TV on Tap: Yahoo Picks Up “Community,” More “Drunk History” and Is “True Blood” Guilty of Empty Pandering?

News

Fox has pulled Hieroglyph, an Egyptian political drama seen as Fox’s spin on Game of Thrones. A thirteen episode season was ordered and a pilot episode filmed but Fox wasn’t happy with the scripts for later episodes. That puts it on the odd list of shows Fox cancelled before broadcasting an episode (it’s a surprisingly long list).

Community has been saved with barely any time to spare. Yahoo has picked up the cult comedy’s sixth season. It was a fortunate bit of timing for the two, as Yahoo was looking to find a way to draw attention to its original programming just as a show with a loyal fanbase was looking for a new home. Intriguingly, while its way too early to judge, Yahoo is open to letting Community run for more than six seasons.

Community posters
One step closer…

The Travel Channel has pulled the debut of Man Finds Food from its schedule. While The Travel Channel didn’t say the events are related, it follows the Man Finds Food host attacking people who criticized him for using the hashtag #thinspiration (which is associated with pro-anorexia communities) on an Instagram post.

TVLine reports that The Walking Dead vet Laurie Holden has been added to the Major Crimes that brings Jon Tenney back to the drama (and may or may not turn into a spin-off).

Social media might have enjoyed seeing Jason and Eric on Sunday’s True Blood, but The Wire found the scene to be “monstrously, almost hilariously pandering” saying, “This show has an absolute blank check from its network and its audience when it comes to gay content, and what we get in return is pandering soft-core with zero story weight whatsoever?”

Alexander Skarsgard and Ryan Kwanten in "True Blood"

How did HBO’s The Leftovers differ from the book it’s based on? Sounds like they added a whole lot of bleak.

Undateable’s Chris D’Elia will appear in several episodes of Jennifer Falls, according to TVLine. D’Elia will play the father of Jennifer’s daughter, promising he’s changed since the days when he deserted the family.

Listings

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Ross Mathews guest hosts today’s show which includes Joan Rivers Cee-Lo Green and Molly Bloom.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
While I see no mention of Sonny or Will in today’s episode description, this is the day the wedding of Sami andEJ begins. Days has its issue, but to leave Will behind as his mother gets ready to unleash a ceremony of crazy, would be really terrible.

Time Scanners (PBS) Check local listings
PBS’ new series is centered around new technology, the ability to scan buildings and ruins for forensic data that tells their history. For starters, the Time Scanners take a look at the pyramids and the necropolis.

History Detectives Special Investigations (PBS) Check local listings
It’s a new History Detectives as PBS’ documentary series starts to focus on a single case in every episode. The first case looks at the SS Sultana, which is considered one of the worst maritime disasters in history.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
As school is about to get back in session, Ali things she can reclaim her spot as the queen bee, not realizing that all that time dealing with “A“’s harassment has made them a little less vulnerable to Ali’s mean girl moves.

Brandan Robinson in "Pretty LIttle LIars"
Yay, Lucas is back! It’s about time.

The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN) 8:00 PM ET
The episode description says that “Candace gets free and seeks help from a warlock”. Oh, goody, I’m looking forward to a revamp that adds magic to this show, going full Dark Shadows. No… wait, it’s somebody named Warlock. Oh. Well. That could be fun too.

Chasing Life (ABC Family) 9:00pM ET
Once again, April needs to have that talk about why cancer treatments should be a priority over things like work and investigating the sexy bad boys. In this case, saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” can get rather literal.

Scott Micahel Foster in "Chasing LIfe"
Cappie cleans up nicely.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
Sweetbreads (no not that kind) appear in tonight’s mystery baskets. Considering how long it usually takes to prepare them, that will certainly be an interesting challenge to watch.

Drunk History (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
The web fave series returns with a trip to Montgomery, Alabama.

Tyrant (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Last week Barry tried to get his family out of the country before he could get sucked in to the chaos of a power vacuum. Now that he’s failed, he’s got to navigate a power changeover. At least, that leaves Barry’s son free to pursue a relationship with the guy who was cruising him at the bachelor party-slash-steam bath.

Adam Rainer in "Tyrant"

The People’s Couch (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
This week, we’ll be watching people watch True Blood, Spleidi’s Celebrity Wife Swap, America’s Got Talent, CeeLo Green’s The Good Life, Extreme Weight Loss, Million Dollar Listing Miami, Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta, Frankenfood and Too Cute.

Nathan for You (Comedy Central) 10:30 PM ET
Last season, Nathan for You was a surprise thrill, a parody of business improvement reality shows that managed to take pranking to levels where national media would get wrapped up in his shenanigans. As the second season kicks off, Nathan convinces a mechanic to offer to take a lie detector test when he gives out estimates.

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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