TV on Tap: Ryan Murphy’s “The New Normal” on the Fast Track, Naomi Campbell to Coach Aspiring Models and “Jericho” Resurrected?

Kristin Chenoweth flees to the Cleve on tonight’s Hot in Cleveland.


The three male leads of Two and a Half Men, Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones, have taken the first steps to agreeing to appear in another season. That makes it look pretty likely that the comedy will return next season.

The Ryan Murphy comedy pilot The New Normal, about a gay couple having a child with a surrogate mother, is close to getting a series order. Also looking likely is the Anne Heche comedy, Save Me. Both series (along with Grimm and Matthew Perry’s Go On) might get an early August launch, allowing them to benefiting from heavy promotion during the Olympics.

The future also looks promising for Marc Cherry’s drama pilot Devious Maids. The telenovela adaptation is hiring senior staff, which suggests a series order is likely.

Netflix has been getting a lot of press for resurrecting cult favorite shows. First Arrested Development, and now the streaming video service is thinking of reviving the nuclear survival drama Jericho. Jericho’s first two seasons are already available on the service, so I’d guess they have an idea of how popular it is with subscribers.

Fox has decided not to burn-off the remaining episodes of I Hate My Teenage Daughter in June. I just hope I have another reason to use a picture of Eric Sheffer Stevens soon.

The TNT drama pilot L.A. Noir has added two more actors from The Walking Dead. Joining the cast are Jeffrey DeMunn, who played Dale, and Andrew Rothenberg, who was left behind after suffering a walker’s bite in the first season. As you may remember, L.A. Noir already stars Jon Bernthal and comes from Frank Darabont, who was The Walking Dead’s showrunner for the first season.

Oxygen is adding a modeling competition, The Face to its schedule with Naomi Campbell as one of the coaches. I’ll let you make your own jokes about what an elimination ceremony with Campbell would be like. 

Sam Moore, who as part of Sam and Dave is responsible for the hit song “Soul Man,” sent a cease and desist letter to TV Land over its Hot in Cleveland spin-off series The Soul Man. Moore’s lawyer says that TV Land promised they would not promote The Soul Man until an agreement to license the title could be negotiated, but the channel has already begun promoting the show.

There’s a petition to save the doomed NBC comedy Best Friends Forever.

Since, over a season, we can rationalize poor performances as a character trait, are television viewers kinder to bad actors like January Jones?



The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Community’s Yvette Nicole Brown co-hosts the show as Lisa Vanderpump visits to demonstrate outdoor-event planning.

The Wendy Williams Show   (syndicated) Check local listings
Gabourey Sidibe will be visiting to talk up The Big C.

Million Dollar Listing New York Marathon (Bravo) starting at Noon ET
The original edition of Million Dollar Listing took a while before I fully enjoyed it. It was radically revamped in the second season and from there it took another season before Josh stopped acting the role of the reality TV jerk and one more season before Bravo realized Chad wasn’t even watchable in a trainwreck way. I was expecting the New York edition to face a similar journey but it’s been a surprisingly enjoyable show from day one, with none of its west coast sibling’s problems. You might want to consider checking it out with today’s marathon.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Things start getting serious enough for George and Eden that George decides it’s time she met Tessa. Considering how Tessa messed up George’s love life through wacky misunderstandings in the past, he shouldn’t put that step off until things get serious.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the competition to get on an overseas flight, and this season they’re headed to Macau where they’ll have to model silk gowns and silkworms. Unfortunately, I don’t think they take things to an extreme so that they’re also made up to look like Meryl Streep or Cher did in Silkwood.

Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
Jeff takes on the case of a couple who are ready to take the next step and move in together — except his sense of design gives her pause. Jeff eventually starts to guess that’s just an excuse to cover for other problems. I don’t think the producers would have sent Jeff there if the decor were the only problem.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
I’m always happy to see a story focused on Lily since it breaks up the usual dynamic between Mitchell and Cameron. Tonight they’ve got to keep her calm on a metro train after losing her favorite stuffed animal. I’m expecting this to be a shocking episode for viewers who never realized that Los Angeles had any kind of mass transit.

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
The story of the single woman who has a crisis because she learns that one of her friends is getting married is a well-worn sitcom trope, but what happens when you add a funny sociopath into the mix? I can’t wait/am afraid to find out what counts as Chloe’s idea of making June feel better about her love life.

Revenge (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Now that Daniel has been cleared of Tyler’s murder, he’s about to learn what it’s like to be someone who’s been tried and found guilty in the media but cleared by the courts. However in this case, the public hate for Daniel can still be channeled into an SEC investigation on Grayson Global, which just proves this show is fantasy. The SEC investigating a company? I think the House has a few reams of paperwork they have to file before they can do that.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
The ladies get a visit from their pal Courtney (Kristin Chenoweth). However, when they realize she broke up with her dermatologist boyfriend, they decide they need to repair the relationship if they’re going to ever use his services again. (I swear I’ve summarized this plot for Hot in Cleveland before, but I can’t find another episode where the ladies scheme to repair a relationship to maintain their access to the boyfriend’s professional services.)

Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Before the first season can wrap, there’s one more chance meeting between Fredrik and Ryan that gets tense. Except since this is the finale, this chance meeting gets more than tense, it gets “explosive.”

Happily Divorced (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
Fran relives the old days with her family, looking back at her eighteen year marriage as part of Peter’s slow path to coming out. From the looks of the previews, it’s an excuse for plenty of gay puns. It’s also an excuse to dress the cast up in hilarious retro fashions like they escaped from the set of That (Insert Decade Here) Show.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy’s marking the Million Dollar Listing NY finale with a visit from the series’ stars Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant and Michael Lorber

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
Craig’s got a show for you Smash fans with Anjelica Huston joining him for a chat. I can’t wait to see these two together.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show  (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate’s performing another one of his 24-hour room makeovers tomorrow..

30 Rock (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
I may have been excited last week when 30 Rock delivered a second live show, but that can’t compare to my excitement that they’re offering a follow-up to last season’s perfect reality-TV parody “The Queen of Jordan”.


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