TV on Tap: “The Colbert Report” Pauses, Kal Penn is a “Prairie Dog” and Neil Patrick Harris Books His “Live!” Return

This is how you make me even more excited about Catherine Tate‘s return
The Office — have her glare at Dwight.


Proving that his new pilot won’t stop him from appearing on Weeds, Justin Kirk just signed up to appear on the Showtime dramedy’s eighth season.

Last night, Comedy Central aired a rerun of The Colbert Report and fans who hoped to see a taping of the show were told that the taping was canceled because of unforseen reasons. A rerun is scheduled to air tonight, as well. I hope all is well for everyone at the show that has given us so many amazing moments.

There are a lot of reasons why pilot season is a horribly inefficient way to create new TV shows, including the system’s effect on casting which pushes casting directors to stick to performers they already know (explaining how some people keep showing up on the slate of new fall shows) and doesn’t give time for actors to prepare a character (explaining why we see some people who give the same performance show after show).

CBS has ordered a dating reality series, 3, to air over the summer. The series, based on a hit show in Israel, will follow three women of different ages as they seek love and promises that it won’t “perpetuate a fairy tale myth about dating.” My interest is piqued, though I won’t let my hopes get too high.

Greg Berlanti‘s Arrow has found it’s Dinah Lance, signing up Katie Cassidy for the role. I thought Cassidy was great as Ruby on Supernatural but bored me on that disastrous Melrose Place reboot and on Gossip Girl, so I’m hoping Arrow‘s version of Dinah is also a tough Black Canary and not just a socialite.

Kal Penn has found his next role, he’s joined the cast of Prairie Dogs, an ABC comedy pilot. Penn will play an uncool cubicle worker whose identity is stolen and learns the thief has created a much more fulfilling life with his identity.

Gilmore Girls fans rejoice! Kelly Bishop — who you’ll remember as Lorelai Gilmore‘s mother — has been cast in a recurring role in Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s ABC Family drama Bunheads.

Fox just picked up the Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony-produced Q’Viva! The Chosen. The series is already airing on Univision and follows Lopez, Anthony and concert director Jamie King as they travel around the world looking for the best Latin singers, dancers and musicians. The series will air on Saturdays starting March 3. In the series, English, Spanish and Portuguese is spoken and the Fox version will be subtitled.

Live! with Kelly just announced another week’s worth of guest-hosts including a post-Oscar appearance by Neil Patrick Harris, along with appearances by Lucy Liu and Alec Baldwin.


The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate‘s working with his team of experts to unveil tips on renovating your life with a 3-step plan for designing any room, a 3-step guide to painting your home and tricks for turning an everyday item into new decor.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
With the Original family quickly falling into internal squabbling, Elena comes up with a plan but can’t convince anyone to go along. They realize she’s going to try to implement the plan even if she has to go solo, right? Meanwhile, someone in the writers’ room remembered that Bonnie and her mom were trying to appease nature spirits or something, as we get back to them tonight.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Tina Fey certainly hasn’t shied away from addressing 30 Rock‘s off-screen dramas in the past and tonight Jack decides to run for Mayor after getting mugged. I’m guessing this will turn out to be inspired by all that talk of Alec Baldwin quitting the show to run for office? I’m just waiting for the episode where Jack films a commercial for a beloved grocery story and gets kicked off an airplane. Meanwhile, Jenna‘s boyfriend Paul is back in town and this time they’re role playing as a “normal” couple and enjoying how perverse it makes them feel.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
The rivalry between Sheldon and Kripke resurfaces when they both want to move into an office that has become available. I just hope they can avoid easy jokes about Barry’s speech impediment this time. Meanwhile, Amy gives Penny a not-so-welcome gift.

Exporting Raymond (HBO) 8:00 PM ET
HBO debuts a documentary about the journey series creator Phillip Rosenthal took as he tried to help Russian TV adapt Everybody Loves Raymond into a local production. I wish someone attempted a similar project and let cameras capture how NBC managed to make Coupling scripts unfunny.

Whitney Houston: An Icon Remembered (TV Guide) 8:00 PM ET
The TV Guide channel takes their turn remembering Whitney Houston, this time focusing on the moments where the diva was able to create an impact on the world of music

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
It’s the Murphy’s Law of new relationships, just as things are going well your ex shows up to make things awkward, even if just for a moment. Thus, now that Leslie is in a happy relationship, it’s time for her to run into Dave (Louis C.K.)

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
The All Stars pay tribute to Broadway as the composer of Wicked asks them to create an outfit for Godspell though I’m not sure if they mean a costume for Godspell or an outfit to wear to a performance of Godspell. Either way, I have a feeling I’m going to really appreciate how these judges don’t act like they get a royalty check every time they call something “costumey”.

Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
To remember Whitney Houston, OWN is digging Houston’s two-part interview from September 2009 from the archives.

The Secret Circle (CW) 9:00 PM ET
I’m going to need to brew up some coffee for tonight’s episode which has an evil stranger from Cassie‘s past and a crisis that leads to her being captured by the witch hunters. Can’t we spend more time on Charles, Dawn and Ethan‘s schemes, which made this series so interesting before those witch hunters appeared?

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
I’m feeling a little hopeful about splitting the cast into the Tallahassee staff and the Scranton staff. The transition to the Robert California-era hasn’t quite worked, so far and shaking up the personality dynamics has got to give the writers a chance to look at the show from another angle, especially since Nellie Bertram (Catherine Tate) will be managing the Tallahassee team.

Up All Night (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
Sadly, Up All Night continues to be really hit-or-miss for me. As a romantic comedy about a couple who have become settled into routine, this show sparkles, but the new parent comedy hasn’t stopped feeling like material that’s fallen flat on sharper comedies. Tonight’s episode features Ragan and Chris traveling with their daughter for the first time as they go to see Ava‘s old band mate (Alanis Morissette) get married. I’m dreading the part about traveling with a baby, but I’m holding hope this glimpse in to Ava’s past could be great.

Archer (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Mallory needs help from Sterling when she finds herself in trouble because of her relationship with the Italian prime minister. Okay, since this isn’t one of Mallory’s affairs with the country’s enemies, this better be an obvious Silvio Berlusconi stand-in.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s getting a visit from Joan Rivers tonight.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Carson Kressley is set to appear tomorrow.