Fox Goes to “Gotham” for a Batman Prequel Series, “Nashville”‘s Back With a Gay Singer and AMC Kicks Off a “Breaking Bad” Binge

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While I would have preferred a Gotham Central TV series, Fox has won the bidding war over Gotham, a series that follows future police commissioner Jim Gordon in the days before he meets Batman.

Jack Coleman in "The Vampire Diaries"

Jack Coleman, who I think might be the only person to play two different gay characters on the same night of TV (thanks to gay roles on The Office and The Vampire Diaries) will appear in a recurring role on the upcoming season of Scandal.

In news that makes me happy, FX has ordered a second season of The Bridge. I’m looking forward to seeing Sonya and Marco continue to be TV’s oddest odd-couple cops. I’m also hoping they find a way to keep Matthew Lilard around. He makes more sense than some of The Bridge‘s other peripheral characters.

White Collar is getting even more good looking as EW reports that Steven Pasquale will be appearing in the final five episodes this season.

Do No HarmDo No Harm did at least give me reason to appreciate Steven Pasquale.

Kate Miucci will be returning to The Big Bang Theory as Raj‘s ex-girlfriend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As much as I like Miucci, I kinda want to see Raj being homoerotic with Stuart again.

Lifetime has cancelled Army Wives, which isn’t entirely surprising considering the major cast shakeup that happened last season. Lifetime is planning to send off the series with a retrospective special.

You might recognize James Allen McCune from the frustrating second season of The Walking Dead, though you probably don’t remember his character. After all, one of the frustrating things about The Walking Dead‘s second season was the characters that never got enough screen time to matter to the audience. McCune is now heading to Shameless, according to The Hollywood Reporter as a naive twentysomething man who Debbie fancies.

James Allen mcCune in "The Walking Dead"James Allen McCune

Monday’s ratings brought good news for NBC and bad news for CBS. Not only was The Voice able to add viewers from its season premiere last year, that helped TheBacklot The Blacklist get a big debut. CBS did get to see How I Met Your Mother increase it’s audience, but 2 Broke Girls had its least-watched season premiere, which didn’t help Mom or Hostages. Hostages is looking like the season’s first big disappointment, having drawn fewer viewers than Hawaii Five-0‘s disappointing season premiere from last year.

Listings

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ellen is talking with Elton John today, will she bring up the controversy of his upcoming performance in Russia?

Breaking Bad Marathon (AMC) starting at 8:00 PM ET
What? You don’t watch Breaking Bad? You aren’t counting down the seconds until Sunday’s finale? Just try a little, AMC is marathoning the entire series starting tonight. Just try a little sample.

Breaking BadAh, the simplicity of the days you don’t realize you’ll miss until they’re gone.

Survivor (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Did you have “one episode” in the “How long will Colton‘s redemption arc last?” office pool? Since the episode description says, that “the old Colton rears his head and tries to disturb the peace” I think you’re about to win.

Revolution (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Last season’s big hit came from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. Supernatural took a little while before turning into a shipyard but Revolution didn’t wait long before delivering men in estranged relationships giving each other longing looks. Unfortunately, I fell behind and managed to make it through the summer without finding time to catch up. Maybe I can just skip ahead to tonight’s premiere?

JD Pardo and Giancarlo Esposito in "Revolution"I do miss having JD Pardo and Giancarlo Esposito on my TV.

Back in the Game (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
A divorced mom moves in with her estranged dad (“parents, can’t live with them” is a recurring theme this season) That turns out to be a good thing since her son wants to play baseball but is terrible at it and dad was a professional baseball player. Thus they form a little league team of rejects, including one kid who didn’t make the team because the other kids believed he is gay.

The Getaway (Esquire) 9:00 PM ET
Esquire’s take on a travel show involves sending celebrities to destinations all over the world. That doesn’t sound compelling until you look at the celebrities who are particularly watchable (tonight’s episode sees Joel McHale go to Ireland), and this one is produced by Anthony Bourdain, who has shown he knows how to make watching other people travel good TV.

Joel McHale in "The Getaway"Joel McHale gets ready to crack jokes about Irish food. Or the nearest fat person who has nothing to do with his food.

Million Dollar Listing (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
If I’m reading the right episode description, Josh is returning to the Valley to look for a house for his friend. I guess his threats to never visit her in the Valley didn’t stick. Or this is her way of getting Josh to stop visiting.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Emmy’s favorite family returns and for Mitch and Cam that means a “summer to remember” along wtih Lily‘s first day of school. Huh. I thought they were supposed to awkardly debate marriage thanks to the repeal of Prop 8? Maybe that’s what a “summer to remember” means.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet in "Modern Family"Doesn’t Mitch seem like the “Just call AAA” type?

Capture (CW) 9:00 PM ET
The CW’s new competition series finishes its first season tonight and I hear the Red Team have made it to the finale. Can a “new breed of gay” take the series’ first win?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX) 10:00 PM ET
The gang buys a time share which, from the look of things, puts them in a “scam or be scammed” mindset. Uhhhboy. This isn’t going to be pretty, but at least it’s the kind of premise that promises that they’ll end up suffering for terrible behavior.

Charlie Day, Caitlin Olson and Travis Schuldt in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"Oh, look, they’ve got a berry juice to sell.

Broadchurch (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the final chapter, meaning Danny‘s murder will be revealed. But will we find out if Susan‘s dog survives the threat from creepy bald guy. If you really want viewers to invest emotionally focus on the dog, right Futurama producers?

Nashville (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Last season, Nashville was one of those shows I heard was good but never really found the time to watch, despite recording it a few times. I know, I’ve started show descriptions like that before (the dark side of living in a new golden age of television, you know) but I did get to sample Nashville. I can’t think of a show where I watched 21 episodes in such a short time, it’s that compelling, even to someone who doesn’t have the ear to fully appreciate country music. Sure, I tuned in for Chris Carmack‘s closeted singer Will but I was drawn to all of the characters not named Gunnar or Avery (who need to spend more time shirtless in order to distract me from their awfulness).

Chris Carmack in "Nashville"Chris Carmack

South Park (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
It’s been a while since we last saw the boys from South Park, Colorado mine current events for laughs. Therefore, there are a lot of stories to mock, starting with the NSA spying revelations. By now, it’s well-established that Cartman hasn’t seen an outrage that didn’t look like a chance to turn into profit and power so… you can probably fill in the rest.

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricky Martin is on tomorrow’s show. I hope Ricky can coax Ellen out of her shell and get her to dance to one of his songs. She’s so shy about dancing in public.

Glee (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
A lot of old faves are returning tomorrow (sadly, that doesn’t include Scandal) including New Directions’ tribute to The Beatles.

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