TV on Tap: TNT Orders a David E. Kelley Medical Drama, Where “The Voice” Went Wrong and Vote on the New “Burn Notice” Opening


“Hey, Modern Family! You’re the top series on television, what are you going to do now?”
“We’re going to Disneyland!”

News

TNT has ordered Monday Mornings, a medical drama from producer David E. Kelley that stars Jamie Bamber, Ving Rhames and Alfred Molina. It’s been a while since Kelly has tackled a hospital show, I hope he can avoid the levels of self-parody he’s reached on his legal shows.

Vulture assesses the state of ABC, which is in the odd position of potentially coming in fourth place in the ratings, despite having the top scripted program, top scripted drama and the top new series. I say Work It is to blame.

I just had to comment that Bandersnatch Cummerbund is almost as awesome a nickname as Benedict Cumberbatch is an awesome name.

Burn Notice is getting a new opening and it’s letting fans pick which one will air.

Gay characters on TV are no longer the lightning rod for controversy that they once were. If a gay character is likely to anger viewers, the complaints are more likely to come from frustrated fans. Just ask Modern Family producers about Mitchell and Cameron‘s thoughts on PDA.

G4TV has lost another one of its long time hosts now that Kevin Pereira has announced that he’s leaving Attack of the Show. That leaves Morgan Webb as the last person who has been around since the channel’s early days.

Brett Butler will appear in a couple episodes of The Young and the Restless, her character will interact with detective Paul Williams.

Andy Dehnart weighs in on the problems with The Voice‘s second season. I found myself agreeing with him half of the time, but I think one thing that worked was how the instant eliminations stopped viewers from giving cute boys a pass on less-than-stellar performances.

Fox has revealed the celebrities that will participate in its dating show, The Choice. Participants include Joe Jonas, Dean Cain, Tyson Beckford… and two of the Jersey Shore guys.

Listings

The Chew (ABC) Check local listings
As The Chew‘s Mothers Day week celebration continues, Clinton Kelly gets a visit from his mom for an afternoon of food and cocktails.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
The mourning in Salem continues, leading to Will having an angry confrontation with Stefano.

Nature (PBS) Check local listings
White lions are another sort of rare animal that’s seen as an exotic beauty but this episode of Nature takes a look at two white lion cubs in Sought Africa’s Kruger National Park to examine how the recessive gene makes everyday survival more challenging for these creatures.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
As Eden (Alicia Silverstone) becomes a bigger part of Tessa‘s everyday life, George starts looking at Eden’s parenting style. If Suburgatory weren’t one of the shows that my DVR deletes before I get around to watching it, I’d try to compare Eden and George’s relationship to how New Girl has told multi-episode arcs about Jess‘s boyfriends. Instead, I’ll hope you can fill me in.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
This season has felt heavy on the video challenges or, at least, it’s felt that way to me after not having made it all the way through an ANTM season in ages. This week, the remaining hopefuls have to show they can learn the moves for a fight scene and then perform with Nicholas Tse. Then, they have to pose with a wind and rain machine set to the ‘high” setting. At this point, it’s starting to look like Tyrais taking the low ratings out on her contestants.

Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
Jeff clashes with his latest client to the point that he considers walking out on the job. You had to know it would happen at some point in the season.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
The Pritchett clan is headed to Disneyland for its latest family outing, where Jay will argue with Gloria about sensible Disneyland-wearing shoes, Claire is reunited with someone she didn’t think she’d see again while Mitch and Cam struggle to keep up with Lily‘s new love of running. I’m curious if we’ll see anyone behave like long-time Californians who have been to Disneyland enough times that it’s as mundane as a trip to the mall.

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
One thing I’ve enjoyed about Don’t Trust the B—- is the way it plays with the cliched images of urban hipster living (unlike 2 Broke Girls which goes from “Suck it hipsters!” punchlines while filling Max‘s life with hipster tropes). This week June tries to start a home business selling homemade jam, a venture Chloe takes “to a whole new level”.

Around the World in 80 Plates (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Bravo has a new cullinary competition series where chefs travel around the globe to compete in challenges where the local culture and cuisine play a role. After an underwhelming season of Top Chef, I’m struggling to get excited about this one… and while Curtis Stone is charming and easy-on-the-eyes, I’ve started to associate him with the insipid challenges that took over Top Chef Master after he became host and the even worse America’s Next Great Restaurant. Fingers crossed this is where Stone and Bravo save their reputations for me.

White Heat (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
The latest Dramaville offering follows a group of seven friends through the decades, starting at their first meeting in 1965 and moving forward until we reach the present-day, when the death of one of those friends has brought the gang together one more time. One of the gang is gay and I’m keeping my fingers crossed the series makes good use of all the changes that happened to gay culture since 1965.

Revenge (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
If this were a bronze age Marvel comic this episode would have a cover that declares, “Now It Can Be Revealed: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne!” since we’re about to get a peek at how things were in 2002, when Amanda went from apathetic bad girl to realizing that her purpose in life would be to make the Graysons miserable.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
We haven’t had a behind-the-scenes episode this season, so why not visit those never-before-seen clips tonight?

Happily Divorced (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
Rosie O’Donnell shows up as Fran scrambles to come up with Mothers Day plans and is forced to improvise with the help of an old friend… I guess that means they’re spending the day crafting. Keep an eye out for Fran’s real-life ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
If there’s a new Bravo show debuting, you know someone from that show will be Andy‘s guest and for Around the World in 80 Plates that’s co-host Curtis Stone who will be joined by Rita Wilson.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy‘s going to be meeting with Andy Cohen.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
New America’s Got Talent host Howard Stern is visiting the View couch tomorrow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s more upset emotions at the neighborhood bar set for tomorrow. I’m guessing Will will still be there.

 

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