TV on Tap: “Smash” is Bringing Back Bernadette Peters, USA Orders More “White Collar” and “Hawaii Five-0″ Sinks

Discussion of where to store all those Modern Family Emmy statues can get tense.


USA has ordered additional seasons of White Collar, Covert Affairs and Royal Pains. Pains got an order for two seasons and 26 episodes while White Collar and Covert Affairs will both be back for 16 episodes. News of 16 more episodes of Matt Bomer is always very welcome around here.

NBC has also asked for two more seasons of The Voice, which would include a run next spring and another one in the fall.

Greg Berlanti has already sold two projects to NBC, including Napa, a modern take on Wuthering Heights.

New Jersey is considering a law allowing its cities to regulate reality shows like any other business. The law is inspired by Jersey Shore and includes letting cities charge a reality show for the increased police force required for crowd control.

Bernadette Peters will be returning to Smash. I suppose that’s not good news for Ivy, but it’s definitely good news for the audience.

Olympian McKayla Maroney will appear in an episode of Hart of Dixie. A number of TV critics would like to remind you that they were unimpressed by Hart of Dixie first.

Expect to see more of Adalind on Grimm now that Claire Coffee has been promoted to be a series regular.

Whitney Houston‘s family is getting a reality show. The Houstons: On Our Own will air on Lifetime and follow the family as they try to recover from the music icon’s death.

After leaving Doctor Who, Arthur Darvill‘s next role will be on a BBC3 period drama, The Paradise.

Lifetime’s pilot Witches of East End just grabbed my attention by casting hunky Nicholas Gonzalez as a local cop, one who probably will remain clueless that there are witches in his town.

Since they know how many episodes they’re getting this season, the Happy Endings showrunners are planning to offer some story arcs, including ones that pick up from the season two finale. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for a last-minute time slot change.

Meanwhile, ABC has ordered a singing competition, but this one will feature current and former soldiers, Troupe Stars. I wish they went with the zeitgeist and ordered a competition series about making dance videos.

Fans of The Walking Dead suspect AMC is already planning for a fourth season of the zombie drama due to a contest offering a walk-on role in the fourth season, even though the third season hasn’t started yet. Didn’t this happen last year?

Tina Fey will be sticking with television once 30 Rock ends its run, having just signed a four-year deal with Universal Television that will have her creating more TV shows, including ones that may star her.

Was the quality of The Carol Burnett Show uneven enough to be considered overrated in hindsight?

Monday’s ratings were bad news for CBS. snicks told you about Partners disappointing debut, but How I Met Your Mother had its least-watched season premiere in five years and Hawaii Five-0 reached a series-low in the ratings. Meanwhile, NBC won the night among younger viewers, helped by Revolution which beat its 10PM competition despite losing 15% of its audience.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Kelly Pickler joins Anderson today as he mixes the highbrow and lowbrow and meets with BossKelsey Grammer and Teresa Giudice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Katie (syndicated) Check local listings
Today, Katie‘s talking with the one and only Sofia Vergara to discuss “the long road to her ‘overnight success’”. As someone who remembers Chasing Papi, Hot Properties and The Knights of Prosperity, I’m looking forward to that part.

The Middle (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
I wasn’t a fan of Patricia Heaton in her Everybody Loves Raymond days and, today she’s irritating enough to overlook The Middle‘s better qualities, but it’s worth keeping an eye on Brad, Sue‘s flamboyant ex-boyfriend who was presumed to be gay.

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
After last week’s spotlight, I hear this week’s episode is another good week for out ghost hunter Adam Berry as TAPS investigates unexplained incidents at the Alexandria Zoo, where a zookeeper recently died.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time again to celebrate Jay‘s birthday and, as usual, Jay wants a quiet day and the Pritchett clan is planning a big day… oh, and Gloria still has a big revelation to make.

The Challenge (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Would it be a season of The Challenge without some of the opposite-sex couples having drama? And with such a big cast this year, tonight’s episode has two former Real World couples — Danny and Melinda along with Knight and Jemmye dealing with their issues before TV cameras. I’m still debating if I’m hoping to see this season’s gays to be a part of that.

South Park (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
For its latest return, South Park weighs in on the issue of head injuries in professional football as Randy comes up with new rules that ends up creating a whole new game. This better not be BASEketball on a football field.

Paranormal Witness (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
As in many a horror movie, this week’s episode recounts the story of a family who buys a great new home, only to learn that too many people died on the property. In this case, it turns out that the previous owner was Herb Baumeister, a serial killed who found the victims he killed on his Indiana estate in Indianapolis gay bars…and some of his victims are reliving the horror they experienced on the property.

Revenge: The First Chapter (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Emily Thorne may be moving to Sunday, but your chance to catch up on her story can be found on her old Wednesday night home. I usually pass on these recaps if I watched the original, but Revenge had so many gloriously campy moments, I might tune in just to relive them all.

Key & Peele (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
Can you imagine the Presidential election without sketches featuring President Obama and his anger translator Luther? Thankfully, Comedy Central won’t let that happen.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy follows up on the Top Chef Masters finale with finalists Kerry Heffernan and Chris Cosentino.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s Taraji P. Henson‘s chance to sit in the guest-host’s char as Anderson talks with Ty Burrell and Cesar Milan.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
The faboo Vanessa Williams is visiting tomorrow.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Tomorrow’s show had a double-feature of sitcom icons with Penny Marshall and Cloris Leachman.


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