TV on Tap: “Downton” Won’t Be Airing on PBS Any Earlier, the Parents Television Center vs “Scandal” and Vote for the Worst Leaves “American Idol” Alone

Are you ready for a new season of Face Off already?


Speaking to the TCA, PBS President Paula Kerger was asked about the delay between the debut of Downton Abbey in the UK and their debut on PBS. Unfortunately, Kerger replied that January seems like a good time for the show. In other words, U.S. fans should expect to spend more time avoiding spoilers.

My first reaction to reading TMZ’s report that Ann Romney turned down Dancing with the Stars was a hostile eye roll, but after a little thought I’m a little sad we won’t get to see what kind of Saturday Night Live gold Kate McKinnon could turn that into.

Is an ad boasting “Enough episodes of Glee to make you question your sexuality” homophobic? Jezebel isn’t sure. Honestly, it gave me a chuckle but Glee is its own universe when it comes to determining context.

The site that has trolled American Idol for years, Vote for the Worst, is shutting down declaring that people no longer take singing competitions seriously anymore and, therefore, the site has accomplished its goals.

As the Parents Television Council struggles for relevance, its latest target is Scandal which… er, I think they’re saying a 14-year-old is going to see Huck get waterboarded and be inspired to disrespect the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Or something.

The AV Club asks an important question: why does it look like A Different World will go down in history as the last black sitcom to make it into the Nielsen top ten? A couple factors are at work, but the biggest is the shift towards the tracking of audience demographics, which lead to a greater focus on rich white viewers under 50 who networks expect to want to watch white characters. (Thankfully, shows like Grey’s Anatomy has shifted the focus on diverse casts.)

GLAAD isn’t happy with Anderson Live and the questions guest co-host Robin Robinson asked transgender beauty pageant competitor Kylan Wenzel.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Stacy London is Anderson’s co-host today (she’s supposed to have a big announcement to make). Meanwhile, hunkadunk Shemar Moore stops by for an interview.

The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s a day for fans of sitcoms from the 80s as Jeff talks with Valerie Harper and Lisa Whelchel.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
I’m so glad to see there’s at least one soap that can still deliver the traditional town gathering o’ drama. Even better, we’ve got that real time “Sins of the Mother” storyline that only soaps can deliver (though this is the first time I’ve been around for the sins of the mother). Be sure to join us again for a liveblog as we follow the residents of Salem as they try to recover from all the revelations and disappointment. Until then, I’ll be looking for a gif of a terrified Gabi shaking her head at Will.

Pioneers of Television (PBS) Check local listings
PBS’ look at the formative days of television kicks off its third season with a look at “Funny Ladies” including Phyllis Diller, Marla Gibbs and Carol Burnett. Be sure to tune in with your list of all the noteworthy funny women in the history of TV so you can be outraged by whatever snubs you find.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Now that Mona roams free, the Liars are debating if they can trust her. Hannah being the mushy and sentimental one in the group, is sure she can trust Mona this time. I bet Lucy van Pelt would love to practice football with Hannah.

Raising Hope (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Jimmy’s search for an engagement ring for Sabrina leads to the most awkward way of learning that Virginia hocks her own wedding ring from time to time.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
We might finally be getting to understand the root of Nick’s anger issues as his father (Dennis Farina) reappears in Nick’s life. Since Nick suspects his dad may be back only to involve him in another con job, there’s probably time for another burst of fury from Nick.

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
After three successful seasons, Syfy is giving Face Off the treatment NBC gave The Voice with two seasons in a year — and this time Michael Westmore isn’t McKenzie’s never-seen but constantly-mentioned father, he’s going to be a part of the show.

Go On (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Shaun White is this week’s reminder that Ryan has a sports-related career. That career gets in the way when Ryan decides he’s ready to date again.

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Max finds a new roommate and not only does he look like Mark-Paul Gosselaar he’s filling the place with cool new furniture and gadgets. Meanwhile, all those jokes about Jane’s bisexual phase in college finally leads to us meeting her college girlfriend.

The Lying Game (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
Proving that she’s the twin who never knew the meaning of “give it up already” Sutton tells Emma she still plans on stealing Ethan away. It’s starting to feel like it’s time for another long drive off of a short dock.

The New Normal (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
It’s time for a practice fatherhood run for Bryan and David when they send Goldie off for a weekend and take care of Shania, which probably means Bryan and David will walk away thinking you can just turn on the TV, pop in a DVD of Grey Gardens and your kid can be left alone for a couple hours.

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Apartment 23 has tackled romantic comedies this season, it sounds like it’s about to take on reality TV as Chloe and June find themselves fighting over a man.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
This week another champions’ tournament, and this one starts with a mystery basket featuring haggis. We’re going to have to wait to learn if it’s haggis from the butcher or a return appearance of the canned haggis.

Cougar Town (TBS) 10:00 PM ET
Jumping on the Movember trend a little late, the guys decide they want to grow Tom Selleck-quality mustaches.

Justified (FX) 10:00 PM ET
I may not have a feel for where this season is going, yet, but I’m enjoying it with the addition of Ron Eldard (apparently he’s playing someone looking to show Boyd who wears the crazypants in the family), a Pentecostal preacher destroying Boyd’s drug business and Raylan losing a guy he left in his car trunk.

Real Husbands of Hollywood (BET) 10:00 PM ET
BET parodies the inescapable rich-people-being-awful genre of reality TV with this “semi-scripted” show that stars Robin Thicke, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe and more..

Conan (TBS) 11:00 PM ET
Jesse Tyler Ferguson will be appearing tonight..

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy’s got Robin Thicke and American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson on tonight’s show.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s Busy Phillipps and Atlanta housewife Kenya Moore on tomorrow’s show.

American Idol (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
You’re not tired of Mariah vs. Nicki stories, are you?


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