TV on Tap: Ragan Fox’s Letter to “Big Brother” and Christina Applegate Returns to “SYTYCD”


Out Big Brother alum Ragan Fox has posted an open letter to Big Brother’s production team challenging CBS’ tendency to leave any bigotry on the cutting room floor, “Characters like Andy, Candice, Howard, and Helen are reduced to mere tokens when production fails to include micro-aggressions that they have to endure on a day-to-day basis. What’s the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production’s going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia that these people encounter inside the house?”

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Stephen King left a message for fans upset that the TV version of Under the Dome changes the story, “If the solution to the mystery were the same on TV as in the book, everyone would know it in short order, which would spoil a lot of the fun.” That’s right, you can’t look up the ending on Wikipedia.

It doesn’t debut for another month but GSN has already ordered a second season of its upcoming game show The Chase.

The Good Wife just found a new Cary Carey. TVLine reports that Ben Rappaport has been cast as one of the fourth-year lawyers who join Alicia and Cary’s new startup firm. So what’s up with the Cary/Carey bit? My guess is that Carrie Preston will take on a double role as herself.

Ben Rappaport`I’m still working to forgive Ben Rappaport for Outsourced.

Pretty much every time I’ve watched a few minutes of Howard Kurtz’s Reliable Sources, I’ve ended up looking for things to throw (or, my new form of stress relief, heading over to Public Shaming and preemptively blocking the people who show up there). So what did Kurtz think of media coverage of the Supreme Court’s decisions on marriage equality? He wasn’t thrilled there were so many out journalists discussing their reactions to the decision and thought people who don’t want gay couples to have rights should have received more camera time. For the sake of fairness.

Is anyone else so tired of cable antiheroes?

The Hallmark Channel has ordered a movie starring Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius that will function as a pilot to a potential series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dead Letters will follow postal workers who take abandoned mail and find the people they were meant for.

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Aw. Now I want cool cosplay engagement pictures, except my fiance (we’ve decided we can call each other that now) would roll his eyes at the very idea.

In ratings news, Ray Donovan had a big debut for Showtime and Anna Nicole was Lifetime’s top movie of the year.


Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
One week later, Gabi, Will and Sonny are starting to get frustrated with their living situation. We’ll be following the action with a liveblog so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
The storyline from the Pretty Little Liars books I was dreading was when Emily’s parents send her to a pray-the-gay-away program. From what I’ve read, the books handled that story as well as one could, but thankfully someone at PLL wisely decided to skip that story, even by proxy (I did wonder about the camp Maya got sent to). Now that “A” is going after Emily’s parents, that omission probably makes things easier for the writers and for viewers who don’t want their trashy thriller-soap to come with debates asking who feels sympathy for the parents who sent their kid to reparative therapy and later got falsely reported to child protective services.

Pretty Little Liars, "Face Time"Oh. Look. More creepy objects.

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Christina Applegate returns to guest-judge tonight’s show and confuse Wall Street Journal bloggers.

Big Brother (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
Sigh. Really, Big Brother? Already with the racism, misogyny and homophobia? On the bright side, my biggest frustration with Big Brother is its insistence on sticking with the narrative it starts with, so nice guy who eventually gets caught being a bigoted jerk continues to be portrayed as a nice guy, leaving easily-manipulated audiences jumping to defend bigotry. Maybe since characters are still being established, CBS won’t insist that we should ignore the bigotry. Since all the current eviction nominees and targets are female, I’ll have to wait to see one of the guys angrily confront a male HoH with, “I can’t believe you backdoored me.” If I’m going to stop myself from thinking about the bigotries at work on Big Brother, I need to laugh at immature innuendos.

Twisted (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the trouble with mothers as Lacey’s sleepover gets turned awkward when her mother (Robin Givens) adds Jo to the invite list. Then the trouble comes to Regina as her mother (played by Jessica Tuck) debuts her top ten list of things Karen is doing wrong in raising Danny.

Twisted, "Sleeping with the Frenemy"Why does the sight of Jessica Tuck bearing presents look spooky?

The Haves and Have Nots (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
Gavin tries to ease the tension by bringing a tall date in a heavage-baring shirt to dinner, “I got the tall and busty part, mom, two out of three isn’t bad, is it?” No, actually, he’s still closeted in an unsupportive family.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
It’s a teen chef edition and if you think these junior cheftestants will have it any easier they’ll have to mix tuna and cereal for their appetizer, show butchery skills in the entree round and incorporate an Asian condiment (I’m hoping for Siracha, anyone surprised?) into dessert. Still, they’re not working with fresh durian or canned haggis, so it could be worse.

Catfish: The TV Show (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
For the first time, Nev and Max work with a guy who has figured out something is wrong with his relationship — Anthony found another profile with the same pictures as his online boyfriend and knows somethings up with all the ways Marq has dodged his attempts at a meeting. Sadly, all that logic doesn’t get in the way of Anthony’s resilient feelings.

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Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Tomorrow sounds like a good day to smack your head and sigh, “Oh, Will” and you can do so while following a liveblog!

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