TV on Tap: BBC America Orders More “Copper,” “Rev” is Coming Stateside and Andy Samberg Signs Up for a Police Comedy

Nikita’s mission has gone from destroying to managing The Division.


BBC America has ordered a second season of Copper. I’ve been totally sucked into the show and its period setting, so I’ m thrilled to get another season

ABC will work to adapt the BBC series Rev. I’ve been hearing about the original, so I guess its time I tried harder to check it out.

In unsurprising news, PETA is thrilled that Animal Practice has been cancelled.

TLC aired a special called My Giant Face Tumor. Sounds like they’ve found a new way to lower the bar. (Hmm, Lowering the Bar might make a better name for the channel than TLC.)

For those of you who are interested, TVLine has a detailed breakdown on the complexities of ratings in the current digital age. It covers how DVR viewership affects a show’s future, when DVR viewers count and how season passes make it harder for new shows to get noticed.

Andy Samberg has signed up for a comedy from Parks & Recreation producers Mike Schur and Dan Goor. The series focuses on a group of detectives working for a precinct at the edge of New York City.

Fueling my… er, intense interest in having Bryan Fuller’s work back on my TV, Mockingbird Lane now has a Tumblr.

Former My Boys star Kyle Howard will bring his scruff to an episode of Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23.

I’m way behind on the Emmy-sweeping drama, but if Homeland can inspire this kind of snark, I wonder if it is struggling through a Being Human-style sophomore slump

For those of you who miss Marisol Nichols on GCB, she’s booked an appearance on Private Practice.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson is joined by Philadelphia anchor Susan Barnett today. Then, he talks with Hugh Laurie about his new film The Oranges.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 8:00 PM ET
It’s time for the Go-Sees, except this time (twist!) each designer can only book one model, even as the models can try to get multiple bookings.

Boss (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
For the second season finale, Kane has to deal with an article with damaging information, but the real danger may come from the way Starz hasn’t ordered a new season by now.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
Becky’s awkward dinner gets worse as Adam ends up getting outed to her parents.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Things are certainly getting complicated for Captain Renard. Not only is his brother teaming up with Adalin, Juliet’s trying to figure out why she thinks of princes with pure hearts whenever her boyfriend’s boss enters the room.

Nikita (CW) 9:00 PM ET
The CW’s compelling espionage drama returns tonight and things are basically upside-down now that Nikita has taken control of The Division, Percy’s dead and Amanda’s on the run. Nikita hasn’t been afraid of walking away from the status quo (actually, the status quo is usually material for firewood on this show) so it should be fun to see where they go from this starting point.

Primetime: What Would You Do? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
This week’s hidden camera segments include a parent shopping for a Halloween costume, whose child wants to wear a costume meant for the opposite gender. I’m guessing this is inspired by the boy who wore a Daphne costume, which is pretty great inspiration to turn to.

Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
As if there weren’t enough people in Haven implementing their own dangerous solutions to the town’s criminals and the troubled, there’s a new vigilante making her mark on the town.

Usually its The Birds that gets people yelling, “Run, Tippi, run!”
but HBO’s
The Girl looks like it captures a similar feeling.


Saturday’s Listings

Too Cute! (Animal Planet) 8:00 PM ET
Once at a [extremely nerdy college activity redacted], I saw a guy walking with a pet skunk on a leash. It was adorable, but I was afraid to get too close and risk needing a tomato soup bath. This week, Too Cute! takes a look at baby skunks, which means I can get that close look I was afraid to take.

The Girl (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
HBO’s latest movie takes a look at the relationship between The Birds star Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock and how it went sour once Hitchcock started to become obsessed with Hedren. My partner’s a fan of The Birds, so I’m debating if this movie will enhance his appreciation of the movie or just ruin his enjoyment.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
The last few weeks haven’t been kind to SNL. Daniel Craig was certainly game, but the only character that worked well for him was the one he plays in movies. Christina Applegate did well with the material she was given, but she was treated more like a member of the cast and not the host. This week’s host and musical guest is Bruno Mars, which doesn’t leave me expecting SNL streak of underwhelming to end. I am looking forward to seeing what they do with those binders full of women, tho.

Rove L.A. (TV Guide) Midnight ET
This week, Rove’s guest include Eric Stonestreet and Casey Wilson.

Sunday’s Listings

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
In response to all those women’s Halloween costumes that take things that don’t need to be “sexy”, and try to make them sexy, Once Upon a Time is unveiling its “Sexy Captain Hook” costume. It’ll go nicely with the “Sexy Pinochio” and “Sexy Mad Hatter” designs.

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
With Marge thinking about the size of her family (after all, if she has to buy a new car, maybe she should ask herself if she should have room for one more child?) I’m starting to wonder if this is setting things up for The Simpsons’ eventual adieu — wouldn’t pregnancy be an interesting arc for the final season of a show where the characters never aged?

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
(Programming note: CBS’ programming is airing a half-hour late this Sunday, so make sure you’ve got your DVRs and calendars set properly.) There’s two things a racer can do to get on my hate list — complain about how no one is speaking English, and yell at strangers about how they cost you a million dollars. Last week, we got rid of one team campaigning for my disgust. This week, it looks like Team Monster trucker wants to take their place. I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’re gone soon, too.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Lately, ABC’s been pretty coy in what they release about upcoming episodes, but the previews do have Victoria telling Emily about mama Clarke before the two of them end up leaning over a body together. Whoever it is, I hope Emily remembers that these Hamptons people are durable. One day they’re falling from balconies, the next they’re guilt tripping you into letting them “recover” on one of your dozen extra beds.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Steve’s latest adventure sees him recruited into a boy band. Do the American Dad writers get enough lead time to make Larry Stylinson jokes? I’d love to hear the show’s take on that.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:30 PM E
Alicia faces the press in an attempt to kill the rumors that Peter had an affair. I’m going to see if switching between my recordings of Once Upon a Time and The Good Wife, I can create some Swingtown fanfic, where Janet becomes a journalist looking to ruin Trina’s new career as a small town mayor.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
As we rocket our way to the season finale, the Confederate terrorists try to stage their attack on New York as we find out what Corky’s going to do now that he’s uncovered the dark truth about his tragic secret origin story.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
This week’s episode has Rick’s crew waiting to see if Hershel survives his attack (and his impromptu surgery). I’m hoping one of them is a former gamer, so he can lecture Rick on one of the basic gamer strategies — don’t put your healer at risk!.

666 Park Avenue (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
If you’ve been waiting to see a good Vanessa Williams episode, keep your fingers crossed for this week’s episode, which sees Olivia deal with the anniversary of her daughter’s death.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy’s beginning his week with the amazing Yvette Nicole Brown. Let’s hope we can avoid the kind of awkward moment that happened in her last appearance on Andy’s show.

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

Monday’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Yay, there’s even more of Yvette Nicole Brown on Monday!

The Week Ahead

Monday’s the day TV gets quiet for the final Presidential debate, but there’s still the Switched at Birth finale and the debut of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race. However, Tuesday starts getting busy thanks to the return of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 and the latest Pretty Little Liars special. One of my favorite nonfiction series, PBS’ Secrets of the Dead kicks off a new season that night.

There’s already plenty of Wednesday night TV, but this week Logo adds the debut of DTLA to your TV schedule (yay for original scripted programming!) while Lifetime gives Whitney Houston’s family a reality show with The Houstons: On Our Own. Finally on Thursday brace yourself for the return of Wendy Pepper (sigh, it’s never Diana Eng, the designer I want to see return) on Project Runway All Stars’s second season.


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