TV on Tap: “Downton Abbey” Will Return for a Fourth Season, the Problem with “Nashville” and La Morte du “Merlin”

Miles and Monroe are face to face on Revolution’s fall finale.
I forget, which one’s the Dean and which one’s the Castliel in this relationship?

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Anyone have good recipes for leftover turkey?


In sad news, Larry Hagman died on Friday from complications from cancer. His surviving family has our best wishes in this tough time.

As for Hagman’s creative legacy, Buzzfeed reflects on how J.R. Ewing changed primetime TV, helping usher in selfish, menacing characters. Meanwhile as for Hagman’s current series, The Hollywood Reporter says that producers of the new Dallas series are working on a proper farewell for J.R. but he was already able to appear in six episodes of the upcoming season.

The third season of Downton Abbey won’t debut stateside for a few more weeks but ITV has odered a fourth season of the popular period drama. TVLine broke the news in March that several cast members have agreed to be in the upcoming season, with filming set to start in February, we should soon be hearing if the remaining holdouts like Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith stick around.

In an interview with EW, Charlie Hunnam let his character’s rivalry with Ron Perlman’s character extend to their offscreen relationship, giving his co-star the cold shoulder without explaining why. I think Hunnam just inspired fanfic about Hunnam doing similar off-camera research with his Queer as Folk castmates.

In a big loss for slashwink fans, Merlin will end this season with a two hour finale wrapping the story up.

If I asked you to name a show that combined Connie Britton, critical acclaim and a setting that kept viewers from giving it a chance, what comes to mind? Friday Night Lights or Nashville? When TV Guide asks why ABC’s country music drama is struggling in the ratings, the similarities to Britton’s football drama are hard to miss. TV Guide also reports that Nashville could take over 666 Park Avenue’s time slot when that series ends.

Speaking of cancelled ABC dramas, TVLine reports that both 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort will be able to wrap up their storylines. I’m still disappointed we probably won’t get a good understanding of Last Resort’s crumbling world, but at least we’ll get the Last Resort version of Hank and Britt at the traffic light. (Terriers fans will get the reference.)

Who’s buying so much Dundler-Mifflin paper that there are yet more real world products coming with the name of the setting of The Office printed on it?

We’ll be meeting Nick’s dad on New Girl. TVLine reports that Dennis Farina has been cast to play Walt Miller, a con man who has been out of Nick’s life for a while but suddenly returns.

At Hitfix, Alan Sepinwall lists 20 shows where HBO defined itself as a trailblazer, in honor of the channel’s 40th anniversary. I still feel a tinge of sadness when I realize how easy it is to overlook the ways Sex and the City was groundbreaking.


Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It sounds like today’s installment will be high on drama and low on tension as people try to stop Gabi from having an abortion, including Will. Since it looks unlikely the babydrama will end this quickly (and is the gay man with a baby from a one night stand earning a spot on the list of gay cliches?) we probably know how this will go. But we don’t yet know what kind of snark it will inspire, so be sure to join us for a liveblog starting at 1PM Eastern!

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Now that Marshall is facing Brad in court, HIMYM is making up for putting a pillow under Joe Manganiello’s shirt and dressing him in sweat pants by having Brad working his best seductive moves on the jury. Don’t worry, the jury seduction isn’t complete without the old “Ooops, I dropped my pen!” routine.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
McGarrett turns his attention to a therapist accused of murdering her patient, debating if shes “crazy hot” or “just crazy”. Meanwhile, I think Danny’s holding a boombox over his head that’s playing “Crazy for You” outside of Steve’s window.

RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
Are we at the season finale, already? Since these dolls have already had to film a music video, they have to show a different skill set — stand-up comedy. Oh, now that first elimination stings so much more.

Revolution (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
For the fall finale (we won’t see Revolution again until The Voice returns — those swivel chairs just emphasize how much we lose without electricity to power our singing competitions) Miles and Monroe finally have their reunion after all these tense years apart. Revolution hasn’t been stingy with the revelations, hopefully the reunion will explain why they’ve been acting like McDanno after a bitter divorce.

Catfish: The TV Show (MTV) 11:00 PM ET
Nev checks out an online relationship that has lasted for 10 years. Ten. Years. That’s long enough for them to have first met in an AOL chatroom (which they did!) I wonder if they reminisce about changing technology, “Remember when we took our conversations AOL to MySpace? Good times.”

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy’s got a double-feature of funny and fabulous with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Valerie Bertinelli.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Jim Parsons will be talking with Jay to hold you over until Thursday’s new Big Bang Theory.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
Lily Tomlin will be talking about Malibu Country to Craig.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricki’s talking to people who have stood-up to their families, including Nate Phelps… you should be able to guess which family he stood up to.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s a TV Land double-shot with Happily Divorced’s Tichina Arnold and Hot in Cleveland’s Wendy Malick.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Tuesday’s show has Joan Collins, Fran Drescher and the cast of Broadway’s A Christmas Story.


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