TV on Tap: FX Announces a Spin-Off Channel, “New Girl” Gets Taylor Swift, and Don’t Hope to See Sal Return to “Mad Men”

You wouldn’t want the network of Once Upon a Time to run out of Happy Endings would you?


The big news is that FX announced that the Fox Soccer channel will be turned into a sister channel of FX. FXX will focus on younger viewers than FX. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Legit and The League (which were all renewed for additional seasons) will move to the network along with Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which will become a daily late night talk show. Combined, the two networks (along with the movie-focused FXM channel) hopes to create 25 hours of original programming.

Meanwhile, the mothership FX has renewed Justified for a fifth season and ordered its first mini-series, a 10-episode adaptation of Fargo, which will follow the same basic characters dealing with a new crime. The channel is also developing a handful of potential series including a portrait of the settling of Plymouth Colony and an adaption of the British series Mad Dogs.

FX has also ordered a comedy pilot from Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind writer Charlie Kaufman. How and Why will follow a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works (you see what they did?) but struggles through life.

Once Upon a Time and Covert Affairs hunk Eion Bailey is heading to Law & Order: SVU as an Iraq war vet who ends up as a key witness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I’m pretty sure there aren’t any tropical waterfalls in New York, so I expect to be frustrated by this role.

Matthew Weiner knows Mad Men viewers want to see Sal return but actually bringing him back would ruin the artistic beauty of his exit. Or something.

Lifetime has cancelled America’s Most Wanted, according to TV Guide, though Lifetime is developing a series around host John Walsh that will try to continue Walsh’s work to fight crime.

Miramax and Martin Scorsese are thinking of turning Gangs of New York into a series, though a series would not focus on New York but the early days of organized crime in different cities, including New York.

David Krumholtz has joined the Ellie Kemper pilot Brenda Forever, TVLine reports. He’ll play a close friend of Kemper’s character in a guest role that could become recurring if it becomes a series.

Taylor Swift will appear in the finale of New Girl. Excuse me, I must go outside, shake my fist at the sky and scream “Why? Why?” now.

Deadline reports that, in a bit of amah-zing casting, the CBS comedy pilot Jacked Up has added Tyne Daly and Missi Pyle to a cast that already includes Patrick Warburton and Rob Huebel.

The Once Upon a Time spin-off (now titled Once: Wonderland) has cast a familiar face as the Knave of Hearts, casting Being Human (the original) alum Michael Socha in the role.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Julianne Moore is supposed to bring a “big surprise” for Anderson today. I’m hoping she’s going to introduce her British identical twin to the world.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Kristin Chenoweth is visiting for a chat today, making us all thankful for promotional TV tours.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Alex finds herself giving Nikita the “I don’t even know you anymore” face when Nikita sets up a mission to assassinate a world leader. Is Nikita turning into the monster they worked to destroy, or is there something more sinister at work?

Happy Endings (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
I’ll admit it, I’ve been a part of the problem. I may love Max, Penny and the gang, but my partner would rather watch New Girl or Go On, so I would catch Happy Endings whenever I could get the OnDemand to work. However, there’s no critically loved comedy pile up on Friday nights so I can go back to watching Happy Endings on the night it airs. It sounds like a good night with Max and Penny realizing that only black market cough medicine can get them to walk away from a bad habit, Max pretending to be straight for the sake of season tickets and Alex deciding to become a well-read woman of letters, tossing away that whole 21st century reincarnation of Gracie Allen thing she does so well. Oh, Alex, you can’t take all those future Butterfly Effect Effects away from me.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PME T
Why should “shedding your good girl image” be just for Disney Channel stars looking to signal they’re ready for the next stage in their career? Maya decides its the kind of thing Canadian high school girls can pursue, too, so she uploads a video of her wild behavior at a party. I have the feeling Tristan’s going to be a part of this

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Sure, a lot of those wessen are traditionalists but Nick is about to encounter one who has made use of that newfangled internet. You know the one, it’s older than the history of gay relationships, along with cell phones.

Out There (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Chris decides it’s time to stop making that face (where he isn’t rolling his eyes but he clearly communicates that he is totally annoyed enough to be rolling his eyes) at his mother’s boyfriend and decides to try to break them up.

