TV on Tap: Ryan Lochte is E!’s Newest Reality Star, Burn Gorman Joins “Revenge” and “The Glee Project”‘s Tough Road to a Third Season

Matt Bomer’s on tonight’s episode of The New Normal.


E! is giving a reality show to Ryan Lochte, What Would Ryan Lochte Do? The series will follow the swimmer as he continues to train and manages a dating life.

For the retun of Robin Sparkles, How I Met Your Mother has scored a “crazy lineup” that includes James Van Der Beek, Alan Thicke, Jason Priestley and k. d. lang.

At the TCA, producers explained how Syfy’s Defiance will balance storytelling in a TV show and a cross-platform MMO. Producer Ken Murphy compared it to different comic books set in the same shared universe. I just hope the storytelling works better than Haven’s attempt at telling a tale over twitter.

USA has ordered a 10-episode third season of Necessary Roughness.

Your new favorite Downton Abbey single-topic Tumblr blog (it’s that time of the year, everone! remember Downton Abbeyonce?) is Edith with Googly Eyes which takes Downton Abbey pictures and puts googly eyes on Edith. In case you needed that explained to you. Yeah, I laughed but I felt really bad afterwards.

Lookwell is probably the greatest unsold comedy pilot I’ve ever seen. The show stars Adam West as a washed-up actor who takes his short time as the star of a 70s detective show (and the honorary police badge he was given) way too seriously. It’s worth checking out while you can.

So. I guess the current season of Celebrity Big Brother UK offers several servings of Speidi schadenfreude? That could be the biggest casting move in the history of television. Or just something worth putting in a little-watched beauty pageant.

Revenge is getting more British. The Hollywood Reporter says that Burn Gorman will play an agent from The Initiative. Oh, Burn, I’d like to say we missed you on Torchwood but we’ve been too busy debating how much we hated “Children of Earth”.

TVLine reports that James Cromwell has joined that cast of Do No Harm as a mentor to the series’ lead surgeon, who struggles to suppress a horrible alternate personality. I’ll be struggling to stop myself from calling his character a Nazi.

For Puppy Bowl IX, Animal Planet is adding hedgehog cheerleaders. How will we resist that?

In many ways, reality TV has been an unexplored frontier where lack of regulation and union organization mixes with a genre still exploring its limits. Sadly, that also means dangerous working conditions for the crew and a culture of silence where injured workers are afraid to discuss their injuries for fear of not being able to find future work.

While it doesn’t look like Glee is in danger of cancellation, Fox hasn’t ordered another season yet, and that puts spin-off series The Glee Project in jeopardy. Since the series requires an upcoming season of Glee as part of the premise, it cannot get a third season order until the mothership gets renewed — and if that renewal gets delayed until May, producers wouldn’t be able to put together a season in time.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Oh. Yes. Lisa Vanderpump is joining Anderson to talk up her new show and show off whatever Giggy’s wearing now. Then Betty White visits to talk up her shows.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy Williams. Cyndi Lauper. How am I doing? I’m doing very, very well, thank you.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Kyan Douglas is returning for another set of makeovers, this time for three women who haven’t cut their hair in years.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
In case you didn’t hear, Kathy Griffin’s going to tell The Talk’s hosts that her talk show is about to kick off a new season.

History Detectives (PBS) Check local listings
I’m guessing this week is going to bring one of those awkwardly blunt episodes as the Detectives look into the history of a bill of sale for a 17-year-old slave.

Joy Behar: Say Anything (Current) 7:00 PM ET
Joy will be talking with the stars of The Shahs of Sunset and Betty White on tomorrow’s show.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
There are at least two “A“s on the loose now that Mona is getting released from the sanitarium. (Sanitarium, now that’s a word I have heard on a soap in ages. I love this show.) Mona is trying to fool the Liars into thinking she’s reformed and can now be trusted. I’m just happy to have crazypants Paige back on TV.

Raising Hope (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
What do you do when you have a comedy icon like Christopher Lloyd as a guest star? There are plenty of choices, but Raising Hope goes for a Back to the Future homage, because Burt and Virginia are totally the kind of people who would love having a DeLorian-inspired front door that opens up instead of out. I guess I’ll keep waiting for the Reverend Jim callback.

