TV on Tap: More “Downton Abbey” Coming, Celebrate Thanksgiving with Lady Gaga, and Elisabeth Moss Goes British

Logo’s Bad Sex examines sexual addiction.


Mad Men fave Elisabeth Moss is headed to UK TV sets. She’ll star in a BBC mini-series as a detective looking into the disappearance of a drug lord’s pregnant daughter. Could this be her chance to go from Peggy Olson to Jane Tennison?

While we’re still waiting for the second season to debut, ITV has ordered a third season of Downton Abbey, which will take place in 1920 and 1921.

Syfy has announced the casts of some of its upcoming original movies. Lake Placid: The Final Chapter will star Robert Englund, Elisabeth Rohm and Yancy Butler, while End of the World will have Neil Grayston, Brad Dourif and Greg Grunberg.

Mark your calendars! Starz has set the return of Spartacus for January 27.

The next step for Ringer trying to distract us from wondering how no one considers that Siobhan may really be Bridget? Casting Gregory Harrison as Gemma’s dad.

Before it goes off the airwaves, One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon will appear on the soap as the creator of the soap-within-OLTL, Fraternity Row.

ABC is giving you the option to celebrate A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, a holiday special that will include several performances from Lady Gaga, including a duet of “The Lady is a Tramp” with Tony Bennett as well as an interview by Katie Couric.

Friday’s Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate surprises a deserving firefighter and his family with a new family room, then Linda Evans visits to dish about the catfights and shoulder pads of the 80s camp classic Dynasty.

A Gifted Man (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
At this point, CBS has switched the schedule around enough to the point that I don’t have a clue to what’s airing tonight. It could be the episode where Allan Louis is a former football star who is now homeless, or it could be the one with Faith Prince as a bride-to-be with worrisome headaches. Or maybe another episode. CBS is starting to give me a headache.

Chuck (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
For its final season, Chuck has some great guests lined up, and tonight Carrie-Anne Moss makes her debut as the woman in charge of a rival security firm.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
When a prisoner makes a discovery about The Division’s operations, he tries to get in contact with Nikita. However, the resourceful Amanda hears about the communication and tries to send her own people to head Nikita off.

The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 9:00 PM ET
You don’t often see writer Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) make TV appearances, but he’ll be discussing the Occupy movement with Rachel tonight.

Bad Sex (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
Logo’s newest reality series follows ten people as they try to manage their issues with sex addiction in individual group sessions with expert Christopher Donaghue.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Dave meets a family with an unusual background thanks to a breaking and entering case. I didn’t think the first episode was a really strong pilot, but I’m really interested in seeing where things go from there.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Sam and Dean head to “the most psychic town in America,” where plenty of psychics reside — and where they are getting killed off by one angry spirit.

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
When the team searches down a fugitive Abnormal, they make a surprising and potentially disturbing discovery.

X-Men (G4) 11:00 PM ET
The X-Men have to fight a member of the U-Men, armed with information on the X-Men’s abilities and how to handle them.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
Neil Patrick Harris will be visiting to discuss the latest Harold & Kumar movie.

David Bromstad has more design insight in a new season of Color Splash.

Saturday’s Listings

True Life (MTV) 6:00 PM ET
MTV takes a look at the Occupy Wall Street protests, and the Millennial Generation’s attitude towards the economy and their prospects for the future.

beCAUSE: The Legacy of Brendan Burke (Logo) 8:00 PM ET
The latest beCAUSE documentary gives us a look at the too-short life of the out college hockey player and his attempts to improve things for other gay hockey players.

Supah Ninjahs (Nick) 8:30 PM ET
Mike focuses on his dating life, but he’s pulled back to his duties as a Ninjah when a creature known as Quake attacks the city.

Color Splash (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
For his season premiere, David Bromstad works on a house inspired by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, taking inspiration from the way the films depict nature, and making use of 35 faux animal heads.

Bedlam (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
In the season finale, Molly faces a ghost that appears as a burning man. I hope they don’t end the season with plenty of unanswered questions.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Grahams guests include Jame McAvoy and Joanna Lumley. Let’s hope she’s got something to say about those upcoming AbFab specials.