Saturday’s Listings

Doctor Who (BBC America) 8:00 PM ET
So, Amy Pond turned out to be a companion that bored me silly, save for one episode, even if she had a lot of interesting qualities on paper (and a very charismatic actor), but Oswald? This feels like going from Rose to Martha, except without the barely-hidden racism from Who fandom. Of course, the Doctor only knows Oswald as an irrepressible, resourceful woman with a sly glance and an odd tendency to keep showing up (and dying) at different points in time, so first he has to unravel her mystery.

Supah Ninjas (Nick) 9:00 PM ET
Among the problems that you’re stuck with when you’re a ninja — having the birthday party you’re throwing for your dad interrupted by the Ishina.

Orphan Black (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
BBC America’s second original series follows a woman, Sarah, who realizes there are a bunch of clones of her out there (or maybe she’s one of those clones), leaving her with a mystery to unravel. This sounds like it will turn out to be deliriously crazy. I don’t know if it will also be good, but when you’ve got crazy you don’t need it to be good or bad for it be ridiculously fun.

The Nerdist (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Just because The Walking Dead is about to wrap doesn’t mean Chris Hardwick is done hosting a nerd-centric talk show. The first full season of The Nerdist has Dominic Monaghan, Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and comedian Matt Kirshen. I’ve liked Kirshen since his run on Last Comic Standing, but its been years since I’ve had the chance to watch him, even though my partner and I still quote his act.

Sunday’s Listings

Call the Midwife (PBS) Check local listings
PBS kicks off a new season of the postwar drama with Jenny Lee’s birthday while Tixie and Sister Evangelina take an assignment that takes them on a Swedish ship. I haven’t had my chance to check out this drama but isn’t every episode supposed to prominently feature Chummy to make viewers happy?

Masterpiece Classic (PBS) Check local listings
In the quest for “the next Downton Abbey” PBS is turning to this period drama starring Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon Selfridge, an American who opened a department store in 1908 London, taking advantage of the increasing freedom felt by women at the time. Of course, we’ll have to forgive Piven for Entourage before we can accept him as the next Matthew Crawley.

Ben Hur (Ovation) 8:00 PM ET
Ovation is celebrating Easter with a new four-hour interpretation of the story of Ben Hur with Joseph Morgan (you know, The Vampire DiariesKlaus) in the titular role with Alex Kingston, Hugh Bonneville, Emily VanCamp, Kristin Kreuk and Marc Warren helping make an impressive cast.

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (BBC America) 8:00 PM ET
BBC America’s tribute to the long history of Doctor Who continues with a look at Jon Pertwee, the third Doctor, who is credited with adding action and stunts to the series.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Wait. Is it time for a new season of Game of Thrones, already? You mean I took a year to get through one episode? Well, this is going to be a challenge.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
I don’t know if Victoria is tempting fate, just replayed the Fable games or if she has a subtle and clever plan but it’s time to celebrate Halloween in the Hamptons with a masquerade ball, where she and Conrad are bound to be completely safe from The Initiative’s shenanigans when everybody is wearing masks.

Shameless (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Fiona decides that being mad at Jimmy counts as a reason for a camping trip. I presume that’s for the ability to say, “I wasn’t avoiding your calls, I had zero bars.”

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
As Rick’s crew starts to prepare for an attack from The Governor, someone thinks of asking, “Do we really want to bother staying in this prison, anyway?” I hear The Governor knows a woman with a giant Cyberman so maybe they… oh, wait I’m mixing up my shows again.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
They’re back! Last time we saw Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker), he managed to find a woman wearing tight enough crazypants that she liked the cut of Colin’s crazypants. It looks like Isobel (the faboo Morena Baccarin) has finally thought things through and realized her life might be in danger being married to a man who killed his first wife. I hope this doesn’t mean Isobel won’t have that twinkle of terrible terrible thoughts in her eyes this time.

Vikings (History) 10:00 PM ET
A prophet predicts doom, dooooom for the Jarl. That sounds like the kind of thing he’ll just take in stride, so I figure this will finally be the episode that essentially functions as a demonstration of Viking agricultural techniques. I hope that includes an act on Viking ale brewing .

What will you be watching this weekend? 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.