“Elementary” Introduces Irene Adler and Klaine Reunion in the “Glee” Finale?

Plus Fox orders nine pilots, the BBC is remaking Everybody Loves Raymond and Gillian Anderson is Hannibal’s therapist.


If the May upfront presentations are like Christmas for me, this week is the one when kids watch every package to come out of the car trunk, looking for clues to what thrills will be discovered under the tree. A few hints came from NBC today as they officially cancelled Deception. (Somebody find Victor Garber a good show, please!). It also passed on seven pilots, including ones starring TBL-faves Dave Annable, Chris Zylka, Jesse Lee Soffer and Stephen Guarino.

Meanwhile, Variety says that NBC will announce a decision on bubble shows like The New Normal, Go On and Community today. According to Variety, NBC is inclined to clean house with its comedies but there’s a chance some shows will get a 13-episode order to use as midseason replacements.

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Fox has gotten most of its renewal announcements out of the way by now, and neither of its remaining bubble shows are seen as having a chance. The network has announced four new dramas including the Karl Urban-starring Almost Human, the Mann and Machine remake drama about a future where cops have android partners, the Greg Kinnear-starring Rake and an update of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The other six pilots won’t be going forward, including the Catherine O’Hara comedy To My Assistant.

Fox also ordered five comedies including the Gavin & Stacey remake Us & Them, the Andy Samberg police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Enlisted, about a trio of hunkalicious brothers (Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young) assigned to the same Florida army base.

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Finally, Vulture turns its analytical eye to Fox, which has fallen to second place thanks to slipping ratings for American Idol and all its major reality franchises.

Starz is developing a drama about the rise of tabloid journalism in 1970s England. Piers Morgan, who edited The Sun, News of the World and the Daily Mirror is an executive producer, which gives the project strong whiff of rewarding bad behavior.

There is now a website to organize the efforts to save Bomb Girls.

Save "Bomb Girls"

It turns out Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal draw nearly $300 million in ad dollars a season, making Shonda Rhimes responsible for 5% of ABC’s revenue.

TNT has ordered a spy drama, Legends, which follows an undercover CIA agent (played by Sean Bean, so start your deathwatch) who has the ability to completely transform himself for a job but is starting to have an identity crisis (that sounds like Fox’s Human Target if that show actually used the Human Target comic as inspiration). The series also stars Ali Larter and Tina Majorino.

Sean Bean in "Legends"Sean Bean in Legends.

A 17-year-old female student has created a Chrome extension that lets Twitter users block out tweets that mention a particular TV show, so you can avoid spoilers. She created it for a programming competition and won “Best in Show” against an entirely male competition.

The BBC is developing its version of Everybody Loves Raymond with Catherine Tate and Lee Mack. I don’t know how to feel about that, especially since I started losing interest in Raymond by the second season.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Brandy is Anderson’s co-host today as Wendy Williams visits for a chat and a game called “How You Chewin?”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listinga
Ellen has a double-feature of CBS Monday night comedy stars with Neil Patrick Harris (keep your fingers crossed for another magic trick) and Beth Behrs.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Nathan Lane joins a show that also has Niecy Nash and a performance by Josh Groban.

Days of Our Lives

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Rafe has been asking people what is Nick’s issue with Will (unless I’m mixing Rafe up with every clueless Salemite older than Will), only to get distracted while dealing with the fifth dodge response. Today, he poses the question to Will, who isn’t quite as good at dodging questions as Sonny, so maybe he’ll finally find out that Nick is a bit homophobic?

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
A girls’ trip to Vegas gets cancelled, leaving them to stay home and play D&D with the guys. For a moment, I heard of that plot and got excited at the idea of Penny, Amy and Bernadette getting geeky, but then I realized there’s a good chance we’ll get an episode about how women don’t understand the guys’ fun.

