TV on Tap: “DTLA” Debuts Tonight, The CW’s Mary Queen of Scots Teen Drama and Is “Happy Endings” the New “Friends” or “Seinfeld”?

Logo debuts a new original scripted drama tonight with DTLA.


Expect to see more of Emily’s classmate from the vengeance dojo. Barry Sloane has been promoted to a series regular on Revenge with the potential to return in a potential third season.

CBS has ordered a full season of Vegas and Elementary, both shows I liked but haven’t had time to keep watching.

Er. Wow. You know Jeremy Davies’ odd haircut at the Emmys? The one we thought was an expression of his character’s strangeness until he stepped onto the Emmy stage? It turns out he showed up on the set of Justified with that haircut and they decided to use it.

While I agree the characters on Happy Endings are pretty terrible people, that makes senes if you don’t think of it as a Friends clone but rather as the successor to Seinfeld. Bad as the HE gang might be, they’ve yet to steal food from elderly women.

Former Kyle XY star Matt Dallas is returning to ABC Family with a role on the comedy Baby Daddy. Too bad it’s not a show I find watchable.

GhostbustersErnie Hudson will be appearing in an episode of Guys with Kids as the father of Tempestt Bledsoe’s character. Meanwhile, the comedy got some hopeful news as NBC ordered five more scripts.

Sigh. It’s official. The Insider is changing its name to omg! Insider.

Yesterday was a day full of head scratching development news. The CW is working on a drama about a teen Mary Queen of Scots described as “Game of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette“. That already sounds like something that should be watched at a theatre where a drag queen host heckles the show. CBS has ordered a modern take on Sense & Sensibility. ABC has ordered a Charlize Theron-produced Viking drama and a comedy set in a trendy Manhattan bar called Mixology. I hope that means we’re almost done calling bartending mixology.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s a Channel One reunion (as well as a chance for Anderson’s longtime fans to make him feel old) as his former colleague Lisa Ling co-hosts the show.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Isaac Mizrahi is giving Rachael’s audience instant makeovers (and there will probably be a mention of Project Runway All Stars while he’s there) before Jeremy Sisto discusses his various roles and which one gets him recognized.

Nature (PBS) Check local listings
It’s time for PBS to break the hearts of Harry Potter fans who think of owls as adorable companion animals with a knack for sending messages. Nature looks at how the Snowy Owl survives a long winter (they live in an area that gets only 82 days of sunlight) and prepares its owlets to survive on their own in such a harsh climate. Since this is PBS and not Animal Planet, expect the camera to be pretty frank when it comes to predators being predatory.

Arrow (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Oliver’s latest adversary is an assassin who is helping his client keep the prices at an auction low by killing any other potential buyers, including a businessman who was on Ollie’s list. Since he is focused on bringing criminals to justice and not killing them (wait, what? Did they not see the pilot or does Oliver limit himself to killing henchmen?) Oliver decides that This. Will. Not. Stand.

A-List Listings (E!) 8:00 PM ET
No, no, no, no, no. You will not get me to watch another show with “A-List” in the title just because there’s a gay presence on the show… you say A-List Listings follows David Burtka (joined by Madison Hildebrand and more) as he tours ostentatious homes? Does Burtka promise to be adorable? (Oh, all right, he’ll be breathing, that’s all it takes for him to be adorable.)


The Houstons: On Our Own (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Here it is. Whitney Houston’s family debuts in a reality show that follows them trying to move on after the diva’s death. I have to admit, there’s something a little uncomfortable about the idea of this series — seems like the tragic premise would limit which reality TV beats it could use. Can this show manage to avoid coming off as tacky or being merely a manipulative weepfest?

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
You know Claire goes full-stop on Halloween, but this year the neighborhood gets together to ask that she tone it down and make her Halloween more kid friendly. I’m hoping they make the request by posting a sign in her yard that Claire eventually realizes used to say “Slow Down Your Neighbors”.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
You’d think for Halloween, Supernatural would be its usual gory self (or maybe even offer one of its sillier episodes) but, no tonight’s episode is a “unique” one featuring changing perspectives and student filmmaking as Sam and Dean investigate a murder in a college town.

Suburgatory (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Tonight, we’re meeting Chatswin’s take on a trope of suburban stories, the woman who lives alone who the neighborhood kids suspect is a witch. In this case, the character is played by Rachel Dratch.

American Horror Story (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Okay, so my DVR died as we tried to watch the premiere (you think its tough waiting a week in between episodes? try waiting a week to finish an episode) but its pretty clear this season is not going to be any less crazy (and maybe a little more offensive, sigh) than the first one. This week has an exorcist called in to deal with one specific patient. Sounds like, again, I should make plans to watch this on an empty stomach.

South Park (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
Everyone else is taking on Halloween, so why not see what happens when the South Park kids dress up as The Avengers.

DTLA (Logo) 11:00 PM ET
Noah’s Arc star Darryl Stephens makes his return to Logo with this drama about a group of friends navigating love and career ambition in Los Angeles. I’m keeping my fingers crossed this one does well so that I don’t have to keep giving the side-eye to people who complain that Logo doesn’t have as much original, scripted programming as channels that have been broadcasting for decades.

DTLA trailer

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight, Andy talk with the cast of Life After Top Chef: Fabio Viviani, Richard Blais, Spike Mendelsohn and Jen Carroll.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Martina McBride is tomorrow’s guest host as Anderson interviews one of the stars of another one of Anderson’s favorite shows, American Pickers.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Why is Rachel Maddow on so many talk shows this week? Did I do something extra good?

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