ABC Turns to the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “The Tomorrow People” Goes Old School and Maulik Pancholy’s New Role


Okay, I’ve struggled to get into HR, the Lifetime pilot that has Alicia Silverstone as a Human Resources manager whose personality changes after a head injury. They’ve got my attention by adding Maulik Pancholy to the cast as a Middle Eastern employee who works in the I.T. department who might not be who he initially appears to be.

Maulik PancholyMaulik Pancholy

I’m going to need some help from anyone who understands British television on this story. Apparently, Catherine Tate is planning on reviving Nan, her curmudgeonly old lady character for a “TV recording” for the BBC. I’m guessing a “TV recording” is a live stage performance recorded for TV? Either way, it’ll be great to see Tate play one of her iconic characters again.

In Breaking Bad easter egg news, Sunday’s episode showed a real phone number. The number shown for the vacuum cleaner repair shop on the show actually works, though you get a recording from Robert Forster, who played the repairman who also helps people disappear.

Breaking BadNo idea of the side of the building can grate cheese, though.

Could there be more China Beach on the way? The Vietnam drama’s co-creator John Sacret Young told TV Guide, he wants to put out a novel about the drama’s heroine as she looks up the people she served with after her husband’s death. Star Dana Delaney responded she’d be interested in playing the character again.

In another nod to longtime fans of the classic version of The Tomorrow People, the upcoming CW reboot has cast Nicholas Young, who was part of the cast of the 1970 version, in a recurring role.

Nicholas Young in "The Tomorrow People"Nicholas Young

I guess plenty of people were watching TV on Sunday. Not only did Breaking Bad set a new record high, the end of Dexter also set a series high, along with the first season finale of Devious Maids while The Emmy Awards drew its biggest audience since 2005 (helped by a solid football lead-in). Meanwhile, in the UK, Downton Abbey also hit a series high with 9.5 million viewers watching the fourth season premiere. I like to imagine Oprah was backstage at the Emmy awards proclaiming “You get a ratings record! You get a ratings record! Everybody gets record-high ratings! Not you Copper.”


The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Andy Cohen is joining Wendy today.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
After a string of hit movies, the Marvel superhero universe comes to the small screen in a series that’s also Joss Whedon’s first series since since 2009’s Dollhouse. After The Avengers, the world knows there are superpowered beings, aliens and a bunch of unimaginable threats. Thus, it turns to the relatively-ordinary people who work for S.H.I.E.L.D. to try to deal with these extraordinary threats.

Cobie Smuldiers in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."“Stupid S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, having fun while I have a wedding going on.”

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (CW) 8:00 PM ET
For the season finale, Olympian Shawn Johnson joins the improv antics.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
Jake gets a case that feels like punishment duty, but Ray is the one who ends up feeling regret when Jake solves the case and it becomes a political problem.

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Here we go, Cassandra Peterson is guest-judging this week’s episode where the artists are asked to create characters inspired by “art movements”. Does that mean we’re going to see the Creature from the Abstract Expressionist Lagoon? The She-Wolf of Art Noveau? The Dada That Wouldn’t Die? (Okay, Grant Morrison created that one.) That just sounds like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup combining two kinds of amazing.

Elvira Mistress of the Dark on Face OffI’ve been waiting for this, in case you haven’t noticed.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Jess gets a new teaching job, one that finds herself struggling to fit in with a bunch of mean girl teachers. (I’m guessing that’s why Dreama Walker and Angela Kinsey are in this episode?) Too bad, she takes Nick’s advice on how to handle the situation. Meanwhile, Winston worries Daisy is cheating on him, making me worry that Brenda Song will be stuck on the awful Dads.

Trophy Wife (ABC) 9:30 PM ET
Malin Akerman plays a party girl who settles down after meeting a man (Bradley Whitford) who comes with three children and two ex-wives. It’s not a premise that would usually grab my attention, but it is co-created by infoMania alum Sarah Haskins. After the genius of Haskins’ trope-mocking “Target: Women”, I’ll give anything from Haskins a chance.

The cast of "Trophy Wife"

The Mindy Project (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
It’s Dr. L vs. Dr. L as Mindy tries to get back into her groove now that Dr. Paul Leotard (James Franco) seems to have taken her place in her patients and co-worker’s hearts. We know how this will end (this isn’t The Franco Project, which, now that I’ve said those words, I really want to see), but first Mindy makes it look like she’ll lose by trying to out-cute her opponent.

Fangasm (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Syfy’s next attempt at turning nerd culture into reality TV gold is this show, in which seven geeks of different stripes live together while working for the Comikaze Expo. I’m not sure what to expect from the promos — perhaps drunken “Madame Xanadu would totally beat Agatha Harkness in battle” arguments? (Okay maybe that particular fight is only for the show I would cast.) However, I do know George Takei shows up, which counts as a good reason to sample a show.

Chicago Fire (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
This time last year, no one expected Chicago Fire to last, even if some of us appreciated the idea of TV having a weekly excuse to show Taylor Kinney shirtless. However, it turned out to be the little show that could, building an audience despite underwhelmed critics and a problematic lesbian storyline. The second season adds a guest appearance by the faboo Michelle Forbes as a city official looking to cut the city budget by closing a few firehouses.

Taylor Kinney shirtless on "Chicago Fire"Not a picture from tonight’s episode, unfortunately, but worth revisiting.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
It’s a chicken-themed challenge with chicken livers, chicken tenders, chicken legs and chicken-flavored crackers showing up in the baskets. It doesn’t sound like chicken doesn’t appear in the dessert basket, but an “often-disparaged dessert” does. I’m hoping for something out of a nightmares of mid-century cooking website like Candle Salad or Strawberry Poke Cake.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 AM ET
It’s time to believe in love after prime time as Cher stops to chat with Dave.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Elton John is joining Ellen tomorrow.

Modern Family (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
They’re finally back! So are a lot of shows, make sure your DVR has free space.

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