia Pope has worn in the current season of Scandal. Olivia Pope is to coats what Kalinda Sharma is to boots.

Deadline reports that Scrubs alum John C. McGinley has joined the workplace comedy (Scrubs creator) Bill Lawrence is creating for TBS. The series, Ground Floor deals with a 29-year-old alpha male who discovers that the company’s support staff is a happy and carefree bunch. I hope the script calls for plenty of ranting from McGinley’s character because he does ranting so very well.

Syfy has ordered a fourth season of Lost Girl.

Jon Benjamin Hickey has joined the CW pilot Blink. The series follows a family as it deals with the aftermath of a car crash that leaves the father in a condition where he can hear and see what’s happening around him but can’t speak or move. Hickey will play the father who narrates the series and generates fantasy sequences. Earlier this week, the pilot added Johnny Simmons from The Perks of Being a Wallflower to play the family’s middle child.

Chris Zylka has joined the NBC pilot Bloodlines about two feuding crime families, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He joins a cast that includes Jonathan Banks and Tom Everett Scott. Zylka will play a man who has been raised for a life of violence, undergoing training since he was a boy, but who retains his sensitive side.

A part of me hates to agree with Slate‘s complaint about Modern Family getting stuck in a rut, but I’ve been feeling the same way for a while, even if I still love it. That’s why I appreciate the episodes that lets us see different combinations of the Pritchett clan, like when Mitchell spends the day with his nieces.

Here’s another reason to get excited about Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Allison Janney has signed up for a five-episode story arc.

The Esquire Network (which will take over the spot taken by G4 soon) has picked up the rights to air repeats of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The new channel will re-air LNJF episodes a week after they’ve aired on NBC. Based on their programming, so far The Esquire Channel has made Adam Scott, Ilan Hall and now Jimmy Fallon as the faces of its idea of the modern man. Two out of three isn’t bad.

One of the interesting things Marc Cherry says in interview with Vulture comes when he compares Eva Longoria with Rue McClanahan, ” Rue McClanahan was so fantastic at being able to play an unlikable character with such a high degree of likability that you were really allowed to get away with stuff that you can’t get with normal characters… . I figured out that Eva was good at being vain and self-involved, and yet you still liked it. I suddenly realized I had another Rue McClanahan on my hands.” I’m starting to realize why I found Desperate Housewives so frustrating, I only liked Gabi when she got to be more than vain and selfish.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Today sees Vivica A. Fox join Anderson as his co-host while Psych‘s Dule Hill visits to talk up the new season.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will has one of those adorably earnest moments that leave us wanting a DNA test to prove he’s related to Sami but nevermind that… apparently there’s a story about Cameron changing clothes? That is getting a liveblog so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
The re-corruption of The Division continues as Ari approaches with a deal to stop Amanda‘s latest plan, one serious enough to consider making a deal with someone as awful as Ari. First you’re making deals with unsavory people, then the next thing you know you’re rationalizing why you’re reactivating the kill chips.

Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Reba gets a visit from her brother Blake (played by Blake Shelton) who has a weakness for get-rich-quick schemes, like his current plan to sell Lilile Mae‘s BBQ sauce. He has a sister with a big house in Malibu, wouldn’t it be enough to come up with an excuse to move in?

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
Wow. Just… wow. Cam got a powerful arc, one that captured the pain of depression and all the emotions people go through in the immediate aftermath of a suicide. Of course, that’s not the kind of thing you can completely deal with in just a short period, so tonight we see Eli deal with post traumatic stress from finding Cam’s body.

Spartacus (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
Just as he’s ready to take a strike against Crassus, Spartacus‘ plans are undermined by a betrayal from within, which probably means all those tensions within the slave camp aren’t getting any better.

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Aw, I hate it when a season of Portlandia ends but this season finale has Bill Hader as a sportsman who shows the people of Portland what to do when the power goes out… other than descend into chaos, of course.

Banshee (Cinemax) 10:00 PM ET
I had the opportunity to check out Cinemax’s newest series and it’s a wickedly compelling ride. I’d call it a noir True Blood but I’d be afraid that would lead you to expect a petulant heroine who makes a lot of foolish choices and becomes more insufferable over time. There are characters who could turn insufferable but I don’t think Rebecca — who finds herself trying to figure out how to start her life over after the Amish community kicks her out this week — is one of them.

Out There (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
While my cable listings marks this week’s episode — where Chris tries to get away from an effeminate nickname — as new, I’m pretty sure that’s the one that was previewed a few weeks ago.

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