TV on Tap: “Twin Peaks” Revival Rumors Denied, “Once Upon a Time” Nabs a “Downton Abbey” Servant and “Doctor Who” Goes Postal


But if Kathy Griffin does’t mention her new comedy special several times
during her New Year’s gig, is it really happening?

News

Yesterday, a rumor made the rounds that NBC was developing a follow-up or reboot of iconic arthouse soap Twin Peaks. However, Twin Peaks producer Mark Frost denied that he’s talked with NBC. Too bad, as it might be fun to revisit that cult TV classic.

The New York Times reports that Al Jazeera has closed a deal to purchase Current TV and turn it into a new channel, Al Jazeera America. The new channel probably will not keep any of Current’s lineup and offer a mix of original programming and content from Al Jazeera English. Current began by taking over another news channel, NewsWorld International. So it ends as it began. Meanwhile, Deadline adds that Time Warner Cable announced that they are “removing the service as quickly as possible.”

Robotech was a revolution in children’s television for the way it trusted its audience to be able to handle some mature storytelling. That includes romantic stories that are better than most grown-up entertainment, as io9 details

In an interview with EW, Ryan Murphy promises that this season of American Horror Story will take a look at the way our mental health system has fallen apart over the decades and what it meant for the patients. Murphy also promises the next season will be lighter and be “a little bit more ‘evil glamour’.” “Lighter” seems inevitable. I can barely imagine American Horror Story getting any darker than this season.

Deadline reports that Jerry O’Connell has joined the cast of CBS’ comedy pilot about four guys who live in the same short-term rental complex after their marriages end. Also in the cast: Tony Shalhoub, Chris Smith and Kal Penn.

To celebrate Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary, the Royal Mail is giving the series a run of postage stamps. One set will feature all eleven incarnations of The Doctor while another will feature the Doctor’s foes (including the Weeping Angels and the Oods? Aren’t they a bit new?) and the TARDIS.

In another bit of mysterious casting, Once Upon a Time has cast Downton Abbey alum Lesley Nicol (she plays cook Mrs. Patmore).

EW has the scoop on who Roseanne will play on Portlandia. I love the idea. Good thing I only have to wait another day.

The NY Daily News notes that the post-election ratings have been pretty brutal for Sean Hannity, who has lost nearly half of his viewers in the target demographic, while Bill O’Reilly audience has shrunk by a smaller share. I’m a little wary about the report. For example, did they take into account the guest hosts which were comon after he election?

And then there’s the ratings news that just upsets me and makes me hate humanity.

Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Melissa Joan Hart joins Anderson as he talks to one woman who kept her resolution to lose weight and shed over 200 pounds.

Mr Cao Goes to Washington (PBS) Check local listings
In 2008, a strongly Democratic-leaning district voted a Republican into office. Not only was he the first Republican to get elected from that district, Joseph Cao was also the first Vietnamese-American to be elected to congress. This documentary takes a look at Rep. Cao’s attempts to navigate the increasingly polarized political landscape(he had the luck of getting elected just before that whole Tea Party hubub — and then he was the only Republican to vote for the Affordable Care Act) as an ethnic minority in a party that er… hasn’t spent the last few decades associating itself with civil rights.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
In hindsight, someone as insensitive as Sheldon facing a sexual harassment charge is no surprise. This being a sitcom, he also manages to drag Raj, Wolowitz and Leonard into the mess. I’m guessing we’re going to get an episode where Sheldon suffers and is forced to express some appreciation for his friends.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Katie Holmes guest judges this week’s tribute to the troops. Whenever you get annoyed with Ivy‘s presence, just be glad Project Runway isn’t still a Bravo show looking for a way to cross-promote the appalling Stars Earn Stripes.

Kathy Griffin: Kennedie Center On-Hers  (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
I keep wondering why Bravo doesn’t ask Kathy Griffin to headline her own clip show, but tonight’s comedy special promises an update on “The Real Couples Therapy Beyond Scared Housewives”. Between that and the return of her talk show, I guess that’s close enough.

Buck Wild (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Can MTV take the Jersey Shore formula, scratch out every mention of New Jersey and replace it with West Virginia? Are we even ready to give up our jokes about hiking the Appalachian trail for whatever this cast comes up with?

Elementary (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
Joan‘s sober companion contract runs out and Wait… what? There’s a time limit Sherlock‘s dad put on how long he’ll pay someone to keep his son sober? I know, this is a plot contrivance to force Sherlock to admit he’d miss Joan if she were gone but this one seems a bit strained.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
I guess Anderson never got to talk about that baby with a feather in its neck because that’s on tomorrow’s topic list.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Good news/bad news: Merlin returns tomorrow, kicking off its final season.

 

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