TV on Tap: “Project Runway” Returns, “The Fosters” is Deft With a TV Taboo and Michelle Fairley Back from the Dead


The CW has pulled Backpackers from the schedule along with the Canadian comedy Seed. I’m debating if I should feel like Husbands dodged a bullet when the CW decided to promote Backpackers to a spot on the TV schedule. On the other hand, Husbands has a fan community that certainly could have helped Husbands find a bigger audience.

The Late Shift author Bill Carter writes in the New York Times that a likely succession plan for The Late Show would see Letterman sign off in May and Colbert debuting in September, leaving time for the new set to be installed and for the new staff to get settled. Somebody talk me down, with The Colbert Report ending in December that would mean nine months without Colbert. That is a frightening thought.

The Colbert Report

Vulture praises The Fosters for tackling a rarely-discussed social issue on TV by depicting a late-term abortion. Finding the humanity in a polarizing issue is what The Fosters does so well.

The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd is teaming with another indie darling comic creator. She’ll be working with Warren Ellis (whose long list of accomplishments include creating Apollo and Midnighter) to create a TV series.

This better turn out going to be as amahzing as it sounds:

Slate challenges Ted Cruz for calling True Blood “misogynist.” Amanda Marcotte snarks, ” It’s like Cruz heard somewhere that ’misogynist’ was a bad thing to be and just started flinging words around to discredit the show.” before explaining why, for all its flaws, True Blood definitely isn’t misogynist.

Syfy is developing a “sci-fi/fantasy improv” series from Nick Cannon where two teams of comedians will try to earn laughs in sci-fi/fantasy themed sketches.

This is how Albuquerque residents know an AMC series is filming in the city, Bob Odenkirk starts appearing on billboards:

Game of Thrones vet Michelle Fairley will be playing a character that’s returned from the dead. No, it’s not what you think. She will appear on ABC’s undead drama Resurrection as the matriarch of the Langston family, a woman who has been dead for three decades.

That’s disappointing. With low rating for The Legend of Korra’s third season, Nickelodeon has pulled the critically praised series from the schedule.


It Could Be Worse (Hulu) streaming
Broadway actor (you might have spotted him being terribly underused on Smash) Wesley Taylor’s web series debuted its second season on Hulu last week, with new episodes debuting every Thursday. The series is about a gay actor trying to survive ex-boyfriends who won’t accept a breakup, working with Broadway divas and a variety of not-so-welcome guests wanting to live in his apartment.

Wesley Taylor in "It Could Be Worse"
It Could Be Worse

Defiance (Syfy) 8:00 PM ET
Not every ship that left for earth arrived in 2013, one ship got off course which is how this week sees the debut of a new alien race. Meanwhile, Stahma sets off “her most dangerous plot” — a story nicely expressed by the episode title, “This Woman’s Work”.

Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
This week, Dave Foley, Seth Green, Monica Potter, Jenna Elfman, Katy Mixon and Michael Ealy face off on Game Night.

Project Runway (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Yep, it’s almost time for another Project Runway season, but first we’ve got an hour to find out how they picked the finalists. Then, 19 designers will fight for their spot in the final 16. Oh, and this is what Lifetime calls a preview of the episode. I hope that means we get a musical number.

Big Brother (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
If it’s Thursday, it must be time for an eviction vote. Too bad this week will also see Frankie get some awful news.

Dominion (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Were you worried that last week’s revelation was the kind of thing a show would drag out without resolution? Fear not, tonight Claire meets someone shocking, ending that dangling plot thread. That means more time for Ethan, right? This show need more Ethan.

Alan Dale in "Dominion"

The Carbonaro Effect (TruTV) 10:00 PM ET
This week, Michael’s tricks include playing an interior designer in a house where closets seem to turn into staircases.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
The faboo Kristin Chenoweth and Gayle King will be talking with Andy tonight.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross Mathews is on the panel tonight as Chelsea talks with Natasha Lyonne.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The View (ABC) Check local listings
There’s more Kristin Chenoweth tomorrow.

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