TV on Tap: Sue Sylvester’s Youth a DVD Extra and Caroline Rhea Joins Nathan Lane’s Comedy

Thanksgiving eve’s listings includes a Happy Endings with
Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle.


Remember the flashback we were expecting in the last episode of Glee? According to the Splurf, the scene got cut because it was “like a little movie” in an already-packed episode. (Personally, I thought the flashback would lead to Burt defeating his anti-arts opponent.) Gleeks will eventually be able to see it as a DVD extra.

The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd is moving from horror to sci-fi with a drama based on a book about Area 51.

ABC is looking for people who want to propose to their current significant others in the ad break for The Bachelor during two weeks in February. As much as I hate The Bachelor for being boring, cynical and schmaltzy all at once, I might reconsider those feelings if ABC picks someone who wants to propose to a same-sex love.

Comedienne Caroline Rhea is joining the cast of USA’s comedy starring Nathan Lane (and Cheyenne Jackson). If this show turns out not to be good, it’s going to be the kind of disappointment that I Hate My Teenage Daughter promises to be.

Hulu has grabbed the rights to eleven comedies from Carsey Werner, the production company that gave us The Cosby Show and Third Rock from the Sun. This means that if you missed Normal, Ohio, the badly-reviewed comedy where John Goodman played a butch gay man named, well, Butch, you’ll have another chance to check it out.

BBC America has ordered a reality series, No Kitchen Required where three chefs are dropped off in a remote location and have to figure out how they’ll make a locally-inspired meals.

Is Hell On Wheels looking like its in danger of derailing? Three episodes in, the series has lost 35% of the large audience that watched the premiere and it’s losing 60% of its Walking Dead lead-in, which won’t be around to help the western after this week.

Wednesday’s Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively visits Nate to discuss her style and design tips.

Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson’s first Thanksgiving episode features a military homecoming surprise, audience ambushes, Jamie Oliver trying to teach Anderson to cook a Thanksgiving dinner and a secret family recipe from Eric Stonestreet.

Level Up (Cartoon Network) 7:00 PM ET
Cartoon Network is previewing its new comedy about three gamers who are friends in a MMO but don’t realize they attend the same high school until their video game world (literally) invades their mundane lives. Me, I’m interested because one of the gamers is one of those rare characters named Lyle.

Up All Night (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
When the team that works on the Ava show gets some time off, Ragan’s glad to spend it with her family but Chris isn’t so happy to have his routine disrupted with his wife’s presence. Meanwhile, Jason Lee returns as Ava tries to win over her new boyfriend’s daughter.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
It’s Thanksgiving in the suburbs (where, apparently, hunky pilgrims run the valet parking) and Tessa’s upset she’s not spending the holiday in the city, leading Dallas to take her on a Girls’ Day out. Meanwhile, Sheila and Lisa clash over Lisa’s Thanksgiving wear as the rest of the Shay family (including Mo Collins) comes together to celebrate the holiday.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time to catch up on the All-Star season so far with a highlights episode.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Thanksgiving divides into a battle between “The Dreamers” and “The Pritchetts” as Mitchell questions some of the stories Cameron tells, Phil wonders what could have happened in his life after a former neighborhood kid (Josh Gad) makes a return as an internet billionaire and Jay tries to give Manny some constructive criticism.

Happy Endings (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
When Max is asked to babysit his niece and nephew, he turns to Penny for help. That does not sound like it’s going to end well. Meanwhile, Brad and Dave end up striking a friendship with their mailman (Rob Riggle) and Alex offers to design a dress for Jane to wear to a charity event.

Revenge (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Emily’s plans start to unravel with Emily Thorne-classic deciding she wants to stay in the Hamptons and Tyler continuing to gather influence. So Emily turns to her old mentor for advice on how to get things back on track.

iHeart Radio Music Festival (VH1) 10:00 PM ET
Back in September, Clear Channel put together this concert featuring Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Steven Tyler, Coldplay, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to celebrate the official launch of its iHeart Radio app. Now VH1 is airing the highlights.

American Horror Story (Fox) 10:00 PM ET
One of the questions raised by the pilot was the identity of the man in the rubber suit. Tonight’s episode promises that we’ll finally learn who is wearing that suit. Ah, if only Lost had aired on FX….

Top Chef (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
As the Texas-themed challenges continue, the cheftestants are challenged to work with hot peppers and then to face off in a chili cook-off. I’d like to think chili is one of the few areas where Top Chef can’t make me feel like an underperformer in the kitchen, but I guess tonight’s episode will answer that.

ABC celebrates a Little Monsters’ holiday with A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.

Thursday’s Listings

Roseanne Marathon (Oxygen) starting at 7:00 AM ET
Oxygen is celebrating Thanksgiving by spending twelve hours with the Connors. Tune in and remind yourself that family bickering is completely normal.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC) 9:00 AM ET
This year The Big Apple Circus, Cee-Lo Green, The Muppets and the cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are set to show up along the various floats.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
CBS’ parade coverage promises performances includes an appearance from the Broadway casts of Anything Goes and Memphis.