Community, "Advanced Introduction to Finality"

Community (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
As Community ends another season with its future uncertain, Jeff has enough credits to graduate, prompting everyone to wonder what things are like over in the darkest timeline. Sigh. One of the things I’m starting to hate about this golden age of TV is watching cult shows repeatedly offer season finales that could kinda sorta work as a series finale, but nowhere near as satisfying.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
It’s also Graduation Day in Mystic Falls and Caroline is trying to suppress Elena’s “boring Catherine” tendencies by filling her day with mundane tasks. So, they’re trying to demonstrate that this Elena could be an even more boring version?

Glee (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
The third season finale sends New Directions to Regionals which seems a bit anti-climatic considering how the episode also promises an end to the Catfish storyline, the “departure” (I’m not sure what that means anymore when it comes to Glee) Rachel’s callback to Funny Girl, and the possibility that we’re going to be left hoping (once again) that Glee rewrites a certain Heathers song as “Teenage Marriage (Don’t Do It)” (and an appearance by Meredith Baxter and Patty Duke).

Glee, "All or Nothing"

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Hold on, why did NBC try to make “The Farm” into a spin-off series when it could have given us Oscar and Angela trying to live under the same roof without killing each other? That should have been your spin-off, NBC. Hopefully, we’ll get little glimpses of what that could have been as Angela gets turned down from daycare, prompting her to declare it “Bring Your Baby to Work Day.” Also, it’s almost debut night for the documentary… I guess that explains why Clay Aiken, Aaron Rogers, Santigold and Mark McGrath are appearing?

Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Tabatha heads to a salon run by two women who were best friends until they got the terrible idea that they’d enjoy getting into business together.

Hannibal (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Will may be the one struggling to hold on to his mental health (but if it means Hugh Dancy wandering outside in his undies, do we mind? Would we start cheering against Will’s sanity if he stops wearing a t-shirt to bed?) but it’s Hannibal who goes into therapy (bringing Gillian Anderson to the show). Meanwhile, Hannibal starts to charm Alana which means I’ve got Anthony Hopkins’ voice in my head saying, “Do you hear the wax lion, Alana? What is it saying? Is it telling you to devour Gretchen Speck?”

Gillian Anderson in Hannibal, "Sorbet"

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Graham’s chatting with Star Trek’s Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch along with Star Trek alum Kim Cattrall and Bonnie Tyler.

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Yikes, Scandal sure managed to give us a scare, didn’t it? In the end, it affirmed that it realizes that it cannot go without the glory of Cyrus Beane running down a hall screaming into his cell phone. Tonight, we find out who the real albatross is but (since this is Scandal) there’s a twist on top of that revelation. Since the revelation is supposed to be “scream-around-the-table” unbelievable, my guesses are David, Britta Kagen or Amanda Tanner. No, wait, ghosts don’t show up on Shonda Rimes shows until the third season. I guess I’m betting on David or Huck’s son.

Elementary (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
At this point, which Sherlock Holmes rival is a bigger deal to fandom? Sure, Moriarity has long been billed as Sherlock’s arch-nemesis but recently Irene Adler has gained quite a following. So far, Elementary has treated both characters as ghosts haunting Sherlock from the edges. However, tonight we finally see Irene as Natalie Dormer begins a three-episode arc while a man claiming to be Moriarity contacts Sherlock. Start your compare-and-contrast essays at 11:01 PM!

Elementary, "Risk Management"

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FX) 11:00 PM ET
My main motivation to push my cable provider to get FX returns with an interview with the faboo Melissa Harris-Perry.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
David Sedaris is back for another chat with Jon. These are always great.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Jimmy’s chatting with Jane Lynch tonight. I hope we’ll get some Annie talk.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Earlier this week, Judy Gold was Anderson’s guest host. Seeing her always makes me think of how I got to see her perform as the warm-up act for some sketch comedy pilot that never aired. Tomorrow, Anderson brings his warm-up comic, Dena Blizzard to the stage as his guest-host.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Tomorrow’s show has Vanessa Williams and chef Art Smith.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
I hear Sonny’s on tomorrow’s show… unless I’ve got my calendar mixed up. Hey, its not like we’re talking about As the World Turns where watching a non-Nuke episode made you want to throw yourself on Douglas Marland’s funeral pyre.

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