TV on Tap: Matthew Rhys Has a New TV Show, Jason Sudeikis Considering an “SNL” Exit, and Matthew Perry Has a Big Debut

I’m guessing the Comedy Bang! Bang! finale is going to have some musical performances.


FX has picked up The Americans, a drama starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as undercover KGB spies posing as a couple in Washington DC in the early 80s. Matthew Rhys and the early 80s? I already hate having to wait for this show.

Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is shopping a show that would feature musical performances with no amateurs, no eliminations and no sharp-tongued judges.

The latest amazing comedy talent to appear on Happy Endings is Rob Corddry, who will appear in a multi-episode arc as a “Car Czar” who ends up hiring Jane to sell cars. This has to lead to Jane yelling about how crazy her prices are in front of TV cameras.

Jason Sudeikis says he’s thinking of leaving Saturday Night Live, saying he wants the opportunity to push himself creatively if he sticks around. While most of the articles I’ve seen ask if SNL can find someone else to play Mitt Romney, I’m going to miss Sudeikis’ Joe Biden if he leaves.

Whoever decided to make a Breaking Bad-themed parody of Cooking Mama is a freaking genius.

Matthew Perry says that, despite the demands of his new comedy series, he’ll be able to appear in one or two episdoes of The Good Wife.

In addition to meeting Winston’s mother, his sister will also appear in an upcoming episode of New Girl. She will be played by America’s Next Top Model finalist Keenyah Hill.

One reason NBC spends so much money on the rights for the summer Olympics is the chance to promote their upcoming series to that large audience that tuned in for the game. However, the strategy doesn’t have a great record at launching hits.

That said, 16.1 million viewers checked out Matthew Perry’s new comedy, Go On. As always, the true test will be how many of those viewers will still be watching by midseason.

Friday’s Listings

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
As if to demonstrate what a great show it is, Comedy Bang! Bang! wraps its first season with a visit from “Weird AlYankovic. Judging from the promo picture, I’m guessing Tenacious D will also show up.

Bunk (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
Meanwhile, Bunk wraps up its first season with John Gemberling as well as return appearances by Andy Daly and Alex Borstein.

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Cetnral) 11:00 PM ET
This week’s show has Mike Lawrence, Andy Zaltzman, Kurt Braunohler and David O’Doherty.

Friday’s Olympic Highlights

Soccer (MSNBC) 2:30 PM ET
Japan takes to the field against South Korea.

Swimming (NBC) 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:15 PM
The open-water men’s swimming marathon is today, NBC will be checking up on the competition every so often.

Water Polo (NBC Sports Network) 9:20 AM, (MSNBC) 1:30 PM ET
In the morning we’ve got Team U.S.A. and Spain’s final match while Croatia battles for the gold in the afternoon.

NBC Primetime (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
The finals include the qualifying rounds for men’s platform diving.

Thanks to the latest Syfy original movie, we’ve got a second dose of Eddie McClintock this week.

Saturday’s Listings

Boogeyman (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
As if a new season of Warehouse 13 weren’t enough of a treat, the latest Syfy movie has Eddie McClintock and Emma Samms trying to stop an ancient evil that has been accidentally set free by (who else?) careless kids.

The Women of Doctor Who (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
The next Doctor Who special focuses on the women who’ve helped The Doctor save the universe. I look forward to the argument to why I should miss Amy Pond accompanied by scenes arguing the point.

The Nerdist (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Chris and the Nerdist pay tribute to the women of nerd culture with appearances by Felicia Day, Emily Gordon and a performance by Garfunkel and Oates.

Rove LA (TV Guide) Midnight ET
This week, Rove’s guests are Seth Green, Michael Weatherly and Olivia Munn. Er, is that Newsroom’s Olivia Munn or Magic Mike’s Olivia Munn.

Saturday’s Olympic Highlights

Soccer (NBC Sports Network) 10:00 AM ET
It’s the final game, who will take the gold?

NBC Primetime (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Men’s platform diving wraps up with the semifinals and the finals.

Sunday’s Listings

2012 Olympics (NBC) 7:00 PM ET
After one bonkers opening ceremony, how do you wrap things up? How about “the greatest after party in the world” with a roster that includes The Pet Shop Boys, Adele, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Take That and a lot more.

Big Brother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Ugh. Two week’s ago, Big Brother went as far as cancelling the eviction to save Frank, and now he’s — surprise — head of house. I think I’m just going to follow this season by reading recaps. Which is frustrating, because when the season started, they really had my attention, but Chilltown overexposure in season seven was the beginning of the end of my love of this show, and I’m not sticking around for a bad retread. I’ll just entertain myself with the all-time low ratings.

Chopped Grill Masters (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
In the final qualifying round, the grill masters work with speculoos (do they mean the holiday cookie or the crazy-good spread?), pork butt and fruit leather.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Uhboy, I’m already giving up Big Brother to avoid awful reality TV people. Now Drop Dead Diva has Jane defending a character played by Dance MomsAbby Lee Miller? I’m afraid to look at what’s coming up on TV, is Snookie going to show up on Parks & Recreation next?

True Blood (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Can the threat of pressing a button on a smart phone make for thrilling television? Since this week’s preview has close-ups of Molly’s cross-your-heart-hope-to-die app, I guess we’re going to find out. If not, there’s always another sighting of Godric.

Breaking Bad (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
Okay, who decided last Sunday was going to be a night of suicide attempts? (And why did Skyler end up making drowning yourself in a swimming pool look so disturbingly beautiful?) This week, Walt, Jesse and Mike put their focus back on getting their supply chain going, especially with Lydia having panic attacks at every little setback.

Political Animals (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Last week’s episode was controversial in my home. While I was pretending I had some dust in my eyes at TJ getting his heart broken by the Aaron Schock stand-in, my partner thought TJ was coming off as entitled and foolish for letting himself get hurt by someone who clearly would end up hurting him. I’m sure there will be more debate this week as Elaine takes a big risk to suppress rumors about TJ’s overdose/suicide attempt.

Animal Practice (NBC) 11:00 PM ET
It’s had an unfortunate introduction to Olympic gymnastics fans and now NBC is previewing it’s Justin Kirk sitcom about a veterinarian who likes animals better than people.

Sunday’s Olympic Highlight

Water Polo (NBC Sports Network) 9:30 AM, (NBC) 12:30 PM ET
The final matches occur today and the medals are awarded.

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

Monday’s Preview

Major Crimes (TNT) 10:00 PM ET
Captain Raydor is taking over the Major Crimes division, so get ready for more of those stern, O RLY? glares, though I expect Buzz and Dr. Morales’s won’t be the ones earning them.

Grimm (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
I can’t decide if this is genius scheduling or not but NBC has scheduled the second season premiere of Grimm against the Teen Wolf finale.

Trivia Triptych

Here’s a new trivia challenge, can you identify these three people and figure out what they have in common?


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