TV on Tap: Syfy Rejects “Battlestar Galatica” Prequel, “30 Rock” Will Go Live in April, and GSN is Building a New “Pyramid”

It’s time to pick a winner on Project Runway All Stars.



For a while, Syfy has been developing a Battlestar Galatica prequel, Blood & Chrome, about Bill Adama’s years as a young adult. It turns out Syfy won’t make it into a series, though it may still exist as a web series, if they can make the budget work. Unless Syfy decides to try out any further spin-offs, that should put the Battlestar Galactica franchise under wraps for now.

His Vampire Diaries character may be dead but Jack Coleman is sticking with the CW. He’s been cast in the Mamie Gummer medical drama First Cut.

GSN announced it’s developing seven potential series, including a new version of $100,000 Pyramid.

According to an investment firm’s report, Discovery has lost $142.9 million on OWN, though Discovery disputes the report.

An upcoming Law & Order: SVU will have guest-appearances by Arrested Development alum Tony Hale and Martha Stewart. Unlike on 2 Broke Girls, she won’t play herself, but a private school headmaster.

Next year may bring more changes to The Office. John Krasinski and Ed Helms might exit the series while showrunner Paul Lieberstein is leaving to work on that spin-off that might also take Rainn Wilson away from the comedy.

Another potential Office departure is the faboo Mindy Kaling, who is starring in a comedy pilot for Fox. That pilot just cast Bill Hader, Ed Helms and Richard Schiff for guest-roles

I loved the live episode of 30 Rock, so I’m thrilled to hear there’s another one coming in April. Let’s hope Cheyenne Jackson sings the opening theme, wrapping it up with the shimmy again.

Lost alum Maggie Grace has joined Kevin Williamson’s Fox pilot. She’ll play the only person who survived an attack from James Purefoy’s serial killer.


The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Kristin Chenoweth is visiting today to discus GCB and her southern roots.

Tavis Smiley (PBS) Check local listings
Tavis will be talking with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. Since Tavis usually discusses the wider perspective, I’m hoping some of the discussion will focus on Sal.

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Of all the pop culture addictions out there, Abed ends up making a habit out of hiring celebrity impersonators. However, when he racks up too much debt, the entire gang goes to work for the celebrity impersonator agency (run by French Stewart) to help him get out of that debt. I guess it’d be too obvious of a joke to point out that Annie looks like whasshername from Mad Men.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
With Sage in town, Damon is taking the time to catch up with her, realize why she’s in Mystic Falls and how she can help him figure out what Rebekah’s plan is.

30 Rock (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
Tonight’s 30 Rock double-feature sees Jack work to rescue Avery from being the First Lady of North Korea. Eventually that leads to Liz writing a made-for-TV movie about the great love between Jack and Avery. Weird Al Yankovic shows up in the second half-hour as Tracy and Jenna try to match wits with him.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
It’s finally time to unveil the final collections, with two of the final three never officially making it to fashion week. Who gets to take the prize the second time around? More importantly, will cameras catch the winner’s guest-editor gig at Marie Claire and capture Nina Garcia grimacing through the experience?

Secret Circle (CW) 9:00 PM ET
After receiving a warning from Blackwell, Cassie decides the only way to stop being so drawn to Adam is to turn to magic. Considering how many people have tried to kill Cassie already, I’m surprised Blackwell doesn’t end up suggesting suicide.

Up All Night (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
There are plenty of guests around Ava this week as her father (Henry Winkler) comes for a visit, but is more interested in trying to meet celebrities than in spending time with Ava, including Ava’s rival, Sharon Osborne.

Awake (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Michael’s parallel cases this week involve a supposed-suicide and a missing person, both cases that focus on a woman who was Rex’s babysitter.

Archer (FX) 10:00 PM ET
This ISIS team’s adventure in space continues. Last season wrapped on a pretty dark note with Sterling’s wedding ending in the bride’s death. Will this season end on a similar note?

Inside Comedy (Showtime) 11:00 PM ET
This week, it’s Kathy Griffin’s turn to discuss comedy.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 12:05 AM ET
Not only is Dave Franco appearing in tonight’s episode, comedy icon Don Rickles will be visiting and there will be a performance from Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson is having Mad Men stars Jon Hamm and John Slattery on his show.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
He’s back! Mischa Collins shows up in tomorrow night’s episode!

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