TV on Tap: “The Walking Dead” Casts a Fan-Fave, “The Mindy Project” Shuffles Its Cast and NBC Wants Hugh Laurie in a Pirate Costume

Nova tries to explain Hurricane Sandy with “Inside the Megastorm”


Starting tomorrow, you can catch up on the entirety of Suits either at USA’s website or via OnDemand. I guess I should try to figure out where this business with the can opener began.

 Turner Classic Movies will soon have a showcase for some of Johnny Carson’s classic celebrity interviews.

TV Guide asks if The X-Factor’s mentors are hurting competitors more than they’re helping. Inappropriate costumes, bad song choices and unenthusiastic advice are listed as ways the mentors have turned into an obstacle contestants need to overcome.

Brian Dennehy will appear in the final season of The Big C as Cathy’s father. Considering how Cathy has had cancer for three seasons and we’re only now meeting him, I expect he’ll be as awful as the rest of the Jamison clan has turned out to be.

EW reports that Syfy will air a show featuring giant, boxing robots, Robot Combat League. Chris Jericho will host the Red Steel-inspired show. (Was I the only one who looked at Jericho’s picture at left and thought, “Landon Conrad’s hosting TV shows now?”)

The Wire’s Chad Coleman is joining The Walking Dead as a fan-favorite character from the comic series.

TV Line is delivering the disappointing news that Amanda Setton is leaving The Mindy Project while Anna Camp is dropping from regular to recurring status. On the bright side, The Office’s Ellie Kemper will appear in the Christmas episode.

In an interview with Conan, Judd Apatow mentioned that when he was trying to break into Hollywood 22 years ago he wrote a spec script for The Simpsons. Now, that script will be turned into an episode of the iconic comedy.

NBC is negotiating with Hugh Laurie to play Blackbeard in the pirate drama Crossbones, Deadline reports. In other news, NBC is doing a show about Blackbeard. My partner is going to freak when he hears about this… unless they get the naval combat wrong.

For the first time in nearly a decade, NBC has won sweeps among 18-49 year-old viewers, though NBC chief Bob Greenblatt was quick to downplay it, noting that ratings are bound to fall once The Voice, Sunday Night Football and Revolution all go on hiatus.

Without Partners as a lead-in, 2 Broke Girls saw a 6% increase in the ratings while Revolution held steady.

Wednesday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Andy Cohen and Kyle Richards are teaming up to fill in for Anderson for his Thanksgiving special which will include a visit from Nicole Westbrook, who will perform her song  “Another Friday” “It’s Thanksgiving”. Also, Rocco DiSpirito visits with his Thanksgiving cooking tips. I think it involves schmoozing your dinner guests while ignoring what’s going on in the kitchen until a fire breaks out.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Regis Philbin is Rachael’s pre-Thanksgiving guest, and they’re hosting the show from a viewer’s home — but first John Gidding has to give the room a makeover. I always wonder when one of these stunning decorating show hosts will use their good looks to create crimes against design. Maybe this will be the moment John tries to charm a TV client into installing a face fireplace.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that’s he’s gotten the baby bombshell, there’s good news waiting for Will as Lucas breaks the news of his talk with Sonny. Of course, there’s still a clinic visit Will needs to help Gabi make. We’re following this one with a liveblog today.

Nature (PBS) Check local listings
To help ruin your Thanksgiving dinner, PBS is repeating Joe Hutto’s yearlong experiment raising a dozen wild turkey chicks who imprinted on him. Watch this documentary and then weep at the sight of the roast bird on the table.

Nova (PBS) Check local listings
Leave it to PBS to take a major disaster and explore the science behind how we prepare for such storms. Is there time for another discussion of what Sandy means for Chris Christie’s 2016 Presidential aspirations?

Nova ScienceNow (PBS) Check local listings
For a final bit of non-fiction turkey day warm up, PBS is rerunning the recent food science episode. If the person who is responsible for your Thanksgiving turkey didn’t brine, this episode gives you a way to “accidentally” bring up the topic.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
This is America, Charlie Brown (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Is any holiday complete without Charlie Brown’s earnest quest to discover the holiday’s true meaning, despite the odds?

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
Yes, I still notice when Queer as Folk alum show up elsewhere, and tonight Scott Lowell shows up as the CSI team investigates five of dead bodies discovered in the desert.

American Horror Story (FX) 10:00 PM ET
I guess we should have known better than to expect that there could be someone in charge at Briarcliff who was a nice person. Tonight, we learn more about why Bloody Face became a the killer he is today.

