TV on Tap: “Supernatural” Books a Vampire, Bryan Fuller Plans to Mine Universal’s Monster Movie Library with “Mockingbird Lane,” and the Challenge of Finding New “American Idol” Judges

TCM is remembering Andy Griffith with four of his movies.


We get to watch Freddie Smith on Days of Our Lives, and now the guy who walked down the aisle with Teddy Montomery, Ryan Rottman, is joining The Lying Game as a new arrival from Beverly Hills who (surprise) has a secret. (I’m starting to think they check for secrets before they let you into Scottsdale.)

The next project for Ron Moore (the mastermind behind that Battlestar Galatica remake) is an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, a seven-book series about a World War II nurse who abruptly is sent back in time to the Scottish Highlands of 1743.

While Steven Moffat seems to be giving CBS’ Elementary the side-eye, Jonny Lee Miller says that Benedict Cumberbatch offered a few words of encouragement.

The most hopeful sentence for Steve Jinks (or Helena Wells) fans at the Warehouse 13 Comic-Con panel: “At the end of the first season, we killed Artie

Once Upon a Time might be planning to visit the land of Oz. If it keeps expanding its scope like this, I’ll soon be petitioning for them to work Lilo & Stitch into the series.

Bryan Fuller says you shouldn’t expect Mockingbird Lane to stick to the creatures from The Munsters but, if the NBC orders the series, he plans to mine Universal’s library of monsters the way Once Upon a Time makes use of Disney’s properties.

The Winchester brothers are going to be spending time with a vampire. Supernatural just signed Ty Olsson (who played Mark Bingham in A&E’s Flight 93) for a recurring role as a vampire who helps Dean escape from Purgatory. The Winchesters hanging out with a vampire? This could get interesting.

There’s a Russian version of How I Met Your Mother. I wonder if their version of Ted starts out as vaguely charming and slowly becomes more and more insufferable, like ours.

Those Big Brother producers are always on the verge of ruining a good thing. I’m really liking the way the mentors have turned out and that rumored change would be exactly what I worried about when I first heard of returning alums.

After reading about the challenges of finding new American Idol judges, the rumor about Adam Lambert made sense. Turning to memorable Idol competitors into judges emphasizes something that The Voice and The X-Factor don’t have — a long history of finding singers who had an impact on the music we hear.

Meanwhile, Teen Wolf’s ratings hit a series low, presumably due to those viewers who lost access to the show amid the standoff between Viacom and DirectTV.


Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It looks like Will’s about to lose the letter that’s the backbone to his scheming. Maybe he should consider being a nice guy, I don’t think he has the detail focus to be throwing his weight around.

Melissa and Joey (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
With the old saying about the way to a man’s heart, Mel asks Joe to make meals for her new guy. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that the show won’t pass the opportunity to make that particular homoerotic joke.

Big Brother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
How did this happen? For the first time in years, I’m finding myself really engaged in a season of Big Brother, the mentors twist has changed the game in an interesting way (unless the producers @#$% it up), the challenges have been engaging and the set doesn’t look like it was salvaged from the old Dark Shadows soap opera. Competition does a stale reality show good, it seems. Tonight, we find out if the mentors give a twist to the power of veto.

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
We’re at the first elimination of the season, thanks to the new format … and, honestly, it sounds like the change could actually make the show stronger. Hooray for veteran reality shows picking up steam!

Andy Griffith Tribute (TCM) starting at 8:00 PM ET
Turner Classic Movies is remembering the late Andy Griffith by airing A Face in the Crowd at 8:00 PM ET, No Time for Sargents at 10:15, Hearts of the West at half-past midnight and Onionhead at 2:15 AM.

America’s Got Talent (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Did Howard tell a drag queen her act was too small? That’s like telling Kathy Griffin to stop worrying about celebrities’ feelings. Still, as much as I enjoyed the shirtless football players, the advice was right, so I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that All Beef Patty gets to make it to the next round and asks Prince Poppycock for staging advice.

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
All three realtors end up at the same party, which seems like a good excuse for everyone to get all dramatic about how they hate each other.

Futurama (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
When Amy and Leela become sport stars, that becomes a reason to take up a performance-enhancing drug habit. Unsurprisingly, Fry gets caught in the crossfire.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy is chatting with Chris Colfer and Ashley Tisdale tonight.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
The amah-zing Sigourney Weaver will show up to discuss playing former First Ladies-turned-Secretary of State.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sonny is back! Join us as we liveblog the action!

Project Runway (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
Yep, a new season begins tomorrow night, so start working on the list of colorful and funny phrases to use when the judges are just freaking irksome.

Misfits (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
The popular sci-fi series finally makes its stateside debut!

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