TV on Tap: “Game of Thrones” Sets a Record, a Jeer for “Whitney,” and “Glee” Finds Someone Hot Enough to Be Puck’s Dad

Marshall Mary’s back for a farewell season of In Plain Sight.



Glee has picked a dad for Puck. He’ll be played by former Melrose Place stud Thomas Calabro.

The faboo Gillian Anderson says she had the could have been Downton Abbey’s Lady Crawley. Can you imagine it? Elizabeth McGovern fully inhabits the role in my mind but I can see the woman who rediscovered her skepticism every week on The X-Files (no matter what she witnessed the week before) never realizing that O’Brien is constantly scheming behind her back.

Supernatural has grabbed another geek fave, as Felicia Day will appear in an April episode with a Dungeons & Dragons theme. Aw, I was hoping for an MMO secretly populated by demons.

Ralph Macchio will appear on an episode of Happily Divorced as a potential love interest for Fran. The role might be a recurring one.

Apparently, “testosterone TV” is considered an actual genre, now. What has The Deadliest Catch wrought?

The CW is expected to renew Gossip Girl for a sixth season, though it will be a shortened season meant to wrap up the series. Too bad it didn’t happen while Gossip Girl was still firing on all cylinders.

TV Guide didn’t like Wednesday night’s Whitney, giving the episode — where Neal (Maulik Pancholy) came out — a jeer, calling it a “random and unnecessary twist” and “too stunt-y.”

It looks like Fox is giving up on I Hate My Teenage Daughter. In order to make room for Glee’s return, the network planned on moving the sitcom to a time slot following American Idol’s results shows. However, Fox will now air the remaining Teenage Daughter episodes over the summer.

CBS has cast John Corbett in a procedural pilot, Widow Detective, about a police detective who sees three of his partners die in the line of duty and becomes close to the families after their loss.

Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine will appear on TBS this summer, as the Revenge of the Nerds stars will host a reality competition, King of the Nerds. I hope its better than The Real Gilligan’s Island.

Good news for Game of Thrones fans, the first season DVD set a record for HBO, selling better than any other HBO series in that time frame.


Live with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Mary McCormack will be visiting to discuss the final season of In Plain Sight while John Laroquette willl be discussing the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.

The View (ABC)
Today’s show sees GCB’s Annie Potts, and Eric McCormack (who has an upcoming TNT drama, Perception) stopping by to a chat.

Days of Out Lives (NBC) Check local listings
While I don’t see anything happening to Will in today’s episode, Lucas will have a talk with EJ about the ethics of blackmail.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
A battle over control of a rogue spy agency is bound to create some unexpected alliances tonight when Amanda seeks Nikita’s help in dealing with Percy.

Degrassi (TeenNick) 9:00 PM ET
At first glance, I figured I’d skip this episode which features a storyline with Jenna and no Tristan, but this week also sees Fiona realize she might be developing feelings for Imogen. That’s enough to get me through a storyline with the warbling teen mom.

Fairly Legal (USA) 9:00 PM ET
Sarah Shahi is back as San Francisco mediator Kate Reed, starting with a case dealing with a man who was exposed to harmful chemicals at work. I haven’t seen any signs of Ethan Embry returning as Kate’s gay stay-at-home dad brother, but Battlestar Galatica stud Michael Trucco is still around to bring the sexy.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
While investigating the death of a ballet dancer, the Winchesters suspect a cursed pair of slippers are at work. I think this is the episode where a ginger antique shop worker and a couple of Secret Service agents show up feeling territorial.

In Plain Sight (USA) 10:00 PM ET
While In Plain Sight never had a regular gay character, it’s been pretty dependable to be inclusive in its case-of-the-week stories. The WITSEC drama begins its final 8-episode season tonight and I’m going to miss it once it’s all over.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Things heat up for Merlin’s penultimate episode that sees Arthur nearly marry a neighboring kingdom’s princess, even thought Merlin knows that, deep down, Arthur won’t be happy with anyone but Gwen (and Merlin, of course).

Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) 10:00 PM ET
The capture of a prominent Roman puts Spartacus in a quandary since taking vengeance would cost the rebellion greatly.

Syfy would like to suggest its idea of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Saturday’s Listings

Koala Hospital (Nat Geo Wild) 7:00 PM ET
While the animal-focused channels are finally realizing that cute animals are almost as appealing as vicious predators, there’s been insufficient attention paid to the bear-like Australian tree-dwellers (probably because only a small number of viewers will watch an animal sleep) but this special follows three years at a facility that takes care of koalas.

