TV on Tap: The “Modern Family” Cast Seeks Raises, Steve Jones Has a New Show and The Problem with “Smash”


That’s two weeks, two Mary Tyler Moore Show reunions for Hot in Cleveland.

News

Nestor Carbonell is getting back into comedy, having joined the Portia de Rossi pilot The Smart One. That raises the question of what that means for his Ringer character — if you think Ringer has a chance at getting a second season.

Lifetime has ordered a reality series, 7 Days of Sex where couples are challenged to save their marriage by having sex every night for a week. For some couples, I suspect that could be the final straw for the marriage.

Steve Jones has a new gig after hosting The X-Factor, he’s going to co-anchor Entertainment Tonight, which means he’s still on a show I can’t bear to watch.

I guess Smash‘s renewal inspired critics to vent their problems with the series as both Entertainment Weekly and The Daily Beast piled on with complaints. I have my own list of things Smash needs to improve, so it should be interesting to see which problems they decide to tackle. The show would be fixed a lot if it looked like Julia were able to enjoy life every so often.

The stars of TV’s number one show, Modern Family are pushing for raises as the series goes into its fourth season. It’s not clear if the cast will negotiate as a unified front, like the cast of Friends.

Since I find myself adoring Nick equally, I have a hard time agreeing that Schmidt is New Girl‘s breakout character.

Hot in Cleveland has another Just Shoot Me reunion in the works as David Spade will appear in an episode.

Roger Bart, last seen as Revenge‘s pretentious, slimeball writer will appear in an episode of Grimm as a “Grizzly Adams-type” character in an episode where Nick investigates a bigfoot-type creature.

What are the nine big trends of this pilot season? Thanks to the success of Revenge, soaps are back in style! Er, did they ever leave? I haven’t felt like I’ve been missing out on soapy goodness.

Rizzoli & Isles already delivers plenty of lesyay for AfterEllen to cover, now the procedural series is adding something to draw those of us who like the guys. Eddie Cibrian is set to appear in a multi-episode story arc. Good thing the character isn’t described as a Jon Hamm-type.

I have no idea what to think of this list of TV’s top 20 one-season wonders. On the one hand it remembers great shows like Swingtown, Terriers, and The Knights of Prosperity. On the other hand, it forgets Profit or Action for the likes of Traffic Light and the aimless Six Degrees.

Listings

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Miriam Shor was one of my favorite parts of Swingtown (along with everything else about that show) and now she’s great on GCB, so I’m excited to see her talk with Wendy. Meanwhile, comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star JB Smoove will also be visiting.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
After a few weeks without much Will, we’ve got a third day (in a row!) with Salem’s conflicted gay teen. Today, Will continues his path on the merry-go-round of self-acceptance by trying to convince himself that maybe he’s not gay, after all. Oh, will.

Nova (PBS) Check local listings
New Nova scienceNOW host David Pogue explores elements and the different ways they’re manipulated to affect our daily lives. Basically, it’s the molecular edition of How Stuff Works.

American Idol (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
The final nine will be mentored by the one and only Stevie Nicks as the finalists sing songs by their idols. I just hope Stevie tries to punk someone with a “Oh, she’s your mentor? She’s okay, too.”

Whitney (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Peter Gallagher returns for the season finale as… oh, like we’re going to be paying attention to anything other than Neal‘s storyline. Unfortunately, he and Lily will be working to get Mark and Roxanne together. It’s still an excuse to post a picture of Maulik Pancholy.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
In addition to the agency visits, the hopefuls have to pose while drenched in maple syrup. Don’t say Tyra‘s given up on trying new ideas for challenges.

Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
Jeff and Jenni help out a couple clashing over how to renovate the home they just inherited, but it quickly turns out the husband has… parental issues to deal with first. At this point, I’m starting to wish for a reality show about reality TV casting. When does the producer realize a family has the potential for a great renovation and the personal issues to make great drama? I’m sure there’s plenty of drama there, right down to the producers trying to hide their expressions of eager glee and get-me-outta-here horror.

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Usually, we see Mary Elizabeth Ellis avoiding the gang from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but on Happy Endings the gang of friends are avoiding her, creating one of those web of lies that usually annoys me on sitcoms. But I expect Happy Endings to take things to absurd heights. Meanwhile, Max and Dave face an eviction notice when their landlord becomes jealous of their active love lives — which, hooray, should mean Max has an active love life in this one.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
There’s been a bit of a Georgia Engel revival in the past few weeks from The Office to Two and a Half Men, and tonight Engel reunites with her Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star as Elka clashes with her writing partner. Engel isn’t the only iconic performer in tonight’s installment. The episode also has Rhea Perlman and Rick Springfield (playing a guy who might actually be Rick Springfield).

South Park (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
I have no idea what’s going on this week, but it involves some kind of caper being pulled off at a GOP debate and humanity evolving too rapidly. Most likely, after the show has aired, there will be a pile of bat guano telling itself “Now that‘s craaaaazy.”

Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
This week Fredrik switches to clashing with Michael, who grabs one of Fredrik’s clients. Meanwhile, Ryan tries to cure the bad behavior and ugliness by taking on a client with a pet wallaby.

The Soup (E!) 10:00 PM ET
I figure it’s worth giving The Soup a shout-out for the way it’s been using new E! News host David Burtka. Since The Soup quickly gets distracted by the next soundbite to grab its attention, better tune in quickly to see David pop in and declare, “Joel, you crazy!”

Happily Divorced (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
TV Land has another classic sitcom reunion with Fran‘s former Nanny co-stars Renee Taylor and Ann Guilbert (Sylvia and Yetta) show up. I’m waiting for Lauren Lane (CC) and Daniel Davis (Niles) to come back and revive those Nanny sparks.

Watch What Happens Live
Andy‘s sitting down with the Million Dollar Listing New York trio.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Actor, ally and activist Mark Ruffalo will be facing off with Stephen tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Thursday’s show has Anjelica Huston and Channing Tatum visiting for a chat.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
The blanket fort returns tomorrow night!

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