TV on Tap: John Barrowman’s “Hollow Earth” Is Being Adapted for TV, “Parks & Recreation” Gets Political Cameos, and How to Keep Twitter from Spoiling You

Portlandia goes back in line for another serving of brunch.


Pretty Little Liars is getting gayer for Halloween with Adam Lambert appearing as himself in the Halloween episode. He’ll appear in one scene, perform two songs and fuel story ideas for the Lucas/Caleb shippers.

Burn Notice has signed Patton Oswalt and Sonja Sohn to appear in upcoming episodes. The Wire alum Sohn will play a CIA expert on counter-intelligence procedures in one episode while Oswalt will play a smuggler the group turns to for help in two episodes.

Here’s how to block spoilers from coming into your Twitter feed. That seems easier than avoiding twitter whenever I fall behind on a show — especially since there’s always some show where my DVR failed.

Aaron Sorkin thinks its all the other writers who are the problem on The Newsroom.

John and Carole Barrowman’s book Hollow Earth has been optioned to be adapted for TV. The book is available to UK fans but doesn’t come out in the states until October.

Reality TV is getting increasingly fake but viewers don”t seem to care… at least, they don’t if they think the subject matter is serious. I think this is the cue for Big Brother fans who pay attention to the live feeds to feel a little bit superior.

HGTV has ordered more episodes of six series including Kitchen Cousins.

When Parks & Recreation goes to Washington D.C. it will include appearances by Senators Barbara Boxer, John McCain and Olympia Snowe.

With shorter and more focused seasons, cable dramas have an advantage in the Emmy race (where broadcast channels were largely shut out in this year’s nominations). Does that means it’s time to have separate broadcast and cable categories for the Emmys?

Friday’s Listings

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Ed Helms is the sane guest on this week’s show.

Lost Girl (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
I haven’t been able to keep up with Syfy’s Canadian import, but I figure there’s some of you watching and would appreciate a heads up that the series is moving to Friday night.

Bunk (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
Wow. So we’re seven episodes in and Bunk is having its first female guest, Nicole Parker, who will be competing with Michael Che and Ethan T. Berlin. Thankfully, that gets a little better in future episodes.

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
The comedy showcase kicks off with a Daily Show correspondent double-feature as host John Oliver introduces a routine by Wyatt Cenac. Hari Kondabolu, Mark Normand and Ben Kronberg also appear.

Portlandia (IFC) 11:00 PM ET
Portlandia gets back in line for brunch as they revisit the second season finale with additional footage and a behind-the-scenes mockumentary.

Saturday’s Listings

How to Fall in Love (Hallmark) 9:00 PM ET
Hallmark’s latest predictable romance follows a man who overcomes his shyness with the help of a dating coach — one who happens to be the girl he had a crush on in high school. You won’t guess how it ends, at least you won’t if you’re sure there’s a twist to avoid that “been there” feeling. The shy guy is played by Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius, really testing how badly you miss Daniel Meade.

Rove LA (TV Guide) 10:00 PM ET
The TV Guide Channel is importing Rove McManus’s Australian talk show. The series is starting out with a pretty gay guest list, featuring Kathy Griffin and Lisa Kudrow.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 11:00 PM ET
This week, Graham’s guests are Will Smith, Gary Barlow and Sir Tom Jones.

Chopped spends the summer outdoors with a grilling tournament.


Sunday’s Listings

Big Brother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Hold on. Hold on. Did I see people taking a stance against homophobic humor in the Big Brother house? Without the producers misleadingly editing them to come off as the oversensitive political correctness police? I’m starting to think Big Brother has at chance at recapturing its glory days. I’m not sure these producers can keep it up, but I’m going to enjoy seeing Willie face some repercussions for his homophobic humor.

Chopped (Food Network) 8:00 PM ET
As a lead-in to the latest Food Network Star finale, Ted Allen is challenging four champions, with Aarti Sequiera, Amy Finley, Jeff Mauro and Melissa d’Arabian facing off.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Now that Owen is abruptly out of the picture, Grayson gets an opportunity to make his move when he and Jane are booked for guest-lectures for Jane’s law mentor.

True Blood (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Get ready for some Russell Eddington-style chaos as the former vampire king makes a big move.

Breaking Bad (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
As if it weren’t nice enough having Breaking Bad back, we got a premiere that delivered on the show’s trademark full-frontal nerdity. Of course, that little caper had the unintended consequence of pointing the DEA in the direction of Gus’ secret accounts… I can’t wait to find out where that leads.

Chopped Grill Masters (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
It’s grilling season and the Food Network’s powerhouse competition series is heading out west for a five-week tournament to see who can cook best with fire, starting with mystery baskets that include yak steaks, chocolate and peaches.

Mrs Eastwood and Company (E!) 10:00 PM ET
I’ve stuck through the first season because of Edie’s coming-out story, despite terribly unconvincing storytelling and two of the adults (Dina and Tyler, I’m looking at you) coming off as less mature than the people who can’t legally drink. In this week’s finale, Overtone debates moving out, which just might mean I don’t have to worry about tuning in to a second season.

Political Animals (USA) 10:00 PM ET
I am so relieved this show has avoided the clunkiness of Greg Berlanti’s past political storylines because I can enjoy the pure awesome that is Sigourney Weaver as Secretary of State and Sebastian Stan as the gay son of a world leader (oh, Kings we still miss you…) On tap for this week: Elaine has to deal with her ex-husband returning to the spotlight thanks to the North Korean Iranian government holding American journalists prisoner.

Small Town Security (AMC) 11:00 PM ET
Why is AMC airing a reality show that looks like it belongs on a bargain-basement cable network, instead of the channel that Emmy voters queue up to honor? Still, with a transgender man as a part of the team, I’ll be checking it out.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Meghan McCain and Caroline Manzo will be chatting with Andy on Sunday.

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

Monday’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
We haven’t been seen much of Will since he’s been cleared of murder suspicions (way to get us to cheer on arresting the gay guy, DOOL)

Trivia Triptych

Here’s this week’s trivia challenge? Can you figure out what these actors have in common?

Stumped and want to know what the answer is? You can find it on AfterElton’s Facebook page (in the super secret AE Clubhouse!)

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