TV on Tap: Cam’s Rival is Returning to “Modern Family,” NBC Expects Many More “Days of Our Lives” and What “Sherlock” Got Wrong with Irene Adler

ABC Family brings back Bunheads with new episodes tonight.


It’s time for the winter Television Critics Association press tour, which means there are lots of tidbits of news to chew. Yesterday, critics talked with NBC head Robert Greenblatt, who said that he’s not sure when Hannibal will air, but it won’t be until late in the TV season. Meanwhile, Michael J. Fox’s upcoming sitcom will follow a newsman who has to give up his job after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and how his family adjusts, and they may make another attempt to reboot The Munsters.

Greenblatt also expressed faith in Days of Our Lives, saying “it’s not going anywhere.” That’s a very welcome change from the days when Jeff Zucker was predicting impending cancellation for the soap. We’re so lucky Zucker never got around to dumping Days for the ninth hour of The Today Show.

In attempt to draw viewers who might be turned off by the “based on a book by Bill O’Reilly” part, the producer of Killing Lincoln says John Wikes Booth could be a “poster boy for the tea party.”

In some positively great news, Modern Family is bringing back Cam’s lesbian nemesis Pam (Wendi McLendon-Covey) , according to TVLine.

Now that I will finally get to see a Cyndi Lauper reality show, I’m dreaming of a reality show starring Joe Biden.

TVLine breaks the news that Sarah Michelle Gellar is eyeing her next TV role. This time, she’ll be playing for laughs in a comedy about the wacky trouble two moms get into when their kids are at school.

Eliot Spitzer has stepped down from his Current news show, Viewpoint. Unlike Jennifer Granholm, who said she plans to leave her show when her contract runs out, Spitzer is immediately quitting, with John Fugelsang filling in.

Comedy Central has ordered two more seasons of Workaholics.

One way or another, Elementary is working on adding Irene Adler to its mythology. With luck, the show’s producers have looked at io9’s analysis on what Sherlock (and that Robert Downey Jr. movie) got wrong in modernizing the character.

Can Smash’s creative problems be blamed on the former showrunner or the network execs? Both sides are blaming the other one. (Shocking, I know!)

NBC has ordered a summer dramedy, Camp which is not a TV adaptation of the indie film Camp (oh, well), but a series NBC compares to Meatballs.

In ratings news, a slow Thursday gave The Big Bang Theory an all-time high and Buckwild had a promising debut for MTV. About 2.5 million viewers tuned in, which compares well to the 1.4 million that watched the debut of Jersey Shore.

Meanwhile, I’m hoping that an average of 893,000 viewers means that Twilight Zone marathons on Syfy aren’t disappearing anytime soon. The most-watched episode during the two-day marathon was the classic “It’s a Good Life” with Billy Mumy and Cloris Leachman.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Soledad O’Brien is joining Anderson for an episode that includes an intervention for a daughter struggling with heroin dependency. So, you know, the light stuff that daytime TV is made of.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Rachael’s heading to the Beekman farm to learn about goat farming from Josh and Brent from The Fabulous Beekman Boys, learning how to milk a goat and to turn that into cheese. At least I can feel certain this isn’t going to lead to another mac & cheese or croque monsieur recipe.

The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Considering the indulgences of daytime TV, I’m always a little wary when I hear “feel good” but today’s “feel good follow-ups” show does include Mark and Paul, a couple who talked about their experience adopting a child. Today they’re here to talk about how their appearance lead to another adoption.

The Chew (ABC) Check local listings
Until her new reality show debuts, I’m going to enjoy Cyndi Lauper making the talk show rounds to promote it. I’m guessing an appearance on The Chew means she’s going to cook, which sounds as amazing as her calling Mitt Romney a genius.

Market Warriors (PBS) Check local listings
To make Mondays (or whatever day your local affiliate picks) antique night, PBS is adding a show that follows antique pickers as they try to find undiscovered treasures at flea markets. If Antiques Roadshow left people digging through their attic looking for that item that’s worth a lot more than they thought, I’m guessing this one will discourage people from ever having another garage sale again. At least, not until they’ve quintuple-checked that there isn’t some value they’ve overlooked.

POV (PBS) Check local listings
The latest documentary from POV takes a look at the dangers faced by the reporters at the Tijuana independent newspaper Zeta, where the drug war has led to a high number of death and disappearances among journalists.

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
After a first season that kept going and going, Switched at Birth finally kicks off its second season, with Angelo now rich, while John and Kathryn debate a political career. With any other show, plots like that would leave me imagining a shark tank and a water ski jump ramp, but this show has managed to do well with storylines that would have killed other shows.

The Biggest Loser (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
The competitors are sent outside for a workout where, based on what I’ve heard about this show, they’ll face a ridiculous and barely-helpful workout. Also, yelling trainers.

Count It Down: Hollywood’s Quickest Marriages (TV Guide) 8:00 PM ET
Embrace the sanctity!

Bunheads (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
ABC Family’s mix of snappy banter, ballet terminology and dance auditions returns with new episodes. Yay.

Deception (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
NBC’s new drama follows a cop who grew up around a wealthy family and ends up reconnecting with them when their daughter is murdered — think Veronica Mars with grown-up characters. That was my impression of the pilot, anyway. That and a growing impatience for things to get interesting

Vanderpump Rules (Bravo) 10:00 PM Et
The second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills lost me, but I was constantly tempted to slough through Taylor’s marital drama and all the queasiness it inspired to watch Lisa Vanderpump some more. Thus, I’m thrilled that Lisa is the latest Bravo housewife to get her own spin-off that follows the drama at her restaurant, Sur.

Castle (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
The murder of a divorce attorney means Castle and Breckett have to sort through angry divorcees, including Jack Wagner as a famous golfer and Nancy Lee Grahn as his angry wife.

The Staircase (Sundance) 10:00 PM ET
Sundance is getting ready to unveil a couple new chapters of its critically-praised documentary but first it’s re-airing the whole thing starting tonight. The series follows the murder of Kathleen Peterson and the trial of her husband, Michael.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
TDS returns from its holiday break tonight. A wearied nation hopes Jon Stewart can give us perspective on horrifying mass murders, ridiculous activist group responses, a stalled Congress that can’t even be bothered to deal with an emergency. Then, we’ll hope that guest Anne Hathaway can lighten things.

Catfish: The TV Show (MTV) 11:00 PM ET
MTV’s new hit guilty pleasure returns by checking into the story of Joe, who is romancing someone who claims to be a successful beauty queen.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
With a new show debuting, who else would be Andy’s guest other than Lisa vanderpump.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Lisa Vanderpump is joining Anderson tomorrow and Betty White will be visiting for a chat. I’ve already cleared out my calendar for tomorrow.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Next stop for Cyndi Lauper is a visit with Wendy.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Kyan Douglas is joining Rachael tomorrow..

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Kathy Griffin is back tomorrow.

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