ABC Family has made a big commitment to Melissa & Joey. The third season debuts tonight and Deadline reports that the channel has just ordered a fourth season. Additionally, it expanded the third season by twenty episodes. That will make it the first ABC Family comedy to pass 100 episodes. I wonder if that means we’ll soon be seeing repeats air on local stations.
The fourth season of Arrested Development has turned out to be Netflix’s biggest hit, drawing three times as much traffic as House of Cards and 10 percent of viewers watching all fifteen episodes. I’ll be honest, I didn’t make it past two episodes of the fourth season format.
On a related note, there’s already a site for ShowStealer Pro.
New York PBS channel WNET is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an ad campaign mocking cable reality series. The campaign includes hilarious fake twitter accounts. As much as I love these ads, I’m a little disappointed there’s no barbs aimed at The History Channel. This seems like a good moment to point out that PBS still has shows about history.
The upcoming ABC reality series Whodunnit? will have a companion novel that will go on sale a week before it premieres. Having tie-in merchandise ready in case the show is a hit is… incredibly optimistic.
io9 asks what signs might tell you to hope that a show will improve after a mediocre first season. I like a lot of the tips, but part of the fun is spotting the subtle snipes at unspecified shows.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
We often wish Tim Gunn were one of the Project Runway judges since he often feels like the last sane person (or, to paraphrase Gunn, not smoking crack). Rachael’s giving us a chance to see him as a judge as Gretta and Zanna compete to see who can make over identical twins better. Personally, I’d give the prize to whoever manages an homage Erica and Heather from Degrassi Junior High.
Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
As contentious as things get on soap operas, a near-death experience is often a chance for everyone to rethink their priorities and petty grudges. At least, I think that’s where Days is headed when Nick offers Will an apology.
Nova (PBS) Check local listings
It’s two hours of the science behind some of the current news events. First, “Manhunt: Boston Bombers” looks at the combination of technology and old-fashioned detective work that helped the Boston police solve the Boston Marathon bombing. That includes a look at the limits on current technology that separate reality from the cool toys investigators have on TV. (“Enhance the photo!”) Then, “Oklahoma’s Deadliest Tornadoes” looks at efforts to better understand the formation of tornadoes in hopes of being able to predict the next major tornado sooner.
Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo) 7:00 PM ET
It’s the 250th episode and that’s a reason to sit down for a bunch of new interviews. The interviewee list includes Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper, Dave Chappelle, Ellen Burstyn and more!
Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
The third season begins with circumstances calling Joe to another job, prompting Mel to try to find a way to convince him to stay without actually saying she’d like him to stick around. I’m pretty sure M&J have gone there before, but I have a terrible memory when it comes to this show. It’s not like I watch this for the plotting.
The American Baking Competition (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
CBS ventures into the cooking reality show genre with this adaptation of The Great British Bake Off. As much as I like the idea of watching amateur bakers in a cooking competition, the choice to have Jeff Foxworthy as host suggests I’m not a part of the target demographic. I guess I’ll find out tonight.
Baby Daddy (ABC Family) 8:30 PM ET
ABC Family’s hit comedy starts its second season with the promise of Matt Dallas appearing in multiple episodes.
Healing in the Heartland (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
NBC raises money for Oklahoma tornado relief efforts with this concert featuring performance by Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert and more.
Million Dollar Listing NY (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Luis and Freddy end up literally working the same street, which sounds like a great way to get way to get the two to finally clash. Or maybe it’ll turn out the rivalries turn explosive when Ryan is involved.
Watch What Happens Live (USA) 11:00 PM ET
Broadway star Aaron Tveit will be talking about his upcoming USA series Graceland with Andy.
What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!
Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
If today’s apology turns out to be the first step towards Nick’s redemption, is confession the second? Me, I’m back to being angry with John and Marlena for being mean to Kirsten, so I hope they get a redemption arc next. For Marlena that just requires a few scenes with Will.