TV on Tap: “Awkward.” Adds Nolan Funk, “Da Vinci’s Demons” Sets a Record

Yeah, like Jenna and Matty will ever figure out how not to be Awkward.


With TNT’s winter season wrapping, Deadline considers the state of the channel’s four current shows. While Dallas looks likely to return, Southland’s future still looks uncertain. That’s still better than Monday Mornings and Boston Finest, whose futures look bleak. One factor that’s still waiting to influence in the discussion is the current crop of pilots TNT is developing.

Buzzfeed has declared that Glee has the oldest actors playing teen characters. Pretty Little Liars came in second, but I can’t help but wonder how it would have turned out if this was done before PLL killed off Maya

Our best wishes go out to soap icon Jeanne Cooper who has been hospitalized.

Looking back at Rhoda, the AV Club declares that what made the Valerie Harper-starring sitcom strong creatively — letting Rhoda and Joe’s marriage fall apart — also killed the series since viewers didn’t want to deal with such a serious topic.

In celebration of Veronica Mars’s $5.7 million dollar kickstarter, Buzzfeed looks back at the series’ notable guest stars, including ones we didn’t know were notable at the time. I’m tempted to re-watch.

Family Feud used to be one of my favorite game shows, but it has been ages since I’ve watched an episode. I’m disappointed to hear that its devolved into a string of strained sexual innuendos begging social media users to pass clips around.

The Esquire Network, which was set to debut next week, won’t arrive on your cable grid until summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter, waiting until it can debut with American Ninja Warrior on the schedule.

The third season of Hell on Wheels will debut on August 3, moving the period drama to Saturday nights. AMC says the move is a matter of expanding its schedule and moving the drama to a day that usually features westerns, giving the series a thematically-apt lead in. My first thought was that sounded like a burn off time slot to me, but if BBC America can find success with its Supernatural Saturday line-up, this makes some sense.

Thanks to a solid lead-in from Spartacus finale (which almost beat the series’ Gods of the Arena high), the premiere of Da Vinci’s Demons gave Starz a new record ratings for a series premiere.

When I look at the numbers I have a hard time saying if CNN got good ratings news for the debut of the new Anthony Bourdain series Parts Unknown. Still, 747,000 viewers is pretty good for a Sunday night on cable news.

It’s not like Saturday is overflowing with hunkiness, so the addition of Hell on Wheels’ Anson Mount is welcome


Live! with Kelly & Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Alan Cumming’s set to discuss his one-man interpretatino of MacBeth with Kelly and guest co-host Peter Facinelli.

In Performance at the White House (PBS) Check local listings
A group of amazing performers assemble for a tribute to the Memphis soul style of the mid-50s with Cyndi Lauper, Queen Latifah, Justin Timberlake and a lot more performing.

The Central Park Five (PBS) Check local listings
Ken Burns next documentary for PBS takes a look at the 1989 rape of a woman jogging through Central Park and the five black and Latino teens who were wrongly convinced of the crime.

Awkward. (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
While Awkward. is graduating from cult fave to hit series, Jenna and her pals are starting their junior year of high school. Jenna’s courseload this year includes a creative writing class with a particularly cruel teacher (Anthony Michael Hall) and a classmate (Nolan Funk) that’s a little too interesting for a girl with a boyfriend.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
It’s a special theme episode featuring “ingredients inspired by Australia.” Based on my experience of what happens when you include “inspired” in your description of food (also “style”), I expect the mystery baskets will include shrimp, barbies and Vegemite.

Who Gets the Last Laugh? (TBS) 10:00 PM ET
TBS is branching into the prank shows with this show that puts comedians in the role of prankster and for its debut it has a prank from one of TBS’ biggest shows, as The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar brings some hidden cameras along for a traffic stop.

What!? The Long and Short of Body Hair (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
Logo’s latest doc ventures into one of the most divisive topics among gay men — body hair. While this doc may include grooming tips, an appearance by Ben Cohen suggests this won’t just be about smooth and hairless physiques.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 11:35 PM ET
I’m going to indulge myself here and mention that Jimmy has a rare appearance by New Order. They are part of my personal musical holy trinity (along with The B-52s and Saint Etienne) and they don’t show up on the roster of talk show guests very often. Now, I just have to keep from thinking about how they’re embarking on another tour that I’ll completely miss.

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



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