TV on Tap: “The Exes” Getting a “Scrubs” Reunion, CNN Plans “Nonfiction” Programming and Kristin Chenoweth Won’t Return to “The Good Wife”


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News

CNN is looking to add reality “nonfiction” programs to its weekend lineup. A CNN exec tried to make the move sound not-so-bad by pointing out that MSNBC has long aired “nonfiction” programming in the form of Lockup. I don’t think that made anyone feel better.

Desmond Tutu and eight other Nobel Peace laureates are protesting NBC’s military themed reality series Stars Earn Stripes, accusing the series of trivializing war and presenting it as entertainment.

Thank goodness. The Voice is changing the unpopular battle rounds for its third season. This time,  the other coaches will get a chance to steal the losing singer for their team. Unfortunately, they’re also adding a knockout round that sounds like a chance to make sure one part of the show is really frustrating.

Zach Braff will appear on his former Scrubs co-star Donald Faison‘s TV Land sitcom, The Exes. Braff will play a professional tennis player who has the reputation for being a ladies’ man but turns out to be a “man’s man.” I think that’s TV Land’s way of saying he turns out to be gay.

VH1 has canceled it’s upcoming reality series Ev and Ocho, which would have followed Chad Johnson (formerly Chad Ochocinco)’s wedding preparations. Johnson was recently arrested for domestic violence, which certainly puts a shadow over watching him count down to the big day, since we now know where that leads. Cheers to VH1 for showing some class and dropping this project.

Jodie Foster will direct and produce a mob drama for Showtime. Angie’s Body will follow a woman who leads a crime family.

Wendy McLendon-Covey and Michaela Watkins will appear in an upcoming episode of Modern Family as a lesbian couple whose son clashes with Lily. They should be glad Lily’s already gone through her biting phase.

Sad news: Kristin Chenoweth said that she will not return to her role on The Good Wife, which was supposed to be recurring. She is still recovering from the injury she suffered on the set. We’re all sending Kristin our best wishes.

NBC is developing a superhero drama of its own, Hench follows an everyday man whose main line of work involves temp jobs for supervillains.

This is a bad sign. The second season premiere of Hell on Wheels saw its audience continue to shrink. The western debuted to an audience of 4.3 million viewers, which dwindled down to 2.9 million viewers by the time the first season ended. The second season premiere was watched by 2.5 million viewers. AMC’s dramas usually build buzz while on hiatus, picking up viewers with each season. The last AMC show to lose viewers from the first to the second season was The Killing, which has been canceled.

Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
As EJ tries to use the Daysaster to cover his escape from Salem, Will‘s expected to keep quiet about what he knows.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Convinced that there’s a clue to be found in Noel‘s family cabin, the Liars embark on their latest misadventure to try to figure out what happened to Maya. If only they could read some Pretty Little Liars/Teen Wolf crossover fanfic, where there’s a suspicious guidance councilor and a werewolf who resembles Paige to investigate. Meanwhile, Momma Ella boosts the show hot guy factor by getting back into the dating pool.

America’s Got Talent (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Aw, two weeks of Olympics made me forget this show was still going. Even better, we’re at my least-favorite part of the season, the YouTube round where several performers get to skip having to prove themselves in early rounds, which is a pretty big advantage considering the way acts are constantly pushed to top their previous performance.

E! Investigates (E!) 8:00 PM ET
Laura Ling‘s documentary series turns its eye towards bullying looking at the experience of two bullied teens. Since this is still the E! network, celebrities are asked about their experiences with bullying, including Lance Bass and Jillian Michaels… oh, and also Khloe Kardashian (it is called E! Investigates).

White Collar (USA) 9:00 PM ET
Are we returning to the old White Collar status quo? This week’s guest-star (Rebecca Mader) would like to make that the case as she offers Neal some information he really wants, but she wants to him to steal a valuable piece from Peter for that nugget of knowledge.

The L.A. Complex (CW) 9:00 PM ET
There’s no mention of what’s happening to Kal, but there’s another wild night coming for Abby and her co-stars. I hope that delivers enough Alan Thicke schadenfreude-hilarity, I’m going to need if Beth and Simon‘s storyline continues on this path.

HGTV Design Star All Stars (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
My TV listings say that tonight’s challenge sees involves creating living rooms inspired by The Facts of Life. Clearly, someone’s been sneaking some kind of mind-altering chemical in my food because that sounds too good to be true.

Degrassi (TeenNick) 10:00 PM ET
We’re in the final week of Degrassi: Showdown and it’s almost opening night for Romeo & Jules. Tristan doesn’t get his own storyline until tomorrow but he’ll likely show up as Eli tries to figure out why Claire‘s on such a reckless streak. There’s also the sight of Fiona and Imogen in tiaras, to make up for the angst of the past few weeks.

Covert Affairs (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Eyal (Oded Fehr) is back as Annie goes to Israel to investigate how an Iranian missile ended up with American technology.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
Tonight’s mystery baskets start strong with duck confit in the appetizer course, then by dessert things go the other way with grape jellybeans.

The Glee Project (Oxygen) 10:00 PM ET
The second season wraps with Chris Colfer as the guest-mentor for a final challenge that includes the return competitors, a performance of Hot Chelle Rae‘s “Tonight, Tonight” and promises that this season will only have one winner. We’ll see how that goes.

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