TV on Tap: Ted Cruz Reacts to “True Blood”, HBO Orders “Westworld” PIlot and Chris Colfer Gets “Hot in Cleveland”

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I’m breaking that rule about trolls and offering them food, but I’ve been waiting for some meltdowns after last week’s True Blood yakuza massacre at a Ted Cruz event. Now, Cruz has commented on the episode calling it “misogynist and profanity-ridden.” How cute, he thinks he knows how to identify misogyny.

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood have joined the cast of the HBO series Westworld based on the 1973 movie (but probably better known for the Simpsons visit to Itchy and Scratchy Land that parodied it). With that casting out of the way, the project is free to go forward with a pilot.

Along those lines, FXX predicts a Simpsons-watching dystopia once all 522 episodes become available.

PBS boss Paula Kerger notes that all the channels that used to compete with PBS for educational programming have given up on that mission. “Art, except for competition series, is gone… we see our selves as standing alone in that space.”

Speaking of former-educational channels, TLC is rebranding with the tagline “Everybody needs a little TLC.”. Or, to translate, ’What’s The Learning Channel?’

AfterEllen suggests five roles for Lucy Lawless when she appears on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I love most of the suggestions (especially #3) so I’m working not to get my hopes up.

Lucy Lawless' "Simpsons" appearance
Or maybe she can play superhero Lucy Lawless. She can fly, unlike Xena.

Ken Burns’ next documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History will not address longtime rumors about Eleanor Roosevelt. Still, the documentary will include the letters to journalist Lorena Hickok that have fueled such speculation.

Regina King is keeping busy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Southland alum has joined the new drama American Crime. She’ll also return to The Big Bang Theory and direct an episode of Scandal.

MTV is making a comedy pilot called Ken Jeong Made Me Do It, where a young man turns to Ken Jeong for dating advice after getting in a collision with Jeong. The show will work around Jeong’s schedule, so it won’t get in the way of him appearing in Community episodes.

Ken Jeong in "Community"

TVLine reports that Rhea Perlman will guest on The Mindy Project as Danny’s mother. Wait. Doesn’t Dan Hedaya play Danny’s father? I hope they’re planning for a Cheers reunion down the line.

Angel alum Elizabeth Rohm has joined the cast of Kevin Williamson’s upcoming drama Stalker. She’ll play a District attorney who has a romantic history with Dylan McDermott’s character.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur has a theory on why shows peak in the second or third season. He thinks you need a year to get to know the characters and then “after season three, everyone starts to go, ‘Eh, that show’s not as interesting as it was anymore.’” I suspect it’s a little different for sci-fi and fantasy shows, where you have to hold back the big twist (Angel’s curse, for example) until after you’ve introduced the characters and set up their relationships.

Listings

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Eric Stonestreet has two talk show appearances today, starting with a visit to The View.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Last time we saw Sami talk with Will word didn’t get out about her vengeance quest with EJ. It sounds like today Will’s going to let her know what he thinks about her Emily Thorne imitation. It doesn’t sound like he’s happy.

Young & Hungry (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
Gabi finds herself a new guy (Jane By Design vet Nick Roux) which manages to make Jonathan jealous, confusing Gabi if they’re just a one-night stand or not.

Big Brother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
I’m momentarily behind on Big Brother, so I’m just hoping CBS continues to acknowledge Zankie.

Mystery Girls (ABC Family) 8:30 PM ET
It’s a 90210 reunion — or, rather, a bigger reunion as former Peach Pit owner Joe E. Tata shows up as a high school principal looking for help to avoid succumbing to a senior prank. Naturally, Holly sees this as her chance to go undercover as a high school student.

Tori Spelling, Joe E Talta, Jennie Garth and Miguel Pinzon in "Mystery Girls"

Who Do You Think You Are? (A&E) 9:00 PM ET
The genealogy reality show returns with the great Cynthia Nixon, who finds dark secrets in her family tree.

Suits (USA) 9:00 PM ET
Remember that episode of My Life on the D-List when Renee Zellweger sent Kathy flowers, prompting hours of worry that it was some kind of veiled threat? Tonight, Louis gifts Mike with a “Get Litt Up” mug. Mike takes it about as well as Kathy responded to the flowers.

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) 10:00 PM ET
Chris Colfer shows up this week as Victoria gets a visit from her son — no, her other son, the one she didn’t remember until now. He’s got a secret he doesn’t want to keep any longer, he’s got to break the news that he’s not gay, as Victoria has long presumed. In the meantime, he’s got a fake relationship to maintain . Be sure to check out our exclusive preview from the episode.

Sam Daly and Chris Colfer in "Hot in Cleveland"

Graceland (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Page takes on her toughest task as she finds herself captive with several other women.

The Bridge (FX) 10:00 PM Et
It took three episodes, but we’re finally going to check on what’s happening with Charlotte, whose business is about to take a stumble.

Jennifer Falls (TV Land) 10:30 PM ET
Jennifer turns her secret therapy sessions into counseling for the whole family. Where will our comedy come from next if everyone resolves their issues?

Missi Pyle and Nora Kirkpatrick in "Jennifer Falls"

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
Oh my! Tonight Jon is chatting with George Takei. I don’t think the week can get any better.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:30 PM ET
It’s our second chance to see Eric Stonestreet.

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (Comedy Central) 12:30 AM ET
Huge LA comic book and collectible shop Meltdown Comics is now home to The Nerdist Showroom and this new Comedy Central show let’s people who can’t make it to Sunset Boulevard see those Nerdist shows.

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.
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