Bones Marathon (TNT) starting at 10:00 AM ET
Miss the days when Eric Millegan was part of the Jeffersonian team as the adorkable Dr. Zack Addy? TNT has a ten-hour marathon that includes episodes from seasons 1, 3, 4 and 5.

Designing Women Marathon (TV Guide) starting at 3:00 PM ET
The TV Guide channel has five hours of the women of Sugarbaker Designs. This’ll be pretty welcome considering that I think Designing Women are due to be rediscovered.

Brothers & Sisters Marathon (SOAPnet) starting at 5:00 PM ET
SOAPnet is spending its final Thanksgiving with the Walker family with eight hours of… well,, these are from the end of the Tommy and Julia days when Brothers & Sisters was at its second most annoying. (Of course, the drama’s the most annoying time were the Ryan Lafferty days.)

Punkin Chunkin 2011 (Science, Discovery) 8:00 PM ET
MythbustersKari Byron, Tori Belleci and Grant Imahara host this competition to see who can create a device that can launch a pumpkin the farthest. Honestly, I didn’t care for early Punkin Chunkin installments, but as the years have gone by the production values have improved, our views of the flying pumpkins have gotten better and the annual specials have become more visually compelling.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Would it be Thanksgiving without a visit from Charlie Brown and the gang? This year, we’ve got three specials as ABC has the Thanksgiving classic followed by an episode of This Is America, Charlie Brown and Fox offers a new Peanuts special (see below).

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
The Arctic herd celebrate the holidays in this new special that sees Sid (John Leguizamo) head to the North Pole to get off of Santa’s naughty list after accidentally breaking one of Manny’s (Ray Romano) favorite decorations.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
In the newest Peanuts special, Linus tries to give up his dependency on his security blanket before his grandmother comes to visit, with the various members of the gang trying to offer their help.


Radio City Holiday (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
Former Queer Eye design guy Thom Filicia gets to design Radio City Music Hall for the holiday season, a spectacle that includes a 35-foot tall crystal “tree” chandelier made from over 10,000 crystals.

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
ABC’s 90-minute Thanksgiving special sees Lady Gaga as she sits down for an interview with Katie Couric, performs a duet with Tony Bennett and a dinner of deep-fried turkey with waffles prepared by Chef Art Smith.

The 85th Anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
NBC is celebrating the landmark anniversary of the holiday tradition with a special looking at 85 years of highlights.

Holiday, Inc. (HGTV) 10:00 PM ET
After you’ve seen Thom Filicia decorate Radio City Music Hall, HGTV goes behind the scenes to look at the decorations at other spaces in New York City.

Popular children’s book The Elf on the Shelf becomes a TV special on Friday.

Friday’s Listings

Project Runway Marathon (Style) starting at 8:00 AM ET
Style’s celebrating Black Friday by revisiting the days when Project Runway was more compelling than infuriating and the wonderful Chris March was repeatedly getting told he was “too costume-y.” There was also some guy named Christian Siriano on this season.

The Glee Project Marathon (Oxygen) starting at 10:00 AM ET
Here’s your chance to revisit the complete first season of Oxygen’s hit Glee spin-off, which turned out performances stronger than a lot of what we’ve seen so far on this season of Glee.

Awkward. Marathon (MTV) starting at 11:00 AM ET
MTV airs the entire first season of its often brilliant high school comedy.

Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Hallmark card characters Hoops & Yoyo have an adventure where time travel hijinks create a world without Santa. Can we get the Shoebox bunny and the puppy in a Christmas special, too?

The Elf on the Shelf (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
The story about the elf who snitches on the children who let them live in their homes inspires a story about a boy whose faith in Christmas is rediscovered. This sounds like it could capture the cute yet unintentionally creepy tone of the book that inspires it.

Olive, the Other Reindeer (CW) 9:00 PM ET
It’s one of my favorite of the recent Christmas specials, with Drew Barrymore as an earnest dog, Olive, who mistakenly believes she’s Santa’s only hope for saving Christmas.

The Onion News Network (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
You know there’s trouble ahead when an Artificial Intelligence is created in the Fact Zone studio.

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
When an Abnormal attacks Abby, it leaves Henry and Gavin looking to figure out how it happened.

X-Men (G4) 10:00 PM ET
The X-Men head back to Japan to investigate some secondary mutations.

There’s a tempest brewing in Syfy’s latest original movie, Storm Wars.

Saturday’s Listings

Firefly Marathon (Science) starting at 9:00 AM ET
The Science Channel has the entire first season of the brilliant-but-canceled sci-fi classic to go with your plate full of Thanksgiving leftovers.

