TV on Tap: ABC Bringing Back “Battlebots,” Why Rosie O’Donnell Left “The View” and “Empire” Sets a Ratings Record


ABC is reviving the robotics competition series Battlebots. My husband was a big fan until the competitors started figuring out that there were just a handful of designs that were effective. The original debuted 15 years ago, I’m keeping my fingers crossed there has been enough technology changes in that time to beat those repetitive designs. This version will have more focus on the personalities of the competitors and the design process.

Unforgettable has been un-cancelled once again. This time the show has been saved by A&E for a fourth season. CBS cancelled the procedural after its first season but was convinced to bring it back for two summer seasons before a change of strategy prompted the network to axe the drama a second time.

Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh in "Unforgettable"

That’s not the only show coming back from cancellation, NBC is considering a 10-episode miniseries that would revisit the original Law & Order with original cast members Chris Noth and Sam Waterson.

Don’t get too excited about that reported Legend of Zelda TV series. Right now, it’s in the early stages of development and still seeking writers. Considering the incredible challenge adapting video games to TV and film, it wouldn’t be surprising if fans end up waiting as long as Halo players. Plus in this case, someone has to figure out how to live up to that “family-friendly Game of Thrones” description.

Is Brooklyn Nine-Nine¬†made more timeless when it doesn’t acknowledge real world controversies about the NYPD or does the omission make it more awkward to watch?

Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio, Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz in "Brooklyn NIne-Nine"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Rosie O’Donnell tells Newsday that she’s leaving The View basically on doctor’s orders. Her heart health has been getting worse since she returned to the talk show and her personal life has gotten more stressful, as well. “I am going through some hard stuff, so I can’t really fix those things right away but I can fix this,” she explained.

Speaking of The View, several Marvel fans were let down by a tweet that promised a big “game-changing” announcement that never made it onto the show. (Doesn’t The View pre-tape their Friday show?) They should be glad that tweet didn’t come in the days when Hasselbeck was still around.

Taraji P Henson and Jussie SMollett in "Empire"

Last week, Empire’s fifth episode saw ratings grow for the fifth time. It turns out that hasn’t happened since 1999 when Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? debuted. However, those five airings of Millionaire were considered “specials.” A regular, scripted series hasn’t accomplished that since before Nielsen changed how it measured audience size in 1991.

I wouldn’t usually get excited about Hollyoaks introducing another McQueen sister, but this one will be played by Zoe Lucker, who made Footballers Wives such a can’t-miss drama.


Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Adrienne and Paul are set to clash today, but will Will be there for someone to figure out how Sonny and Paul know each other?

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Robert Verdi is on for today’s Grammy Awards red carpet dish.

The Fosters (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
While Callie tries to figure out how to fit her bio-dad into her life, Jude tries to repair his relationship with Connor and ends up going on a group date… so why is Connor’s pinky reaching over to touch Jude’s in the promos?

Madison Pettis, Gavin Macintosh, Hayden Byerly and Izabela Vidovic in 'The Fosters"

Gotham (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
There’s still a serial killer in Gotham who is harvesting adrenal glands, along with his son, who is likely to take over the parental obsession with fear… or else this wouldn’t be much of a prequel series.

The Originals (CW) 8:00 PM ET
As Hayley and Jackson’s wedding day nears, they find themselves drawn into Vincent’s plans. If it’s not one member of that family threatening Jackson’s pretty head it’s another.

Nathan Parsons in "The Originals"

Jane the Virgin (CW) 9:00 PM ET
How about that Sin Rostro reveal? Or, rather, the murder that came with it? Tonight, Michael thinks he’s on the drug lord’s trail but he also thinks he’s looking for a man. (Otherwise known as being on the completely wrong track.)¬† The fans who decided Michael is doomed a couple weeks ago, will have plenty of fuel.

Sleepy Hollow (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
As Sleepy Hollow continues its ’please stop deleting us from your season passes’ charm offensive, we get another Sleepy Hollow take on a founding father with Stephen Weber as Thomas Jefferson. Keep your fingers crossed this is half as much fun as the show’s Abigail Adams episode.


Chasing Life (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
April decides she’s tired of being the mature one in every crowd so she decides to let loose, except things always go horribly wrong when the responsible one decides to go wild.

Better Call Saul (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
The programmers at AMC knew you couldn’t leave off with that ending and make viewers wait a whole week, so the second episode airs tonight as we get to see Jimmy’s first encounter with… since it only aired last night, I’ll try to dodge spoiling you and say it was the most unexpected Breaking Bad callback until it actually happened.

Eye Candy (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Tommy is the focus of a hacker prank as someone puts up an online bulletin that he’s giving away all his stuff. Sounds like a case tailor made for Lindy.

What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Ellen Degeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s a pretty musical episode tomorrow with Sam Smith, Anna Kendrick the faboo Annie Lennox.

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