TV on Tap: “Glee” Grabs Katey Sagal, Comedy Central takes the Late Night Crown and “Mad Men” Style Returns to Sunday Nights

Angela Lansbury talking show tunes!
That’s why you should be excited about a new season of
Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook.


FX has issued an apology to fans of The Americans who found their DVR recordings cut off early. The episode ran for 67 minutes but listings had the run time going for an hour, meaning many viewers missed vital scenes. FX is putting the full episode online for viewers to catch up.

The next target for Adult Swim — 80s detective shows. Deadline reports that the late night block has ordered a new live action series, Hole to Hole, that will parody 80s detective shows.

Since I find Artie one of the more toxic characters on Glee, I didn’t expect to be excited at the thought of meeting his mother, but she’s going to be played by Katey Sagal  (who was once one of Bette Midler’s Harlettes) which suddenly has me caring about him a smidge. I’m still not sure what kind of casting it would take to get me to care about Kitty or Will.

Paul Reubens has joined the cast of Once Upon a Time’s Wonderland spin-off series, according to Deadline. He’ll play the voice of the White Rabbit.

When I venture into message boards and comment threads where people are discussing TV, I’m a little appalled to observe what has been aptly dubbed Skyler White syndrome, where a female character who calls out a male antihero on his faults becomes the focus of hate among viewers.

So. Uh. The BBC considered making an animated Doctor Who series which would feature all eleven Doctors (wouldn’t that raise the question of where twelve and thirteen are?) I don’t know what to think of that.

With all the talk about late night TV in the past few weeks, NPR’s Linda Holmes asks why there isn’t similar attention paid to daytime TV. Last week, Judge Joe Brown was cancelled after a fifteen year run, drawing as many viewers as The Tonight Show (the top late night talker) does. Meanwhile, the top daytime court show, Judge Judy draws more viewers than any late night host does.

Speaking of the late night wars, Comedy Central declared victory as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report managed to draw more viewers in the target demo than any of its late night competitors. Comedy Central has won the late night ratings battle on individual nights before but this is the first time Stewart and Colbert landed on top for a full quarter.

Friday’s Listings

Good Morning America (ABC) Check local listings
Good thing I watched last night’s Scandal right away because that’s how I found out that this morning’s GMA will have Valerie Harper, Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore to discuss reuniting.

Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook (PBS) Check local listings
Michael Feinstein is back for another look at the history of American popular music starting with a look at musical theatre. Since you know Feinstein wouldn’t tackle the subject without spending some time with the great show tune performers, he sits down with Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole and Stephen Sondheim.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
While I’d like to see Michael find a role where he continues to be a valuable part of the team even without his hand, I guess Nikita isn’t there since this week Nikita follows another lead on a prostetic hand that could bring things back to the way things were before. I’m still hoping Michael ends up finding a way to become a guy who doesn’t let a disability slow him down.

Friday Night Spotlight (TCM) 8:00 PM ET
Turner Classic Movies kicks off its new film showcase series by turning to Cher to co-host “A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film,” a four-part series featuring 17 films Cher picked to highlight the changing roles of women. The first part looks at motherhood with Mildred Pierce at 8PM, Stella Dallas at 10PM, Penny Serenade at Midnight and Bachelor Mother at 2:15 AM.

Happy Endings (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Tonight’s double-feature starts with RuPaul as a hairdresser who has been working for the Kerkovitch sisters for years in peace, only to see that start to go down the drain when Max enters the salon. Then, while Penny tries to reconcile with her estranged dad (Andy Richter) before her wedding, the guys are wrapped in a food truck rivalry between Steak Me Home Tonight and The Brazilian. Guess who becomes a turncoat when it turns out the owner of The Brazilian has a hot son? (Me, all it would take is a good bowl of vatapa* but I suspect a Brazilian food truck wouldn’t serve that.),
*It’s a stew that has ginger, spicy peppers, coconut milk, tomatoes, cilantro and peanuts, combining the greatest quantity of the most delicious flavors known to man.

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
As Maya continues to go through her teenage rebellion phase, she gets rid of her cello after a bad audition and leaves me sadly shaking my head. Is everyone self-destructing this season? That’s one way to make me appreciate Tristan’s lack of screen time.

