TV on Tap: “Sharknado” Gets Even Bigger and ABC Family Orders More “Fosters”


With the nasty business of cancelling its two bubble dramas, ABC Family finally ordered more episodes of The Fosters and Twisted along with a third season of Switched at Birth. I’m relieved questions of “Where are they going with Jude?” won’t go unanswered like Huge fans’ questions about Alistair.

The Fosters

Lifetime has ordered a pilot about a staffer on a dating reality show whose job involves manipulating the cast to ensure drama. Former Buffy, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee writer Marti Noxon is tasked with the adaptation, which probably means I should brace myself.

When CBS CEO Les Moonves announced the renewal of Under the Dome, he dismissed critics’ concerns saying, “Why can’t they be under the dome for a long period of time? This is television!” NPR’s Linda Holmes explains how that comment illustrates the difference between broadcast and cable. At least cable execs understand why some shows shouldn’t try to keep stretching a premise as long as possible.

New Girl, "Thanksgiving"Can we make it a tradition that all female-led comedies haveĀ Justin Long as the first love interest?

Justin Long will appear on the upcoming CBS comedy Mom as a love interest for Anna Faris’ character while Octavia Spencer has been booked for a guest role.

The third airing of Sharknado was watched by 2.1 million viewers. The debut broadcast drew 1.4 million and the first repeat managed to get 1.9 million people to watch. That social media frenzy may not have immediately gotten a big audience but it eventually delivered the most-watched encore in the channel’s history.


ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer managed a slim victory among younger viewers, ending a 243-week winning streak by Brian Williams. Maybe people just aren’t that interested in stories about Hamburger Helper.


Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will splits his day between consoling Sami for sitting through a courtroom scene recycled from an old Single Female Lawyer script and worrying that he’s holding Sonny back from mountain climbing and raves. Be sure to join us at 1PM Eastern for another great liveblog.

Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Mel and Joe get a guest-hosting gig as co-hosts of Good Morning Toledo and they’re a hit with viewers, mostly because they do to Lennox and Ryder what Kathy Lee Gifford used to do to Cody as co-host of Live!… oh, and bickering, lots of bickering.

Futurama, "Assie Come Home"

Baby Daddy (ABC Family) 8:30 PM ET
As ABC Family takes over The WB’s tradition of finding guest roles for the actors it likes, The Lying Game alum Andy Buckley shows up as the father of Danny’s girlfriend.

Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
It’s too bad Fredrik got married last week but with the way he and Ryan play their petty game of trading vengeances, they deserve each other. For the finale, Ryan threatens to out Fredrik’s porn career to his clients. I guess people who appear on Bravo shows don’t read articles about the stars, since Fredrik’s alter ego as Tag hasn’t exactly been private.

Hot in Cleveland, "The Fixer"

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Melanie recovers from her break up by dating two different men (Jack Wagner and Tom Arnold). At this point, you know the sitcom gods will demand that both guys end up at Melanie’s home at the same time and who is Hot in Cleveland to deny them?

Futurama (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
Somehow Bender manages to lose his ass (do you Futurama fans need to be told that’s meant literally?) which means he much search the universe before he can tell anyone to kiss his shiny metal… well, you know.

The Exes (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley puts on some British stereotypes in the form of some artificial teeth when Stuart dates a woman and tries to keep from asking if she lost her dental plan when the union was bribed with a keg of beer (forgetting that Lisa needs braces).

The Exes, "Take This Job and Shove It"

Top Chef Masters (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
The cheftestansts are tasked with creating a fusion dish that combines an American classic with Asian influences. They’re going to have to work hard to beat the fried chicken banh mi I got from a food truck last week.

The Soul Man (TV Land) 11:00 PM ET
Boyce has to face his members’ homophobia when Wesley’s high school girlfriend
asks him to officiate her wedding ceremony to her girlfriend. However, his stance against intolerance gets derailed when he realizes the couple isn’t ready for marriage.

The Soul Man, "Bride and Prejudice"

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:30 PM ET
If Bravo just aired the finale of Million Dollar Listing New York it must be time for Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant and Luis Ortiz to chat with Andy.

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