TV on Tap: Raul Esparza Joins “Hannibal,” “30 Rock” is a TV Miracle and Jamie Bamber is a Hot, Scruffy “Monday Morning” Doc

I’m surprised The New Normal isn’t celebrating Thanksgiving with a “Freedom from Want” homage.


EW has the trailer for TNT’s upcoming David E. Kelley medical drama Monday Mornings, which features a scruffy Jamie Bamber in scrubs. I think that’s enough to get me to check out the pilot.

NBC is developing a comedy created by and starring Kenan Thompson which could take Thompson away from Saturday Night Live.

CSI is planning an episode where the team investigates the death of a female tennis pro and has booked champs Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport.

The AV Club takes a look at 30 Rock and notes that in just about any other year, it would have been the kind of short-lived comedy that lands on critics’ lists of brilliant shows that ended too soon, like Action, Buffalo Bill or Get a Life.

Hannibal keeps adding to its guest cast. TV Line reports that Raul Esparza (who like several other Hannibal stars, have worked with Bryan Fuller before) is set to play Dr. Chilton, Anthony Heald’s character from Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon. TV Line also reports that Veep’s Anna Chlumsky as an FBI trainee leaning from Laurence Fishburne’s character.

With fewer TV viewers watching commercials and more people using their smartphones and tablets while watching TV, networks are trying to find a way to use social media to sell products. The downside for people who don’t make use of “second screen” apps, it means more product placement on the shows.

While Colton Haynes’ departure from Teen Wolf took his co-stars by surprise, Tyler Posey says that it wasn’t the first time Haynes talked about leaving the popular drama, “There was talk about him doing this after the first season so we were kind of used to it.”


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Today’s show has Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb filling in for Anderson, raising the question why a viewer would watch Anderson Live when they can already see Kathie Lee and Hoda on The Today Show.  Maybe Kathie Lee will have more wine before she films Anderson Live?

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
The last time Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared on Ellen’s show he had to wear a hazmat suit (okay it wasn’t a hazmat suit, but Jesse looked like he wished it was) to deal with the mess she put him through. What does she have planned for him today?

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
While Will continues to deal with Gabi’s pregnancy news, Lucas sits down with Sonny for a heart-to-heart talk. We’re following this one with a liveblog so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

American Masters (PBS) Check local listings
PBS takes a look at the career of out mogul David Geffen. This one is showing up on my cable guide as “Inventing David Geffen” so if you can’t find it under ’A’ try ’I’.

Raising Hope (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
As if Natesville weren’t odd enough, tonight we learn that it has a Radish Harvest Festival (I may get excited when I can find some fresh diakon at the grocery store but, I still wouldn’t give them a festival). There’s also a candy-selling contest to determine who gets to ride on the town’s Thanksgiving Day float — and Jimmy wants to win a seat for Hope on the float. Of course, Jimmy’s efforts aren’t good enough until a family secret is revealed.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
The best-written, super gay twelfth season of Degrassi wraps up with Adam in the spotlight as he pushes Becky to stand up to her family and acknowledge that her boyfriend is trans. Probably the best sign of how solid this season of Degrassi has been is the way Becky has transitioned from awful to rootable without just forgetting about her awful past (I’m looking at you Bianca).

Go On (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
NBC has a double-dose of the faboo Lauren Graham tonight as the Parenthood (where, by the way, it looks like Drew will try to stop viewers from thinking he’s gay in tonight’s episode) star plays an old college friend of Ryan and Steven. In addition to Graham, we’re finally meeting Anne’s kids.

Flipping Out (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
It’s “cabogate” as Jeff gets angry with Jenni after he learns that she used a client’s vacation home as her honeymoon destination. I’m usually appalled at how badly Jeff treats his employees-slash-friends but it sounds like he could be justified this time.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Last year the gang was able to avoid spending Thanksgiving with relatives, but there’s no such luck this year. Jess gets the wacky idea to set up a parent trap over holiday dinner for her divorced parents. The parents are played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner — which makes you wonder where do the magic pixie genes. They’re not the only relatives visiting – Schmidt’s cousin Big Schmidt (Rob Riggle) is another dinner guest. Does Schmidt seem like someone who’d be okay with someone else being known as Big Schmidt?

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Tonight we get the amazing revelation that Max and Brad became friends when they were on a season of The Real World that’s been “lost.” So, were Max and Brad old school Real Worlders full of idealism and ambition… or total asshats in the vein of Puck?.

The New Normal (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
Thanksgiving seems like a perfect holiday for The New Normal which turns out to be an occasion for everyone to appreciate their newly extended families… too bad the family now includes two new pet turkeys thanks to Shania’s objections. Shania’s the live action Lisa Simpson (with an extra dollop of fruit fly), isn’t she?

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
James van der Beek just barely misses some potential “life imitates art” headlines as James volunteers at a soup kitchen for Thanksgiving and is upset that they expect him to work. Oh, if only he could have gotten the Paul Ryan “cleaning already-clean dishes” deal.

Covert Affairs (USA) 10:00 PM ET
The storytelling has been a lot more daring this season. For the season finale, Annie’s finally coming to Eyal’s rescue just as their relationship is at the point where it has to change. Meanwhile, Auggie looks like he’s ready to admit his feelings for Annie.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
Tonight’s mystery baskets include ostrich tenderloin, sake and, for dessert, hot dog buns.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:0) PM ET
Ross Mathews is on tonight’s panel, and Pitbull is Chelsea’s interview guest.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Andy Cohen makes a return appearance as host, this time with Kyle Richards co-hosting the holiday special.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
John Gidding is back to give a viewer a room makeover… but isn’t the real prize having John Gidding in your house?


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