Former Power Ranger hottie Archie Kao was one of my reasons for watching CSI — until I realized he was horribly underused. He’ll be a series regular on Chicago PD, the upcoming Chicago Fire spin-off. I hope they make better use of him.
The Love Boat is becoming a stage musical! Well… for the most part. A Vegas stage show is being developed based on The Love Boats a memoir by cruise director Jeraldine Saunders that was the basis for the classic TV series. The show will feature music from 1976 – 1986, the period when the show aired, but the stage show will be more risque, matching the book. Stage shows that audiences are already familiar with (like Chicago and Mamma Mia!) do well in Vegas, producers are hoping this will be familiar enough to win over Vegas audiences.
The Young and the Restless found a way to get my attention, by giving a recurring role to Cyntha Watros. I’m keeping my fingers crossed Sheila got more plastic surgery. Or Annie Dutton figured out a path from Springfield to Genoa City.
The Onion offered its own ending for Breaking Bad. I’d love to see that filmed, actually, that would be a great parody of bad TV endings.
A&E is developing an adaptation of French zombie drama Les Revenants (The Returned).
Recently, three out of the four broadcast networks lost their executive in charge of reality TV, and that could be a signal of a troubled future for the genre. The only new hit reality show, so far, has been The Voice, and NBC is the only broadcast network that hasn’t said goodbye to its reality TV head. Cable channels seem to have better success. For instance, Duck Dynasty often beats some of its broadcast competition. Meanwhile, expenses for reality shows have been climbing, nullifying one advantage for the genre.
CBS has ordered a third season of Unforgettable. This has been a good year for scripted summer shows on broadcast networks.
Adventure Time characters carved into crayons. Wow.
Thursday’s ratings offered mixed news for everybody. CBS got record ratings for The Big Bang Theory and a strong debut for The Crazy Ones but Elementary failed to grow from last season. The Michael J. Fox Show got an okay start (especially when you look at NBC’s history on Thursday) but Parks & Recreation got its lowest season premiere, with more people watching an encore of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy talking to Gina Gershon today, but I’m hoping she decides it would be a good idea to do the interview in character as Donatella Versace (or at least the Lifetime movie version of Donatella Vesace).
Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
My broadcast of Friday’s show was interrupted by the GOP’s need for some stern words, but I guess I didn’t miss much since Will and Sonny are still fighting today. This better lead to make-up sex, we’re due.
Independent Lens (PBS) Check local listings
In Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey we meet Arnel Pineda, who was invited to become a member of Journey after his YouTube videos performing Journey songs were discovered.
The iHeart Radio Festival (CW) 8:00 PM ET
This year’s concert is so big it’s expanded to two nights. With a line-up that includes Queen + Adam Lambert, Justin Timberlake
,Maroon 5, Elton John, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Paul McCartney, I’m guessing we should be relieved they’re not trying to condense it into a mere two hours.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
For a moment, I thought I was feeling good about HIMYM again — then I started wondering if Marshall will end up spending most of the final season on a road trip with Sherri Shepherd. While I debate if I can take that storyline (and are we still making jokes about giant SUV models that aren’t made anymore?), Barney and Robin see the relatives arrive and wait for one of them to turn out to be the wild card.
We Are Men (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
Since How I Met Your Mother turned out to be a bro-centric comedy, CBS is hoping you’ll stick around for another bro-com as Kal Penn, Chris Smith, Tony Shalhoub and a speedo-clad Jerry O’Connell play guys living in the same short-term apartment complex.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: The Lost Season RuVealed (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
After being locked away in Logo’s vaults, that first, classic season of RuPaul’s Drag Race can be watched all over again — and even better it comes with commentary from Ru herself. And, yes, Ru admits the bright lights from season one were a bit much.
Sleepy Hollow (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Giving audiences the Headless Horseman using semi-automatic weapons was only the beginning of Sleepy Hollow brand of crazy. This week, it turns out that the Horseman’s colleagues include the Sandman — not the kind that would inspire the Andrew Sisters to break into song.
Mom (CBS) 9:30 PM ET
A crisis manages to make Christie and Bonnie declare a truce so they can work together. Let’s all hope the crisis involves the need to find the good sitcom buried in last week’s pilot.
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is set to explain why he decided to end the series with Jesse and Skyler’s wedding *and a big “The End…?”
* (Actual Wikipedia vandalism. Real spoilers at the link in addition to the vandalism..)
The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Sean Hayes is talking with Dave about his return to a comedy series.
What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!
Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Cher is on tomorrow’s show. Based on what I’ve seen of her twitter feed, I’m guessing she’s fitting this in before going to bed.
The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Margaret Cho is back on tomorrow’s show.