TV on Tap: Steve Carrell Won’t Return to “The Office,” Brooke Shields Joins “Army Wives” and “American Horror Story” Loses Viewers

The CGI blood splatter makes one final run as Spartacus: War of the Damned begins.


NBC’s adaptation of The Gates, based on a British comedy about parents dropping their kids off after school has added Ken Marino and Aasif Mandvi to its cast.

Steve Carrell confirmed he won’t be returning to The Office for the finale, Carrell told Access Hollywood, “I just didn’t think it was right for the character, because that character had had an arch within the story and kind of grew and sort of evolved past the idea of the documentary.”

As the revamping of Army Wives continues, we learn that Brooke Shields is joining the drama.

Steve Howey will appear in an upcoming episode of New Girl as a professional football player who catches Jess‘ eye, according to TVLine.

There’s a part me that would like to give Beauty and the Beast another chance. If it wasn’t trying to follow in the footsteps of the incredible 1987 series, I probably would be able to give it a fair shot, but its too far from the original for me, and not even making a pile of smoldering hotness like Sendhil Ramamurthy a series regular can win me over.

Oh, joy. We’re stuck with Dr. Phil until 2017.

Before there was The Big Bang Theory, Head of the Class mixed nerds and punchlines without making the nerds the joke. Too bad the Individual Honors Program class has been mostly forgotten since then.

The ratings for American Horror Story‘s finale was a bit of a mixed bag. 2.3 million viewers tuned in for the finale. While that’s a pretty good number, 40% of the viewers who watched the beginning of “Asylum” didn’t stick around for the finale and a million fewer viewers than the first season finale.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson‘s latest indulgence into reality TV is a chat with the Gator Boys from the Animal Planet series.

Shakespeare Uncovered (PBS) Check local listings
PBS indulges the theatre nerds with this look at the stories behind the plays of William Shakespeare. First, Ethan Hawke researches the historical figure who inspired MacBeth. That’s followed by a second episode where Joley Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave examine the cross-dressing in Twelfth Night and As You Like It.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Michael is going through the stages of loss with his hand and he’s firmly in the “anger” phase. Hopefully, it doesn’t take long for him to get to the “realizing that The Division gives him access to choosing a wicked cool replacement hand” phase.

Spartacus: War of the Damned (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
Get ready to say goodbye to the sight of sweaty, muscled gladiators as Starz’s Roman Empire drama begins its final season, and the empire decides its time to become serious about putting down Spartacus‘ rebellion.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
It’s too bad Admiral Akbar isn’t one of Camelot’s knights, because when a Princess from another land comes asking for help, Arthur could really use someone that will warn “It’s a trap!”

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time for a Sleater-Kinney mini-reunion as the Battle of the Gentle Bands brings Janet Weiss to town, along with Dinosaur Jr.‘s J. Mascis and the Dirty Projectors. There’s also a search for a new mayor, thanks to a scandal (I’m hoping it involves damn fine pie) that takes the current mayor out of office. I think that means it’s time for Roseanne‘s appearance.

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