Go On (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Fausta decides to make her niece’s quinceañera a group event, except she decides to lose Anne’s invite in the mail. Meanwhile, Bob Costas makes one of those this-is-a-sports-comedy cameos. After Costas’ performance during the London Olympics’ parade of nations, I’m expecting him to introduce Ryan as a widower who was much cuter when he was younger.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
In this week’s installment of “Jess’ guide to brilliant ways to handle the sexual tension between you and your roommate,” Jess invites Nick and Angie to be a part of her couples’ weekend with Sam. I’m expecting there will be no survivors and New Girl will revamped as a buddy comedy between Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris.

The Lying Game (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
There’s probably no better way to express how ABC Family outdoes The CW than the contrast between The Lying game and Ringer. While Ringer spent its first season spinning its wheels hoping a lack of resolution counted as exciting plotting, The Lying Game kept the plot moving and found new ways to play with the differences between the twins’ personalities, giving Alexandra Chando plenty of material to showcase her talent. Even better, it made great use of its supporting cast, showing 90210 that there’s more to Blair Redford than his perfectly-shaped torso and giving lingering Profit fans the Adrian Pasdar role that hasn’t disappointed.

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
You know the problem with being a character unlike any other gay character on TV? You eventually realize you’re alone in your own niche. And while individualism feels empowering at first, sometimes the loneliness becomes hard to ignore which is how Max feels this week. Thankfully, Jane decides the solution is a tour of Chicago’s themed gay bars to help him find his niche. Meanwhile, Brad and Dave try to assert their masculinity by fixing things, instead of hanging around the manliest guy they know, Max.

The New Normal (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
Ryan Murphy certainly knows how to get internet fandoms to pay attention to his shows. The New Normal returns from the holiday break with the man who can make the internet go squee like no one else. (You heard me, Buzzfeed) Matt Bomer as Bryan’s partying ex-boyfriend. Do we need anything more? (Okay, aside from a transparently-pandering underwear modeling montage.) How about an appearance by RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Willam?

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
June tries to stop the show from being renamed “Stay Away from Those Floozies* in Apartment 23” after Chloe scandalizes a tenant meeting. However, since James deep down wants Chloe to be the Patsy to his Eddie, he’s determined to undermine June’s attempts at damage control. Or so I’m guessing.
*Floozies is one of those words are are just innately funny. If ABC thought about making this a comedy about substance abuse, we might have avoided that debate about whether you could say “bitch” on the TV listings.

Cougar Town (TBS) 10:00 PM ET
The troubled history of Cougar Town includes a bad, trend-chasing premise that was quickly abandoned, being stuck with a name that makes people think of the stupid trend the show chased for about three episodes and a network that couldn’t figure out how to promote an enjoyable show with an awful title. However, the friends with beverages return on TBS, a network that doesn’t feel the need to make excuses about the title and loves it just as it is. If I had known how this would have turned out I would have bought a special bottle of wine for the premiere and stuck it in the closet, letting it age until tonight.

The Joe Schmoe Show (Spike) 10:00 PM ET
Before it debuted, Spike inspired skepticism (“A channel aimed at male viewers? Like everything on cable aside from a handful of channels?”) It won over the skeptics with its debut series, a sly parody of the then-emerging reality TV genre. Unfortunately, viewers abandoned The Joe Schmoe Show in its second season like it was one of those appalling reality series Fox aired in those days. However, the Joe Schmoe has continued to be fondly remembered — even years after its last episode aired — so Spike is reviving it, this time targeting the occupational competition series with a fake reality show where people compete to become a bounty hunter. Let’s hope the magic can happen twice.

Justified (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Four seasons ago I tuned in to Justified because of the Elmore Leonard source material and a consistent eagerness to look at Timothy Olyphant. Since then, I’ve come to love Justified for a fully realized rural setting that’s neither a stale hick joke nor insulting platitudes about how folksiness makes one a better person. This season Raylan unravels a 30-year old cold case and a riddle that echoes all the way back to his boyhood and his father.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Stephen talks with football player and avid gamer Chris Kluwe. Oh, yeah, he’s also a strong queer ally, some of you might be a little interested in that.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Morrissey’s makes a return appearance to the Late Show stage tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Cyndi Lauper’s will make a return host appearance today, with Andrew Rannells visiting to talk about The New Normal. Is it my birthday?

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s more drama between Will and Nick tomorrow. Make time to join a liveblog.


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