TV on Tap: “Glee” Will Dedicate an Episode to Whitney Houston, Syfy Reunites “Dexter” Stars and “Happy Endings” Sinks

I’m going to miss Portlandia after tonight’s season finale.



Glee is filming a Whitney Houston episode planned as a tribute to the late singer, this one using eight of Houston’s songs to explore the idea of saying goodbye, as the seniors realize they’re going to miss McKinley High.

Former One Tree Hill hunk Robert Buckley will move into ABC’s supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue, along with The Finder’s Mercedes Masohn. The two will play one of the couples who live in the haunted apartment building.

Kraft now says that they didn’t pull ads for Philadelphia Cream Cheese from GCB due to pressure from Christian groups, saying they only planned to place ads in the series premiere, where additional viewers would be checking out the series. However, that doesn’t match the statement published by TMZ earlier, which mentioned that they were responding to customer complaints.

Syfy is putting together a bit of a Dexter reunion. It just cast Julie Benz and Jaime Murray in Defiance, a drama about humanity trying to survive on an earth that has been invaded by aliens, and terraformed to make the planet more hospitable to the invaders.

So far, we haven’t reached the parts of Homeland where Jamey Sheridan appears as the Vice President, but he’ll be back next season as a regular cast member.

Once Neal McDonough is done causing trouble on Justified, he’s heading to the TNT pilot LA Noir, joining Jon Bernthal and Milo Ventimiglia.

CBS has renewed The Talk for a third season, though it’s not clear that the daytime talker won’t make any last-minute changes to the line-up of hosts.

The FX 80s spy drama pilot The Americans has added Keri Russell to the cast. The series follows two KGB spies living in the suburbs of Washington DC.

Without a new episode of Modern Family to help boost it’s audience, Happy Endings’ ratings hit a season low. I’m sad that poeple have missed Jane channeling Dr. Claw.

Friday’s Listings

Degrassi (TeenNick) 9:00 PM ET
Tristan, Tori and Zig try to find a way to get along by working together on a musical act, but the idiom “three’s a crowd” definitely applies. Maybe Tori or Zig could find Tristan a boyfriend and he’d understand their situation better.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Tonight’s episode is called “Plumed Serpent” and sees Nick investigating a fire dancer’s connection to a case of arson. I hope that means Grimm is now looking to Mayan stories for inspiration.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
The knights of Camelot find a ton of trouble for themselves when they discover a shrine hidden deep in the forest and refuse to listen to Merlin’s warnings to leave it alone.

The Ultimate Fighter (FX) 9:00 PM ET
Mixed martial arts, or any kind of fighting tournament, isn’t my style. I just end up thinking of the wrong things, more “Ouch” than “Get him!” However, FX’s new MMA reality show has a former Sean Cody performer, Dakota. I find it fascinating to watch mainstream audiences encounter gay-for-pay, so I’ll be tuning in to see how TUF handles Dakota’s history.

Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) 10:00 PM ET
Sure, Spartacus looking for new recruits is about increasing the numbers of fighters they have. However, I suspect we’ll appreciate the increased volume of beefcake.

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
For the season finale, Portlandia deals with hotspots, as a newspaper review suddenly makes a restaurant incredibly popular, Toni and Candace get upset by hopeful diners queuing on the sidewalk in front of their store, and Tim Robbins disciplines anyone who tries to cut in line.

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
IFC follows the Portlandia finale with a preview of its upcoming comedy talk/variety show.

Fine, HBO, make me relive those terrible days.

Saturday’s Listings

Of Two Minds (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
The last few Lifetime movies were true crime stories, but this one stars Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis in a story about a woman trying to care for her schizophrenic sister after their mother’s death.

Being Human (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
I hear this week’s episode offers some welcome comedy relief, as Tom and Hal try to settle into their new living arrangement, and that includes Hal trying to find a job.

Color Splash (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
This week, David turns to the Miami skyline for inspiration as he designs a “Mediterranean and Asian living and dining room.” I hope that refers to two rooms with two decorating styles.

