The Return of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Piers Morgan Live” Cancelled, and Ronan Farrow Debuts

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News

The NBC pilot Marry Me was on my radar because it comes from Happy Endings creator David Caspe with Casey Wilson and Ken Marino starring. Now, Tim Meadows has joined the cast as one of Wilson’s gay dads. Is it possible for Caspe to create a gay character as loved as Max turned out to be?

Comic Book Resources has the first look at Arrow‘s Suicide Squad, which will include Shrapnel (Sean Maher). Considering the Squad’s comic book history, there’s a good chance that will be the last we see of Shrapnel. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Shrapnel was the kind of villain I wouldn’t mind seeing killed off (okay most of Arrow‘s villains are that despicable) but that would also mean less Sean Maher.

Sean Maher and Michael Jai White in "Arrow"'s Suicide Squad

Becki Newton has found a new pilot role, joining the Fox comedy pilot Weird Loner, about four relationship-phobic people sharing a townhouse. Happy EndingsZachary Knighton co-stars in the pilot. The prospect of having Newton back on TV is exciting, having her share screen time with someone from another beloved show is even better.

We won’t have Piers Morgan to offend us much longer. His final show is expected to air sometime next month.

Deadline reports that Ioan Gruffudd has been picked as the lead in the ABC pilot Forever, playing a medical examiner who is secretly also an immortal.

David Tennant talked with EW about reviving his Broadchurch role for the Fox remake Gracepoint, “…since I’m playing scenes in a different location with different people it’s going to be different; you just have to be open to where that goes. There is no precedent for this. It’s so familiar, yet completely new. It’s a very peculiar experience.”

David Tennant and Anna Gunn in "Gracepoint"

Saturday Night Live kills off a beloved character. I’m still in shock.

Last week, Jimmy Kimmel revealed that he pranked the media by getting them to report on an Olympic athlete’s claim of finding a wolf in the dorms. Kimmel called out media outlets for reporting on the story but it turns out the news division at Kimmel’s network was given a chance to avoid that kind of shaming. ABC News admits they knew about the prank, warned its shows to avoid the story and even deleted a web story that didn’t get a warning in time. Your point about the media being lax is diluted when you trample some basic ethics along the way.

The Comedy Central pilot Crazy House has added Parker Posey to its cast. The comedy is set in an insane asylum with Posey playing the head of the institution.

In surprising news, NBC announced that it plans on reviving Heroes as a 13 episode “event series”. I think the only way you could get me to tune in is if you convince Bryan Fuller to return to the Heroes‘ writers’ room. Heroes was only good when he was part of the writing staff.

Heroes

The awesome Jolene Purdy has joined the cast of Benched, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Benched is the upcoming USA comedy with Eliza Coupe ( it’s like the stars aligned to create a lot of Happy Endings-adjacent announcements at once) as a corporate attorney who loses her job and starts over as a public defender. I guess that counts as an Under the Dome spoiler, but thirteen episodes of Under the Dome should have stopped you from caring about impending Under the Dome developments.

Vulture asks, “Is Downton Abbey the highest-rated British-TV import ever?” The short answer is that it’s unlikely, but since some of the biggest imports (namely, The Prisoner, The Avengers and, fittingly Upstairs, Downstairs) come from an era when ratings were measured differently, its’ difficult to say with certainty.

Listings

Ronan Farrow Daily (MSNBC) 1:00 PM ET
At the age of 26, Ronan Farrow has accomplished more than people in their 40s would dream about, now he’s hosting a daily MSNBC show. I think MSNBC is trying to make people who like smart boys forget other channels exist.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
With only a few hours away from the big wedding, Barney‘s dealing with a massive hangover. If he’s really got a Ring Bear in place of a Ring Bearer, he’s going to need a good hangover cure if the wedding isn’t going to become a massacre. Then again, hasn’t this season been training us not to care if the series finale turns out to be the Red Wedding but with a laugh track?

Neil Patrick Harris in "How I Met Your Mother"

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
With their parents’ marriage on the rocks, Bay and Travis team up to try to get the relationship on the mend. Daphne would probably try to help but she’s busy remembering that Sharee is still dealing with a parent with significant mental illness. That’s a good way to put your parents’ impending divorce in perspective.

Almost Human (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
You know what else 2048 Los Angeles has? “DNA crimes”. I’m not sure what that is but it sounds like another reason why the police need android help.

The Voice (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Now that The Olympics are over, it’s time to get to American’s favorite sport — watching successful musical performers in spinning chairs.

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Have you tired of yelling at the TV about Sally not learning things? Tonight, she responds to Robbie‘s death by turning to Donna — which is what Sally did the last time she (almost) got her killed. That didn’t go so well. But this time will be different, right Sally?

Jesse Rath in "Being Human"

The Fosters (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
Tonight’s episode is titled “Kids in the Hall.” Therefore, I expect someone to get advice from a campy barfly, survey 30 women named Helen and escape from a guy crushing heads. Either that, or Brandon will make more terrible decisions

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
February finally becomes FebRUary as a new search begins for the next drag superstar. Even better, this season kicks off with Adam Lambert as the first guest-judge. You mean this cast has to convince Adam Lambert that they’re fierce?

Adam Lambert guest judges "RuPaul's Drag Race"

Dallas (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
TNT returns to Southfork as the Ewings feel strong and united following their defeat of Cliff Barnes. As you know, the Ewing name does not coexist with “united” for long, so just start counting down until everyone’s fighting over property and family honor again.

Archer (Fx) 10:00 PM ET
Not only is Archer back, Sterling‘s getting himself fitted for a mustache as the team goes on a road-trip-slash-Smokey-and-the-Bandit-homage.

Archer

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
The gang scrambles to find an artifact that they hope can solve their Dark Stiles problem. I’m for anything that keeps me from having to choose between Tamlyn Tomita and Dylan O’Brien.

Chozen (FX) 10:30 PM ET
Chozen‘s boyfriend Jamal is out of prison and taking up all the time he should be spending with his band. As usual, love gets in the way of getting stuff done.

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

 

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