TV on Tap: Sue Sylvester’s Youth a DVD Extra and Caroline Rhea Joins Nathan Lane’s Comedy

Thanksgiving eve’s listings includes a Happy Endings with
Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle.


Remember the flashback we were expecting in the last episode of Glee? According to the Splurf, the scene got cut because it was “like a little movie” in an already-packed episode. (Personally, I thought the flashback would lead to Burt defeating his anti-arts opponent.) Gleeks will eventually be able to see it as a DVD extra.

The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd is moving from horror to sci-fi with a drama based on a book about Area 51.

ABC is looking for people who want to propose to their current significant others in the ad break for The Bachelor during two weeks in February. As much as I hate The Bachelor for being boring, cynical and schmaltzy all at once, I might reconsider those feelings if ABC picks someone who wants to propose to a same-sex love.

Comedienne Caroline Rhea is joining the cast of USA’s comedy starring Nathan Lane (and Cheyenne Jackson). If this show turns out not to be good, it’s going to be the kind of disappointment that I Hate My Teenage Daughter promises to be.

Hulu has grabbed the rights to eleven comedies from Carsey Werner, the production company that gave us The Cosby Show and Third Rock from the Sun. This means that if you missed Normal, Ohio, the badly-reviewed comedy where John Goodman played a butch gay man named, well, Butch, you’ll have another chance to check it out.

BBC America has ordered a reality series, No Kitchen Required where three chefs are dropped off in a remote location and have to figure out how they’ll make a locally-inspired meals.

Is Hell On Wheels looking like its in danger of derailing? Three episodes in, the series has lost 35% of the large audience that watched the premiere and it’s losing 60% of its Walking Dead lead-in, which won’t be around to help the western after this week.

Wednesday’s Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively visits Nate to discuss her style and design tips.

Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson‘s first Thanksgiving episode features a military homecoming surprise, audience ambushes, Jamie Oliver trying to teach Anderson to cook a Thanksgiving dinner and a secret family recipe from Eric Stonestreet.

Level Up (Cartoon Network) 7:00 PM ET
Cartoon Network is previewing its new comedy about three gamers who are friends in a MMO but don’t realize they attend the same high school until their video game world (literally) invades their mundane lives. Me, I’m interested because one of the gamers is one of those rare characters named Lyle.

Up All Night (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
When the team that works on the Ava show gets some time off, Ragan‘s glad to spend it with her family but Chris isn’t so happy to have his routine disrupted with his wife’s presence. Meanwhile, Jason Lee returns as Ava tries to win over her new boyfriend’s daughter.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
It’s Thanksgiving in the suburbs (where, apparently, hunky pilgrims run the valet parking) and Tessa‘s upset she’s not spending the holiday in the city, leading Dallas to take her on a Girls’ Day out. Meanwhile, Sheila and Lisa clash over Lisa’s Thanksgiving wear as the rest of the Shay family (including Mo Collins) comes together to celebrate the holiday.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time to catch up on the All-Star season so far with a highlights episode.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Thanksgiving divides into a battle between “The Dreamers” and “The Pritchetts” as Mitchell questions some of the stories Cameron tells, Phil wonders what could have happened in his life after a former neighborhood kid (Josh Gad) makes a return as an internet billionaire and Jay tries to give Manny some constructive criticism.

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
When Max is asked to babysit his niece and nephew, he turns to Penny for help. That does not sound like it’s going to end well. Meanwhile, Brad and Dave end up striking a friendship with their mailman (Rob Riggle) and Alex offers to design a dress for Jane to wear to a charity event.

Revenge (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Emily‘s plans start to unravel with Emily Thorne-classic deciding she wants to stay in the Hamptons and Tyler continuing to gather influence. So Emily turns to her old mentor for advice on how to get things back on track.

iHeart Radio Music Festival (VH1) 10:00 PM ET
Back in September, Clear Channel put together this concert featuring Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Steven Tyler, Coldplay, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to celebrate the official launch of its iHeart Radio app. Now VH1 is airing the highlights.

American Horror Story (Fox) 10:00 PM ET
One of the questions raised by the pilot was the identity of the man in the rubber suit. Tonight’s episode promises that we’ll finally learn who is wearing that suit. Ah, if only Lost had aired on FX….

Top Chef (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
As the Texas-themed challenges continue, the cheftestants are challenged to work with hot peppers and then to face off in a chili cook-off. I’d like to think chili is one of the few areas where Top Chef can’t make me feel like an underperformer in the kitchen, but I guess tonight’s episode will answer that.

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