TV on Tap: “Chicago Fire” Fools the Local News, “The Killing” Lives Again and Seth MacFarlane Gets Adulterous with Marge Simpson

Aw, now I wish I could spend my next landmark anniversary with Cyndi Lauper.
(Also, happy milestone


NBC hasn’t given up on Nick Lachey. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Lachey will be hosting the singing competition series, The Winner Is, where performers will get the chance to take a cash payout before they find out if the judges are going to send them to the next round. Lachey previously hosted The Sing-Off and was one of the mentors on Clash of the Choirs.

It seems pretty likely The Killing will rise from the dead, Variety reports that the series writers have assembled to start working on a third season.

Chicago TV station WGN reported on a plane crash, not realizing it was a staged crash for an episode of Chicago Fire. The scene had signage indicating that it was a filming location, but the WGN news reported on what their traffic helicopter saw.

Canada is finally getting its own version of The Amazing Race.

Do you have an idea for how Psych should be advertised? USA has created a contest where viewers submit their idea for a Psych tagline and vote on the most popular submissions.

Nate Corddry will appear on New Girl, according to E!. He’ll play a classmate of Jess who creeps her out, which will probably make me flash back to his creepy United States of Tara restaurant manager.

As part of its upcoming revamp, Army Wives is adding to its cast with singer/actress Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto and Elle McLemore.

Seth MacFarlane will be adding his voice to The Simpsons according to EW. He’ll play a man Marge encounters when she visits the adulterous dating site Ashley Madison and mistakes it for the site of baked treat maker Dolly Madison. There’s a zinger zapper joke in there somewhere.

How is Community handling the departure of Chevy Chase? TVLine says that Pierce appears in the season finale, which was filmed out of sequence but producers might find a way to use already-filmed footage of Chase in the two episodes filmed after he quit. That inspired a big sigh of relief from… absolutely nobody.

ABC Family is developing a series based on the I Hunt Killers novels. The novels follow the daughter of a serial killer who is under investigation once a bunch of copycat murders are committed. The channel has another thriller in development, Socio, about a teen suspected of murder. Is this focus on underage murder the new trend at the channel or a shorthand way to get network execs to think “This is the next Pretty Little Liars“?

The Nick at Nite comedy Instant Mom has recast one of its lead roles with Michael Boatman, according to Deadline. Based off lingering goodwill from Boatman’s Spin City days, I feel like I have to check out Instant Mom now.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Caroline Manzo is Anderson’s co-host for a show that includes a look at TLC’s next contribution to the downfall of society and a story about another online danger.

Live! with Kelly & Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
There’s a double-feature of amazing and out performers today with Neil Patrick Harris and Ian McKellen. Also, the cast of Jersey Boys performs as part of “the Holiday in New York” week.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Cheri Oteri will be talking with Wendy about her upcoming appearance on this week’s The New Normal.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Not only does today’s show have the faboo Betty White, The Price is Right’s Rob Wilson will be visiting and showing off his abs.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will, Gabi and Nick try to come up with a plan for how to raise Gabi’s child without acknowledging that Will is the father. This is where we begin the wacky plot where everyone has to keep spinning bigger and more elaborate lies to keep Sonny in the dark, right? Be sure to join us for a liveblog and be ready to discuss if the lies are going more in a Lucy Ricardo direction or following a more unbearable Susan Meyer tone starting at 1PM Eastern!

Joy Behar: Say Anything (Current) 6:00 PM ET
Carson Kressley is scheduled to talk with Joy tonight.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Everybody wants Barrobin back together (especially since the first time around, HIMYM rushed to telling viewers that we were all wrong for thinking Barney and Robin would be amazing together) but now that Barney’s given up hoping for a Barrobin reunion Robin’s working overtime to make it happen.

Bones (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
For Bones’s 150th episode, psychic Avalon Harmonia (Cyndi Lauper) is making a return to help a young victim cross over, a process that prompts everyone to think about their feelings about the afterlife. I hope someone lets them know that after 150 episodes they get to live on in syndication.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
All CBS wants for Christmas (okay maybe that’s not all they want, they could use a new hit comedy) is good ratings for its Victoria’s Secret runway show tomorrow, so Steve helps model Behati Prinsloo deal with a stalker. Meanwhile, Max falls for a woman, just in time for them to survive a bank robbery together.

Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
On one hand, NBC’s newest Christmas special has Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Reba… but are they enough to make up for Larry the Cable Guy and Jay Leno?

Catfish: The TV Show (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Oh, Catfish, why must you put so much guilt in the guilty pleasure? This week, Nev helps Jasmine meet Mike, a guy who lives only fifteen minutes away but hasn’t been able to meet her. Yeah, ’I’m too busy for a fifteen-minute trip; doesn’t sound at all suspicious.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight’s show is set for one of those reality TV double-features with Taylor Armstrong and Kristin Cavallari.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
It’s Hobbit week at the Report and Stephen’s starting the week off with the grey one himself, Sir Ian McKellan. I can’t wait to see how Stephen works in a “You shall not pass!” reference.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Christie Brinkley is tomorrow’s co-host with Gilles Marini as an interview guest.

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Tomorrow’s show has Jane Fonda sitting for a chat.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Tori Spelling’s visiting the show tomorrow.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Oh yes, the great Martha Plimpton is talking with Ellen tomorrow. I hope that’s where I find out if I dreamed that news report about Democrats trying to recruit her to run for office.


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