TV on Tap: “The Walking Dead” Casts a Fan-Fave, “The Mindy Project” Shuffles Its Cast and NBC Wants Hugh Laurie in a Pirate Costume


Nova tries to explain Hurricane Sandy with “Inside the Megastorm”

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Starting tomorrow, you can catch up on the entirety of Suits either at USA’s website or via OnDemand. I guess I should try to figure out where this business with the can opener began.

 Turner Classic Movies will soon have a showcase for some of Johnny Carson‘s classic celebrity interviews.

TV Guide asks if The X-Factor‘s mentors are hurting competitors more than they’re helping. Inappropriate costumes, bad song choices and unenthusiastic advice are listed as ways the mentors have turned into an obstacle contestants need to overcome.

Brian Dennehy will appear in the final season of The Big C as Cathy‘s father. Considering how Cathy has had cancer for three seasons and we’re only now meeting him, I expect he’ll be as awful as the rest of the Jamison clan has turned out to be.

EW reports that Syfy will air a show featuring giant, boxing robots, Robot Combat League. Chris Jericho will host the Red Steel-inspired show. (Was I the only one who looked at Jericho’s picture at left and thought, “Landon Conrad‘s hosting TV shows now?”)

The Wire‘s Chad Coleman is joining The Walking Dead as a fan-favorite character from the comic series.

TV Line is delivering the disappointing news that Amanda Setton is leaving The Mindy Project while Anna Camp is dropping from regular to recurring status. On the bright side, The Office‘s Ellie Kemper will appear in the Christmas episode.

In an interview with Conan, Judd Apatow mentioned that when he was trying to break into Hollywood 22 years ago he wrote a spec script for The Simpsons. Now, that script will be turned into an episode of the iconic comedy.

NBC is negotiating with Hugh Laurie to play Blackbeard in the pirate drama Crossbones, Deadline reports. In other news, NBC is doing a show about Blackbeard. My partner is going to freak when he hears about this… unless they get the naval combat wrong.

For the first time in nearly a decade, NBC has won sweeps among 18-49 year-old viewers, though NBC chief Bob Greenblatt was quick to downplay it, noting that ratings are bound to fall once The Voice, Sunday Night Football and Revolution all go on hiatus.

Without Partners as a lead-in, 2 Broke Girls saw a 6% increase in the ratings while Revolution held steady.

Wednesday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Andy Cohen and Kyle Richards are teaming up to fill in for Anderson for his Thanksgiving special which will include a visit from Nicole Westbrook, who will perform her song  “Another Friday” “It’s Thanksgiving”. Also, Rocco DiSpirito visits with his Thanksgiving cooking tips. I think it involves schmoozing your dinner guests while ignoring what’s going on in the kitchen until a fire breaks out.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Regis Philbin is Rachael‘s pre-Thanksgiving guest, and they’re hosting the show from a viewer’s home — but first John Gidding has to give the room a makeover. I always wonder when one of these stunning decorating show hosts will use their good looks to create crimes against design. Maybe this will be the moment John tries to charm a TV client into installing a face fireplace.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that’s he’s gotten the baby bombshell, there’s good news waiting for Will as Lucas breaks the news of his talk with Sonny. Of course, there’s still a clinic visit Will needs to help Gabi make. We’re following this one with a liveblog today.

Nature (PBS) Check local listings
To help ruin your Thanksgiving dinner, PBS is repeating Joe Hutto‘s yearlong experiment raising a dozen wild turkey chicks who imprinted on him. Watch this documentary and then weep at the sight of the roast bird on the table.

Nova (PBS) Check local listings
Leave it to PBS to take a major disaster and explore the science behind how we prepare for such storms. Is there time for another discussion of what Sandy means for Chris Christie‘s 2016 Presidential aspirations?

Nova ScienceNow (PBS) Check local listings
For a final bit of non-fiction turkey day warm up, PBS is rerunning the recent food science episode. If the person who is responsible for your Thanksgiving turkey didn’t brine, this episode gives you a way to “accidentally” bring up the topic.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
This is America, Charlie Brown (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Is any holiday complete without Charlie Brown‘s earnest quest to discover the holiday’s true meaning, despite the odds?

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
Yes, I still notice when Queer as Folk alum show up elsewhere, and tonight Scott Lowell shows up as the CSI team investigates five of dead bodies discovered in the desert.

American Horror Story (FX) 10:00 PM ET
I guess we should have known better than to expect that there could be someone in charge at Briarcliff who was a nice person. Tonight, we learn more about why Bloody Face became a the killer he is today.

The Soup Salutes WWE: Piledriving Clips in Your Face (E!) 10:30 PM ET
The latest Soup special is focused on one of the most homoerotic and melodramatic corners of the TV landscape. I’ll let you decide if that’s reason to be wary or excited.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:0) PM ET
Chelsea‘s talking with New Girl scene stealer Max Greenfield tonight.

 

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