TV on Tap: NBC Remaking “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Doctor Who” Promises Answers for Christmas


Talking with the Television Critics Association this weekend, NBC revealed it’s working on four mini-series events. That includes a four-hour “updated remake” of Rosemary’s Baby, a movie with Diane Lane playing Hillary Clinton from 1998 to the present (I’m sure conservative pundits will take it in stride and won’t spin wackadoodle conspiracy theories in reaction), a period piece about how Plymouth Rock landed on the Pilgrims (or would they land on Plymouth Rock?) and a remake of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers. I think you could do something interesting in remaking Rosemary’s Baby, but it would take more than four hours.

Rosemary's babyThere’s a high bar to reach…

NBC also revealed that they’ve got a figure skating documentary about Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding in the works, days after ESPN revealed it was tackling the story, too. However, NBC promises an exclusive interview with Kerrigan.

AMC has ordered two period dramas, including Halt and Catch Fire the 80s tech drama starring Lee Pace and Turn, the Revolutionary War drama about The Culper Ring.

Lee PaceLee Pace. Sigh.

I thought the ads for the movie Legion looked pretty bad and avoided it when it came out, but now Deadline reports that Syfy has ordered a pilot based on it called Dominion. Any Legion fans out there, and are you looking forward to this?

Remembering Cory Monteith, Mike O’Malley recalled the scene from Glee where Burt deals with Finn using an anti-gay slur, “It was remarkable to me, when we were shooting that scene over and over, the depth of emotion [Monteith] was able to portray — the sorrow, the shame.”

Burt and Finn from "Glee"

Phillip Seymour Hoffman has joined the cast of the Showtime pilot Trending Down, his first role as a series regular. The series follows a man who deals with age discrimination after his ad agency is taken over.

Steven Moffat promises to wrap up all the dangling threads on Doctor Who with the next Christmas special.

Doctor Who, "Name of the Doctor"

Adult Swim surprised Fox by taking shots at Fox’s Animation Domination High-Def late night block in ads purchased from local Fox affiliates to keep it secret from the network. Unsurprisingly, the ads mocked the late night block’s similarity to Adult Swim programming.

This year, Alfre Woodard got her 17th Emmy nomination, which puts her among the most nominated actors (she’s tied with Ed Asner but behind Angela Lansbury, Betty White and Cloris Leachman). However, Gold Derby points out that Woodard holds a record because those seventeen nominations involve sixteen different characters.


Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Adrienne makes another attempt to explain her actions to Sonny and Will today. I’m sure this time will turn out better than the last dozen, and we’ll be following it with a liveblog. Be sure to be here starting at 1PM Eastern! I’m still recovering from Friday’s Susan flashback. I hope I’ll be ready by airtime.

Switched at Birth (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Bay organizes “Deaf Day” at Maui, Kansas including a screening of “Deafenstien” (sadly, not a real movie). Meanwhile, Daphne organizes her own “Uncomfortable Reunions” day when she runs into Chef Jeff (Justin Bruening).

Justin Bruening from Switched at BirthStill preferable to Ezria

First Comes Love (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Filmmaker Nina Davenport turned the camera on her own life when she became a mother with a little help from her friends, including a gay pal who was her sperm donor.

The Fosters (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
Shots fired! We’ve got shots fired! Now we find out who fired their gun (guns?), who got shot and what kind of drama that will create for the Foster clan.

The Fosters, "Vigil"

Major Crimes (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
Sharon gets a visit from Kris’ mother (Lori Loughlin), who has some concerns about the boy her daughter is dating. Presumably, this will lead to the latest instance of people trying to find a way to say that Rusty sets off their gaydar. Can’t Rusty have a talk with Dr. Morales, at least?

Below Deck (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Kat deals with everyone’s suspicion that she had a few drinks after being sexually harassed. Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting and hoping Dave gets to do something interesting so I don’t have to stare at the background to spot him.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Now that Teen Wolf  has found a sympathetic angle for Deucalion (even he can’t beat the awfulness of the bonkers wing of the Argent family), I guess we’re ready to reveal who has been running around killing people this season. There’s supposed to be more Danny, let’s hope it’s not because he gets the “…and I’ll do it again!” monologue.

The Writers’ Room (Sundance) 10:00 PM ET
Sundance gets into the hot “talk shows about TV shows” genre but since it’s too soon to dedicate a show to Sundance’s drama Rectify, they’ve got Oscar-winner (for writing The Descendents) Jim Rash talking about the cool, buzzy shows. Naturally, the conversation starts with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and star Bryan Cranston. After all, Breaking Bad is the show that invites us to freak out when we learn someone we respect (or used to) doesn’t watch it. (At least, it is until October, then we start freaking out at people who have never watched American Horror Story, which is a future subject.)

Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and Bryan Craston

Under the Dome (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
This week’s crisis comes when the town starts to run low on water. I’m hoping this isn’t like the antibiotics, a problem that seems to solve itself once everyone has gone through their character arc.

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


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