TV on Tap: Josh Charles Commits to “The Good Wife,” the BBC Cancels “Being Human” and a Drop for “The Americans”

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James Wolk has joined the cast of The Crazy Ones, the David E. Kelley-written comedy about father-daughter advertising agency starring Robin Williams. I’m sorry James Wolk fans. Maybe David E. Kelley is past his self-parody stage?

Deadline reports that Miranda Otto has joined the cast of Rake, the Fox drama pilot that also stars Greg Kinnear as a “frustratingly charming” criminal defense lawyer. You know what this means, we’ll be watching looking for the chance to yell “She is no man!” at the TV.

Fox’s comedy pilot about a group of New York detectives has just added Stephanie Beatriz, according to The Hollywood Reporter. You’ll probably recognize Beatirz for her recent Modern Family role (where she played Gloria’s sister). The pilot also stars Andy Samberg and comes from Parks & Recreation’s producers.  This just keeps sounding better.

This week’s Raising Hope included a joke where Burt hit an NBC exec for cancelling My Name is Earl. For what it’s worth that joke wasn’t written by Greg Garcia (who created both Earl and Hope) and it wasn’t a statement of lingering bitterness over Earl’s end.

The fifth season of Being Human will be the last to air on BBC Three. I have to admit, while I never disliked the new characters, I became a lot less invested in the show when the last original cast member left.

Why are Modern Family’s ratings slipping? Is it a poor lead-in from The Neighbors, is it just a seasonal drop?

The day after How I Met Your Mother aired an episode featuring a special Tim Hortons doughnut, the Priestly (which was invented by and named after Jason Priestly, or, at least, his HIMYM counterpart) the chain’s R&D lab was quick to attempt such a creation. The pastry is a jelly doughnut stuffed with a Timbit (which I think is what they call a doughnut hole at Tim Hortons). Unfortunately, the bad news is that the chain has no plan on selling it in stores. Then again, I’m apathetic on the whole matter since there are no Tim Hortons near me. (Then again, I can get blue meth donuts, sadly they’re cake donuts).

David Walton is the new Hugh Grant, as far as NBC’s comedy pilot based on About a Boy is concerned.

I couldn’t disagree more with Jezebel’s attempt to defend shows that people hate watch. Hate watching doesn’t involve shows you’re embarrassed to enjoy, those are guilty pleasures. You hate watch shows that have a glimmer of greatness and run far away from that greatness. The Client List is a show you’re embarrassed to enjoy. You hate watch Glee. (On the other hand, I watch Scandal because I hate everyone who is not a murdering woobie or a haplesss DA and like seeing them suffer. That’s different but it sounds like is should be called hate watching, too.)

After a great fall, NBC is having a disastrous 2013 with several ratings disasters — Do No Harm, Smash, 1600 Penn and Deception (which succeeds by only being a mild disaster). While the TV business is cyclical, Vulture explains why it might not be able to recover in a time when TV includes DVRs and cable programs that beats broadcast programs in the ratings.

Josh Charles has extended his contract to star on The Good Wife, TVLine reports. Charles has agreed to appear in a fifth season of the show, which has not been renewed for a fifth season but this agreement has got to signify that there’s a good chance that CBS will renew it.

Law & Order courted controversy by casting Mike Tyson as an abuse victim, a move that inspired a petition objecting to the casting of Tyson due to his rape conviction. That episode scored a record low in the ratings.

FX got bad news with the second episode of The Americans, which faced a steep 32% drop in adult viewers under 50. On the other hand, once you count DVR viewing, the premiere is close to being FX’s most-watched series premiere (which could just makes the second-episode drop bigger). I’m trying not to panic but the world doesn’t need another Brilliant But Cancelled show. Especially not a show that looks like it could be this brilliant.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Toni Braxton is Anderson co-host for a show that sees Judith Light discussing her upcoming role on Dallas, and gets a visit from the cast of AMC’s latest reality series.

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Today’s show has Jennifer Hudson, Madeline Stowe and no talk about how once buzz-heavy shows are struggling in the ratings during their second season.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Lucas and Will try to put their heads together to try to figure out why that shooting from years ago is coming up again. We’re following this one with a liveblog so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
With Michael giving up the field work, Nikita decides to take a mission solo, not even bothering to leave a note explaining where she’s gone. That kind of lack of communication only causes trouble, since Alex tries to follow her, which is where things start to go wrong.

Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Reba wants to record a collaboration with a young singer (Broadway star and country singer Laura Bell Bundy) who is known for her tabloid headlines as much as her singing, but that requires letting her move in. Surprisingly, that living arrangement leads to personality clashes.

Spartacus: War of the Damned (Starz) 9:00PM ET
With supplies running low, Spartacus contemplates an alliance with a band a marauders. If these marauders can look as good as Spartacus’ crew in the traditional skimpy armor, we could accept such an alliance.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Morgana’s latest dastardly deed involves kidnapping Gwen and a torture technique involving mandrake root and rewriting Book of Love’s “Bewitched” to praise witches scheming to destroy Camelot.

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Last season, she was making jewelry. This week, he’s making furniture now. There’s also a Steampunk Convention, I hope that means I won’t have to try to explain steampunk to my guy in the future since I’m at the point where I just mutter something about gluing unnecessary gears to stuff.

Lost Girl (Syfy) 2:00 AM ET
The Canadian succubus drama has a great record with lesbian inclusiveness (as well as some controversy on transgender issues) and roni1133 tells us this week’s episode did a good job when it included a gay male couple. If you want to check it out for yourself, Syfy’s reairing it late on Friday.

