Kathy Griffin Returns to “Anderson Live,” “Doctor Who” Remembers Sarah Jane Smith and “Necessary Roughness” Gets Sam Page

Plus this weekend brings finales for The Good Wife, Supah Ninjas and Vikings.


We’re headed towards the May upfront presentations, when we finally settle which shows will be returning and which ones are cancelled. Hitfix’s Daniel Fienberg has assembled a look at every show that’s still on the bubble. It’s a forty-something part slide show so get comfortable before you start it up.

Is Lady Olenna the Violet Crawley of Game of Thrones? Vulture makes its case.

Game of Thrones' Lady Olenna

Would you like a chance to sit in the audience for the RuPaul’s Drag Race reunion? World of Wonder is holding a contest (travel isn’t included) to attend the taping.

The third season of Necessary Roughness is adding some familiar faces with Sam Page showing up as an agent who romances Dani while Teen Wolf’s Sinqua Walls will appear as a star basketball player.

Sam PageSam Page

If you’ve ever watched Scandal and struggled to figure out why an actor looked familiar, Vulture has a chart to help you figure it out — if you recognize them from Grey’s Anatomy, Everwood, Private Practice, The Good Wife or Gilmore Girls. Sadly, Scandal is the only world where you can see out actors Guillermo Diaz and Dan Bucatinsky on the same show.

The newest great TV mash-up Tumblr is Joffrey Bieber which photoshops Game of ThronesKing Joffrey into Justin Bieber. It’s “Where fiction’s biggest brat and real life’s biggest brat become one!” and inspired.

Supernatural "Pac Man Fever"“Clearly, Sam, Supernatural viewers can’t get enough of me.
The numbers don’t lie… especially when they’re talking about a hacker.”

The return of Charlie (Felicia Day) gave Supernatural a 25% jump from its last original episode. I think it’s time the CW green-lit a Supernatural spin-off about an adorkable, badass lesbian hunter. And, maybe, makeover montage scenes.

The Cartoon Network is happy about the debut ratings for Teen Titans Go! which was the top show in its time slot, drawing 2 million viewers.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
The band reunites as Kathy Griffin returns as guest-host (maybe she’ll announce that her CNN show with Anderson has been green lit?) to play a game of truth or dare.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Tim Gunn’s dusting himself off from last night’s Project Runway finale to be a guest-co-host on The View.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
WilSon’s back in action, though they’re working separately. Will (and Sami) are working to get in Stefano’s good graces. Meanwhile, Sonny’s questioning Adrienne for anything she might know about Nick.

The WomenThe Women

Friday Night Spotlight (TCM) 8:00 PM ET
Cher wraps up a run of spotlighting women in film with movies about women taking charge. It starts with The Great Lie an 8PM, Kitty Foyle follows at 10PM and The Palm Beach Story airs at Midnight. Finally, it all wraps with the camp classic The Women..

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
There’s another aftermath to address thanks to Alex, who is feeling foolish, angry, guilt-ridden and devastated. More pressing, Michael and Nikita have to figure out how to put The Division back together before the President finds out how bad things are and decides to… well, do the things Alex wanted to avoid.

Happy Endings (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
The gang got bumped last week due to more pressing events so we’ve had a week to wait to see what it’s like when Max signs up for a gay pageant. We’ve spent the week wondering and imagining the possibilities, it’s finally time to see the “Mr. Gay Gay Chicago” competition.

 Happy Endings

Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
There’s an outbreak of possessions at a convent (are they sure it’s not tarantism, they should see if performing a musical number helps) but its making the Medicis look bad so Leonardo’s looking for a solution.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Since Nick also got bumped last week, he’s taking a second crack at the saving Portland from a lava wessen.

Grimm, "Volcanails"

Al Madrigal: Why is the Rabbit Crying? (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
Another Daily Show correspondent gets to show off his solo talent with a comedy special. Madrigal makes some interesting commentary about the intersection between race and American identity, I’m eager to see his new material.

Saturday’s Listings

Smash (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Both shows face personality issues. For Hit List that means Jimmy continues to unravel. At Bombshell, Tom and Julia give viewers a bad Will & Grace flashback with their fighting.

Doctor Who (BBC America) 8:00 PM ET
You know how that trope where two characters who frequently clash find themselves trapped together in an enclosed space (usually an elevator) and being forced to spend time together makes them overcome their differences? What if the frenemies were Clara and the TARDIS while the TARDIS were also the elevator that trapped the frenemies together? We’re about to find out.

 Doctor Who, "Journey to the Center of the TARDIS"

Supah Ninjas (Nick) 9:00 PM ET
Cousin Connor returns for the second season finale and turns the Ninjas against each other and make it possible for him to claim the flaming sword.

Orphan Black (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
Paul starts to go from thinking his girlfriend is acting strangely to actively investigating “Beth,” which just might end up revealing the truth of why “Beth” started acting oddly.

