TV on Tap: “Smash” Pulls Back the Musical Numbers, Stephen Colbert for South Carolina and “Leverage” Hopes for the Best but Plans to Say Aideu

There better not be any snakes at this Video Game Awards show.


New Smash show runner Josh Safran tells EW that viewers can expect fewer random musical numbers, like the bowling alley performance and the Bollywood dream sequence, though there still could be dream sequences, just ones that aren’t so glaringly out of place.

Silvio Horta and Salma Hayek are teaming up again, six years after the two worked to bring Ugly Betty to ABC. According to Deadline, the two are working on Bastards, a drama about a “colorful” (and I’m guessing wealthy) Cuban-American family who learns that there’s a bastard relative out there, the first revelation of many secrets within the family.

The fifth season of Leverage — currently TNT’s longest-running show airing new episodes — will air its finale on Christmas Day, and with the prospect of a sixth season still uncertain, series producer Dean Devlin wrote an open letter to fans promising that the episode will work as a satisfying series finale, in case the show gets cancelled.

Did you hear that South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint is leaving his office? And in a totally unrelated note:

This is going to be good.

Bad news, Fringe fans, Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv told TVLine that they plan on taking a break after the cult sci-fi show wraps and take a little time off before finding another series role.

USA is developing its first sci-fi series since The 4400 with the help of The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd. The WWII-era Horizon follows an FBI secretary who uncovers an alien invasion after her husband is killed in a battle with a spaceship.

Treat Williams will play Taylor Kinney‘s dad on an episode of Chicago Fire, according to TV Guide.

Suddenly I feel like I have a much greater insight into both Homeland‘s Carrie and Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The second season of Call the Midwife will debut on PBS on March 31 with the Christmas special airing on December 30. That’s before the holidays are over, does PBS think they’re dealing with Doctor Who?

Overall, soap opera ratings may have been dropping for the past several years, but in that time, The Young and the Restless has just marked 24 years as the top soap.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Lisa Rinna guest-hosts today’s show which includes a visit from Glee‘s Melissa Benoist.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Not only is Christina Aguilera visiting today (too bad she can’t try to get the audience to vote for her Voice team), it brings the debut of this year’s hunky reindeer.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Nikita decides to use a recently-captured arms dealer (Isaiah Mustafa) as bait to bring Amanda out of hiding. Hopefully, Nikita remembers Isaiah Mustafa doesn’t work as bait unless you get him riding a horse shirtless.

Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Things take a turn this week when Lillie Mae offers some homemade beer to one of Bobby‘s old bandmates (Steven Weber) and while there are other aspects of the story, its all been derailed in my mind by the revelation that Lillie Mae is a homebrewer. Now I want to hang out with Lillie Mae and geek out on the merits of a brown ale versus a wit.

VGA Ten (Spike, MTV2, MTV, TR3S) 9:00 PM ET
Now that G4 has given up on video games in its new focus on “upscale” male viewers who aren’t into technology or video games, I guess there’s just Spike and its annual celebration of the best of video games to fill the void — and on the tenth anniversary of the award show. To celebrate the occasion, past hosts — including Neil Patrick Harris — will appear in addition to Samuel Jackson hosting this year’s ceremonies. Plus, as with every VGA ceremony, look for the big upcoming games to debut the new trailer. Aren’t we due for a big announcement from Bethesda, or is BioShock: Infinite as good as it gets next year?

Back to the Wild (Animal Planet) 10:00 PM ET
I’ve had a variety of reactions to the story of Christopher McCandless, who died from starvation while hiking the Alaskan wilderness, and eventually inspired a movie that got Emile Hirsch to show pickle on the big screen, but I’ve remained somewhat fascinated throughout. Animal Planet takes another look at McCandless’ story, talking with friends and family.

Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
We still have three episodes to go and only a few Haven residents haven’t fallen into a deep sleep. Good thing Audrey.can carry a show.

Billy on the Street (Fuse) 10:00 PM ET
I never gotten around to checking out Fuse’s comedy game show, where comedian Billy Eichner asks people on the streets of New York crazy trivia, but Guy Branum contributed to this season, which gives me a little more motivation to look up where Fuse falls on my cable listings.

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