Farewell “Futurama,” Hello “Philadelphia” and a “Mary Tyler Moore Show” Reunion

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It’s official, Fox has confirmed that the next season of American Idol will have Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban as judges.

American Idol juges Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Karl Urban

TVLine reports that Lady Gaga will be appearing on Saturday Night Live as musical guest and host. After watching her perform in sketches with Justin Timberlake, I’m eager to see more.

In an interview with The AV Club, Futurama co-creator David X. Cohen says tonight’s farewell required some special planning to get right, “For the scenes between Fry and Leela in the final episode, for example, Katey Sagal was very busy, because she’s shooting Sons Of Anarchy at the same time she’s recording Futurama. So, we recorded some of the really deep scenes between Fry and Leela individually and tried to piece it together, and I finally just went, ‘You know what? This isn’t going to work. We’ve got to do this right.’”

Fry and Leela marry on Futurama

NBC is thinking of experimenting with adapting a telenovela, looking to develop one of three shows and remaking it. Producer Ben Silverman‘s production company is behind it — since Silverman brought Ugly Betty to U.S. TVs, that’s got to be a promising start. The first novela being considered is La Viuda Joven (The Black Widow), about a wealthy woman suspected of murder when her fourth husband dies, which would be handled by out writer Sri Rao (remember him? He wrote that really great season of General Hospital: Night Shift). I’m still keeping my fingers crossed this deal results in an English-language version of La Reina del Sur.

MSNBC’s revamped prime time lineup seems to have worked to help ratings improve. Not only were more people watching Hardball at 7PM, All in with Chris Hayes got its best ratings. Also, I have an excuse to post a picture of Chris Hayes.

Chris HayesSigh.

So much for the suggestion that creator Aaron Sorkin wasn’t ready to make a third season of The Newsroom, as star Jeff Daniels tweeted that the show has been renewed.

Listings

Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Mel and Joe‘s trip to New Jersey continues in the season finale as they continue to pretend to be unhappily married and Joe’s grandmother schemes to repair their “marriage”. This seems like the kind of sitcom plotting meant to finally settle the “Will they or won’t they?”

Kevin Fonteyne and Taylor Spreitlerin "Melisa & Joey"

Baby Daddy (ABC Family) 8:30 PM ET
Riley seems a bit young to hate birthdays and birthday celebrations. On the other hand, Ben does seem foolish enough to think he can ignore Riley when she says she doesn’t want a birthday party.

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
Both Joshes take on special projects as the adorable Josh sells a home for a high school pal and other Josh lists a home with his brother.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX) 10:00 PM ET
The terrible people who helped FX find its comedic voice help launch FX’s sister channel. Dee‘s starting to finally find her voice as a comedian too, though its due to all the abuse the guys have heaped on her sinking in.

Kaitlin Olson in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"I’m going to kinda miss Dee’s offensive racial characters.

Broadchurch (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
With reporters descending on the town to pursue the story, tensions start riding high among residents.

Futurama (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
The last time Futurama writers gave us an episode designed to work as a series finale was just two years ago, and that was the third episode in which they’ve done that. (Maybe there should be a Wikipedia category for TV shows that have had several seasons to end with an episode that could work as a season finale or a series finale). Still, this one sees Fry and Leela try to get married, which sounds like the kind of story that Futurama would save for a moment when it thought it really was bidding fans adieu.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Tonight’s one-hour summer finale starts with a long-awaited Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion as Elka (Betty White) and Mamie Sue (Georgia Engel) get their old bowling team (Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman) to open that bottle of wine they swore they’d open together in fifty years. Jesse Tyler Ferguson also appears as a director Victoria hopes to work with. After all that, the summer finale sees Victoria finally get married while Joy runs into her ex.

Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Georgia Engel, Betty White and Cloris Leachman in "Hot in Cleveland"

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FXX) 11:00 PM ET
I wasn’t sure what to expect when FX announced it was debuting a late night talk show with W. Kamau Bell but it quickly turned out to be one of my favorite things on TV with a truly diverse comedic perspective that has included segments from out comedians Janine Brito and Guy Branum. Tonight Totally Biased expands to a daily show with its first guest being Jim Gaffigan.

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