TV on Tap: Jon Stewart is Taking a Summer Break, “Community” Unveils a Puppet Episode and What Does Ben McKenzie’s Pilot Role Say about “Southland”?

It’s a Brad Brad World all over again.


Smash’s hot lawyer Neal Bledsoe has joined the cast of NBC’s Ironside remake.

Brace yourselves. Jon Stewart will be taking a 12-week hiatus from The Daily Show, Deadline reports. Stewart take the time off to direct his first movie, Rosewater, about a London journalist who is imprisoned while covering the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Don’t worry, The Daily Show will go on, with John Oliver sitting in Jon’s chair. Let’s hope that averts the curse that causes bad things to happen whenever TDS goes on break.

Ben McKenzie has grabbed a pilot role, joining The Advocates. The legal drama follows a lawyer and an ex-con (McKenzie) who try to help underdogs with legal troubles. So what does that mean for Southland? Is his Southland character Rookieboy going to be written out, or is McKenzie feeling pessimistic about Southland’s future?

The CW has already found a new role for 90210 alum Matt Lanter. He’ll be a part of the District 9-ish pilot Oxygen. The drama follows a future where aliens live among us in a segregated society but where one high school is integrating its students.

They’ve done stop-motion animation and anime episodes, now Community is making an episode with puppet counterparts of the study group.

Beau Bridges has joined the Will Arnett comedy pilot about a man who, following his divorce, starts noticing the problems in his parents’ marriage. Bridges will play Arnett’s dad and husband to Margo Martindale’s character.

At the New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum thinks she’s identified a new character type. The Hummingbird is an idealistic female character whose single-minded focus and optimism threatens to alienate her from her supporting characters and viewers. Nussbaum names The Middle’s Sue, Leslie Knope and Enlightened’s Amy Jelicoe as examples.

New Girl creator Liz M revealed what’s coming up for the comedy on Twitter:

Benjamin Charles Watson, who some of you (those of you with remarkable taste) will remember for playing Tariq on The L.A. Complex, will be a part of The Killing’s third season. Watson will play a transgender teen living on the street and will appear in at least four episodes.

I was looking forward to CBS summer competition series The American Baking Competition until Deadline reported that Jeff Foxworthy will be hosting the show. I don’t think CBS is looking to put together the kind of cooking show I’d want to watch.

Since Shark Tank has been doing some heavy lifting filling gaps in the schedule, ABC ordered one additional episode.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricky Schroder’s talking with Anderson today about his new Hallmark Channel movie.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that Nick’s made some of Salem’s fiercest schemers angry, it’s time for Sami and EJ to see what kind of plots they can devise against him. It’s got to be better than more of Will’s hurt and confused puppy face (which may be adorable but is also tiring). Be sure to join us for a liveblog starting at 1PM Eastern!

Suburgatory (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Now that Mr. Wolfe is unhappily single, someone needs to help him get back into the dating pool. If Tessa’s well-meaning advice is going to end Mr. Wolfe’s marriage, it’s up to Dalia to get him ready to look for another relationship.

The Americans (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Now that the KGB knows it has a mole in its midst there’s a mad search to find the traitor. Somehow, that leads to Phillip finding himself tied to a chair as someone declares, “We know who you are, Mr. Jennings” Worse, he’s wearing one of his less flattering wigs, which suggest the kidnapper knows about Phillips disguises or thinks that’s his real hair.

It’s a Brad, Brad World (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
It may be a quiet night, but we’ve got the return of Bravo’s mix of fashion, nervousness and adorable with the return of stylist Brad Goreski. To kick off his second season, Brad finds himself trying to come up with 30 looks for a presentation.

Southland (TNT) 10:00 PM ET
Cooper and his new partner find themselves having a day full of strange police calls. I think that’s the kind of thing that ends up getting called a bonding experience once you add time and hindsight. That’s got to be preferable to the cannibal case Lydia has to deal with.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Brad Goreski’s joining Andy tonight.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
It’s a double feature of faboo tonight with Christina Hendricks and Jackie Collins.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson’s getting a visit from Lost hunk Matthew Fox tomorrow.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Lily Tomlin’s joining the View ladies tomorrow.


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