Kevin Zegers Joins “Broadchurch” Remake, Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming Sing with Stephen Colbert

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Linda Cardellini has joined New Girl in a recurring role. She’ll play Jess‘ sister “who brings a real Springer energy to every situation”. I guess we’re about to understand why Jess sticks with Nick, despite all his dysfunction?

Kevin Zegers has joined the cast of Gracepoint, Fox’s remake of Broadchurch. The Transamerica and Gossip Girl hottie will play the young reporter who dives into the murder at the core of the series. I hope that turns out to be a key role in the remake, U.S. remakes of UK shows work well well when they deal with the differences between the two cultures. While Broadchurch dealt with UK tabloids, I hope Gracepoint takes on TV reporters who get big audiences from sensational coverage of violent crime.

Kevin Zegers Gracepoint
Kevin Zegers

In an interview with Hitfix, Masters of Sex, creator Michelle Ashford says their roles on The Millers shouldn’t get in the way of future appearances by Beau Bridges (who plays William Maters‘s closeted boss, Barton Scully) or Allison Janney (who plays Scully’s wife). “Next season we’re bringing back Betty the hooker because we loved her, and then (Annaleigh Ashford) went to do Kinky Boots. And then we found a way to bring her back. Now she’s with us for the entire season next year. And other people had to leave for other reasons and yes, we had Beau and Allison who are now on their (shows). So I think it’s okay to put a pin in that for a bit, but it’s definitely a story that you’re gonna want to follow in some form. We would never not come back to it at all. We just have to figure out how. We can’t have them the way we had them last year because they’re not around as much.”

The New York Daily News wonders what’s happening with Howard Stern‘s TV presence. The deal to carry Stern’s show on TV via video on demand ends at the end of the year with Stern promising a “new approach,” but there’s no news about that, so far. Stern can conduct a great celebrity interview, it would be great to be able to have easier access to them.

Netflix has finalized a deal to carry Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. Unlike many other TV shows carried by Netflix, fans watching via the streaming service won’t have to wait long, as Saul will appear soon after the season finale airs.

Better Call Saul

Here’s something to keep in mind when Downton Abbey returns next month, there’s a policy against washing the costumes in order to preserve the historical look. I will never watch a Downton dinner scene the same way again.

Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki has joined the cast of the From Dusk Till Dawn TV series, according to EW.

Variety says that Bravo has ordered a 12-episode season of The People’s Couch, the show that watched people watch TV. No word on if child star turned gay hunk Blake McIver will return, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Blake McIver in "The Peoples Couch"Blake McIver

After generating headlines for killing Brian, this week’s episode where Family Guy hit ‘undo’ on the death saw ratings jump 11 percent. However, as EW notes the rest of the animation domination all had bigger audience bumps.

Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
While Will and Sami take up the wacky misunderstanding portion of the storyline, we have a meeting of Salem’s suspiciously nervous people when Gabi has an encounter with Sonny. Can material this good go without a liveblog? I think not, so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

How Sherlock Changed the World (PBS) Check local listings
PBS is leading up to the return of Sherlock with this look at how the tales of Sherlock Holmes have influenced real world crime investigation. That’s seems like an apt appetizer for Sherlock considering how one of the original themes was to ask how the world would be different if someone like Holmes didn’t come along until now.

Benidict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in "Sherlock"But do they get into the importance of homoerotic relationships in solving crime?

The Voice (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
As usual, a two-hour finale of a competition show needs a few big performances to help fill time until the winner is announced. Tonight, it’s Lady Gaga, OneRepublic, Ne-Yo and Celine Dion performing.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
It’s a tapas-themed challenge this week as the cheftestants encounter Spanish ingredients made into, I presume, small plates. I guess that means I won’t be distracted by tracking how much the judges are eating.

The Shahs of Sunset (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Reza and Adam throw a housewarming party. I’m a few episodes behind, but I hope they’re still living in digs that are small by Reza’s standards and affordable by Adam’s standards. Reza cutting back on luxury for love is the kind of fish-out-of-water tale that should get a lot of screen time.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
In what I hope will be as amazing as it sounds, Stephen‘s Christmas carol performance is joined by Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper.

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Rachel Maddow is on tomorrow’s guest list.

Rachel MaddowNational treasure Rachel Maddow

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Mario Cantone starts a two-day guest-hosting run tomorrow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
The trio of Sami, Kate and Gabi realize they need to have a talk about Sonny.

Kathy Griffin: Record Breaker (Bravo) 8:00 PM ET
A new Kathy Griffin comedy special? Is it our collective birthday? Or a general season of gift-giving?

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