White House Correspondents’ Dinner (C-SPAN) 9:15 PM ET, (CNN) 9:00 PM ET, (MSNBC) 10:00 PM ET
The Beltway’s most ethically dubious night is here. While a performer like Stephen Cobert can raise a mirror to all the inherent problems, I’m not so sure about this year’s comedian Conan O’Brien. If you want even more coverage, tune in to CNN for Red Carpet arrivals. Really.

The Nerdist (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Hey Morgan! Did you hear that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on this week’s Nerdist along with Gillian Jacobs. Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel provide the comedy.

Good Luck Charlie, "Duncan Dream House"Yeah, that would be my reaction to meeting Miss Piggy, too.

Sunday’s Listings

Good Luck Charlie (Disney) 7:30 PM ET
I don’t often have the time to watch Disney channel sitcoms. They’re fun but I’m still catching up on Game of Thrones (which does sound iroic) but the fourth season premiere sees Teddy dream about an encounter with Fozzie, Kermit and Miss Piggy. There’s also an original Muppet song making its debut in the episode.

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Okay, was anyone surprised when Max sadly mentioned that “Rush would be disappointed” in him? It’s a new shortcut to confirming every annoyed suspicion about someone. Tonight, the Race heads to Scotland where a double U-turn awaits.

 The Simpsons, "Pulpit Friction"

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
A cool, hip preacher arrives in town (voiced by Edward Norton) and he recruits Homer to become a church deacon. Like Homer’s many pursuits, he dives fully into this new path. At least for the next twenty minutes or so. Meanwhile, Marge’s wedding dress gets swapped with a Krusty costume. I have no idea where that plot is going unless it leads to a new side job for Marge. An amazing side job.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Now that Regina’s willing to let Storybrooke be destroyed just so she can take Henry back to fairytale land, I hope the town realizes why it was a bad idea to act like jerks to a villain as she’s trying to reform.

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (BBC America) 8:00 PM ET
The reminiscing turns to Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor. Not only is his scarf an iconic part of Who history, Baker was the longest-serving Doctor. Even better, tonight’s flashback is “Pyramids of Mars,” which features one of Sarah Jane Smith’s (the late, great Elisabeth Sladen) original adventures.

Doctor Who, Tom Baker and Elisabeth SladenOkay, what is with the dress Sarah Jane wears in every picture I’ve found?

Chopped (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
The All-Star competition gets very gay as celebrities try to face the mystery baskets including Johnny Weir, Judy Gold, Laila Ali and Joey Fatone.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
The fourth season ends on the election night when Alicia spends her time filing emergency court proceedings instead of making pained smiles at Clark County power players. Meanwhile, Cary’s rebellion gets a surprising supporter. With Martha Plimpton, Denis O’Hare, T.R. Knight and Dylan Baker returning, it could be anybody. (And that’s not it for finale guest stars, Ana Gasteyer and Estelle Parsons are on tonight’s cast, too.)

The Good Wife, "What's in the Box?"

Nurse Jackie (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Jackie has the best possible reaction to a stressful custody mediation — she crashes into Kevin’s car, inspiring Kevin to think she’s using drugs again.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
There’s a hunt for FALC0N’s true identity, leaving viewers hoping that will end that blasted Initiative storyline that has made watching Revenge an exercise in exasperated sighing, instead of the delighted cackling that came with the epic takedowns Emily used to deliver. Unfortunately, it turns out that FALC0N is the parody account for the person they’re supposed to be chasing, someone too busy creating trouble to bother with l33t spellings.

Revenge, "Identity"That’s how I look whenever I start thinking about how great Revenge used to be.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
We’re at the midpoint of the season and… well, let’s hope Daenerys hasn’t used up all her badass moves by now and there’s something doubly amazing planned for the finale.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Deputy Director Bullock may be losing his mental sharpness, which means it’s time to put him through the agency’s retirement procedure. That seems like a very apt time for a Prisoner parody, or has American Dad already gone there? (It’s not the most Google-freindly searches.)

Vikings (History) 10:00 PM ET
For the season finale, Ragnar goes to deal with the troublesome Jarl, who has been bothering King Horik. Meanwhile, Lagertha has her own leadership trouble when a plague hits the village.

Vikings, "All Change"

Mad Men (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
Peggy plans for the future” which I suspect means imagining the day when all her work to get treated as seriously as her male counterparts leads to the “You’ve come a long way, baby” cigarette ads.

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (E!) 10:00 PM ET
Mr. Lochte goes to Washington, but while we’ll all be hoping to see Ryan attempt a filibuster speech (that would make for such amah-zing TV), it looks like he’ll just be visiting monuments with his mother. That, by itself, should offer plenty of nominations for “great moments in professional idiocy.” Why doesn’t Disneyland dedicate some animatronics to that?

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


Monday’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Marilu Henner’s back a co-host for an episode that’s getting a visit from the cast of Forever Young….

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
There’s more for Team WilSon’s plotting against Nick on Monday.

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