Chasing Leprechauns (Hallmark) 8:00 PM ET
Cable TV movies have two different takes on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and Hallmark has this romcom about a businessman (Adrian Pasdar) who goes to Ireland to try to manage a project developing land said to be home to leprechauns, where a “local leprechaun expert” opposes development. I’m going to pretend this is an adaptation of Profit fanfic where Jim Profit finally finds room in his heart for love.

Being Human (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
The roommates encounter a ghost who says he was sent by Nina to help with the baby rearing. The thought of free babysitting almost makes caring for a baby with a foreboding prophecy over her head sound worth it.

Color Splash (HGT) 9:00 PM ET
David wraps up his season by creating a winery-inspired living room.

Leprechaun’s Revenge (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Would it surprise you to hear that Syfy’s celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a movie about an evil leprechaun stalking the people who imprisoned him? This one has Billy Zane, William Devane and out actor Kevin Mangold.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:15 PM
Graham’s getting visited by Hugh Grant and former Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page.

Discovery is taking another look at the marvels of nature with Frozen Planet.

Sunday’s Listings

The Cleveland Show (Fox) 7:30 PM ET
Tim Gunn’s adds his voice to this week’s episode as Rallo’s TV is interrupted when Cleveland wants to watch his basketball game instead. Honestly, it doesn’t sound like there will be a lot of Tim Gunn goodness.

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised when The Simpsons manages to be very current in its references — and then they mix in a reference that would seem dated ten years ago. This week just sounds entirely dated as Mr. Burns replaces everyone (except Homer) at the Springfield Power Plant with robots, including one who sounds like Brent Spiner.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
I guess not every week can see Once Upon a Time uncovering its take on a new tale, so this week returns to the tale of Snow White, as a spell leaves her planning an attempt on the Evil Queen’s life.

Frozen Planet (Discovery) 8:00 PM ET
The team that gave us jaw-dropping nature documentaries Life, Planet Earth and Human Planet comes this look at nature in the polar regions of the earth. The two-hour premiere sees polar bears during mating seasons, Adelie penguins building nests, and more.

Bob’s Burgers (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
If you’re someone who has trouble hearing Bob voice and not think of Sterling Archer, that might be even more challenging when Bob’s Burgers becomes the center of a hostage crisis. Then again, I’d expect Bob not to be quite as dumb as Sterling in that situation.

Desperate Housewives (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Mike is getting the same kind of send-off as Edie (or a handyman retconned into the show’s history) did, as his funeral prompts each of the ladies of Wisteria Lane to revisit their memories of him. I’m not a fan of these episodes but we will get to hear Renee (Vanessa Williams) sing at the ceremony and see the rare Bob appearance.

Shameless (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Even I found myself wanting to forgive Monica a little after seeing her take Ian to a gay bar and trying to set him up. This week Fiona softens a little too, and starts to think maybe she can take a break to being her siblings’ caretaker — just in time for Monica to lose it and create a new mess for Fiona to clean up.

The Apprentice (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Once again, it’s time for the what’s usually The Apprentice’s most cringe-tastic episode as the teams are tasked with trying to come up with a “viral video” (I don’t think you understand what that term means). Thankfully, this year’s product isn’t something that could lead to a joke about being a substitute for lube.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
With everything in flux at Lockhart and Associates, Alicia is tempted again by Louis Canning’s (Michael J. Fox) standing job offer. At this point, it’s getting hard to argue that Louis will be worse than dealing with David Lee.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
Well, with that herd of zombies coming, I don’t think these people are going to be staying at the farm, are they? Of course, the real question is who will survive long enough to be a part of season three… and then we’ll spend season three waiting to see which ones get personalities.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Its an episode full of great comedy voices, as the family gets a dog, only to almost lose him in a terrible accident, forcing Stan to relive a childhood trauma. Keep an ear out for Joe Lo Truglio, Kristen Schaal, George Segal and Amy Sedaris.

The Shahs of Sunset (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
It’s Reza’s birthday and he takes the gang with him to celebrate in Vegas, which leads to all the drama you’d expect out of a reality TV trip to Vegas.

GCB (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
I was so relieved to see GCB improve by leaps last week, and another week of improvement and this will be the show I hoped it would be when I first heard of it. This week, we should be getting more insight into Cricket and Blake marriage as the church puts on a seminar about the value of marriage. Meanwhile, Amanda runs into a man who used to be a nerdy classmate in high school (Tom Everett Scott, demonstrating that some people can’t pull off a “hot nerd” look convincingly).

Talking Dead (AMC) Midnight ET
Chris is discussing the season finale with showrunner Glen Mazzara and Laurie Holden (Andrea).

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

Monday’s Preview

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate has tips on how to fix your DIY disasters.

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