TV on Tap: Eric Stonestreet Will Return to “American Horror Story,” Alfonso Cuaron Signs Up for a NBC Pilot and Richard Castle Will Meet Nathan Fillion

Yes, we’re happy, too, now that Michael Urie is back on our TV thanks to Partners.


Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmy prank turned out to involve him asking viewers to tweet, “OMG Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage during the Emmys, turn on ABC.” That was eyeroll-inducing enough that I was relieved to see that no one I follow on Twitter repeated it, but 25,000 people followed Kimmel’s directions.

Meanwhile, among the records set at this year’s Emmy Awards, Mad Men gets the sad trombone for having the most nominations with no awards.

Former Eureka hunk Ed Quinn has will appear on an episode of Castle and it sounds like he’ll be playing the role of Nathan Fillion… or, at least, the star of a short-lived sci-fi show with a cult following.

Chevy Chase just continues to make himself sound completely unpleasant. I’m starting to wish for a reality show where Chevy Chase, Bret Easton Ellis and Rupert Everett are forced to make a TV show together.

Seth MacFarlane is developing another comedy for Fox but this time it’s not an animated show but a live action comedy. MarFarlane is teaming up with his Ted co-writers for a show about two guys in their 30s who suddenly find their dads moving in with them. Wasn’t that George & Leo?

ABC is giving a second chance to the Rebel Wilson comedy project Super Fun Night, reshooting the pilot. The series follows three nerdy, female friends who promise to get out on Friday nights and have a “super fun” time.

Add Eric Stonestreet to the list of actors returning for the second installment of American Horror Story. This time, he’ll be playing a killer of some kind.

Kathryn Hahn is making a return appearance on Parks & Recreation.

Bethenny Frankel announced that her talk show will be returning to the airwaves.

Giancarlo Esposito is making a return appearance on Community.

Lifetime has ordered a seventh season of Army Wives, though it sounds like Kim Delaney won’t be sticking around.

How many of these (mostly obscure) sci-fi and fantasy TV shows based on movies do you remember? And did any of you predict that it would be the bullying older brother who would go from Weird Science to have a big, gay following?

In an intriguing development filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mama Tambien) is directing a pilot for NBC about a girl with powers that will mature in seven years and needs protection until then.

Copper is teaching me to appreciate Anastacia Griffith (you might also recognize her from Once Upon a Time) so I’m intrigued by the news that she’ll be appearing in the season finale of Alan Ball’s upcoming drama Banshee.

Fox doesn’t want us to forget it was once the home of reality shows that seemed determine to make you hate humanity like Joe Millionaire and Playing It Straight.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Okay, is the guest-host going to stick around for the whole show or just for the First Fifteen Minutes? Today’s guest host is Goldie Hawn who has a new book out. Then Anderson talks with Paralympian Cheryl Leitner and discusses pole dancing classes for children. (Couldn’t they learn a lot of those pole dancing feats in gymnastics class?)

The Talk (syndicated) Check local listings
Neil Patrick Harris is on today’s guest list. I think he’s starting the promotional tour for The Smurfs 2 early since I can’t think of anything else of his getting ready to debut.

The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated) Check local listings
I couldn’t make it all the way through one episode of The Jeff Probst Show, but will Margaret Cho and Chely Wright make watching Jeff try to develop a sensitive side for the TV cameras more bearable?

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
I’ll just get right to the point. There’s more WilSon kissing today, as well as a liveblog, so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern. With that announcement out of the way, you can now go back to your squeeing.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
It’s the beginning of what might be the final season of How I Met Your Mother (or not, depending on how negotiations go). Tonight’s season premiere picks up with older Ted flashing back to the flashback he had at Barney and Robin’s wedding. At this point, the thought of HIMYM being clever like that just inspires an exhausted sigh, and saying adieu doesn’t sound so bad.

The L.A. Complex (CW) 8:00 PM ET
This summer, The CW managed to find what was probably the best drama its ever aired (if we keep in mind that The WB got all of Gilmore Girls’ good years) and was rewarded for that accomplishment with the lowest-rated series debut in broadcast history. (Yeah, I’m wearing my cranky pants today.) Tonight, the second season wraps with someone getting arrested, Kal making a big decision about his dad and the answer to the question, “Can you do a satisfactory storyline about ScientoScienetics in just four episodes?”

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
In what almost sounds like something out of the kind of sitcom that did very special episodes, Bey learns a lesson on respecting other people’s property, thanks to the “street art” she installed on the side of her father’s car wash. Will she try for “I’m just glad you were honest, honey!” or just start spinning lies upon lies until it all unravels on her?

Partners (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
Its pretty encouraging to see how gay male visibility has grown in the past few years. A few years ago, it was promising to see a show that wasn’t Queer as Folk that had a gay character as a supporting member of an ensemble cast. This year, we have two broadcast comedies with gay men as lead characters, including this show about a gay/straight friendship. That was my way of using optimism to put off mentioning that the early reviews haven’t been kind to Partners, especially Michael Urie’s character. Let’s hope this series does a better job of living up to its potential than 2 Broke Girls did.

Major Crimes (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
Didn’t the Major Crimes division just deal with a leak? I guess they’ve got another one to deal with as case details about investigations start popping up on the news.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
I guess we’re down to Brother Adrian being the only arc still going (thankfully, we don’t have to worry anymore about Claudia knowing when Jinks is tweezing unwanted hair) and it turns out it’s a good thing there nothing left to divide the team’s focus since Brother Adrian is now sending artifacts to their family members.

2 Broke Girls (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
The first season of 2 Broke Girls began with a lot of promise and a lot of problems. For better or for worse, it was a big hit despite not fixing the problems or meeting the potential suggested by the first episode (or, worse, adding the amah-zing Jennifer Coolidge and giving her nothing interesting to work with). Since 2 Broke Girls is starting its second season with a story about the series’ weaker points, the Channing family, I’m not feeling hopeful, but the charisma of Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings is hard to resist.

Castle (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Now that Castle has left the “Will they or won’t they?” behind, it needs a new rival/hurdle, and that comes in the form of Jack Coleman as a Senator with information about Kate’s mother.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
We’re meeting Mama McGarrett (Christine Lahti) which hopefully will reveal which parent was the one who first got Steve fitted for his crazypants.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight, Andy’s guests are Sonja Morgan and Cat Ommaney. Since, I don’t want to go to give Google more reason to think I’m obsessed with the Real Housewives, I’m going to guess that they’re Bravolebrities.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Katherine Schwarzenegger is tomorrow’s guest-host while Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rosie Perez discuss their new movie Won’t Back Down.

Live with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
NeNe Leakes will be visiting tomorrow, presumably to discuss The New Normal.

Katie (syndicated) Check local listings
Katie’s got a rare TV appearance by Barbra Streisand tomorrow!.

Trivia Triptych

Congratulations to no one as last week’s puzzle turned out to be a little too challenging.


All three characters — Alan Shore (James Spader) from Boston Legal and The Practice, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) from The Sopranos and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) from Breaking Bad — has earned the actor who portrays them three Best Drama Actor Emmys, one away from Denniz Franz’s record of four Emmys. Cranston hoped he might break that record last night, but Homeland got in the way.


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