J.J. Abrams’s production company has purchased the rights to adapt TV legend Rod Serling’s last, uncompleted screenplay, The Stops Along the Way. It is hoped a network will order an adaptation of Stops that turns the teleplay into a mini-series. The details of the story are currently secret.
Will Arnett is bringing his voice to The Simpsons, TVLine reports. He’ll play an FBI detective who goes after Homer for illegally downloading a movie.
The upcoming season of Drop Dead Diva may be gaining a hunky new guardian angel but it’s losing its hunky boss as Josh Samberg is leaving the legal dramedy.
Considering all the characters who have made a return appearance on Mad Men, Vulture asks, when will we get to see Sal again? It is maddening having his story just end.
The Canadian time-travel drama Continuum has been renewed for a third season. That’s got to be a relief to Syfy, which airs the series in the U.S., and has seen two international shows cancelled before Syfy can get around to airing it.
Did you know that “30% of TV characters and storylines” are gay? Really! I heard about it from a guy who completely misunderstood his source. Clearly, I’ve underestimated this new golden age television. Also, I’m missing the really good shows.
Last year, Dan Bucatinsky was nominated for two Emmys thanks to Who Do You Think You Are and Web Therapy. This year, he’s eligible to be nominated in both of those categories, but his guest-role on Scandal could leave him nominated in three different categories.
In ratings news, the return of America’s Got Talent won the night, but also lost 16% of the viewers who watched the premiere last year. Considering the terrible pacing and the chaotic editing, they probably made the right decision.
The Hero (TNT) 8:00 PM ET
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosts this competition series where people go through challenges to see if they’ve got the brain, brawn and moral compass (that means an instant elimination for the first person to declare that they’re not there to make friends, right? I hope so) to be heroes. Basically, it sounds like fun, summer fare if it weren’t airing on a big DVR-filler of a night.
Burn Notice (USA) 9:00 PM ET
It’s been a long road for Michael Weston and his team and their final destination is in sight as the final 13 episodes begin tonight. Things start with everyone having gone their own way after Michael disappeared for a long-term assignment. At least, it sounds that way. I’m going to be pretty disappointed if it turns out that Madeline and Sam don’t meet up for mojito brunches without Michael around.
Chopped (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
Tonight’s challenge promises an entree basket with a “heart-stopping” protein. I think that shows that Food Network scheduling didn’t think about how they were going to start airing Chopped on the same night of TV as Hannibal.
Showville (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
Alec and Lisette head to Walla Walla, Washington to look for the local talent and (I hope… desperately) jokes about how much fun it is to say “Walla walla Washington”.
In the Flesh (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
BBC America seems to like to air its zombie shows as nightly mini-series (remember Dead Set and how, in hindsight, it totally put The Walking Dead to shame?) and we’re getting a weekend in a world where zombies are just people with Partially Deceased Syndrome, dealing with the issues of transitioning to a new (un)life, as well as the hatred of the Human Volunteer Force and its leader Bill Macy. (Does Felicity Huffman know what her husband is doing in this alternate universe?) Even better, In the Flesh focuses on a gay zombie, though the way I’ve seen fans debate Kieren’s sexuality, I’m guessing that’s not made clear in the show.
Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
While it’s fun to see Tabatha whip an undisciplined staff into shape, I love it when she smacks some sense into a boss who doesn’t appreciate their employees. Tonight’s episode looks like it’ll leave me satisfied as Tabatha helps a nail salon where the employee/employer relationship seems pretty terrible.
Graceland (USA) 10:00 PM ET
USA’s latest drama is based on a true story about six undercover agents picked to live together in a house seized from a drug dealer to find out what happens when undercover agents stop being polite and start getting real. With a cast that includes Broadway fave (and James Franco-kisser in Howl) Aaron Tveit and Smash escapee Daniel Sunjata in the cast, I suspect TBL readers won’t mind having Graceland taking Suits’ place in the post-Burn Notice time slot.
Hannibal (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Not only is Dr. Gideon (Eddie Izzard) back to remind us what Hannibal would be like with a slightly hammier villain, he’s escaped and attacking psychiatrists who have profiled him. I don’t think Hannibal is going to like it if anyone tries to harm his pet FBI agent.
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FX) 11:00 PM ET
Kamau’s chatting with journalist Alison Stewart, who you might recognize from her time at MTV news, MSNBC guest-hosting gigs, being terribly used by PBS’ Need to Know and, now, as a 60 Minutes correspondent.
The Greatest Event in Television History 2 (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
How do you follow-up on Adam Scott and Jon Hamm re-creating the Simon & Simon opening credits? Have Scott team up with Amy Poehler to re-make the Hart to Hart credits. When Adult Swim throws around a phrase like “The Greatest Event in Television History” they don’t mess around, do they?
What will you be watching tonight? Let’s discuss it in the comments!