A&E has suspended Phil Robertson from filming on Duck Dynasty following a GQ interview that included homophobia, racial insensitivity and religious intolerance. Robertson will probably continue to appear in the fourth season, which finished filming, but this quick suspension suggests that A&E is very worried about its hit series. Those comments undermine Duck Dynasty’s portrayal of the Robertsons as nice, everyday people who just happen to also be wealthy, which is key to the show’s appeal.
The Fox pilot Fatrick is starting to sound amazing. The comedy focuses on a man named Patrick, who reflects on being bullied as a kid for being fat and how it continues to affect his behavior. It’s written by Don’t Trust the B—- from Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Kahn and has made three addition to the cast. Marcia Cross is set to play Patrick’s mother. Meanwhile, Ray Ford — Apartment 23’s Luther — will play Patrick’s best friend Maurice, while Dante Haogland (who was one of the kids Liz Lemon adopts in the 30 Rock finale) will play Ford’s character in flashbacks to Maurice and Patrick’s childhood. The 12-year-old version of Maurice is described as “unabashedly gay” and doesn’t let the bullying he faces get to him.
The NFL announced it had a back-up plan for the Super Bowl in case bad weather got in the way of the big game, which will take place in an open-air New Jersey stadium. That could mean delaying the game if snowy weather is bad enough, but would most likely mean manually removing the snow.
TVLine reports that that Josh Peck has been signed for an appearance on The Big Bang Theory as a comic shop owner who is a rival to Stuart. The rival shop is big, brightly-lit and popular, all things Stuart wishes for his shop. Does it also host geek culture comedy shows too?
Sundance is developing a drama about the NRA, according to Deadline. The drama follows a fictional NRA head, Trip Thibodeaux as he tries to balance the demands of the job. I think Sundance has found a show that’s guaranteed to get a lot of press. I forsee a lot of angry essays blasting the show for either being pro-gun propaganda or second-amendment hatred (depending on who’s writing, not on the content of the show).
In an interview with Vulture, Ben Stiller says, he thinks the time is right to revisit the world of Reality Bites (which is being developed into a TV series). “I feel like there’s sort of a parallel situation happening now, in terms of the economic climate that young people are coming out to, but it’s also changed so much in terms of how people communicate and technology and social media, so it really is like looking back into a little bit of a time capsule, even though it’s only been twenty years.”
Leading to the second season premiere, Fox will be making the entirety of The Following’s first season available to watch online and through video on demand starting Sunday. I found The Following appalling, but it does feature two straight guys who fall in love while pretending to be a couple. We wished for TV to do that kind of storyline, to bad it happened on a show that reveled in violence and murder
TVLine says that Bones producers are feeling confident enough after their move to Friday nights that they’re planning on ending a season with a “big cliffhanger”.
The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Since Current went off the air, I’ve been going through some fierce John Fugelsang withdrawal, so I’m thrilled that Wendy’s heading into her Christmas break by talking with him.
The View (ABC) Check local listings
Mario Cantone wraps his guest-host run with a visit from Judy Gold and Meryl Streep.
Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Considering that things ended yesterday with Sonny threatening to tell his father about the whole murder conspiracy bit, I suspect we’re going to see more of him today. (Or did I mix up my recordings?)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Christmas time is here, as is the season for a boy with a security blanket to remind us that the holidays isn’t about presents and decorations, as well for kids to dance their cares away to jazz piano.
Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Christian Siriano and Nina Garcia guest-judge this week’s challenge with involves identifying a new fashion trend.
White Collar (USA) 9:00 PM ET
This season, Peter and Neal have returned to their old cat-and-mouse bromance where Neal constantly threatens their close friendship with his capers. Tonight’s mid-season finale sees Peter take on a case that just might end up pointing to Neal. Once again, can Neal dodge suspicion in his usual carefree manner?
The Arsenio Hall Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Clay Aiken joins Arsenio tonight.
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Christmas week concludes with the Blind Boys of Alabama.
What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!
Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now Arianna is getting into the murder conspiracy drama. How precocious! (Especially for a kid living in Salem.)