TV on Tap: NBC Sets a Date for “Mockingbird Lane,” a Soap Great Comes Out, and Is Colton Haynes Leaving “Teen Wolf”?

New episodes of Degrassi return with an awkward family dinner.


The internet was in shock yesterday as reports broke saying that Colton Haynes is leaving Teen Wolf, though producers denied the report. E! adds that the show decided to move on because Haynes’ team took took long to respond to an offer for Haynes to stick around for two more seasons.

It’s official, NBC announced that it will air the Mockingbird Lane pilot on October 26, leading into that synergestic Halloween episode of Grimm. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed it pulls a Nightingales and does well enough to get a series order (though I hope it turns out to be a better series than Nightingales).

In a bit of small mercy, TNT has cancelled the reality competition series The Great Escape. It was a great concept and they had some terrific locations for challenges but what was on screen was too dumbed-down to be entertaining.

Congratulations to Maureen Garrett, who came out yesterday. Guiding Light fans will remember Garrett as Holly, who was tormented by the villainous Roger Thorpe. I took a while to warm up to Holly, but she eventually overcame my weakness for soap villains who wore crazyunderpants over their crazypants.

Jane Fonda is working on a pilot for ABC. The only detail available so far is that it will focus on a mother and daughter.

Revolution (and Supernatural) creator Eric Kripke says there’s a good chance the show will explain why the power went out (spoilers at the link) by the end of the season. The way Kripke handled the mythology of Supernatural convinced me to overlook some of my issues with Revolution’s premise.

Alabama’s ABC affiliate — which also refused to air the coming out episode of Ellen — has been deleting stories about Sam Champion’s engagement that have appeared on other affiliates’ websites.

I like Ty Burrell and John Legend but I have gotten so sick of potential TV shows described as semi-autobiographical.

A much-beloved character is returning to How I Met Your Mother.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Ben Affleck, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston will be discussing their new movie Argo with Anderson and his co-host Nancy “You gave the victory to Wendy Pepper?” O’Dell.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy will be talking with both comedienne Joy Behar and Kylie Minogue today. The only problem? Kylie’s here to discuss her new movie, so there’s no mention of performing.

Boss (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
The city’s facing bankruptcy, which means Kane is forced to deal with some emergency measures meant to keep things going, maybe an auction to hear a monologuing mayor deliver a soliloquy?

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
After a really strong season, Degrassi returns tonight with a focus on one of its more interesting characters — Becky. She started as a religious girl who did awful things in response to the school doing a gay take on Romeo & Juliet. However, a very real connection to Adam forced her to rexamine her prejudices and now she’s debating if her parents can handle meeting him.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
As Nick runs into a man (Josh Stewart) on the run with his daughter, Monroe tries to mind the herb store while Rosalee’s away… why do so many Grimm stories sound like they should lead to wacky mishaps?

Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
If the new guy in town thinks Haven is just the boondocks, he’s getting a crash course in what makes the town so… unique, as there’s another series of mysterious deaths.

Saturday’s Listings

DC Nation (Cartoon Network) 10:00 AM ET
I’m going to indulge myself a little and mention that it sounds like this week’s set of DC Nation shorts includes the debut of Amethyst, probably my favorite superhero comic character who isn’t a gay 31st century spy. I’m keeping my fingers crossed this one does the character justice after too many years of being ignored.

Too Cute! (Animal Planet) 8:00 PM ET
For years I grumbled about the amount of the way nature programs focused on predators. “March of the Penguins was a big hit,” I’d complain, “Where is ’Nap of the Koalas,’ ’Tumble of the Panda Cubs’ or ’Nonplussed Glance of the Shih-Tzus’?” Animal Planet finally responded to the shocking cute animal gap between TV and the internet with the addition of Too Cute! which gave us puppies, kittens and baby sloths in its first season. The second season premiere delivers even more puppies but this time offers them with a side of baby goats.

American Horror House (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
This seems new. Syfy’s original movies have included a fair share of mockbusters, but I think this is the first Syfy mockbuster that tries to recall a TV series. This one even has a story that seems to merge the Syfy movie with the style of American Horror Story, as it focuses on a sorority house that has to deal with both ghosts and a homicidal housemother (the synopsis says she has an axe to grind, they may mean that literally). This movie even mixes the combination of indie quirk and camp culture casting with Alessandra Torresani and Morgan Fairchild.

