Considering what a massive hit The Walking Dead has been for AMC, it’s not surprising that it’s developing a spin-off series that would follow a different cast of characters trying to survive in the Walking Dead world.
Lifetime is developing a series about a dystopian future called The Lottery and sadly, it’s not about picking which villager will be stoned to ensure a good harvest. (For those of you who didn’t get that, I am very, very, very sad.) Instead, it is set in a future where humanity is infertile (it’s from a co-writer of Children of Men) but a 100 embryos have been successfully fertilized. A national lottery is held to determine the surrogates who will carry them.
Saturday Night Live just announced six new cast members but where are the people of color? Is this going to be another one of those seasons where the View parodies leave me ignoring the punchlines to focus on the awkwardness that follows when an SNL sketch requires two black women?
Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, a Victorian drama about the various monsters that terrified readers at the time, just went in full geekbait mode by casting Billie Piper.
HBO has ordered a series for The Leftovers the Rapture pilot with Justin Theroux, and Max and Charlie Carver. Deep down, I’m hoping this means Thief in the Night shows up on Netflix. Our own snicks made me curious about all the Christian horror films I missed because my church only showed the animated adaption of The Pilgrim’s Progress.
NBC is developing a comedy about a child prodigy chef from producer Mike White Deadline reports. I’ll give anything from White a chance, so this one is on my radar.
Nashville is cutting back on a couple of characters in its second season, downgrading Powers Booth as Rayna‘s father and Robert Ray Wisdom as Deputy Mayor Coleman to recurring status, according to TVLine. I’m just catching up on Nashville, but I hope that means the country music drama is cutting back on the political storylines. Now if only they’d introduce a serial assaulter who randomly shows up to punch Avery or Greyson every so often.
In desperation to overcome the bad reviews for Dads (which premieres tonight), Fox has tried promoting it as the comedy THEY don’t want you to watch, emphasizing critics’ comments calling Dads offensive (but not unfunny or racist) and Hitfix‘s Daniel Fienberg breaks down why “Reprehensible? This is FOX, baby!” is terrible branding.
NBC’s live performance of The Sound of Music has increased its musical theater cred by adding three former Tony winners to the cast. Smash alum Christian Borle will take on the role of Capt. von Trapp‘s friend Max Dettweiler, Laura Benanti will play Elsa Schrader and Audra McDonald will be Mother Abbess.
Did this week’s Breaking Bad include a callback to the series’ (ambiguously) gayest episode?
I was going to post the side-by-side image from last Sunday’s Breaking Bad but decided against it since it may end up spoiling some people, all people who weren’t part of the AMC drama hitting a new series high in the ratings.
Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Gabi tries to convince Sonny not to tell Will about her hook-up with Nick. Surely, there’s the “Your boyfriend is probably already stressed out enough with his mother on trial for murder” argument to make.
Dads (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Does a compatible lead-in still matter? I’ve decided that Fox has decided to challenge the idea when it puts Dads — a stale-looking comedy that has generated the most buzz for having really tired jokes — to kick off a night of critically-praised comedies. Oh, yeah, the premise: Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi are best friends and business partners whose lives are turned upside down when their dads (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert) move in with them. Oh, and Brenda Song is a woman who doesn’t realize she deserves a better job. I mean, she plays a woman who doesn’t realize she deserves a better job.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Since I don’t know enough about the Legends Football League (formerly known as the Lingerie Football League), I won’t attempt to come up with any jokes about LFL player Chloe Butler and Monique Gaxiola appearing on tonight’s episode.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
When the new fall line-up was announced, Brookyln Nine-Nine looked promising. Sure, Andy Samberg‘s character looks like the kind of manchild that usually sends me running away from a comedy, but it also looks like Andre Braugher‘s no-nonsense police captain has a purpose beyond being the guy who tries to stop all the fun. Even better, Braugher’s police captain is gay. Clearly, someone realized there was an opening for “TV’s most beloved gay cop” now that Southland is over.
Covert Affairs (USA) 9:00 PM ET
While Fox’s comedies are starting a new season, Covert Affairs is wrapping up its summer run (though, as it did last year, it’s only taking a few weeks off) by having a fugitive Annie go after Henry in Frankfurt.
New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Now that Nick and Jess decided to try to hook up, they’re running off to Mexico, which works out as a way to ignore that Schmidt finds himself trying to choose between Cece, otherwise known as the woman whose wedding Schmidt ruined, and Elizabeth, the ex Schmidt worked to earn a reconciliation. Either way, I expect the D-bag jar is getting fed.
Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
The competitors face an early Halloween challenge. I would think this would be a great time for Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) to appear as a guest judge but I haven’t been able to find any mention of it, so I guess not? I can’t imagine having Elvira on your show and not promoting it like crazy but that’s just me.
The Mindy Project (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
The first season of The Mindy Project was frustratingly inconsistent. However, it was at its best when it sent romantic comedy cliches into a violent collision with reality, something the comedy realized as shallow and materialistic Mindy romanced Casey, a preacher who enjoyed charity work. The second season starts with (surprise) complications challenging Mindy and Casey’s idyllic time trying to help out in Haiti. Meanwhile, James Franco shows up for a story arc as Mindy’s replacement at her old practice.
Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
Chopped returns to filling its mystery baskets with leftovers as the cheftestants have to combine old casserole (leftover casserole?) and takeout food in the appetizer round.
Suits (USA) 10:00 PM ET
It’s Ava‘s revenge in the summer finale as it turns out powerful business people don’t like being the pawn in a battle over control of some firm that barely matters to them.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Neil Patrick Harris is on tonight’s guest list to talk about the Emmys and the final season of How I Met Your Mother.
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The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
CBS’ roundtable talk show reminds us that The View may have a shiny new host who says ridiculous things but they’re willing to have Kathy Griffin as a guest… as well as Aisha Tyler? How did she get listed as a guest for tomorrow’s show?
Key & Peele (Comedy Central) 10:30 PM ET
Since I’m trying to give myself another day of not thinking about gay people who behaved like awful bigots on TV in the past, I’ll just say I can’t wait to see President Obama‘s anger translator Luther again.