TV on Tap: NBC’ s Fall Schedule, the Next “Survivor” Twist and CBS Orders 7 Series

Howard Stern takes a seat at the America’s Got Talent judges’ table.


Of course, the big story is that NBC announced its fall schedule, which sees the network expand comedy programming to four nights to a week.

One of the interesting changes, is that The Voice will expand to twice a year, but it’s not certain if the four coaches will be available for both seasons. The troublesome battle rounds will also be revamped and will include the swivel chairs. I hope they can change things so that the battle rounds aren’t the point where the judges make up for the moments they wish they hadn’t turned their chair around.

When it was renewed last week, reports said that the upcoming 13-episode season of 30 Rock would be the final season. However, NBC chairman said that no decision has been made about the future of the Tina Fey-created comedy.

The upcoming season of Community could be a challenging one for the series. It’s moving to Friday night, where fans will have to prove their loyalty. Worse, series creator Dan Harmon still hasn’t agreed to run the next season. Can Community continue to work with a new showrunner?

CBS has finally picked the pilots it will put on the air, ordering seven new series. That includes Partners, the comedy based on Max Mutchnick and David Kohan’s working relationship that brings Michael Urie (with Brandon Routh playing his boyfriend) back to TV, the Sherlock Holmes update Elementary, the period drama Vegas and Golden Boy, the Greg Berlanti police drama that stars Theo James and Kevin Alejandro.

It also canceled four series including CSI: Miami and A Gifted Man. Patrick Wilson didn’t seem too happy about the cancellation, complaining that CBS didn’t bother to let him know his show was canceled but also expressing relief, saying series TV was not what he expected.

The next season of Survivor will feature three returning players, all competitors who were pulled from the game for medical reasons. My first thought was that Colton could be back on my TV next season thanks to this twist, my second thought involved drinking more if that happens.

Pizza Hut is refusing to bow to the Parents Television Council’s call for advertisers to pull their ads from America’s Got Talent for adding Howard Stern to the judges’ panel. I guess that means I better work up the appetite for some pan pizza.

Ratings are up for Game of Thrones this season, but it’s also become the most pirated show so far this year.


Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Chris Colfer is visiting Live! set today as part of a very busy morning.

Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
Niecy Nash is Anderson’s guest co-host for what looks like a busy show with Andy Cohen, the three grandmothers who made a video of their reaction to the Kim Kardashian sex tape, Rosie Perez, and an adult film performer with a 10-year-old son. I expect Anderson to fit nuanced, detailed discussions of all those topics in an hour.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Marc Cherry will be talking with the View ladies about the Desperate Housewives finale. I bet no one has the guts to say “Butt implants? Really?”

Big Morning Buzz Live (VH1) 9:00 AM ET
Today’s show has the busy Chris Colfer and Adam Lambert, who we’ll be seeing a couple more times this week.

Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo) 7:00 PM ET
Matthew Weiner and the cast of Mad Men face James Lipton’s questions where the topics will include which cast member is named after a Jacqueline Susann character and which actor has experience wearing a prosthetic penis. Those are topics I wish came up in talk shows more often.

America’s Got Talent (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Okay, I’m equally nervous and excited about seeing Howard stern join the judges table. I enjoy Stern’s bluntness in celebrity interviews and appreciate his long history as an ally. However, I hope he can appreciate an act focused on male beauty without feeling the need to assert his heterosexuality the way Piers did. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
For the season finale, we finally get back to Barney’s wedding and find out who he’s about to get married to. At this point, taking a whole season to answer a cliffhanger sounds like quick-paced storytelling for HIMYM.

Eureka (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
What do you get when Fargo and Carter switch bodies? An epic line about Carter being a mix of a scarecrow and Andy Griffith and audiences wondering if Syfy’s promotions department spoiled the episode’s best line.

Eden’s World (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
The next stop for Eden is Mississippi where she’ll explain the importance of buttering up judges in order to take the prize.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
For its second season finale, this show really puts on the crazypants as a villain decides to cast a member of the Five-0 team in his Sophie’s Choice remake and another teammate takes a bullet.

Smash (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Opening curtain has finally arrived for Bombshell and it turns out the fate of the show is in Ellis’ hands, leaving everyone hoping he’s going to use his powers for good instead of evil. Of course, in the end the real cliffhanger for Smash is if a new showrunner can improve the series’ storytelling.


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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It sounds like this will be a busy week for Will as he prepares to come out to his parents. We’ll be liveblogging right here on AfterElton tomorrow.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Liza Minnelli is set to appear on tomorrow’s show.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
With President Obama’s support for marriage equality still getting discussed by the media, I expect tomorrow’s appearance before the View ladies to include discussion of gay issues.


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