Plus, American Dad celebrates its 150th episode, Doctor Who encounters Diana Rigg and IFC gives Marc Maron a show.
Vulture looks back at the Stand-Up Comedian Boom of the 90s to claim that we’re in a new comedy boom, thanks to the rise of viral video and a new generation of comedian-driven shows on cable like Louie, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Tosh.0.
In excellent news for great TV, BBC America has ordered a second season of Orphan Black. As much as I love the show, I’m holding back my excitement until I see that Cosima survives the finale.
TV Guide reports that NBC considered expanding The Tonight Show to 90 minutes when Jimmy Fallon takes over, but eventually decided against it.
Howard Kurtz’s sad attempt to create a controversy in Jason Collins’ coming out, already lost him his job at The Daily Beast but The Hollywood Reporter says that it looks likely CNN will also drop Kurtz’s show, Reliable Souces, too.
Does Game of Thrones’ King Joffrey resemble Roman Emperor Caligula?
HBO is developing a dramedy starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The show would follow retired athletes living in Miami.
ABC Family’s upcoming drama The Fosters found a way to get even gayer, AfterEllen reports that Noah St. John is joining the cast. St. John is a poet who won the NPR Snap Judgement Performance of the Year Award at the young age of 15 and was raised by two moms (like The Fosters’ family). His character is loosely based on himself.
Wow. It turns out the wrong person won the latest season of Big Brother Canada. I don’t mean fans disagree with the winner. The final jury vote was close and one person marked her ballot wrong, giving the victory to the person she didn’t want to win. Even better, the person who made the error declared that she was “150% sure” about her vote.
Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Andy Cohen returns as Anderson’s co-host, where Ana Gasteyer will challenge them to a game of “Which Andy was it?”.
The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Harvey Fierstein and Billy Porter are joining Wendy to discuss their Tony-nominated musical Kinky Boots. Then Judy Gold joins the Hot Talk panel.
The View (ABC) Check local listings
Lance Bass is a guest co-host on today’s show. I expect there will be at least some mention of how he gave coming out advice to Jason Collins.
Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Since Nick dodged his questions yesterday (yesterday? I watched several episodes in one block), Rafe is asking Will what is Nick’s problem.
Happy Endings (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
A less competitive time slot and a “Save Happy Endings” campaign have failed to boost ratings so this week’s season finale might be the last we see of this gang. Still, at least Happy Endings is going out with one more appearance by Megan Mullally and Michael McKean and the introduction of the third Kirkovich sister (Stephanie March) who is the “alpha sister” of the three. Holy crazyballs, there’s someone more alpha than Jane
Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Amanda has started to put the black box up for sale, which means the President is about to figure out The Division is in pieces. Maybe turning to Cyrus (Isaiah Mustafa) can help.
Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
As the armies of Rome and Florence are close enough to see each other delivering side-eye, Leonardo’s debuting his newest weapon. I’m already writing a note to the Discovery Channel asking Mythbusters to test it.
Maron (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
I pause before describing IFC’s new comedy as “Louie but with Marc Maron” but from everything I’ve encountered, that’s a very apt description and an argument for tuning in. Louie’s taking this summer off, so it’s a good time to give another comedy a sample.
Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
After taking a bit of a break, Merlin returns for the final five hours as Merlin tries to fix… er, whatever Morganna did to Gwen. It’s been a long break, I hope there’s a thorough “Previously on Merlin…”
The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Dave’s talking with recent Tony nominee Nathan Lane tonight.
Smash (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Suddenly the teams working on Bombshell and Hit List are united in their desire to sadly sigh, “Poor Jimmy.”
Doctor Who (BBC America) 8:0 PM ET
Okay, I could try to find out what this week’s episode is about. So far, every time I’ve tried I’ve ended up running around the room screaming in excitement that Vastra, Jenny and Strax are back — and this is the episode featuring Dame Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachael Stirling. Chances are good that it’s all going to go downhill from there, so I’m going to focus on enjoying that part.
