A Gay “Survivor” Champion in Jeopardy and New CW Dramas Get a Back Half


Now, that’s how you want to celebrate an iconic show’s 50th anniversary. The son of Anthony Coburn, who wrote the very first episode of Doctor Who, claims he owns the rights to the TARDIS, the iconic police call box used to travel through space and time. He claims his dad gave the BBC informal permission to use the idea but that ended with his father’s death in 1977.

The CW has ordered a full season of its new dramas — The Originals, , The Tomorrow People and Reign. That last one is a bit of a surprise, since Reign has lost a lot of The Vampire Diaries’ viewers (apparently, its ratings are consistent with or without the TVD lead-in and there are a lot of online viewers only The CW can measure).

Luke Mitchell in "The Tomorrow People"Sure, the writing on The Tomorrow People has me rolling my eyes, but it also has a frequently-shirtless Luke Mitchell

It’s a double shot of bad news for soap fans. Soaps in Depth has confirmed that All My Children and One Life to Live are cancelled again. Meanwhile, ABC is finally pulling the plug on SOAPnet at the end of the year. Three years ago, Disney announced it would be shutting SOAPnet down and replacing it with a channel aimed at toddlers, Disney Jr. However, Disney had trouble convincing some cable providers to make the switch, prompting them to keep operating SOAPnet for the time being.

Okay Community fans, get excited. Vulture reports that the cult comedy will be revisiting the classic episode “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” with David Cross playing Jonathan Banks’ estranged son.

This is incredibly sad news. An upcoming Dr. Phil will feature out Survivor winner Todd Herzog and his battle with alcohol dependency. This is so sad.

The Encore channels are changing with Encore Drama being replaced by Encore Black, which will focus on movies aimed at African-American viewers, along with repeats of sitcoms like 227 and What’s Happening!!. Meanwhile, Encore Classic will replace Encore Love and be your new source for Murphy Brown and Night Court.

Comedy Central cancelled The Jeselnik Offensive. Ratings looked promising in the first season but they dipped in the second and eventually Offensive was overshadowed by another late night show, @Midnight.

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Chris Isaak will appear in an episode of Hot in Cleveland, according to TVLine. He’ll play a singer whose upcoming Cleveland performance is sold-out, prompting Melanie to scheme her way into tickets.


Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Today’s show has Ricky Martin and Idina Menzel on the guest list. Can we hope for two performances?

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
This week’s episode was originally titled, “The Sandwich Incident” which sees Ward and Fitz on a mission that “may end in tragedy”. I’m guessing one of them tries to steal May’s sandwich out of the breakroom fridge.

Saffron Burrows in "Marvel's Agnets of Shield"There’s also the debut of Saffron Burrows.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
Is Stacy Keach the go-to guest star for this season’s new gay comedies? First he appeared in Sean Saves the World (where he set up some good lines, even if he didn’t get any good ones himself) now he’s on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as a former crime reporter who gives Holt his latest reason to give Jake that cold, annoyed glare.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
The roommates notice there’s a bunch of Chinese take-out menus piling up and, instead of stacking them up and leaving the in the recycling bin, as most people would, they turn those menus into a series of interconnected adventures.

Zooey Deschanel, Damon Wayans Jr and Jake Johnson in "New Girl"

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Just because Face Off picked a winner, it’s not yet done showing off impressive make-up creationst. Tonight, the judges count down their twenty favorite creations of the past few seasons, which should include at least one contribution from Gage.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
I never expected Supernatural to do its version of the classic sitcom trope where the protagonist resorts to wacky schemes to keep his two girlfriends from finding out about each other. However, tonight’s episode sees Dean making a deal with Crowley to keep Ezekiel away from Castiel. Let the hurried excuse-making begin.

Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins in "Supernatural"“He’s unpacking organic brussel sprout stalks. I couldn’t feel more betrayed.”

The Mindy Project (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Speaking of wacky mix-ups, Mindy admits to having a crush on Cliff (Glenn Howerton) to Danny but Danny thinks that’s her way of admitting to her feelings for him. Perhaps Suzanne Somers should look here for her Three’s Company sequel?

Scandal for Real (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Since Scandal has become a bigger hit than Revenge, it’s time for the hit political soap to inspire ABC’s News division to add “For Real” to a new show. This one counts down the “Top Ten Political Scandals”. One of my sources says its the Top Ten Political Scandals in US History, another promises the Top Ten Political Scandals of the past century. While I can’t think of any gay scandals big enough for the former (unless Barney Frank can beat all those presidential scandals), I figure Jim McGreevey has a good chance to make it into the later list.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time for a Chopped Thanksgiving as the cheftestants are challenged to to revamp the green bean casserole and to cook a big bird in the limited Chopped time.

The Shahs of Sunset (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Like any good gay Bravo couple, Reza and Adam decide to take their relationship to the next level. They already belong to the same gym, and have taken cooking classes together. I think the next level involves rejecting dinner plans because there is a cable drama you have to watch before your Twitter feed is filled with spoilers.

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.