FX’s Gay Rapper “Chozen” Takes the Stage, the Return of “The Fosters” and Major “Big Bang Theory” Guest-Stars

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I had high hopes for The Assets, I liked the idea of focusing the damage control necessary when a mole is leaking the identities of informants. Unfortunately, audiences weren’t so interested and it’s been pulled from the schedule.

Last night, TVLine got some red carpet scoop. James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher will be appearing as themselves, encountering Sheldon. Er, can Sheldon’s heart handle meeting those two legends? I’m suddenly worried they’re killing him off.

Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons in "The Big Bang Theory"

The BBC America original drama The Intruders has picked a familiar face for its lead. Life on Mars and Doctor Who alum John Simm will play a former cop thrown into a supernatural conspiracy.

WG America’s 10-part 10 Commandments mini-series will each be made by a different director with a chapter each coming from Lee Daniels and Gus Van Sant.

E! has apologized for a graphic that appeared during its Golden Globes red carpet coverage, presenting Michael J. Fox‘s Parkinson’s diagnosis as a “Fun Fact”. I can see how the mistake could have happened, but I applaud the speed of the apology.

E! Fun Fact

Sundance has ordered second seasons of French horror drama The Returned and talk show The Writers Room.

Three years ago, a study found that MTV reality show 16 and Pregnant helped people better understand the challenges of teen parenthood. However, a new study says the opposite of spin-off series Teen Mom. Instead of understanding the additional stresses, heavy viewers of Teen Mom believed teenaged mothers have lots of free time for themselves as well as time to dedicate to their studies or career.

Pivot has already renewed HitRecord on TV, which doesn’t make its broadcast debut until this weekend. The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-hosted variety show was renewed based largely on the web traffic the first episode has generated.

Joseph Gordon Levett in "HitRecord on TV"Plus, JGL is as adorable as you’d expect.

Despite a promising pilot, viewers didn’t check out Fox’s new comedy Enlisted.

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The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Bobby Moynihan is staging a “take over” of Rachael‘s kitchen and — I’m guessing — talking about playing a queer rapper on Chozen.

Almost Human (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Kennex and Dorian deal with a criminal who has self-guided bullets that can find their targets. Self-guided bullets. Suddenly, it seems obvious why 2048 LAPD is losing the war on crime.

Tatyana Forrest in "Almost Human"Looks like self-guided bullets also work as an alternative light source.

American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. Japan (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
A Ninja Warrior special matching up competitors from American Ninja Warrior and the original Japanese show Sasuke sounds like a dream for any one who has found themselves glued to their couch watching hours upon hours of Ninja Warrior on G4. I’ll be good to see Shingo Yamamoto and (two-time champion) Yuuji Urushihara run the course again.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
As HIMYM goes through its checklist of things it needs to revisit one last time before the big finale, tonight it crosses off the final slap from Marshall and Barney‘s slap bet.

How I Met You rMother

Lost Girl (Syfy) 8:00 PM ET
Syfy’s hit gay-inclusive drama following the adventures of a succubus are still on my TV catchup list, but I’m sure a good number of fans are happy to see the fourth season begin.

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
ABC Family’s superb drama returns with a big appeal to TBL viewers with guest roles by Alec Mapa (as Katherine‘s new tap dance instructor), Sandra Bernhard (as Bay‘s art professor), RJ Mitte (as a new colleage of Daphne) and Glee alum Max Adler (as a jock classmate of Bay).

Alec Mapa and Lea Thompson in "Switched at Birth"

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
At its best, Syfy’s Being Human is about how different supernatural creatures co-exist. Last season, Being Human had a great run adding zombies and one terrifying witch into the mix. It also ended with several tantalizing cliffhangers that will probably drive this season’s stories.

The Fosters (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
Sure, we had high hopes when ABC Family was getting ready to debut this drama about a diverse family parented by a lesbian couple, but we weren’t expecting a ridiculously-compelling show that takes on topical issues the way Scandal speeds through game-changer plot twists. It also had us asking “What’s going on with Judd?” as the youngest member of the Foster clan struck up a friendship with a classmate that matched the beats of a first romance storyline. However, first there’s a little cliffhanger to deal with, as Callie has decided everyone would be better off without her and has run away. Unfortunately, there’s a very tough lesson coming on how that is definitely not the case.

David Lambert and Hayden Byerly in "The Fosters"

Sleepy Hollow (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Fox hit crazy supernatural drama returns with Captain Irving worrying about the safety of his daughter, Macy and, er, thinks he can find a solution in Washington’s Bible.

Major Crimes (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
While not a reunion, Major Crimes gets two actors known for playing Borg characters for its second season finale. Jeri Ryan appears as Phillip‘s cutthroat lawyer. (I’m hoping the writers figure out a way to have her share a scene with Jonathan del Arco, who played Borg Hugh, though it seems unlikely.)

Jeri Ryan in "Major Crimes"

Bitten (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Syfy wraps its new Monday night with the new Canadian werewolf drama starring V and Smallville alum Laura Vandervoort

Archer (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Look, I’m a huge fan of Archer and I’m thrilled to have new episodes but sweet charity is everyone starting a Monday-night line-up? Tonight’s things change for the ISIS team as the agency is forced to rework how it does business.

 Archer

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Sure Aunt Kate‘s brand of crazy started to seem pretty mild once grandpa Argent came to town (and none of that compares to the school board deciding that “principal disappearance” and “mysterious new guy in town” are just two things that go great together) but that doesn’t stop Allison from having nightmares about Kate.

Chozen (FX) 10:30 PM ET
People weren’t sure how to react to the early promos for Chozen about a queer white rapper adjusting to life after being released from prison. That sounded like a great premise for a show full of homophobic jokes. Still, FX has a pretty good history with gay themes in its comedies and Archer‘s Adam Reed is involved in this show. That called for a little patience and, Dennis enjoyed the first five episodes. I’m less worried about homophobia than I am about violence. I’m still feeling disturbed after seeing Chozen casually break a go-go boy’s neck in one of his rap performances.

Chozen

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
God Loves Uganda director Roger Ross Williams talks with Jon Stewart tonight about his documentary about anti-gay laws in Uganda.

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

 

Almost Human (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Kennex and Dorian deal with a criminal who has self-guided bullets that can find its targets. Self-guided bullets. Suddenly, it seems obvious why 2048 LAPD is losing the war on crime.

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