TV on Tap: “Teen Wolf” Didn’t Plan on Delivering So Much Sterek, “Smash” Gets a “Dreamgirl” and “The Closer” Ends on a Big Note


The finale of a very gay run of Degrassi episodes begins tonight.

News

Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis says that season two — with all its Sterek moments — was finished by the time he learned about the fanbase that wants to see Stiles and Derek as a couple. Oh and the time Stiles was lying on top of Derek? The original draft of that scene had…. er, more tongue.

Broadway veteran (and Dreamgirls star) Sheryl Lee Ralph will appear on Smash as Jennifer Hudson‘s mother.

The AVClub brilliantly breaks down the shortcuts reality TV producers take that undermine the genre, including my biggest frustration, the way participants get pigeonholed into a single stereotype. Even better, they use The Amazing Race‘s Luke and LaKisha — who were essentially closeted by CBS because there was already a gay team..

GSN’s new production of Pyramid will get visits from Jai Rodriguez, Danny Pudi, Dot Marie Jones and more.

Another Saturday Night Live alum will appear on Up All Night. Rachel Dratch will play a mega-fan of Maya Rudolph‘s Ava who gets her hands on some memorabilia.

Seth Green has joined the cast of Delete, a four-hour miniseries where the web becomes self-aware and decides to destroy humanity so that it has to stop accepting banal Facebook updates. The project doesn’t have a network yet but with a cast that includes Keir Gilchrist and Matt Frewer, I have a feeling we’ll be keeping an eye on this project.

The Mindy Project has cast a love interest for Mindy in the form of Step Up Revolution‘s Tommy Dewey.

The return of Grimm had a strong performance in the ratings adding viewers from its lead-in, the disappointing debut of Stars Earn Stripes. It was also added 25% to its audience and was its second most-watched episode.

9.1 million viewers tuned in to see how things ended for Brenda Leigh Johnson in the series finale of The Closer. That helped spin-off series Major Crimes unseat Dallas as the year’s most-watched series premiere with 7.2 million viewers.

One last bit of ratings news. Among Saturday night’s original programs, Eddie McClintock‘s movie, Boogeyman had the most viewers.

Listings

Big Brother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Once again, Wil is nominated for eviction, but maybe he’ll save himself at the Power of Veto? Or not.

Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Mel learns about the problems in mixing family and business when she lets Lennox intern in her office — who, in turn, mixes business with romance and falls for an intern who work’s for Mel’s rival.

Oh Sit! (CW) 8:00 PM ET
The CW certainly got our attention with the phrase “high-octane musical chairs,” can they hold our attention now that the series is getting ready to air? With Jamie Kennedy hosting, I’m still waiting to find out this isn’t secretly a revival of The Jamie Kennedy Experiment where the viewers are being pranked.

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the season finale which means everyone’s stories reach some coincidentally well-timed endpoints. For Heather and Madison that means potentially reconciling at a memorial service for Madison’s dog (do you think Revenge could have ended everything if only Victoria knew to call Emily and console her when Sam the dog died?) Meanwhile, Colton is planning some kind of surprising news for Josh.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 10:00 PM ET
We’re at the final hour of the Showdown arc (which has easily been the best-written run of Degrassi episodes in several seasons) and the school production of Romeo & Jules is about to open — except there are a few complications. First, Becky the Awful has organized a group of parents to oppose the play, just to remind us that last week’s breif moment of introspection won’t stop her from being awful. Meanwhile, Tristan has avoided kissing Dave in rehearsal. However, he’ll have to kiss Dave on opening night and he doesn’t want his first kiss to be part of a performance.

Futurama (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
The Futurama team shows us they can still dig into characters’ histories when Professor Farnsworth finds himself dealing with his parents again.

Top Chef Masters (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
The cheftestants have to deal with the challenges of cooking outdoors — but since Top Chef Masters is supposed to step things up, they’re cooking outdoors at The. Grand. Canyon. It’s probably too much to hope that they’ll have to cook on the Grand Canyon Skywalk and spend the challenge muttering “Don’t look down, don’t look down.” to themselves?

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Time Machine Chefs (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Art Smith‘s in one more cooking competition, this time he has to cook with no modern technology.

Bullet to the Face (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Eddie Izzard stars in this violent comedy from the creator of Sledge Hammer!. I only just found out about the Sledge Hammer! part and WHY CAN’T IT BE 10PM TOMORROW ALREADY?

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