Spartacus (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
We’re at the penultimate episode of the entire series and we pretty much know how this is going to end (Agron taps into the Phoenix Force and saves the rebellion, right? Right? Don’t tell me I’ve been writing outlining too much fanfic!). This is why the grocery store started carrying tissues in club store sizes.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s taken a season-and-a-half but its finally time to give Juliette that “So Your Boyfriend is a Grimm, Hope You’re Not Freaked Out By Medieval Weapons” pamphlet (provided by Emma Pilsbury, of course). For the most part I’d like to see Juliette become a part of the team, but after watching the way Juliette’s storyline has been dragged along, I wouldn’t mind if she took one look at Nick’s mace and decide she’s moving in with Rosalee’s Aunt.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Anderson Cooper is there to get the scoop on this whole taking over The Tonight Show business. Or maybe Jimmy’s getting the scoop on the “What’s up with CNN?” business.

A new season of Mad Men means more mid-century style, cool soundtracks, antiquated attitudes and
infiruatingly vague teasers.

Saturday’s Listings

Doctor Who (BBC America) 8:00 PM ET
Okay, so I enjoyed last week’s premiere but was it supposed to be so, er, homage-y? Was I supposed to spend the episode thinking of memorable, similar moments from past Steven Moffat-written episodes? As much as I enjoyed Jenna-Louise Coleman channel her best Emma Peel, the sense of deja vu was a bit distracting. That shouldn’t be a problem this week, as we get an episode written by Luther creator Neil Cross that sees Clara on her first trip to an awesome, alien planet.

Battledogs (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
The latest Syfy movie follows the chaos caused by a werewolf virus let loose in New York City (I can’t wait to see how they recreate NYC on a Syfy movie budget). It’s up to an infected rogue general and his super soldiers to restore order.

Smash (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Just because Smash is moving to Saturday night, it’s not skimping back. Instead, it’s introducing Liza Minnelli, who is part of a surprise Tom arranges for Ivy’s birthday.

20/20 (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
ABC celebrates the 50th anniversary of its iconic soap with “General Hospital — The Real Soap Dish” with Tony Geary, Genie Francis,Maurice Benard, Jack Wagner, Rick Springfield and producer Frank Valentini. To show how much the franchise means to them, they’re even airing it on the least-watched night of television.

Supah Ninjas (Nick) 9:00 PM ET
The ninjas think they are going to have a repaired dojo thanks to Kid Q, but instead they get a freed Two Ton Harley. I bet Hologramps hates it when that happens.

Orphan Black (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
Oh. Wow. The reviews I read did not prepare me for the snarky, slutty wonder of Sarah’s gay brother Felix (I’m keeping my fingers crossed we see him hook up with that adorkable coroner*) or the glory of Dylan Bruce (and the way he’s winning snicks’ future approval with all the nudity). Of course, those are just part of the amazing candy coating that’s distracting me from the fun, crazy-twisty story.
* One more cute gay coroner on TV and we’ve got a trend!

The Nerdist (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
This week sees the debut of Karen Gillan as Nerdist celebrity correspondent as Chris chats with Michael Rooker and Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (again?) with comedy from Kyle Kinane.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Melissa McCarthy makes her second appearance as guest host while the musical guest is Phoenix.

Sunday’s Listings

Cupcake Wars (Food Network) 8:00 PM ET
The Wars kick off a new season with four bakers battling for the chance to have their cupcakes served at a Weird Al Yankovic book release party.

Chopped All-Stars (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
A new All-Stars seasons begins with Food Network hosts facing off against rivals from the Cooking Channel with Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Gabriele Corcos and Naida G..

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Arya has a run-in with the Brotherhood without Banners while I try to stop clutching my chest whenever Krazys mo Nakloz is on screen.

Mad Men (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
Yeah, so this season features Don wearing tighter pants, following the fashion of whatever year they’re following but how much will Peggy get to be a trailblazing badass? Because that’s why I tune in.

Shameless (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
The third season wraps with Lip finally graduating from high school which inspires Fiona to throw a surprise party, Frank to buy a father/son dinner and for viewers to calculate how many seasons they have left until it becomes implausible for Ian to stay in Chicago, instead of shipping off to basic training somewhere. Then again, why is Ian on a bus?

Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
Oprah latest scoop is the first joint interview with Jane Fonda and her adopted daughter Mary Williams (along with a visit from Fonda’s biological son Troy).

Vikings (History) 10:00 PM ET
In order to save Rollo, Ragnar decides its time to have that “two men enter, one man leaves” confrontation with the Jarl, despite all his injuries. Too bad there isn’t a question about who survives.

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

Monday’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson’s back on Monday with guest co-host Andy Cohen and an interview with Jessica Walter.

Being Human Marathon (Syfy) starting at 8:30 AM ET
If you haven’t been watching the newest season of Being Human, you’ve been missing out on a season that bravely rebooted and played with the rules for the third season. As someone who ended up incredibly disappointed in the second season, I’m in love with this show all over again.

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