Game Change (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
HBO adapts the book about the 2008 John McCain campaign for the Presidency and the effect that resulted from naming Sarah Palin as McCain’s choice for Vice-President. Julianne Moore plays Palin, which is a delicious irony considering the umbrage Palin took when Moore recorded an ad attacking Palin’s hunting permit policy.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:15 PM ET
Graham got Damian Lewis, Dominic West and Gerard Depardieu on his guest list this week. My partner and I have been catching up on Homeland, so it’ll be interesting to watch Lewis speak in his natural dialect.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
With 21 Jump Street about to hit theatres, Jonah Hill is guest-hosting this week’s show.

They’re back, lets hope there’s no animal portraits this season.

Sunday’s Listings

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
I’ve been waiting for Red’s story to be told and that finally happens this week as Ruby becomes the assistant sheriff and her fairytale counterpart runs away.

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
When Homer starts wetting the bed, that prompts a detour through his mind leading to memories of his mother (a return appearance by Glen Close, or is it MacArthur Parker or Reba?) who help him figure out the issues creating the problem.

Bob’s Burgers (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
The quirky animated comedy returns with a performance by Cyndi Lauper, as Bob and Linda try to find their kids who have decided to go treasure hunting in an abandoned factory that’s about to be demolished. I’m going to be tempted to close my eyes and imagine this is a crossover episode with Sterling Archer.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
This series is known for its great guest-stars and that continues as Bebe Neuwirth and Morena Baccarin appear for a case that finds Alicia forced to deal with the menacing Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) again. I’d better stretch to prepare for all the shuddering.

The Apprentice (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Well, now that I can’t watch hoping for a moment of George Takei awesomeness, I’m not sure if Clay Aiken is enough to keep me watching, especially since a challenge to produce a car launch event doesn’t sound particularly intersting.

Desperate Housewives (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Someone isn’t making it out of this episode alive as Carlos tries to make it through his first day back to work, Mike tries to deal with Ben’s loan shark, while Mrs. McCluskey turns to Bree for help with her health issues.

Shameless (Showtime) 9:00PM ET
Oh dear. I’ve been dreading the episode as soon as I heard the episode title, “Hurricane Monica.” If there’s one person who can make Frank look like a good father, it’s her, and worse, thanks to his mother’s death he’s getting back with Monica in this week’s episode. (Chloe Webb may be faboo but there’s not enough faboo in the universe to make Monica tolerable.) I hope this Frank doesn’t break Sheila’s heart in the process, unlike his Mancunian counterpart.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
I’m still not sure what I think about last week’s episode. On paper, I like that The Walking Dead attempted to focus an episode on an ethical dilemma and on characterization… and yet, it didn’t quite come together for me. I applaud the attempt but the end result didn’t bring me back to the glory days of Battlestar Galatica. Thankfully, this week it sounds like The Walking Dead is sticking with what it’s good at by having the guys go on patrol duty to deal with a presence sneaking around the farm.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
When Roger is sent to Iraq, that means he can’t serve as the Smith family therapist, leaving an opening for Klaus to take over the role. Keep an ear open to detect Casey Wilson (Happy EndingsPenny) in this one.

GCB (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
I don’t know what to say about the GCB pilot. I didn’t love it, didn’t hate it and somehow feel compelled to stick around hoping it finds its voice. In the meantime, Annie Potts is getting lines that would make the Dowager Countess of Grantham jealous while Mark Deklin is definitely delivering the handsome for this show. I hope that will continue as this week’s story — which sees Amanda hoping her daughter doesn’t get labeled with an insulting name she created when she was the mean girl ruling high school.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy’s starting off the week with a visit from a couple of Bravolebrities, namely Nene Leakes and Shahs of Sunset’s Reza Farahan.

Talking Dead (AMC) Midnight ET
This week, Chris will be discussing the latest episode with Zachary Levi and Lauren Cohan (Maggie).

The Week Ahead

So far, the weeks following the February sweeps have been pretty quiet, but Tuesday NBC debuts its attempt to bring a fashion reality competition to broadcast TV with Fashion Star. I have a feeling this one is going to go as well as NBC’s cooking competition shows.

Wednesday, Syfy has the second finale of Face Off, followed by the debut of another show about special effects make up, Monster Man. Comedy Central is also kicking off new seasons of South Park and Ugly Americans.

Thursday’s TV gets busy again as Community returns to the NBC comedy line-up, the CW double feature of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle also delivers new episodes and ABC debuts Missing in the time slot where Charlie’s Angels and My Generation died quick deaths.

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