Syfy delivers a young William Adama with Battlestar Galatica: Blood & Chrome

Saturday’s Listings

Supah Ninjahs (Nick) 8:30 PM ET
At one point, it looked like Nick was burning off this action comedy series, but here’s the second-season premiere. I wouldn’t call it a gem but it does have George Takei as Super Gramps, a holographic ghost, guiding his grandson through the life of a crime-fighting ninja, and is the kind of show that has its own unique appeal when combined with a quiet weekend night and a few bottles of beer.

The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
CBS warms audiences up for Sunday’s Grammy awards with a look at how last year’s ceremony had to change in light of Whitney Houston’s death.

Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual (WE) 9:00 PM ET
It’s Cyndi’s birthday and how else would you react to a birthday when there are cameras around than to try to plan a surprise party, complete with one person tasked to keep the birthday girl distracted?

Heebie Jeebies (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Syfy’s latest original movie features a supernatural monster made up of the angry souls of gold miners who died after being trapped in the mine, which rather sounds like a Syfy movie take on the Syfy reality show Ghost Mine. Is that a new subgenre of Syfy original movies? If so, I can’t wait for the Syfy version of Deals from the Dark Side which would pretty much be Friday the 13th: The Series: The Movie.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:15 PM ET
This week, Graham has Dame Helen Mirren, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Little Mix sitting on the couch.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
It’s the episode few SNL viewers have demanded with host and musical guest Justin Bieber. Will we get a bunch of sketches meant to show he’s a good sport ready to entertain a more mature audience? Or just another one of those episodes where the cast works to make an episode where the host doesn’t matter?

Sunday’s Listings

Super Soul Sunday (OWN) 11:00 AM ET
Nate Berkus sits down with Oprah for a conversation that will include a wide variety of topics including losing his partner and his coming out experience. It’s the first of two parts, so you’ll get to spend some time with Nate next Sunday, too!

Downton Abbey (PBS) Check local listings
Wow. We’re already at the penultimate episode of the season. That means we’ve spent six episodes developing Thomas’ storyline, his relationship with O’Brien has gotten more and more toxic and she is about to use the new footman to get her revenge against him. I’m strongly resisting the urge to read up on spoilers so that I know if I’m going to need nerf balls to throw at the TV or… well, whatever you need when you make frequent heavy sighs.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Jorge Garcia returns as Cora decides to bring The Giant to Storybrooke and see what happens. (A quest for vengeance is what happens, in case you were wondering, but Cora probably wanted that.)

The BAFTA Film Awards (BBC America) 8:00 PM ET
Sunday night brings a double feature of award shows — are you more into movie awards or music? This year, we’re getting to see the awards the same day as the UK, so you have to worry (a little) less about avoiding spoilers

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
LL Cool J returns to host a show that promises performances from Fun, Rihanna, Mumford & Sons along with a team-up of Elton John and Ed Sheeran.

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Valentine’s Day brings Mary Spuckler back into Bart’s life. Since Fox doesn’t seem to rerun Mary’s episodes when I’m able to record an episode of The Simpsons, I can’t tell if Zooey Deschanel’s frequent appearances are due to persistent corporate synergy at Fox or that her character is that compelling. This one also has the voices of Max Weinberg, Robert A. Caro and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Battlestar Galatica: Blood and Chrome (Syfy) 8:00 PM ET
Syfy’s last attempt at keeping Battlestar Galatica alive as a franchise follows a young William Adama during the first Cylon war. My enthusiasm for BSG has faded a bit in the long periods in between Syfy’s programming decisions but my guy can’t wait for the space fights. Maybe it’ll reignite my interest in the franchise just in time to wait another several months to find out what’s next for the twelve colonies.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for Jack and Amanda’s wedding. Considering the way things generally go for Jack, I’m expecting the ring to turn out to have been stolen, the officiant’s ability to preside over weddings revoked and the whole ceremony will get overshadowed by drama from Emily or Victoria.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
After a couple seasons that wavered between great and frustrating, the third season of The Walking Dead finally hit its stride — or is just a matter of Michonne being that amazing a character?

Shameless (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Considering the loyalty Jody showed Karen, it shouldn’t be a problem when Sheila introduces him to “toy time,” right?

The Shahs of Sunset (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
For the second season finale, everyone revisits their solo storylines, which means Asa’s making her performance debut, Mike’s introducing his new love to his family and Reza stepping up his relationship with Adam. They’re an adorable couple together and we didn’t see enough of them this season, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed we’ll see more of them next season. Kristin Chenoweth probably agrees:

Girls (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Hannah’s latest guy is someone she wouldn’t typically imagine herself dating. He’s 42-years old and is just so… conventional. He’s also played by Patrick Wilson, which means a momentary loss of oxygen makes Hannah forget about those concerns every time she looks at him.

Enlightened (HBO) 9:30 PM ET
Looking for dirt on management, Amy hopes she can charm the CEO’s assistant, Eileen (Molly Shannon) but it turns out she has more in common with Tyler. Perhaps its fond memories from a past life?

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
For Valentine’s Day, we meet Roger’s wealthy alter-ego who spends plenty of money on the Smith family. However, that gravy train gets put at risk when he meets a gold digging waitress and… oh, I’m sure the show will tell it in a way that makes sense.

Talking Dead (AMC) 10:00 PM E T
Once again, AMC tries to use Chris Hardwick’s geeky charm (and his adorable looks) to keep Walking Dead viewers from changing the channel by spending a half-hour talking about what they just watched.

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

Monday’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Jane Velez-Mitchell returns for a discussion on parents who hire drug dogs to keep their kids off drugs. That sounds like a recipe for a quiet and nuaced episode.

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Jane Lynch is on Monday’s show.

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