“Scandal” is the New “24” and Will “Doctor Who” Reveal the “Name of The Doctor”?


The CW’s fall schedule is interesting to say the least. Supernatural is moving to Tuesday, following The Originals. Historical soap Reign gets the prime post-Vampire Diaries slot while The Carrie Diaries gets exiled to Fridays.

Meanwhile, Warehouse 13 isn’t the only show to get the cancellation/renewal notice. Nikita will also get a final, six-episode season. And now I have “For Now” from Avenue Q stuck in my head.

Tomorrow PeopleThe Tomorrow People, one of  The CW’s many sci-fi series this fall.

That gets io9 to ask, “How did the CW become THE go-to network for fantastical television?” Sure, its the child of the network that gave us Charmed and the network that debuted with Star Trek: Voyager (who eventually took turns airing Buffy and Rosewell) but it always had a mix of genres. Not only will the upcoming season feature more sci-fi and horror shows than any other network, it has only two soapy dramas (Heart of Dixie and The Carrie Diaries) left on the schedule.

The CW is still working on adapting Wonder Woman to the small screen, but I’m starting to see the warning signs. First, the project has lost writer Allan Heinberg (who created Hulkling and Wiccan for Marvel), which gave me some confidence. More worrisome for me is that CW boss Mark Pedowitz referred to Wonder Woman as, “the trickiest of DC characters to get done.” In my experience, when somebody finds Wonder Woman a challenging character, the end result isn’t good.Scandal, "White Hat's Back On"

Plus, there’s all that torture.

With its combination of hyper pacing, over-the-top plot twists and huge stakes, Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz declares Scandal the second coming of 24. In the best possible way, of course.

I’m not sure how to feel about the revived All My Children and One Life to Live getting cut back to two episodes a week. Generally, that kind of thing is really bad news, but Prospect Park’s explanation makes sense. They say that most viewers don’t watch a broadcast soap every day, but when people try to watch the new OLTL and AMC, they watch every episode and fall behind.

One Life to LiveDon’t tell me it’s already time to get the “Save OLTL!” signs out of storage.

In order to promote the debut of repeats of Modern Family on USA, the cable channel has produced a promo where Phil imagines what life were like if he were on a cable show. Deadline has the video, which is worth watching for Cam’s R-rated scene. I demand a spin-off.

Meanwhile, USA ordered two companion series for those Modern Family reruns. One is the Danni Leary-produced remake of the Britcom Sirens. The other,Playing House, comes from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, the duo who co-created and stared in the short-lived Best Friends Forever. (You’re most likely to remember it as the show Adam Pally joined when he didn’t expect Happy Endings to get a second season.) Unfortunately, there’s been no news about Happy Endings.

SirensI’ll be checking out the Sirens pilot for the Michael Mosley.

EW breaks the news that Shakira, Usher and Cee Lo Green have all signed agreements to stay with The Voice. Green will continue to appear in the fall edition while Shakira and Usher will judge the spring edition. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will participate in both seasons, ensuring their bromance dominates the show.

Friday’s Listings

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Vanessa Williams is on today’s show.

Nikita, "Til Dead Do Us Part"

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
If its the season finale, it must be time for Nikita to try to stop Amanda. That’s not going to be easy, though with Amanda having taking the preemptive strike of neutering The Division’s power.

Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
The search for the Book of Leaves leads Leonardo to meet Vlad Dracula. Leonardo Da Vinci, Vlad Dracula. ’Nuff said.

Da Vinci's Demons, "The Demon"

Maron (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Judd Hirsch shows up this week as Marc’s estranged dad who returns to his son’s life with a get-rich-quick scheme. Is this a George & Leo tribute? I wouldn’t mind if it were.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Next week is the finale (or half of it), which means it’s time for love to put Camelot in danger. (Such is the nature of Camelot.) However, it’s an old flame of Mordred who will help bring us to the end.

Saturday’s Listings

Doctor Who Marathon (BBC America) starting at 1:00 PM ET
In case you need to catch up before the (latest) big finale, BBC America has you covered with this marathon of the past season.

Saturday Night Live Marathon (VH1) staring at 2:00 PM ET
Saturday Night Live is inducting a new member of the Five-Timer Club tonight, and VH1 is preparing you for the event with Ben Affleck’s four prior shows as host.

Doctor Who, "Name of the Doctor"Plus I’m sure Strax will say something funny.

Doctor Who (BBC America) 8:00 PM ET
By now I approach the finales of the Stephen Moffat era with a good amount of wariness. These finales are great with the melodrama but by the time the tear-soaked tissues have had a chance to dry, I start thinking about all the things that didn’t make sense. (And its pretty bad when I can spot a plot hole.) Maybe this time, the greatness of Orphan Black will delay that later moment of realization. Or maybe I should make souffles.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Induction Ceremony (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
HBO is there to celebrate the addition of Donna Summer, Heart, Rush, Albert King, Randy Newman, Lou Adler, Quincy Jones and Public Enemy to the Hall of Fame.

