TV On Tap: Fox Wants to Cancel “Harry” and David Tennant Returns as “The Escape Artist”


Restoring our faith in humanity, Fox has cancelled the mean spirited I Want to Marry “Harry” as well as the improv show Riot. The remaining episodes of “Harry” will be made available online, while Fox says it will eventually find a new time slot to air Riot.

The Comeback co-creator Michael Patrick King talked with EW about the cult comedy’s new season. “Valerie does get in the spotlight, which is what she always reached for, but we found a unique way of telling the story about what can happen when you get something you want.”

Lisa Kudrow in "The Comeback"

ABC Family’s new drama Chasing Life has booked Ed Asner and Marion Ross for guest roles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They’ll play the grandparents of lead character April.

Joe Morton is a part of the cast of the upcoming TNT drama Proof but that doesn’t mean he’ll be gone from Scandal. Morton tells TVLine that the TNT series doesn’t start filming until January, giving time for Papa Pope to continue to appear.

Hitfix‘s Alan Sepinwall tries to determine which show is the more improbable success — Fargo or Hannibal. Both series take source material that shouldn’t turn into the great TV shows they have inspired, but which success was more improbable?

Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy in "Hannibal"

Here’s another ethically-questionable moment for CNN. Sunday the channel plans to air 41ON41, a film about President George H.W. Bush. However, the documentary is funded by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, and co-produced by one of Bush’s speechwriters.

A poll finds that The Cosby Show‘s Huxtables ranked as favorite TV family, with the Simpsons coming in second.

Jeff Perry says that Twitter makes TV more like theatre, “It reminds me of a subscription audience in the theater, with talkbacks and getting to know the people who came to your shows month after month.”

Scandal's Jeff Perry and Dan Bucatinsky

This has been a tough year for the broadcast channels. Vulture analyzes the trend for returning shows and found that most programs lost a big chunk of its audience this season. The biggest drop for a show that managed to avoid the axe was Glee‘s 45% loss.

The ratings for Duck Dynasty continue to fall. The sixth season premiere was watched by 4.3 million people. Last January, when ratings first started to slide, 8.5 million tuned in.

Friday’s Listings

Ronan Farrow Daily (MSNBC) 1:00 PM ET
Ronan gets a special interview, talking with Angelina Jolie about her work with the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence.

Ronan Farrow

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will realizes that Sonny has a secret. He already knows that Sonny thinks he sings off-key, so I’m guessing that Club TBD has one of those “secret menus” that Will doesn’t know exists.

General Hospital (ABC) Check local listings
The gays of Port Charles’ love triangle gets some time today as Brad sees Lucas and Felix together.

What Would You Do? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
WWYD? takes on transphobia with a segment that captures the reaction of shoppers who see a transgender girl trying on prom dresses and eventually sees her father object to the choice of a dress.

Erik Knudsen and Ricxhard Harmon in "Continuum"

David Beckham Into the Unknown (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Showtime celebrates the World Cup by sending football star David Beckham and friends to the Amazon rain forest where they’ll visit remote communities.

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Keira and John Doe make a discovery about his history that gets them to spend time together — time that’s extended when Liber8 makes an attack on the duo.

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