The Soup Salutes WWE: Piledriving Clips in Your Face (E!) 10:30 PM ET
The latest Soup special is focused on one of the most homoerotic and melodramatic corners of the TV landscape. I’ll let you decide if that’s reason to be wary or excited.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:0) PM ET
Chelsea’s talking with New Girl scene stealer Max Greenfield tonight.


How did SpongeBob not get a Christmas special before now?

Thursday’s Listings

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy is celebrating Thanksgiving with Ross Mathews.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC) 9:00 AM ET
The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
This year’s parade promises appearances by Gold Medalists Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber along with Whoopi Goldberg, Carly Rae Jespen and, of course The Muppets. There’s also the debut of a Hello Kitty balloon for those of you who are into the ironic.

Absolutely Fabulous Marathon (Logo) starting at 10:00 AM ET
Sweetie darling, Pasty and Edina have carved four hours out of their busy schedules to be there in case you need a laugh. The least you can do is spend a little time with them…. and wear Lacroix when you tune in.

Road to the Chunk (Science) starting at 6:30 PM ET
Punkin Chunkin 2012 (Science) 8:00 PM ET
The Science Channel delivers its annual tradition of sending pumpkins soaring through the air thanks to various catapults, trebuches and other things I never thought I’d mention outside of video games. This year, three specials lead-in to the smashing of gourds — From Junk to Chunk at 6:30, Davids Versus Goliath at 7:00 and Friends, Romans, Chunkers at 7:30.

A Snow White Christmas: Opening Night (Ovation) 8:00 PM ET
Ovation kicks off the holiday season with a behind-the-scenes look at Nigel Lythgoe’s (no, wait, don’t tune out yet) attempt to bring panto production to the U.S. The show’s producers include Neil Patrick Harris, Lindsay Pearce and Marina Sirtis – all of whom appear in this special.

Hatfields & McCoys (History) 6:00 PM ET
History is celebrating Thanksgiving by showcasing what its thankful for — their hit mini-series that drew record ratings. I’ve been thinking about checking this one out but will have to wait and see how bad my partner’s Star Wars: The Old Kingdom addiction gets this weekend.

Glee (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Things get superheroic this week as The Warblers try to recruit Blaine back to the Brotherhood of Blazer-Wearing Singers. The combo promises the sight of Darren Criss in tight spandex and a chance to meet Blaine’s hook-up.

Michael Jackson: Bad 25 (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
For its annual Thanksgiving music special, ABC is turning to Spike Lee’s documentary about the creation of Michael Jackson’s Bad, which takes care to pay tribute to Jackson’s enormous influence on art and culture.

Friday’s Listings

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy continues to deliver new shows over the holidays. This time she gets Sandra Bernhard to discuss her new comedy tour.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Marathon (Logo) starting at 10:00 AM ET
Logo’s got the entire season so far on Black Friday, including all the Untucked installments. If you spend fighting the Black Friday crowds, the marathonbegins just as you should be getting home.

Frosty the Snowman (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Frosty Returns (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
The sure sign that Christmas has arrived comes with the debut of Frosty the Snowman.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
As the holiday specials continue, Fox has the new-ish Peanuts special where Linus tries to give up his security blanket before his grandmother arrives for a visit.

Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
It’s time for Reba to deal with that conflict every pair of divorced sitcom parents face — what happens when one parent wants to teach their child about responsibility and earning their own stuff… and the other wants to buy their child’s affection with lavish gifts.

The Happy Elf (CW) 9:00 PM ET
I don’t recall hearing about this Christmas special (about an elf who discovers a very dreary town and tries to turn things around), but it has Carol Kane as one of the voices and music by Harry Connick, Jr..

Trapped in the Closet (IFC) 9:00 PM ET
R. Kelly’s hip-hopera debuts new chapters on IFC. I never was able to get into it, but I recall the early chapters had some gay-inclusiveness.

It’s a SpongeBob Christmas (CBS) 9:30 PM ET
SpongeBob is getting a network Christmas special — and it’s stop-motion animation? Inspired by “Don’t Be a Jerk, It’s Christmas” this story sees Plankton turning the population of Bikini Bottom evil with the use of a jerktonium-laced fruitcake. Does jerktonium go well with candied citron?

Saturday’s Listings

The March Sisters at Christmas (Lifetime) 6:00 PM ET
We’ve got a bunch of new holiday movies making their debut including this “contemporary adaptation of Little Women.” I’ve long had the impression that Little Women had a small gay following. If that impression is right, you can start cringing at the idea of the book getting an update.