Orphan Black (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
Remember how Alison turned her craft room into a torture room in an episode that also functioned as a bizarre sci-fi take on Noises Off? She may have come to trust her husband but she’s still on the hunt for her monitor. If she doesn’t find an answer soon, Sarah’s going to be waking up to headlines about a grisly massacre in the suburbs.

Orphan Black, "Entangled Bank"The tightly wound ones always turn out to be the most dangerous.

The Nerdist (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
This week episode has nerd pin-ups for all tastes with Joe Manganiello and Morena Baccarin. Meanwhile, this week’s comedy performance comes from The L.A. Complex star Paul F.Tompkins.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
It’s not just Saturday Night Live’s season finale, which means a goodbye to Bill Hader (and anyone else who might announce their departure today) it’s also Ben Affleck’s fifth appearance as host.

Sunday’s Listings

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Tracy Morgan hosts this year’s ceremony which will include an opening performance by Bruno Marz, Madonna receiving the Top Touring Artist award and performances by Nicki Minaj, Prince and Christina Aguilera.

The Simpsons, "The Story of Carl"Wait, is this what I’ve been doing wrong? I need to smile at my lotto ticket?

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Showing they haven’t learned from that disastrous final season of Roseanne, the Simpsons win the lottery in the season finale. It’s okay, though, because Carl steals the money and runs off to Iceland. Sure, stealing from friends is bad, but for TV viewers that final Roseanne season is a worse offense. Plus, that brings Sigur Ros to the show. Meanwhile, Marge mistakes Ashely Madison for a web site dedicated to nostalgia for the Zinger Zapper, but meets a charming man (voice of Seth Macfarlane) who shares her love for Downton Abbey. Let’s hope the episode has a good in-episode explanation of what Ashely Madison is, so there are no awkward explanations at home of how one knows about a dating web site for wannabe adulterers.

North America (Discovery) 9:00 PM ET
The latest installment in the line of jaw-dropping nature documentaries (how do they manage to keep releasing new ones?) focuses on North America starting with a chapter that follows wolves, whales, bears and lions… wait, lions? We have lions in North America? I’m already learning from this documentary mini-series!

 Family Guy, "Road to Vegas"

Family Guy (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Stewie is indulging in his OGT (that’s obviously gay trait) by taking Brian to a Bette Midler concert through his time machine (thankfully, Family Guy isn’t taking Stewie to one of Midler’s bathhouse concerts, we know it doesn’t have the maturity to pull that off). However, that little indulgence ends up creating two pairs of Brian and Stewie but, like every Family Guy problem, it doesn’t sound so bad when you realize at least Peter isn’t involved

Nurse Jackie (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
A drama-filled tenure at All Staints ends for Cruz — but not before he can have an exit interview.. I have a feeling Jackie’s going to make sure it’s a memorable last visit. He might not appreciate the memories but he won’t be able to leave them behind.

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I Love Jenni (mun2) 9:00 PM ET
Jenni Rivera’s final performance is the focus of this week’s episode, including the after-performance celebration that turned out to be Rivera’s final moments with her friends and family.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Daenerys meets “the Titan’s Bastard” which sounds like the name of a pub I’d find in an Elder Scrolls game. It’s probably not a pub but if it is I hope she meets a bunch of people with unfinished business that needs addressing by a heroic stranger.

Mad Men (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
Ugh. So this merger brought about Don’s most asinine side. This week promises that “Peggy looks for inspiration” I hope she finds it by smacking some sense into Don. Then again, since this week’s episode is called “The Crash” maybe circumstances will smack Don around.

Mad Men, "The Crash"

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (E!) 10:30 PM ET
Ryan heads to LA to be honored at an award ceremony, which turns out to be a chance to meet his celebrity crush. Since I was disappointed that Ryan’s attempt at bar chatter with a bunch of wonky DC single gals was edited so heavily, I’m hoping we’re getting a second chance and the crush is someone who can’t help but talk over Ryan’s head. Or Elisha Cubert.

Family Tree (HBO) 10:30 PM ET
Tom’s next investigation involves a great grandfather dressed in a Chinese style, meaning a good part of this one will be spent delivering stern glances and hushing sounds to stop people from making racist jokes.

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


Monday’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
This show has had a positively baffling schedule in its final days (I can’t think of when I’ve seen so many reruns hiding original episodes but I guess it’s better than the way The Nate Berkus Show just gave up on updating the web site) but Monday’s a “new” show made up of clips from past shows.

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