TV on Tap: TV Land Plans a Comedy About Twins, Molly Shannon Hopes to Be “Enlightened,” and Brett Butler Signs Up for “Anger Management”


After plenty of anticipation, Awake debuts tonight.

 

News

Dan Savage‘s Savage U will debut on MTV April 3. I’m hoping it turns out to be the “Loveline without an asshat sidekick” that came to mind when I first heard of the series.

Phylicia Rashad is returning to TV. She’s joined the cast of the NBC drama pilot, Do No Harm that’s inspired by the story of Jekyll and Hyde. I was hoping for a Happy Endings cameo.

Martin Bashir just celebrated his first anniversary on MSNBC. I took a little while to check out his show and now I watch it nearly every day. He’s got Keith Olbermann‘s way with words and he’s not shy about telling a guest that they just said something that seems to be a little factually challenged.

ABC’s Portia de Rossi-starring comedy pilot, The Smart One just added David Arquette to the cast. The series follows two sisters (“the smart one” and “the dumb one”) and Arquette will play the “dumb” sister’s husband.

Molly Shannon will appear on the next season of Mike White‘s HBO series Enlightened. I’d call it a Cracking Up reunion but I don’t think anyone would know what I mean.

Former Weeds star Elizabeth Perkins will play Sarah Chalke‘s mother in the ABC comedy pilot How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life.

TV Land is developing a comedy about identical twins, one straight, one gay. It’s an interesting premise and, more interestingly, if there’s a pilot they plan on casting two similar-looking actors, using the differences in appearance as a way to explore the two characters’ different lives.

I never warmed to Aqua Teen Hunger Force but maybe I’ll like the animated comedy ATHF‘s creator is deveoping for FX.

Bad news, House fans, Lisa Edelstein won’t appear on the show before it wraps its final episode.

The faboo Margo Martindale is going to be busy this pilot season, as she’ll be in two shows. She’ll play one of three sisters running a West Texas diner on the ABC comedy Counter Culture and also appear as a secretary in the pilot for Showtime’s Masters of Sex.

Leonard Nimoy will finally be in an episode of The  Big Bang Theory. However, Sheldon won’t get to meet him since he’ll only hear Nimoy’s voice in a dream.

Brett Butler will have a recurring role in Charlie Sheen‘s small-screen version of Anger Management. That does make me slightly more interested, but it’s still an adaptation of an Adam Sandler comedy starring Charlie Sheen.

UK TV network ITV is attempting to build on the success of Downton Abbey with a series about an American entrepreneur in 1909 London. More interestingly, Mr. Selfridge will come from by the writer of the Bridget Jones movies and the Brideshead Revisited remake.

What are the chances for various bubble shows getting another season?

In case you were wondering, Shameless star Emma Kenney (who plays Debbie) is only allowed to watch her scenes of the Showtime drama if she closes her eyes as her mom fast-forwards the naughty scenes. She must think Lip is a very minor character.

Last week, ratings for Smash stablized and that’s a good sign for the drama’s survival.

Listings

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Megan Mullally will be visiting Ellen today to discuss her new role on Breaking In, and trying to make up for getting us to watch an episode where Justin Bieber is also on the guest list.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
This week’s episode tries to lure gay viewers with Susan Sarandon and Patti LuPone, as Liz helps Frank hide his actual girlfriend from his mother by being his beard. Meanwhile, Jack decides to teach Kenneth a few things about business, helping ensure his prediction that everyone would either be working for Kenneth or dead at his hands.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
The campaign for Pawnee City Council is about to heat up, as Bobby Newport hires himself a Washington campaign manager, forcing Leslie and Ben to debate how to react. Sadly, I see no mention of Paul Rudd and I’m guessing Newport will stay off-screen the whole episode.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
While I still don’t think the Office writers have any idea of what to do with Catherine Tate, I loved how they remembered all the little character traits that make this show work so well. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed they remember those lessons as the Tallahassee team opens the first Sabre store.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
This week’s challenge has the designers creating an avant-garde design using light technology. This isn’t an attempt to come up with fashionable versions of the dresses from that Modern Family wedding, is it? That would be rather awesome.

Up All Night (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
Things are going to change at the Ava show, as a new owner (Nurse Jackie‘s Eve Best) arrives and puts her man in charge. I usually prefer Up All Night‘s talk show plots, where Chirs and Ragan‘s entitled, privilege-blind sides don’t get a chance to come out, so I’m looking forward to this one much more than episodes about traveling with a baby or finding a new family car.

Archer (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Once again, Sterling‘s libido gets himself in trouble… though this time he might actually face some consequences.

Awake (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
One of this season’s most widely-praised pilots finally makes its debut tonight, following a man who lives in two worlds, switching whenever he goes to sleep. In one world, he lost his wife in a terrible accident and in the other he lost his son. Which world is real and which one is a dream? Interestingly both of his therapists are played by out actors, BD Wong and Cherry Jones, so even if this one ends up on future “Brilliant but Cancelled” lists it should be an interesting ride.

 

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listigns
Will‘s dad, Lucas, arrives in Salem on Friday. It should ge interesting to see how long it takes for them to get together again.

 

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