Grant Gustin’s “Arrow” Debut and Kirstie Alley’s TV Land Sitcom Debuts


NBC has given The Blacklist an early second season renewal. Most freshman TV shows don’t get a second season this early (Sleepy Hollow did, but it’s airing a short season).

Ryan Phillippe has signed up for an appearance on TBS sitcom Men at Work, TV Guide reports. He’ll play himself in a hallucination Milo (Danny Masterson) has.

Ryan Phillippe
Ryan Philippe

According to a report from RadarOnline, ABCis hoping to fill the cast for the next season of Dancing with the Stars with Oscar winners and Renee Zellweger headlining. Are there that many Oscar winners that would do Dancing with the Stars?

CNN chief Jeff Zucker says that the news channel needs “more shows and less newscasts.” With Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown as its top show, he’s talking about airing documentaries as part of the weekday primetime lineup and revamping news programs to have an “attitude and a take”. Zucker gave us the Matt Lauer and Katie Couric era of the today show and The Jay Leno Show in prime time, so this sadly just confirms expectations.

The Good Wife is about to be joined by Matthew Goode, according to TVLine. The English hottie will make his first appearance in the spring.

Matthew GoodeMatthew Goode

According to The Telegraph, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows is adapting The Serpent and the Moon, a novel about a love triangle between King Henri II, Catherine de Medici and Henri’s mistress Diane de Poitiers.

Kevin Rankin has joined the cast of Gracepoint, Fox’s Broadchurch remake, according to Deadline. Rankin is best recognized for his roles in Justified and Breaking Bad, but TBL readers might have first seen him as a gay paramedic on the short-lived Trauma. Rankin will be taking on the role of the town minister, a role played by Arthur Darvill in the original.

Kevin Rankin in "Trauma"I rather liked Trauma but Rankin has definitely moved on to better things.

The History Channel is developing a drama about the life of Jesus, covering the time before he began his ministry that wasn’t chronicled in the Bible. Deadline says the show was originally conceived as a horror series with Jesus as an exorcist. Which, er… okay. I can’t wait to hear the reaction from those Million Moms.


Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
It’s time to light the tree at Rockefeller Center, which as usual, is accompanied by an all-star line-up of performances. That includes Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson as well as Audra McDonald and The Rockettes.

Arrow (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Grant Gustin makes his debut this week as Barry Allen thanks to a robbery at Queen Consolidated. I know I should be excited about that, but after the way things ended with Moira last week, that’s the only story I want to see resolved. Then, I’ll be excited about Barry Allen. Well, as excited as any comic nerd can get about Barry Allen.

Stephen Amell and Gran Gustin in "Arrow"

Survivor (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Ah, Survivor. You’re the kind of show that can promise a “ruthless game of tug of war” and I don’t know if you’re promising cutthroat alliance managing or a literal tug of war immunity challenge.

Back in the Game (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
Terry decides to run against Dick for League President. That’s an opportunity for Michael to make campaign materials for his coach, right? He seems like he would have fun making “Vote Terry” posters and buttons.

Mob City (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
TNT is heading to post-WWII Los Angeles for a holiday mini-series. Mob City’s LA is a place with a powerful crime organization, a corrupt police force, soldiers returning home from the war and a growing movie industry. The opening chapter even has Simon Pegg as a man hoping a few bribes will get him protection from the LAPD. Let’s hope this pulls off the stylishness of L.A. Confidential.

Mob City

The Tomorrow People (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Stephen’s latest plan involves getting other Tomorrow People to help him read Jedikiah’s mind. Who will he get killed this week?

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Cam’s job as a football coach has been a nice change of pace for a character we usually see easily getting offended or taking things to inappropriate extremes (too bad we won’t get to see him meet Back in the Game’s Michael). That might take a step back tonight as he starts to intensely study for a big game.

Eric Stonestreet in "Modern Family'

American Horror Story (FX) 10:00 PM ET
While Fiona tries to figure out who the new supreme may be, Cordelia thinks she’s figured it out and is preparing a ritual to help her ascend. The only problem, the ritual calls for Fiona to commit suicide, selflessly making way for her successor. That… sounds unlikely. I don’t think Cordelia is good at devising plans.

Nashville (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
While I don’t see any mention of Will in tonight’s episode, it is titled “I’m Tired of Pretending.” You can’t give an episode a title like that without dealing with the closeted gay character, can you? It’s not like anyone else is keeping any secrets on this show.

Chris Carmack in "Nashville"

Kirstie (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
TV Land’s latest comedy goes right for the Cheers reunion pairing Kirstie Alley with Rhea Perlman. Alley plays Maddie, a self-centered Broadway diva who suddenly meets the child she gave up for adoption over twenty years ago, a small town kid who disrupts Maddie’s life of fancy parties and having her employees as her best friends. TV Land’s comedies usually go in for the comforting nostalgia but this one feels a little different. Maybe that’s because Alley’s playing a character who is closer to Edina Monsoon than (her Cheers character) Rebecca Howe.

Kristie Alley in "Kirstie"

Top Chef (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time once again for battle lines to be drawn and for good chefs to go to battle. That’s right, the Restaurant Wars have been declared again.

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