TV on Tap: A Princely Return on “Once Upon a Time” and U.S. “Downton Abbey” Fans are Still Angry About the Dog

“The holidays are over so it’s back to our lives at Briarcliff. Great.”


In talking with Salon, Rob James-Collier says a few interesting things about playing Thomas on Downton Abbey, including the mention that this is the season Thomas finally gets to be more than just a bad guy. (Yes, I know some of you have seen the whole third season, already). The actor also says that U.S. viewers are particularly incensed about what Thomas did to the dog in last year’s Christmas special.

It turns out the series Fringe inspires smart use of glow-in-the-dark art.

In good news for good looking guys on Once Upon a Time, Julian Morris will be returning to the show as Prince Phillip. OUaT isn’t a show to let a hunky actor go to waste. After all, they brought Regina’s lost love Daniel (Noah Bean) back, why not Princess Aurora’s?

According to Radar Online, Ann Curry is trying to get NBC to release her from her contract so that she can anchor a show at CNN (which is now run by former Today Show boss Jeff Zucker). Radar previously reported that Zucker wanted Curry to take over Anderson Cooper’s current time slot. I hope that just means another new time for Cooper, it seems ridiculous to give him up when Erin Burnett and Wolf Blitzer are so busy making Piers Morgan look good.

This means we get to see Donald Glover as The Black Widow next, right?

Is the secret of Malibu Country’s success is that it feels so familiar, as Slate suggests? While calling Malibu Country comfort food TV isn’t new, I think it points to an empty space in the multi-camera comedy. Nowadays most multi-camera comedies don’t aim to be more than easy-to-watch. Where are the multi-camera comedies that push the genre forward the way The Golden Girls, Roseanne and Seinfeld did? Aside from The Big Bang Theory, are we past the days when a sitcom could have just a bit of edginess and be filmed in front of a studio audience?


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson’s guest-host today is Carmen Electra. She’ll be there to talk with a mother with 20 personalities.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy’s talks with Isaac Mizrahi about Project Runway All Stars. I’m hoping Wendy’s armed with the phrase, “Ivy? Really? Did you get in touch with Nina and Michael’s crack dealer?”

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It’s time for the Days writers to set up the beginning of a custody battle between WilSon and… er, does Gabi and Nick have a nickname among fandom, yet? Yes, there will be a liveblog so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Nova (PBS) Check local listings
While we’re worrying about the supervolcano under Yosemite stateside, it turns out Europe might need to worry about the volcanoes in Iceland. Did I say Europe? Actually, Iceland’s giant volcanoes might have global consequences when they erupt. It’s feel-good programming for people who were disappointed to wake up the morning after the Mayan calendar ended.

Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
L&O kicks off 2013 with an investigation into the beating of Father Shea (played by Denis O’Hare who played the character back in 2008). Just don’t confuse Father Shay with Father Hogan, who was also played by O’Hare. To grab our attention even further, in addition to O’Hare, the winter premiere has Tony Plana, probably showing off the creepy side he displayed on Desperate Housewives.

American Horror Story (FX) 10:00 PM ET
I guess this season isn’t going to end with an audaciously warm holiday episode. Things get bad enough for The Monsignor that he turns to Jude for advice.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time for a trip to the local comic con and, of course, everyone’s attending in a costume, because who doesn’t attend a comic convention in costume? Mostly everyone, but I’ll overlook that since that seems to be an excuse to get Eddie Cibrian in a skintight outfit.

Happily Divorced (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
It’s time for a minor Nanny reunion as Harry Van Gorkum (he played Maxwell’s brother) guests as Fran’s new neighbor whose hard-partying lifestyle is keeping her up.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Remember how Kathy Griffin kept mentioning the debut date of her talk show at Times Square? She’s got a chance to be similarly shameless on tonight’s Letterman.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Mlissa Joan Hart is joining Anderson on Thursday.

Kathy Griffin: Kennedie Center On-Hers (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Bravo’s hoping we’ll be more in the mood for the return of Kathy Griffin’s talk show if we get a comedy special first.


Lyle Masaki is a fan of obscure superheroes, video games, adorkable guys and that show you loved that got cancelled way too soon.