TV on Tap: Aaron Hill’s New ABC Family Role and Lifetime’s New June Carter Cash Biography


Did you binge-watch Arrested Development yesterday and now you need more? Let’s hope Buzzfeed’s ranking of the its 30 favorite guest stars does the trick.

By the way, there’s no such software as ShowStealer Pro.

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I’m tempted to pull out that old “our long national nightmare is over” joke with the news that Fox reality TV executive Mike Darnell has quit at Fox, as initially reported by Deadline. Darnell has been at Fox for 19 years, which pre-dates the rise of reality TV and his early days include specials like When Animals Attack! and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?. His most valuable contribution to culture is that many probably people know about the Milgram experiment thanks to the ways Fox’s reality programs repeatedly inspired critics to make comparisons to the infamous study. A part of Darnell’s legacy, as Andy Dehnart notes is a long history of parodying or flat out copying other networks’ hits (see Trading Spouses, Joe Millionaire and most recently The High Dive: Stars in Danger). Another part is American Idol, a show so big it changed the course of television.

You can put away your #SaveBenson images, Mariska Hargitay as signed up for the next season of Law & Order: SVU.

Aaron HillThis wasn’t the image of Aaron Hill I had in mind
but there’s a ridiculous lack of pictures of him on the internet

Meanwhile, Greek alum and TBL-fave Aaron Hill has joined another ABC Family show. Deadline reports that Hill will play a cop on the upcoming thriller Twisted.

Thursday’s ratings are a good reason to be sad, as Hannibal failed to see any ratings gains from diminished competition (with Elementary and Scandal in reruns) and Fox’s abhorrent Does Someone Have to Go? won its time slot (though it did lose a third of its Hell’s Kitchen lead in.


Roger Corman Film Festival (Syfy) starting at 8:00 AM ET
Syfy is spending Memorial Day with the icon of so-bad-it’s-good movies starting with Camel Spiders. That’s followed by Cyclops at 10AM. Supergator comes next at Noon. That’s followed by Dinocroc Vs. Supergator at 2PM. At 4PM it’s Dinoshark. Sharktopus airs at 6PM. Piranhaconda wrap it up at 8PM.

Veronica Mars Marathon (SOAPnet) starting at 10:00 AM ET
If you’re one of the people who still have SOAPnet, the channel that only still exists because of lingering contractual issues, you can relive the first nine episodes of the cult fave girl detective series. Enjoy it now because in a few years, I’m sure we’ll get the movie reboot/parody that will just inspire wincing.

Baby Daddy Marathon (ABC Family) starting at 2:00 PM ET
ABC Family has struggled with different comedies but finally found a second hit with this sitcom about four men and a baby. I gave it a pass since I figured it couldn’t make me feel better of the cancellation of State of Georgia but now that Matt Dallas set to join the show, I’m a little more interested in catching up on the series. which is getting completely rerun this afternoon.

The Goodwin GamesAC

The Goodwin Games (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
The Goodwins are settling in to living in their home town again. For Chloe that means trying to re-establish her friendship with April. Meanwhile, Jimmy needs to figure out what to do since a life of crime isn’t easy in Granby and Henry tries to accept that Lucille has moved on.

Hit the Floor (VH1) 9:00 PM ET
VH1’s new scripted show focuses on professional basketball (I swear, I didn’t mix this up with a Basketball Wives spin-off, I double-checked) with a focus on the team’s dancers the Devil Girls. Don’t worry, VH1 promised we’ll get locker room scenes to enjoy, too. Plus, there’s Dean Cain as a retired all-star player who has returned as a coach.

Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Jewel hopes she can get audiences to forget about Reese Witherspoon for a night as she plays June Carter Cash in this movie based on Cash’s memoir. Among her many talents, Cash was a songwriter with a catalog that includes (wait for it) “Ring of Fire” which her husband, Johnny Cash made famous.

Felt (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
It took four episodes but Felt’s getting an animal puppet tonight thanks to a couple dealing with a disapproving cat.

Revolution (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the penultimate episode so the rebels are finally finding a way into the tower, setting things up for a big confrontation, including a rematch between Monroe and Miles. It better be as ship-baity as their last fight.

Revolution, "Children of Men"

Teen Wolf: Back to the Pack (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Are you ready for next week’s season three premiere? If you need to catch up or just want to see the cast discuss the show, MTV has the special for you.

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (E!) 10:30 PM ET
The first season wraps with Ryan taking a trip to Spring Break where…er, what will Ryan do on spring break that we haven’t seen in previous episodes? Maybe he’ll confound our expectations and stay sober the whole time.

Newlyweds: The First Year (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
While all the other couples deal with the balance of power in the relationship (not that Blair and Jeff are immune to that battle), it’s almost time for the commitment ceremony, even though relatives are still sending presents that turn out to be unwanted drama.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
From the sound of things, Sonny will be spending time with Nick in a scene that doesn’t lead to anger and long-term grudges getting even more intense.

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