“Modern Family” Will Tackle Prop 8 and Lifetime Puts Sally Draper in the “Attic”

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The season premiere of Modern Family will tackle the overturning of Prop 8, according to a table read performed for Emmy voters.

Modern Family's Mitchell and Cameron

After two years as co-host of the Miss Universe pageant, Andy Cohen says he won’t return for this year’s competition, which is happening in Moscow for the first time. According to E! News Cohen said that he, “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”

In case you missed the video where women demand that HBO “show more dongs” (NSFW language at that link), it’s started some discussion on HBO’s double standard. I miss the days of Oz.

Speaking of Oz, EW reports that Dean Winters will appear on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as a rival to Andy Samberg‘s character Jake. That’s not the only Brooklyn Nine-Nine casting announcement. The Hollywood Reporter added that rapper Kid Cudi as an ex-con who Jake is sure has returned to crime.

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Buzzfeed reports that Laura Prepon will be leaving Orange is the New Black next season (though she’ll have a few appearances to wrap up her story). However, AfterEllen‘s Trish Bendix wonders if Prepon’s Scientology might have made her hesitant to stay in a lesbian role.

Jonathan Schaech has joined the upcoming CW drama Star-Crossed as the politician uncle of Matt Lanter‘s alien. Wait. I mean he’ll play the hot alien uncle to Matt Lanter’s hot alien teen. That probably needs to be made clear since we’re discussing a CW show.

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Mad Men scene-stealer Kiernan Shipka has taken the lead role in Lifetime’s movie adaptation of Flowers in the Attic. Suddenly, that project became as awkward as the novel and I’m relieved this isn’t being made for premium cable.

Steven Weber and Scott Michael Foster have joined the cast of the upcoming ABC Family drama Chasing Life in recurring roles. Since its starting to look like ABC Family is finding space for the Greek cast (Aaron Hill has been showing up on Twisted), can we maybe get to see Paul James again?

John Oliver has been a solid performer as a guest-host of The Daily Show and it looks like the ratings bear that out. Ratings are down a little from last year, but within a range that could be expected considering that this time last year we were in the midst of a Presidential election that was providing comedians with plenty of material. Even better news for Oliver, his year-to-year ratings are better than Jon Stewart‘s year-to-year ratings just before he began his leave.

Listings

Viewpoint (Current) 8:00 PM ET
It’s the final night of John Fugelsang‘s ten-month run at Current. Fugelsang has been a much-needed voice in the media as a liberal Catholic and discussed some topics that had been previously ignored on the airwaves. Fugelsang may be a witty pundit but this show has given viewers a chance to see that he’s a great interviewer. He’s able to come up with questions that get to the core of an issue — which is why one of the few times he got to ask a question to someone with a big role in the presidential campaign, we ended up with the “Etch-a-Sketch” comment, one of the campaign’s major soundbites.

Burn Notice (USA) 9:00 PM ET
We’re at the point in Burn Notice‘s final story arc where Michael is losing track of his identity. This week, whether Michael is still himself is determined by whether he makes a shot with a sniper rifle or not.

Stephen Martines in "Burn Notice"I guess this is the episode Fiona’s boyfriend gets out of the way
so she can reconcile with Michael. Sigh.

Project Runway (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
It’s back to the unconventional materials, but this time that chouice might include curtains, which puts Tim Gunn in the middle of some drama when he tries to steer one designer to use something more out of the ordinary.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
Tonight’s episode is all about anguished waiting around Adam‘s hospital bed after his car hit a tree. I guess that’s something to distract me from wondering if tonight’s episode, “Honey,” is named after the Moby or the Billie Ray Martin song.

Lyle Lettau and Olivia Scriven in Degrassi

Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Tonight’s players include Kristen Chenoweth, Felicity Huffman, Molly Shannon, Aubrey Plaza, Wilmer Valderama and Dominic Monaghan. I’d try to find a general theme to this group, but I’m too excited to concentrate for that.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy is getting a visit from Oprah tonight.

Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
Justin Kirk shows up this week as Kat‘s fiance, but what kind of Grey’s Anatomy parody would this be if he were a faithful fiance? Or merely cheated on her? Frankly, I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t turn out to be a brain tumor induced hallucination.

Project Runway (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
It’s back to the unconventional materials, but this time the choice of materials include curtains, which puts Tim Gunn in the middle of some drama when he tries to steer one designer to use some unconventional materials.

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