Blue Mountain State (Spike) 11:00 PM ET
In a special Saturday episode, Thad gets a concussion that ends up changing his personality. I’m guessing that means a sweet and charitable Thad.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Charlie Day makes his debut as SNL host (with his big screen co-star Jason Sudekis), as Maroon 5 is the musical guest. Let’s hope Adam Levine decides to perform in a sketch or two

Adult Swim kicks off its first mini-series Sunday with The Heart, She Holler

Sunday’s Listings

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Jane Lynch brings her voice to tonight’s episode as Homer’s evil new assistant, a woman who has her sights on Homer’s job (can’t she scheme for something a little more challenging?), and only Flanders can help him defeat her.

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
There’s a double U-Turn waiting as the Race goes through Malawi. Does this mean we’ll get to see the race get shaken up a bit?

The Third Annual TeenNick Halo Awards (Nick) 8:00 PM ET
Four teens will be honored for their attempts to make the world a better place with their charitable work, including Emily-Anne Rigal, a 17-year-old who has worked against bullying by getting other bullied teens to discuss how they coped with the struggle. Emily-Anne will get to meet one of her heroes, Lady Gaga.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Emma convinces Mary Margaret to give some special attention to a certain John Doe in a coma. Will it be the prince who gets awakened by his love, this time?

Family Guy (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Ryan Reynolds visits Quahog and becomes close with Peter. Meanwhile, Stewie goes for a joy ride. Let’s hope this turns out to be one of those good Stewie-heavy episodes.

Dexter (Showtime) 9:00 PM
As Debra realizes her new duties are much more taxing than she expected, Dexter finds himself getting way too involved in the case.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
The group tries to figure out why Shane is acting strangely after returning from that mission for medical equipment where Otis never returned.

Desperate Housewives (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Carlos and Gaby decide its time to write their wills and to pick someone to be the guardians for Juanita and Celia. They wisely decide against crazy Bree, self-involved Susan and judgmental, scheming Lynette, realizing that leaves Bob and Lee, (Sigh, on Wisteria Lane they really are the best choice, aren’t they?) The only problem, Bob and Lee are convinced those two girls are hellions and need to be convinced to take on a legal relationship with them.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
Peter starts to investigate Will’s history, as Alicia tries to protect her client’s confidentiality from the Treasury Department. Complicating this is True Blood’s Carrie Preston, who plays Peter’s former lawyer.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Roger becomes Steve’s new guardian, which turns him into the kind of overly-involved parent you’d expect. I guess that means no father/son games of Legs and the Wheelman.

Pan Am (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Laura finds a new romance when she’s assigned to a special flight that’s bringing a plane full of troops home. Meanwhile, Kate’s relationship with her Yugoslavian target gets pretty complicated … like CIA agents putting a hood on his head complicated.

Homeland (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
The CIA decides to polygraph everyone who has had contact with Nazir, including Brody. Will the interrogation give Carrie the information she needs?

Hell on Wheels (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
AMC takes on the Western with this drama about the construction of the trans-continental railroad. Unfortunately, reviews have called this drama “a show that will spell out everything” and “a collection of ideas that haven’t quite gelled” making it sound more like the second (third?) coming of The Prisoner than Breaking Bad.

Hung (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
With his savings missing, Ray tires to figure out who took his money. Could this be the newest way Lenore takes her revenge?

The Heart, She Holler (Adult Swim) 12:30 AM ET
Adult Swim’s first miniseries is a soap opera satire about a cursed, inbred town with Patton Oswalt, Heather Lawless and Kristen Schaal. Wasn’t I saying Adult Swim should target supernatural soaps next? Thanks for the quick turnaround, Adult Swim!

The Week Ahead

While there aren’t any notable debuts on Monday, this week’s Hawaii 5-0 has Greg Grunberg reuniting with his Heroes co-star Masi Oka. The guest cast also lists an appearance by Robey, though I’m still trying to convince myself that they’re talking about the Robey.

Meanwhile, Tuesday brings two shows heavy on AfterElton bait as Teddy has his Vegas wedding on 90210, while Kurt and Blaine discuss sex on Glee.

Wednesday, ABC’s lineup cruelly takes the week off for The CMA Awards. This is not a good week for me to go without another installment of Revenge. I need to know if Frank takes a blow to the head the way Lily takes a 5-story fall. Over on the Science Channel, they examines the connection between technology and the people who imagine what science might someday accomplish with Prophets of Science Fiction. Finally, Thursday brings the fall finales of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle.

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