TV on Tap: “In Plain Sight” and “Breaking Bad” Ending, “Suits” and “Leverage” Renewed

ABC Family debuts a new thriller The Lying Game tonight starring
Nuke’s former fruit fly
  Alexandra Chando as separated-at-birth twins.


The story of Walter White is set to come to an end soon. AMC has ordered the final sixteen episodes of Breaking Bad, which matches creator Vince Gilligan’s earlier comments about continuing the show for one more season. The only remaining question is if AMC will air all sixteen episodes next year or split the season over two years.

Here’s some news that makes me more than a little bit grumpy. USA has canceled In Plain Sight, only they’ve tried to give it a positive spin and announced that they’ve ordered the fifth and final season, even though USA committed to a fifth season last July. The final season will be a short eight episodes, which should be just enough for it to make it into syndication, Ratings have been strong, so I can’t help but wonder if the cancellation has anything to do with New Mexico cutting back on its filming credit, something the state’s new Republican Governor fought to make happen. Breaking Bad wouldn’t have happened without the credit, and it looks likely there won’t be another show set in the Land of Enchantment any time soon.

In brighter USA drama news, there’s a second season of Suits coming. The renewal isn’t entirely surprising considering how strongly the legal drama has performed in the ratings.

TNT has ordered a fifth season of caper drama Leverage. When it debuted I thought Leverage
was well-timed, capturing the zeitgeist after the 2008 crash (despite
having been in the works before that event), but I find the show less
satisfying when they team isn’t taking down the Leverage equivalent of the Koch brothers or Nancy Grace.

Here’s some news that makes me happy: NBC is taking another look at Bryan Fuller’s update of The Munsters. Normally, I wouldn’t pay much attention to any attempt at reviving a series, but I’d watch an update of My Mother the Car if it came from Bryan Fuller.

I’ve been feeling mixed about NBC’s Thursday-night comedy Whitney. The promos I’ve seen alternate between funny and awful and co-star Chris D’Elia delivers some entertaining reactions. However, I am a little more interested now that the role of Whitney’s mother has been recast with Jane Kaczmarek.



Eureka (Syfy) 8:00 PM ET
Once again, the little town that has never heard of safety testing finds itself in danger. This time the problem is little robotic bugs who are devouring everything in sight.

The Closer (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
While the Major Crimes team investigates a body found at a construction site, Brenda debates if it’s worth the big retainer fee to get herself a lawyer.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
He’s back! Fargo gets trapped in a video game inspired by the Warehouse 13 team, managing to get a call for help out to Pete, Claudia and Myka. Meanwhile, Steve and Artie’s latest mission ends up getting them in trouble.

RuPaul’s Drag U (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
It’s a family affair as Raven, Jujubee and Manila Luzon give makeovers to their own family members. Shirley Jones will be there to help judge the results.

HGTV Design Star (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
This week the designers have to transform a space for a wedding reception. They will face the judgment of former New Jersey Real Housewife Dina Manzo (whose new show debuts after Design Star, see below).

The Lying Game (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
ABC Family’s newest drama focuses on Emma, a young woman who learns about a long-lost twin, Sutton. When Sutton suggests they switch lives for a little while, Emma agrees but Sutton doesn’t show up when the time comes for the two to resume their regular lives.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
As the battle between the werewolves and the werewolf hunters hits a peak not everyone will survive and not everyone will keep their humanity. (And in at least one case, he’ll be given a choice.) What’s your prediction for how things are going to end up?

Hair Battle Spectacular (Oxygen) 10:00PM ET
Get ready for another season of fantasy hair showdowns as the Hair Battle get into its second season. Meet out competitor Nostradamus below:


Dina’s Party (HGTV) 10:00 PM ET
Dina Manzo moves from being one of the Real Housewives to party planning as she helps a Broadway actor, Anthony surprise his partner, Ron with a spaghetti western-themed party as they get ready to move to a new city. 

The A-List: New York (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
As Duncan continues to befriend Austin, it continues to create tension between Austin and Derek.
Sounds like it’s time for the relationships to flip, like when everyone
suddenly stopped hating Austin last season and started ganging up on Rodiney.

Most Eligible Dallas (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
In case you need another reality show with people who seem just awful, Bravo is debuting a new show about six Dallas singles. This includes Drew, a gay man who is more into cars than couture.

The Big C (Showtime) 10:30 PM ET
Thanksgiving is certainly interesting in the Jamison house as Cathy lets loose with a secret and Paul comes up with an interesting way to pay the bills. 

Conan (TBS) 11:00 PM ET
Kathy Griffin will be visiting with Conan on tonight’s show.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

America’s Got Talent (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the Wild Card round, bringing back the acts that almost made it and the ones the judges hoped would do better if given another chance. Will The Kinetic King find redemption this time around?


Want the extended outlook for TV listing suggestions? Check out this week’s Appointment Viewing.

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