Naughty or Nice (Hallmark) 8:00 PM ET
Uhboy. White Collar alum Hillarie Burton stars in this movie about a woman who hates Christmas but finds herself surrounded by Christmas-themed elements, like her parents naming her Krissy when she already has the last name Kringle and the magical book she finds that reveals if a person has been naughty or nice. The cast for this one includes former Kyle XY star Matt Dallas along with a reunion of Family TiesMichael Gross and Meredith Baxter.

Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Syfy wrapped up its continuation of the Lake Placid series, so it has moved on to adding to the Dungeons & Dragons movies. I keep wishing for a movie that would include the drow elves, but I guess in the meantime Scandal and Revenge are close enough.


You won’t have to wait for the snark on Liz & Dick, we’ll be liveblogging the snark bait!

Sunday’s Listings

The Shahs of Sunset Marathon (Bravo) staring at 7:00 AM ET
Bravo’s attempt to give wealthy Los Angeles Persian-Americans their chance to be just as shallow, sad and ridiculous as The Real Housewives turned out to be a lot more watchable than it sounded on paper (especially with that “from producer Ryan Seacrest” part). With the second season about to debut, Bravo is airing a first season marathon.

Absolutely Fabulous Marathon (Logo) starting at 8:00 AM ET
Bewitched Marathon (Logo) starting at 2:00 PM ET
Logo is spending Sunday with fabulous women starting with six hours of Patsy and Edina leading into another five and a half hours with Samatha Stevens.

Downton Abbey Revisited (PBS) Check local listings
Sure, its pretty typical for a show to deliver a recap episode to catch up viewers — but how many shows get the amah-zing Angela Lansbury to host it?

Love at the Christmas Table (Lifetime) 7:00 PM ET
The Wonder Years’s Danica McKellar stars in this movie about a man (Dustin Milligan) who realizes that he wants more than friendship from the woman who has been a part of his last several Christmases. Aw, I was hoping a Christmas movie starring McKellar would involve math.

Hitched for the Holidays (Hallmark) 8:00 PM ET
Joey Lawrence takes on a relationship of convenience for the holidays to satisfy his Catholic family’s demands that he get married… his partner in crime, a Jewish woman whose mom (Marilu Henner) wants her to settle down with a nice Jewish boy. The inconvenient part of the sham? They also have to pretend to be to their partner’s religion and keep the different holiday traditions straight. This one comes from out writer Gary Goldstein who recently gave us the Trevor Donovan-starring Strawberry Summer.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Now that it turns out that Henry and Aurora have the nightmare world in common, the residents of fairy tale world and Storybrook try to figure out a way to turn that into a firey portal between the two lands. If this were a show on The CW, I’d be hoping for an interlude with narration from Cain and Abel or Madame Xanadu.

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
We’re about to hit the second U-Turn of the Race, which leaves Team Chippendale considering a tough move. Are they about to do something to put a dent in their reputation for niceness? I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed Team Beekman somehow manages to beat Team Twinnee to the finish line.

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Every major technology development must eventually fall into Homer’s hands for mishandling and hilarity, and this week he discovers the tablet computer. I’m hoping this somehow leads to the return of Mr. X.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
It’s a Florrick Thanksgiving celebration and viewers can be thankful that the great Stockard Channing is making her debut as Alicia’s mother while Dallas Roberts is back as Owen. They’re not the only major guest-stars, as Bebe Neuwirth is back as Judge Friend

Liz & Dick (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
As if the idea of Lindsey Lohan trying to channel Elizabeth Taylor didn’t already sound like a train wreck, early word on this movie includes phrases like ’would make a great drinking game’. How else could we respond to such buzz than with a liveblog. Join snicks right here for the fun starting at 9PM Eastern!

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Is this supposed to be some kind of dysfunctional Mother’s Day? On The Good Wife we’re meeting Alicia’s mom while Revenge is introducing Adrienne Barbeau as Victoria’s mother.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
The two sides are about to meet up as Michonne arrives at the prison and Glenn is imprisoned at Woodbury. It looks like Glenn is beaten and bloody, so I’m already preparing my “Die, Merle die!” flags. You don’t mess with someone as sweet and adorable as Glenn.

Chopped: Chopping in a Winter Wonderland (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
The mystery baskets get into the holiday spirit with spiral ham, Italian cookies, eggnog and Hanukkah gelt.

666 Park Avenue (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Jane disappears mysteriously this week and while the audience lets out a sigh of relief, Henry begins a search for her, which will probably be as tedious as watching Jane.

Moral Orel: Before Orel (Adult Swim) 12:30 AM ET
Adult Swim’s gift to longtime fans is a prequel special for the cancelled stop motion series. We get the origin of Orel’s religious belief, hopefully the creators won’t forget about Orel’s dad being closeted.

What will you be watching this holiday weekend? Please share in the comments!

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