TV on Tap: Syfy Wants to Keep “Being Human,” Lucy Lawless Could Have Been a Tammy and “House” Gets Ready to Close Its Doors

Admit it, you’d overlook it if James Marsden gave you
a terrible Valentine’s Day gift, even a dinner of canned beans.


Syfy is on a show-renewing spree. Following the renewal of Face Off, the channel has ordered a third season of Being Human. So far, the second season has seen its 18-49 year-old audience grow by 35% over the first season.

Kevin Williamson‘s serial killer pilot just got its villain. James Puerfoy will play the serial killer who creates a cult of serial killers. Now that Purefoy’s appearing on U.S. airwaves, I’m still hoping a producer will arrange a Bedrooms & Hallways reunion and get Kevin McKidd to appear on the same set as Purefoy. I’d even watch Grey’s Anatomy for that.

Maya Rudolph is getting ready to graduate from Saturday Night Live cast member to host, she’ll be headlining the show on February 18.

After eight seasons, the producers of House are getting ready for a series finale. Fox will not be ordering a ninth season of the long running medical drama. The cancellation` is partially due to the success of Fox’s new dramas, with Alcatraz and Touch showing promise in the ratings.

Ben Falcone is making sure to get on the radar of gay viewers. After his appearance on Up All Night as one of Ragan and Chris‘ gay neighbors, he’ll show up on Happy Endings as Max‘s landlord.

Lucy Lawless says that Parks & Recreation producers asked her to play Ron‘s ex-wife Tammy but she had to turn down the role because of her Spartacus schedule. It’s not often that I root against someone as funny as Megan Mullally, but it’s been ages since I’ve seen Lawless perform comedy without The Soup‘s green screen in the background.

Wendy McLendon-Covey has joined the cast of The Viagra Diaries, the HBO pilot starring Goldie Hawn and directed by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. This series keeps getting more interesting.

Nikita‘s cutie presumed-dead CIA agent Noah Bean will appear on an upcoming One Upon a Time as a royal stable hand with a romantic idealism (is there any other kind?)

CSI is about to get a visit from an Angel. Jaclyn Smith is set to play the mother of Wallace Langham‘s lab tech.

Reading Rainbow may not be airing on PBS anymore but LeVar Burton is getting ready to release a mobile phone application that will give a new generation of kids a love of literacy.

You know the Super Bowl was Sunday’s most-watched show. However, many TV reporters were surprised to learn that the night’s second most watched program was Downton Abbey. The British drama drew 4 million viewers, enough to beat all the other programs on broadcast and cable. Most of the competition was repeats, but Downton quadrupled the audience that watched Shameless.


The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate gets a visit from Candy Spelling, gives his audience makeovers from a “hairstylist to the stars” and surprises a viewer with a new bedroom.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Now that the whole family is together, Klaus is throwing a formal ball at his mansion. Naturally, since it looks like a dangerous affair Elena, Caroline and Matt are all invited and Los Hermanos Salvatore plan to crash in the name of protecting Elena. I have to admit, this dance is starting to feel a bit familiar to me, and I’m trying to figure out if I’ve just learned the steps too well or if TVD has gotten a little distracted by the teen witches in the next time slot.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Every time Sheldon spends a decent time with Amy, I get a flashback to that Fintstones episode where Willma tells Fred he couldn’t live with himself and then the Great Gazoo duplicated Fred so he had to literally live with himself. I expect to go through that again as Sheldon spends his vacation time working with Amy in her lab.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
An hour-long 30 Rock sees Liz and Criss get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day. First, however, they need to find a dining table. What? Milk crates, pressboard and a nice blanket isn’t good enough for dinner, anymore?

Finder (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Not only does tonight’s episode have Wilson Cruz, there’s also an appearance by Jonathan Slavin… hey why am I the only one jumping and screaming? Tonight’s case has a magician (Slavin) whose assistant truly vanishes in the middle of a disappearing act. It also looks like Walter practices his rain-making abilities.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Dwight gets sent to Tallahassee to take on a special task. That might as well be counting down the seconds until next Thursday because all I can think is “Catherine Tate returns next week!” Also, Pam returns to work. But she’s not Catherine Tate.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
The final eight are tasked with designing sportswear inspired by one of the four seasons. Tonight’s guest-judge is Cynthia Rowley. I’m hoping she’ll be wearing some ridiculous accessory so we can question her judgment again.

The Secret Circle (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Faye and Melissa plan a girls-only Valentine’s Day slumber party that goes bad as soon as someone decides to pull out some mood altering herbs. Judging on the velocity of past episodes, I’m guessing it’ll end with someone trying to kill Cassie and failing. I just wish the next person to try to kill Cassie would try bludgeoning her with a ham so I could, at least, enjoy the obvious metaphor.

Up All Night (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
When Ava and Kevin‘s first Valentine’s Day turns into a big fight, the drama spreads to Ragan and Chris‘ quiet night in. Apparently, Ragan admits to not liking flan, which is a crime against good taste.

Archer (FX) 10:00 PM ET
For his birthday, Sterling finally gets a must-have spy accessory, a fast and stylish car. Since the man is a complete idiot, he quickly loses the expensive gift.

Inside Comedy (Showtime) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight, David chats with Steve Carrell and Jane Lynch.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Brace yourself for jokes about wands and on-stage nudity, Andy‘s getting a visit from Daniel Radcliffe.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate‘s helping another couple negotiate different design styles tomorrow.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy gets a visit from the incredible Vanessa Williams.