TV on Tap: The “2 Broke Girls” Meltdown, The “How I Met Your Mother” Endgame and When Will “The Killing” Reveal Its Killer?

The return of NBC’s Thursday night comedies includes
the beginning of
30 Rock’s sixth season.


I thought we missed the chance for big drama at the TCA Press Tour when The Killing producer Veena Sud announced she was too busy to appear, but yesterday out 2 Broke Girls’ producer Michael Patrick King. King was combative with critics, including insulting one attendee based on his ethnicity, who brought up the contrast between the diner scenes — where stale racial stereotypes abound — and the rest of the show, where Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs’ chemistry just makes the show sparkle.

Speaking of The Killing, it turns out you shouldn’t expect to find out who killed Rosie until the end of the second season.

Meanwhile, the producers of How I Met Your Mother were asked if they were thinking of planning an end for the series, as Lost did. While they know how they want the series to end, they’re not planning on working their way to that episode, yet.

Looking for the best way to express your love to your favorite pop culture addict? Perhaps a Ron Swanson or Breaking Bad Valentine’s Day card is the way to his heart.

The Portlandia live show tour has added six more dates. Since I live in a city where the recycling program doesn’t include cardboard, none of those appearances will be near me.

Does the title of an upcoming Mad Men episode foretell doom for a character? Then again, based on what I’ve learned from sitcoms, it could just be about going to driving school. Still, here’s your chance to cry out “Die, (most hated character), die!” How many of you are not mentioning Betty?

A study from TiVo says that only a third of TV is watched live, with most viewers time shifting their TV watching through DVRs, by downloading or streaming shows.

I hope you enjoyed the previous NCIS: Los Angeles crossover with Hawaii Five-0 because they’re planning another one. This time, it begins when LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell head to the Aloha State for an episode of Five-0. The next night, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan will head to L.A. for the conclusion of the story. Does this mean I’ll get to find out how O’Donnell pronounces Kalakaua?


Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Dolly Parton continues to promote Joyful Noise, and she’ll be telling Kelly and guest-host Jesse Palmer about the movie.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ellen’s getting a visit from Iron Lady’s Iron Lady, Meryl Streep today.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Isaac Mizrahi will be chatting with the Talk ladies Thursday.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Jai Rodriguez shows up in Salem today as Mateo, a friend of Sonny’s who inspires a bit of a panic in Will after they meet. So it begins…

30 Rock (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Liz Lemon is back and she has a secret that turns things upside-down at the TGS set. On the other hand, Jenna’s fueling her fame as the mean judge on a hit reality singing competition. As you’d expect, Jenna takes it way too far. Sitting next to her on the judging panel are John McEnroe and D’Fwan, Angie’s gay BFF from her Queen of Jordan reality show.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Sheldon and Amy continue to be each other’s embodiment of “You couldn’t live with yourself.” Sheldon is unimpressed with an achievement that Amy is pretty proud of. Meanwhile, Howard realizes that Bernadette doesn’t like children.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
It’s Caroline’s 18th birthday. (What’s the legal consequences of being turned into a vampire while still a minor? Could a vampire-hater challenge her right to vote? Has anyone suggested to David E. Kelley that he jump on the supernatural drama trend?) Elena decides to surprise her friend with with a party. Meanwhile, Stefan decides to make a move against Klaus, one Damon thinks is a bad idea.

Rob! (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
Okay, so far everything I’ve seen of Rob Schneider’s new comedy looks pretty awful but it does have the faboo Lupe Ontiveros (Chuck & Buck, Desperate Housewives) which might get me to see how long I can bear Schneider.

Parks & Recreation (NBC) 8:30 PM ET
As Leslie plans her first big campaign event, Ben looks for a new hobby to keep himself busy during unemployment.

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
HBO debuts the latest installment of the documentary series about the West Memphis Three, the trio of youths wrongfully accused of murder. This movie was delayed to include their release, which leaves one hopeful that this film will bring a happy ending to the story, though I’m not feeling particularly optimistic. At least this will be marginally less infuriating than that Frontline about Cameron Todd Willingham.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Hey, it’s an Oscar plot… and one that doesn’t involve snickering at Angela’s marriage, too. Tonight the gay accountant signs up for a trivia contest, and Andy decides the whole office should join in the competition.

Secret Circle (CW) 9:00 PM ET
When Cassie turns to Adam for help in investigating her dad’s history, it reignites their chemistry and reminds Cassie about how awkward things got. Meanwhile, Faye tries to cast a spell that will let her have magic without the Circle’s help — too bad it turns out she should have investigated any potential unpredicted consequences of casting such a spell.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Mark Badgley and James Mischka guest-judge this week’s challenges as the designers are asked to create ball gowns to wear to the opera. I forgot how much I enjoy having Mondo and Michael Costello on my TV screen. Can I get them in their own show, please?

The Finder (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Tonight Fox debuts the Bones spin-off with Geoff Stults as a man who has unusual methods to solve a crime. In the opener, a teen (Awkward’’s Brett Daven) asks for Walter’s help in finding his father, a war hero who disappeared after going off on a mission. In the long run, of course, we’re waiting to see Wilson Cruz’s guest-appearances. In the meantime, the sight of Stults carrying Daven will have to suffice.

Up All Night (NBC) 9:30 PM ET
Chris and Ragan ring in the new year by organizing a game night. Ragan’s competitive nature leaves Chris regretting the decision.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
Dolly Parton will be talking with Jon tonight. I think Stewart’s celebrity interviews lack the canned quality of most celebrity interviews, so I’m looking forward to seeing Dolly meet Jon.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy’s getting a visit from Rosie O’Donnell tonight. Oh, this should be fun.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate gets a visit from Marcia Cross tomorrow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will continues to try to deal with E.J. and all that blackmail Friday.

The View and One Life to Live (ABC) Check local listings
The lights go out on Llanview tomorow and The View will commemorate the event with Agnes Nixon, Judith Light, Hilary B. Smith, Robert S. Woods, Robin Strasser and Erika Slezak.

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