Orphan Black (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
First off, let me vent: OMG Felix and Colin are still seeing each other! Eeeee! Okay, now that’s out of the way, this week’s episode sees Alison getting increasingly paranoid, to the point that she’s starting to see monitors everywhere. Suddenly, I’m looking at Colin a little warily.
The Nerdist (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Chris is letting out his Buffy nerd out with Eliza Dushku, along with Jack McBrayer and comedy from Joe Keckler.
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
SNL is kicking off the final set of new episodes of the season with Zach Galifianakis.
Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN) 7:30 PM ET
Sure, GMA got the first interview with Jason Collins but Oprah has so much good interview footage, she’s expanding Oprah’s Next Chapter to 90 minutes. Not only is Oprah talking with Jason, she’s also talking with his twin brother, Jarron, parents Portia and Paul, sister-in-law Elsa as well as Teri Jackson the aunt who was the first family member he came out to.
The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
This is one of those times when you can figure out when The Simpsons’ writers started working on the script thanks to a story fading from the news in the time it took to go from script to animation. See, Lisa is outraged that the record label has started using a hologram of Bleeding Gums Murphy. How long ago has it been since music labels stopped talking about giving dead musicians hologram tours? Doesn’t matter, I’m always up for Lisa being outraged.
The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
The two hour finale wraps in Washington DC, which I hope means running from monument to monument (admittedly, that never compares to watching teams try to race up and down San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood). I’ll be spending the time deciding if I’m on Team Roller Derby Mom for being the targeted underdogs or Team Pro Hockey for tricking everyone into ignoring that they should be the main targets.
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
You know what makes this show fun? This is the only one where a character like Emma can disappear and become more complicated when it turns out that the magic beans are missing, too.
Family Guy (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
I usually wait to see if there’s a sudden cry of “OMG, a good episode, finally!” before I decide to watch Family Guy but Tim Gunn makes a voice cameo. This will tell me what the words “team edition” have done to my adoration of Gunn.
Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Conrad’s poll numbers are down thanks to Victoria. That sounds like a great excuse for a crossover with HBO where Vice President Selina Meyer offers her campaign device but sadly that’s not the case.
Chopped (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the grand finale, as the four champions facing off against each other. I’m hoping we’ll get a surprise and Team Celebrity makes it past the appetizer round.
Game of Thrones (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
The Wildlings get ready to take Jon on a dangerous climb. They’d better be careful, its one thing to have the entire seven kingdoms think little of you but that won’t compare with fandom’s pitchforks if anything puts Jon’s looks at risk.
Nurse Jackie (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
There’s a mysterious new woman at All Saints — oh, okay she’s a Jane Doe patient but Jackie wants to know who she is… so she sends Zoey to sleuth it out? Jackie had better hope this Jane Doe is a source for ugly-print scrubs, making it easier for Zoey to find.
American Dad (Fox) 9:30PM ET
It’s American Dad’s 150th episode, which is as good as time as any to go where the show hasn’t gone before — spaaaaace! Or, specifically, Roger’s home planet where Jeff has been taken because he’s discovered that Roger is an alien. At least, I think the show has never gone there before. There are 150 episodes, I haven’t been able to watch them all. Keep an ear open for the voices of Sean Hayes and Michael McKean.
Mad Men (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
The episode description says that Pete has an awkward moment with a client. I’m already writing fanfic where that client is a vampire who is treating Pete like a timelost son, for some unexplained reason.
What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (E!) 10:30 PM ET
We haven’t had a chance to dedicate a show to Ryan’s… er, love? life but that changes with this episode. A visit from female friend gets in the way of Ryan’s training, which is completely different from the times when just partying and drinking gets in the way of his training. Oh, who cares, we’re tuning in to hear him try to speak, especially when we don’t know if we’re about to see the last of Alex Kerkovich.
What will you be watching this weekend? Let’s discuss it in the comments!