Celebrity Ghost Stories (Biography) 9:00 PM ET
This week’s celebrities include supermodel Marcus Schenkenberg, who recalls an encounter he had in a Los Angeles hotel.

Funny as Hell 2012 (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
BBC America’s Ministry of Laughs returns to the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal to capture some of the stand up comedy performed there.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Christina Applegate makes a return appearance as SNL host. I’m hoping for some kind of Kelly Bundy sketch… maybe what happens when Kelly meets Jay Pritchett?

This almost looks like the cast of The Walking Dead paying homage to the Charlie’s Angels silhouette.

Sunday’s Listings

Bewitched Marathon (Logo) starting at 10:30 AM ET
The classic, subversive comedy makes its debut on Logo with an all-day marathon to try to convince you to consider dressing as something witchy for Halloween.

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
As the Race stays in Indonesia, the Double-U turn awaits. When this season began, I figured the team racing for an extra million would have a bigger target on their backs. I guess I’ll see if that’s the case this week.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
First OUAT added Mulan, and this week we get elements of Camelot as Emma and Mary Margaret meet Lancelot. Meanwhile, in the flashback,Prince Charming seeks the Lady of the Lake. I’m still hoping for Lilo to turn up in Storybrooke, if not Stitch.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
There’s a scandal brewing for Peter’s campaign as word of Alicia’s affair with Will threatens to become public knowledge. This episode brings Miriam Shor to the show, which should ease the lack of GCB on Sunday nights. Meanwhile, internet tycoon Neil Gross (Jon Benjamin Hickey) returns for a case where a search engine is accused of manipulating the results.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
As the Hamptons adjusts to having Victoria around again, Emily has one more task to add all her plotting now that the Vengeance Sensei’s mysterious proxy is in town.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
If Halloween is coming, then zombies are due to start showing up on our TV, and this season the survivors find their way to the prison. Not being a reader of the comics, my partner can’t wait to find out more about Michonne just based on what little we saw of her last time. On the other hand, I’ll be hoping for signs of Andrew, the first gay character to appear in the comics, or Andrew’s boyfriend Dexter.

Homeland (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
There’s good news for Carrie this week as she starts to think she might be able to rejoin the CIA, but bad news for Brody, who needs to make moves to stop the bomb maker from being caught.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
This may not be the kind of period drama that doles out the wink-wink historical references, but John Wilkes Booth shows up in this week’s episode, which seems like a way to keep hinting that Elizabeth might be a Confederate spy. I’m just hoping they keep the winking and nudging to a subtle level.

666 Park Avenue (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Considering the place enigmatic little girls have in horror, you’re probably not surprised that it only took three episodes before Jane encounters a spooky child leading her to a mysterious room.

Talking Dead (AMC) 11:00 PM ET
Thankfully, a new season of Walking Dead comes with new episodes of Talking Dead and the infectuous enthusiasm of Chris Hardwick.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy gets Mario Lopez and another appearance by Melissa Gorga.

Comic Book Men (AMC) 11:30 PM ET
I wanted to like the Kevin Smith-produced Comic Book Men, but it only took a few minutes for the show to give me that uncomfortable feeling I’ve felt in too many comic shops, where I realize I’m intruding in a straight boys’ club. I hope they found a way to fix that for the second season, I still like the idea of a reality show set in a comic shop.

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

Monday’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Tasha Smith joins Anderson to talk with the cast of Shark Tank and the Neelys.

The Week Ahead

The fall schedule is starting to settle in (barring any further cancellations) but there are a few developments to anticipate. First, Monday lightens the schedule a little as Major Crimes and Be Good Johnny Weir wrap their seasons.

Tuesday’s the day of the second Presidential debate but it also brings the debuts of Emily Owens, MD and MTV’s new comedy, Underemployed. USA also brings back Covert Affairs to finish its surprisingly fast-moving third season. Finally, Wednesday sees Suburgatory kick off its second season while the wait for American Horror Story: Assylum finally ends.

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