TV on Tap: The Parents Television Council Doesn’t Want Their “Pants” Back, “Space: 2099″ Won’t Be Grim and Why Fox Canceled “House”


Fill your wine glass to the brim, Cougar Town returns tonight.

 Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Black Tuesday or League of Women Voters Day, I hope you’re having a good one.

News

Chuck star Zachary Levi has already grabbed his next role. He’ll star in a Fox comedy pilot, Let It Go about a husband, a wife, his best friend and her sister.

Apparently, someone at MTV’s comedy I Just Want My Pants Back hired a really good publicist, they’ve just found a way to get the media to discuss how racy the comedy gets.

Who’s going to die on Community? Here are a few guesses.

Why did Fox cancel House? Last season, negotiations were tense and barely completed in time to announce the medical drama would return in the fall. It looked likely that would happen again, so executive producers pushed for an early decision to ensure there would be time to come up with a worthwhile finale. When it looked like another tough negotiation was looming, it was decided it was time to wrap things up.

With the series making a return tonight, Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence discusses how the show came about, basically the original idea and title started as a joke about the kind of show he could sell to a network. I suspect that’s how we got Work It, too.

Stepping once more into the world of casting news that probably spoils a show currently airing new episodes, Spartacus‘s Peter Mensah will appear in a recurring role in the upcoming season of True Blood.

In an interview, Space: 2099 producer Jace Hall promises this won’t be a grim & gritty reboot and that they’re working to make sure the logic of the premise makes sense.

I’m not a fan of the History Channel’s reality programming, so I usually let out a sad sigh when I see news that one of their reality shows is a hit. Still Full Metal Jousting has Jake Nodar in it, so I’m happy to see it had a solid debut.

Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate‘s getting a Valentine’s Day visit from The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kandi Burruss, who will be helping Nate design a sexy bedroom. Then an FBI body language expert will discuss how to say “I love you” wordlessly.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
While the rest of Salem is enjoying Valentine’s Day, Will‘s getting terrible orders from Nicole.

Glee (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Glee‘s celebrating Valentine’s Day by finally giving viewers who have been asking “When will that other winner from The Glee Project show up?” an answer. We’re also getting to meet Rachel‘s dads, who are celebrating their daughter’s engagement by throwing a big party (which may or may not be genuine) while Kurt learns he’s got a secret admirer. We’ll also get the show’s intentional tribute to Whitney Houston as well as an unintentional one, since Amber Riley will get to sing Houston’s classic “I Will Always Love You.”

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
I’m not sure how they can follow-up on how well last week’s grandmotherly visit tackled the show’s themes so well, so it sounds like they’re just going for the drama as Emmett decides to use the Kennesh-Vasquez family for his family portrait project, rather than to deal with his own family’s drama.

Cougar Town (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
The friends with beverages are back (ah, the benefits of living at sea level) as Griffin manipulates Jules into picking a fight with him (I guess the make-up sex is good enough to be creating fights), Travis moves off-campus (in his sophomore year?) and Ellie starts worrying about how little Stan will turn out (she probably should have thought of that two seasons ago). It’s probably a little late to be acting like an attentive parent.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Jess decides to have some attachment-free sex on Valentine’s Day (I’m going to keep my fingers crossed the phrase “have sex like a man” never gets uttered) and asks Schmidt to be her wingman, which leads to her meeting a ridiculously good looking guy (Ryan Kwanten). Considering how often Schmidt loses his clothes on this show (last week he even did a table dance in a conference room) I’m hoping they’ll treat Kwanten in a similar way. Meanwhile, Nick starts wondering why Julia‘s spending more time at work with her assistant (Greek‘s Clark Duke) than with him.

Ringer (CW) 9:00 PM ET
While Bridget investigates Siobhan‘s secret life, Olivia pressures Henry into arranging a meeting between her and Gemma‘s wealthy father (Gregory Harrison). I guess they’re still trying to distract us from noticing the story’s many weaknesses by constantly adding great-looking actors. Then again, this does follow 90210 so I guess that’s not so surprising.

Raising Hope (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
I’m not much of a fan of the Jimmy-Sabrina no-mance. Lucas Neff and Shannon Marie Woodward are great together but watching Jimmy scheme against Sabrina’s’ boyfriend Wyatt makes him pitiful and unlikable. Thus, I’m bracing myself for tonight’s story where Jimmy invents a fake girlfriend to make Sabrina jealous and eventually meets a woman from Barney‘s improv class (Ashley Tisdale) wiling to take on the role.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
Tonight’s mystery ingredients include edible flowers, savoy cabbage and pickle juice. I’m not sure which ingredient will have me grumbling more, calling the pickling brine “juice” or if they don’t specify the edible flowers.

Justified (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Dewey Crowe goes on a one-man crime spree that gets him Raylan‘s undivided attention while Boyd moves his focus to a new rival. I hope we’re getting closer to seeing that Rayland/Boyd team-up promised in this season’s trailers.

Southland (TNT) 10:00 PM ET
It sounds like  Cooper and Tang are going to be busy this week as a case of a suicidal teen turns into a personal issue for John and Tang runs into someone from her past.

Watch What Happens Live: The Millionaire Matchmaker Valentine’s Day Special (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
I guess Andy is working to make sure he’ll have future cast members for reality shows by giving Patti Stanger‘s awful advice a showcase on Valentine’s Day. I’d rather hear stories about Saint Valentine’s gory fate, so I’ll be re-watching Happy Endings‘s Valentine’s Day episode instead.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricky Martin will be chatting with Kelly tomorrow.

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
History detective Elise Luray returns tomorrow to appraise viewers’ possessions.

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