TV on Tap: Cameron’s Dad Will Be Visiting “Modern Family,” Mike Vogel Joins a “Sunny” Comedy and Why “The Simpsons” Is As Good As Ever

How I Met Your Mother works to remedy television’s terrible Becki Newton shortage.



TBS is getting in the sitcom business with Vince Vaughn. The network has ordered 10 episodes of Sullivan and Son, a comedy starring Korean-Irish comedian Steve Byrne as an attorney who takes over his family’s bar, where the regular patrons include Christine Ebersole.

Parks & Recreation is getting ready for something of a West Wing reunion. Bradley Whitford is set to appear as a Pawnee City Councilman whose seat Leslie Knope is trying to win. While Whitford’s episode will have its shout-outs to the White House drama, he won’t share any scenes with former West Wing co-star Rob Lowe.

We’re going to finally meet Cameron’s dad on Modern Family. Veteran actor Barry Corbin has signed up to appear in an episode that will air in May. I hope that means we’ll get to see him and Jay try to overshadow each other.

David E. Kelley’s TNT medical drama Chelsea General has been quickly filling out its cast adding Keong Sim (who you might recognize as Mike’s dad from Glee) and Ving Rhames. They join Alfred Molina and Jamie Bamber.

I guess the promise of another blanket fort episode isn’t enough to have Community fans eagerly waiting for the comedy’s return. Now Joel McHale is teasing that a character will die. I’m guessing someone realized that “Pop! Pop!” stopped working as a punchline three appearances ago.

I’ve been saying this for a couple years, so I’m glad to see Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz challenge the belief that The Simpsons isn’t funny anymore, backing up the assertion with nine late episodes that match the classics. (I probably wouldn’t go as far back as Seitz does, but “Politically Inept with Homer Simpson” was an instant classic.) I certainly remember the years when I’d tune in and wish I could get that half-hour back, but the series eventually found its voice again and has been very strong for several years. It probably will never define and challenge the zeitgeist the way it did in its early days again, but it’s still an incredibly funny show.

Mike Vogel has set himself up with a backup role if PanAm doesn’t get a second season, he’ll star in a Fox pilot from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney as a hard-partying blogger who changes his lifestyle when he gets a job as an NPR host.


The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate helps a viewer fix a bad floorplan and learns how to make Valentine’s Day treats.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Mario Cantone will be visiting to discuss the Grammys.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
We left off with Will sitting next to Rafe and facing the urge to reveal his mother’s secret and hypocrisy. I don’t think Will is going to hold back.

MTV’s morning show is remembering Whitney Houston by airing her music videos back-to-back.

Slavery By Another Name (PBS) Check local listings
Laurence Fishburne narrates this Sundance documentary that focuses on how the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t completely end slavery but changed it into a system of trumped-up charges and prison labor, a system that sometimes managed to be worse than what it replaced and created a culture that made sure that African-Americans continued to face limited opportunities. I’m a big fan of PBS shows like History Detectives for how it uses personal stories to let us better understand our own history, but this documentary sounds like something that challenges how we think history happened.

106 & Park (BET) 6:00 PM ET
BET’s music series will air a three-hour tribute to Whitney Houston today.

The Bodyguard (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
If you’re looking to remember Whitney Houston by watching her cinematic debut, Lifetime’s offering a chance tonight.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
I may be excited to see Becki Newton on TV again, but I’m also feeling a little wary. I still remember how excited House fans were about Jennifer Morrison’s arrival and… I’m sure you all remember Zoey with a shudder and a sudden desire to punch holes in the nearest wall. Then again, it’s a lot tougher to make a Barney storyline go wrong than to make a Ted story go right. Besides, it’s about time Barney met a woman with a finely-tuned BS detector and an immunity to charm.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM
Despite Hannah’s attempts to prevent it, “A” starts going after Caleb leaving a trail of evidence that suggest he’s responsible for some hacking crimes. Meanwhile, Aria finally learns what secret she’s been helping Holden hide, which means an explanation for what leaves a bruise like that.

The Voice (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
It’s time for another two hours of auditions and watching the judges tease each other. Let’s hope the next cute boy to audition is a better singer.

2 Broke Girls (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
The great half and the terrible half of 2 Broke Girls collide this week as Sophie starts flirting with Earl and ends up putting him in the hospital. Let’s hope this episode is the beginning of the end of critics saying “It should be a crime to put Garrett Morris in a sitcom and use him so poorly.”

The Lying Game (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
With the case for Ethan’s vindication looking worse, Emma decides its time she became the twin who conducts investigations, especially since her confession to Mads at the end of last week’s episode is a way to get her to join Sutton’s gang of boxcar children. Also, the producers finally remember why Blair Redford shouldn’t be allowed to wear a shirt for an entire episode.

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
When I heard Josh talk about the seeking a cure for lycanthropy in this season’s previews, I thought we were about to see Kemp’s American counterpart but instead we got the wolf siblings who… I’m not sure what I think of them yet. Considering how this version of Being Human gives the stories time to breathe, there’s probably a lot of time for Kemp to show up, especially since we’re still exploring addictions what with Suren having just pushed Aidan off the wagon, the wolf sliblings’ snorting a white powder and Sally having just developed her own addiction (which gets worse in tonight’s episode).

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
The dolls have to show they can make the hard sell from a green screen as they’re challenged to make a commercial for RuPaul’s albums Glamazon and Champion. While the Drag Race challenges test a variety of skills, it’s the comedy that gives this show its most entertaining moments. Last week’s wresting challenge showed some promise, this one should give us a solid idea of what to expect for this season.

Whitney Houston: Death of a Diva (VH1) 9:30 PM ET
VH1 News’ Janell Snowden puts together the latest coverage of the renowned singer’s death as well as tributes from the people who worked with her and the fans who loved her, including Clive Davis’ Grammy party, where many music industry people learned about the tragedy.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
Tonight the Five-0 team cause an international incident. What with the shark cage interrogations and similarly crazypants approaches to law enforcement, it was bound to happen eventually.

It’s a Brad Brad World (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
With the issue of finding office space and an assistant out of the way (kind of) Brad and Gary head to Italy for fashion week. Don’t worry, Brad remembers to bring the Bravo cameras along for a fashion show of men’s swimwear.

Smash (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
As Derek starts putting Ivy and Karen through a variety of demands, Julia and her husband deal with the red tape that comes with trying to adopt internationally. I have a feeling this is going to be another episode where I try to total up the parts I like and see if that makes up for another unbearable Debra Messing character.

100 Greatest Women in Music (VH1) 10:00 PM ET
Ne-Yo hosts this five-night countdown of women who have made their mark on the music industry in the past 22 years, including a salute to the legacy of Whitney Houston.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Hey Cougar Town fans! Busy Phillips will be visiting Andy tonight, along with David Arquette.

Conan (TBS) 11:00 PM ET
Conan’s getting a visit from Adam Pally tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate’s getting a Valentine’s Day visit from Kandi Burruss.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
If Will think he’s done doing awful things he’s mistaken. Tomorrow is election day, and Nicole has some other ideas.

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