Jason Momoa Travels Sundance’s “Red Road” Plus the Return of “Vikings” and “Portlandia”

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The Arsenio Hall Show has been renewed for a second season.

Justin Hartley has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods. The pilot, from Awkward. creator Lauren Iungerich, is a relationship comedy about two damaged men and two damaged women with Hartley playing a man who can’t handle his girlfriend getting the promotion he was pursuing. I think I prefer to see him playing a guy who is dating an tech billionaire with a vengeful pal.

Justin Hartley shirtless in "Revenge"

In a sadly unsurprising development, the Biography channel is revamping into FYI Network, which will feature upscale lifestyle programming.

Empire, the hip-hop drama pilot from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, added to its cast Person of Interest alum Taraji P. Henson. She’ll play the wife of the drama’s music mogul, a woman who has done prison time for selling drugs to keep her husband’s music label in the black in its early days.

Three months ago, the BBC cancelled period crime drama Ripper Street. Now the series has been saved and a third season ordered, thanks to some additional support from Amazon.

Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg in "Ripper Street"

CBS has ordered a pilot of that Matthew Perry Odd Couple remake. That’s your cue to start your fantasy casting on who could play Felix to Perry’s Oscar.

Slate calls Hannibal “the best Thomas Harris adaptation to date” for capturing levels of nuance that not even The Silence of the Lambs reaches.

Comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will appear in four episodes of FX’s upcoming Fargo mini-series.

Key & Peele

TBL-faves Michelle Trachtenberg and Julie White will star in the CBS comedy pilot Save the Date. The comedy focuses on a woman who books a wedding venue while drunk and decides she has to find herself a husband for the date. That sounds like a premise that will seriously rely on the charisma of performers like Tachtenberg and White.

Is anyone a fan of The Hallmark Channel’s The Good Witch movies? You’re about to get a TV series, thanks to Catherine Bell no longer having Army Wives on her schedule.

The CW’s iZombie pilot has has cast David Anders and Breakout KingsMalcolm Goodwin. Anders is playing a bad guy, which will probably not surprise anyone who has seen him on just about any TV show.

Listings

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Sure Professor Duncan seems cowardly and untrustworthy but he reminds me of this late night TV host I like. I hope that’s the quality Jeff tells him to emphasize when Duncan asks for advice in courting Britta. Anything else would be insufferable.

John Oliver and Joel McHale in "Community"

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Sheldon being Sheldon, when Leonard buys a new dining table, it prompts Sheldon to question the direction of his life. Since Jim Parsons is hosting Saturday Night Live this week, I’m going to just watch half of the episode and then pretend the episode ends with Sheldon deciding to try quitting science for a comedy career.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
As Leslie and Ben‘s first anniversary approaches, Ben feels the need to come up with a special day. However, he also needs to get around her busy schedule, her ability to figure out a surprise and the way the two combine.

Adam Scott and Amy Poehler in "Parks & Recreation"

The Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
Carson Kressley helps Patti this week as she tries to find a match for an art dealer and a former NFL player. I’ll understand if Carson’s not enough to get you to watch.

The Crazy Ones (CBS) 9:30 PM ET
The latest instance of Lewis, Roberts + Roberts going above and beyond to stay on a client’s good side comes when a client (Cheryl Hines) wants to throw her son a special Bar Mitzvah. Good thing they’ve got a secret weapon with Bar Mitzvah entertainer extraordinaire Dr. Z.

James Wolk in "The Crazy Ones"

Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
In what sounds like a cruel bit of programming, NBC replaces Sean Hayes‘ sitcom with an episode of the game show Hayes produces where Hayes is one of the celebrity guests. Joining the game are Allison Janney, Don Cheadle, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde.

The Red Road (Sundance) 9:00 PM ET
Game of Thrones doesn’t return for a couple more months (I still need to get caught up, it’s getting harder to keep my husband unspoiled with all those Red Wedding jokes out there) but you’ve got two ways to make the wait a little easier. While History is bringing back it’s period drama of political intrigue (see below), Sundance has Jason Momoa in this thriller about two clashing communities in rural New York, a small town and a Naitive American tribe not recognized by the federal government.

Jason Momoa and Martin Henderson in "The Red Road"

Project Runway: Under the Gunn (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Sure, tonight’s challenge may involve creating steampunk looks (I plan to be gleefully yelling “More gears! Where’s the goggles? That could use some more springs!”), But there’s also scandal as Anya starts to suspect one of her designers misrepresented himself with his portfolio.

Vikings (History) 10:00 PM ET
One of last year’s pleasant surprises was that the History Channel’s first scripted series turned out to be one of the many great dramas to debut. The series brought former Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel back to the small screen, gave us a compelling bromance with Rangar and Athelstan. Last season ended with Donal Logue showing up as a new rival to Ragnar’s leadership. Logue’s so great at being a TV villain, he was stirring trouble on three shows in a short time. I’m eager to see him and Fimmel clash.

HIstory Channel's Vikings

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Finally, my Thursday night course of schadenfreude and salaciousness returns. The long-awaited return of Pope and Associates has already teased some really juicy bits as Mellie decides to make sure her husband’s affair doesn’t derail her own political ambitions and David tries to turn James back to the light side with a way to take Cyrus down.

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Oh. Yes. They’re back. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are back for more tales of what looks to me like the happiest place on earth. Joining the fun for the premiere episode are Kirsten Dunst and Vanessa Bayer.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in "Portlandia"

King of the Nerds (TBS) 10:00 PM ET
Tonight the nerds face an important mission as they have to rescue George Takei from a laser maze. This could be their most important mission. What point is there in being King of the Nerds if there’s no Takei?

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

 

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