Syfy Original Movie Marathon (Syfy) starting at 9:00 AM ET
The Syfy channel is leading into its latest original movie with a series of films focused on natural disasters, including AfterElton fave Misha Collins in Stonehenge Apocalypse at 8:00 PM.

Hot in Cleveland Marathon (TV Land) starting at 9:00 AM ET
Spend twelve hours with the Hot in Cleveland ladies.

Celebrity Ghost Stories (Biography) 9:00 PM ET
This week’s stories includes a story from Ugly Betty fave Eric Mabius who encountered a grieving ghost.

Storm War (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
The newest Syfy original movie has Jason London, Stacy Keach and Wes Brown in a story about two estranged sons who reunite to stop their mad scientist father from causing too much damage with his weather machine. Weather machine. I am so there.

Fanboys (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
If you’ve only just noticed the adorable Sam Huntington for his performance on Syfy’s Being Human, Comedy Central is debuting this movie about four Star Wars fans who begin a pilgrimage to Skywalker Ranch after learning that one of them is dying and probably won’t live to see the debut of The Phantom Menace. Huntington is as adorkable in this movie as he is on Being Human.

Get ready for a holiday of heists with new episodes of Leverage.

Sunday’s Listings

Mad Men Sundays (AMC) 6:00 AM ET
AMC will start airing three hours of Mad Men every Sunday morning beginning this week, starting from the beginning, which should be current just in time for the acclaimed drama’s fifth season.

The Walking Dead Marathon (AMC) starting at 2:30 PM ET
The mid-season finale airs tonight and AMC is encoring the entire second season so far.

The Cleveland Show (Fox) 7:30 PM ET
Donna joins a women’s support group and starts to realize how Cleveland needs to treat her better. Instead of trying to be a better husband, Cleveland decides to dress in drag, join the group and convince her she’s got it better than she thinks.

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
The Race continues in Belgium where the teams will face a Belgian waffle-making challenge. I guess I better prepare to have a major waffle craving on Monday morning.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
After a sinkhole suddenly appears in Storybrooke, Henry disappears and turns out to have gotten lost exploring the sinkhole, prompting a rescue effort that leaves Emma and Mayor Regina fighting over which one of them is the mother driven by maternal instinct to put herself in danger for her child’s safety.


Desperately Seeking Santa (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
ABC Family’s latest holiday movie follows a mall marketer (Smallville and V’s Laura Vandervoot) who decides to get publicity for her mall by holding a contest to hire a new “Hunky Santa.” The cast includes Nick Zano (recently seen steaming things up on 2 Broke Girls) and John Bregar (who you might recognize as Degrassi’s original out jock, Dylan Michalchuk).

Being Chaz (OWN) 8:00 PM ET
In a follow-up to Becoming Chaz this documentary looks at Chaz Bono’s life as he accepts a role on Dancing with the Stars and deals with the controversy his presence on the hit show causes.

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Mister Burns just may have found a job where Homer excels, as a corporate account man working under the wing of a veteran (voiced by John Slattery), but that ends up taking him away from his family

Leverage (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
The Leverage team begins a long winter run where they investigate the disappearance of homeless veterans in the Boston area.

Dexter (Showtime) 9:00 PM
The next lead Dexter encounters in his search for the Doomsday Killer comes from a source he doesn’t expect.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
Things get really tense on the farm in the mid-season finale as the secret of the farm threatens to come out and Dale continues to see Shane as a threat to the group.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Stan runs into an old CIA boot camp flame. Francine quickly grows jealous prompting her to recruit Roger in her revenge plans.

Homeland (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
When Brody tries to cut his ties to Abu Nazir, he ends up having to face terrible flashbacks to his imprisonment. Meanwhile, Carrie has to deal with the aftermath of the mosque shooting.

Hung (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time for Frances and Mike’s wedding and it looks like Ray and Tanya are bringing their drama to the ceremony, which means this show is starting to get annoying again.

After Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
E! goes behind-the-scenes of Chelsea Lately as the comedy returns for its second season.

Monday’s Preview

Live with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Neil Patrick Harris sits in the guest-host’s chair next week with Angie Harmon and Avril Lavigne visiting Monday’s show.

The Week Ahead

While most series are getting ready take a break for the holidays, Monday does bring a new episode of The Closer. I continue to root against Brenda in her court battle just so that there’s still reason for Mark Pellegrino to stick around as her lawyer. Meanwhile, BBC America will countdown the top 40 moments from Top Gear, focusing on some of the series most memorable stunts.

Tuesday Tori Spelling and her family are back for a new season of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood that promises more of the Guncles. Wednesday sees I Hate My Teenage Daughter, a show with an incredibly funny cast and a horribly unfunny trailer, debut on Fox. Wednesday also has the return of Hot in Cleveland as well as the debut of TV Land’s newest comedy, The Exes and the debut of The Soup in its new time slot.

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