Fox Cancels “Enlisted,” NBC Renews “SVU” and “Witches of East End” Cast a Mysterious Stranger

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HGTV was planning on airing a new house-flipping show, Flip It Forward. However, following a revelation by Right Wing Watch that the proposed show’s hosts had a history of religious bigotry, stalking an abortion doctor and anti-gay activities like protesting pride celebrations. HGTV has cancelled the show.

Let’s start with the good news. Despite rumors that Fox might give in to the powerful influence of producer Seth MacFarlane, Fox has decided to cancel the offensive, unfunny Dads. Unfortunately, there’s also bad news — the promising and endearing Enlisted (also the Chris Meloni sitcom Surviving Jack, which inspired strong feelings in few people). In worse news for comedy, the network also passed on two promising-sounding pilots, Dead Boss and Fatrick. Fatrick reunited Ray Ford with Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Kajhan. Dead Boss was a remake of a British comedy with Jane Krakowski and Amy Sedaris.

However, two more comedy pilots are still in the running: the Tina Fey produced Cabot College which stars Margaret Cho and Fortune Feimster as well as Sober Companion which stars Justin Long and Nick Frost.

Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young in "Enlisted"We’re going to miss these guys.

NBC gave a last-minute renewal to Law & Order: SVU.

TNT has ordered two new dramas including Proof, which stars Jennifer Beals as a skeptic investigating paranormal cases. (Get your Dana Scully jokes ready!) The cast includes Matthew Modine and Callum Blue.

TBS has ordered three comedies including police procedural parody Angie Tribeca which stars Rashida Jones. It also ordered Buzzy a show set in a barber shop from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.

Rashida Jones in "Angie Tribeca"I guess Angie Tribeca focuses on an LAPD division with a co-ed locker room?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews will take over as new host of the daytime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Seriously? Do we need to do this dance about how “popular” shows don’t get media coverage? NCIS: LA doesn’t get a press attention because it’s rarely newsworthy. Big casting moves are rare, things don’t often change. And I don’t know how you can say The Big Bang Theory doesn’t get coverage.

Deadline fell for a hoax that claimed that Eric West would be taking over the role of Columbus on Scandal, prompting an amazing response from Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes on Twitter.

Magic City alum Christian Cooke will join the cast of The Witches of East End. He’ll play a mysterious stranger who is new in town, which is pretty foreboding considering that a portal to Asgard was just opened.

Christian Cooke shirtlessChristian Cooke

Good Morning America has also apologized for a Cinco de Mayo segment that called it “Cinco de Drinko.”

Veep creator Armando Ianucci says he wants to focus on lobbyists, think tanks and consultants. I do love how Veep shatters the myth of the hyper-competent politician by telling the story of the incompetent and petty idiots of Washington. (Fictional politicians can’t all be Josiah Bartlet or Frank Underwood. Not when Louie Gohmert exists.) Lobbyists and consultants are another aspect of D.C. that’s largely ignored by pop culture.

NBC has closed a deal that will keep the Olympics at the network until 2032.

Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will finds out that Sonny has a gun and is shocked to learn hat it’s not for a Julie Brown tribute show. Be sure to join us for a liveblog!

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Uh-oh. Penny has a bad day and, by now, we should know that that means. It’s time for her to re-examine her life. Meanwhile, Sheldon gives Raj relationship advice. Wouldn’t that like asking Worf about Vulcan mating rituals?

Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Wil WHeaton in "The Big Bang Theory"Also, Wil Wheaton’s back because who else could give Penny that look?

Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
It’s a Battle of the Sexes episode with John Legend, Donald Faison and Andy Roddick facing Chrissy Teigen, Booklyn Decker and Sarah Chalke. Did no one think of pitching this episode as a Scrubs face-off?

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
This week, Luke‘s 30 seconds of screen time (if that) sees him and Liv come up with a new scheme to stop the travelers.

Chris Brochu in "The Vampire Diaries"I hope that’s Luke showing some telekinetic magic. I do like it when telekinetics are mixed with big gestures.

The American Comedy Awards (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
After a long hiatus (the last one was in 2001), the American Comedy Awards are back to honor the best achievements in comedy. Considering how major award ceremonies tend to overlook comedies, it’ll be nice to see comedy get special focus.

Maron (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Marc Maron returns to stumble his way through life in the second season of his IFC comedy. Things kick off with a crossover with sister channel AMC as Marc gets invited to appear on an episode of Talking Dead. That goes as well as anything in Marc’s life does — I guess he admits he was cheering for The Governor to make it work with Andrea?

Marc Maron and Chis Hardwick in "Maron"

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
IFC’s positively surreal parody of the talk show returns with a visit from Patton Oswalt and a rat who cooks.

The Late Show with David Letterman (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Not only does tonight’s show have Indina Menzel, the cast of Broadway’s If/Then will perform.

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Oh, my. The description says “someone is shot in cold blood”. Since NBC hasn’t made ads about this moment, I have no guess who it could be. (Actually, I do. We all do.”) It’s not like they’ve spent the week setting anyone up as a murder victim.

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