NBC Plans Another Live Musical and J. August Richards Returns to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”


HBO Films has cast Bette Midler to star in a movie that follows the career of camp icon Mae West, according to Deadline. The movie will follow West’s rise to stardom and her legal battles when she faced obscenity charges, using her autobiography Goodness Has Nothing to Do with It as a basis.

Unsurprisingly, NBC announced they are planning another live musical for next year. They’re looking for a family-friendly Broadway classic that has a few familiar songs. I’m curious to see what they pick since I don’t think anything else has quite the footprint The Sound of Music has.  It’s appreciated as a musical theatre classic, an iconic film and fodder for the humor of Sing-a-Long screenings.

The Sound of Music Live

NBC has hired David Remnick, a New Yorker editor and former Washington Post Moscow bureau chief, to add commentary to its coverage of the Winter Olympics. Remnick is expected to cover political and cultural issues, including the “gay propaganda” law.

In a stroke of genius, MTV has created posters for what movies from The Simpsons would look like in the real world. I love their suggestion for Radioactive Man casting.

Revolution has added some hunkiness to its cast by signing Daniel Henney for a three-episode arc, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There’s not many details about his character, though we know he’s described as “handsome” which should be obvious from the casting.

Daniel Henney in "Three Rivers"Daniel Henney

Tim Meadows wasn’t happy to see that Saturday Night Live did a “Bill Brasky” sketch that included a number of the original players but not him. He complained on his Facebook page, which got supportive comments from Laraine Newman and Chris Rock. Later, he posted again to say he had calmed down, thanks to a friend who said the sketch came together at the last minute.

Deadline reports that Patrick Heusinger has joined the cast of Tin Man, which is not one of the many Wizard of Oz pilots, but a futuristic tale about a robot valet accused of murder.

The upcoming season of Doctor Who will not run as a split season, according to showrunner Steven Moffat.

Peter Capaldi ii "Doctor Who"That means a continuous run with Peter Capaldi.

There’s another Game of Thrones in the works. While the earlier GoT-inspired strategy game was poorly reviewed this one is coming from the studio that made the critically-praised episodic games set in the Walking Dead universe, so there’s reason to be optimistic.


The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendi’s getting a visit and a performance from the cast of A Night with Janis Joplin.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
The View ladies are getting a visit from Downton Abbey castmembers Rob James-Collier (Thomas), Hugh Bonneville, (Lord Grantham) Laura Carmichael (Edith), Michelle Dockery (Mary), Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes) and Allen Leech (Branson). I hope this time a producer made sure the hosts know the difference between the BBC and ITV.

Downton Abbey season fourSoon.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
After a few days of Gabi behaving like she was suffering from a serious case of sixth-trimester morning sickness, Will demands to know what’s going on. Be sure to join us for a liveblog and keep your fingers crossed for gladiator pix.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
J. August Richards returns for the winter finale as Coulson decides its time to go after Centipede and wants some super-powered backup.

J August Richards and Clark Gregg in "Agents of Shield"Tight uniform. Good choice.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
It’s a teen chef competition that includes an entree with “sophisticated ingredients”. I’m hoping that means these young cheftestants are going to get to work with some ingredients that have been out-of-reach to them until now.

The Shahs of Sunset (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Reza goes into therapy to deal with the aftermath of his nightclub outburst.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listing
There’s more WilSon drama tomorrow and Yes! there will be a liveblog there will be a liveblog tomorrow.

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