If you’ve got a Bounce TV affiliate, remember Donna Summer with an airing of Thank God It’s Friday.
While the CW has decided to completely shuffle its schedule, the more interesting announcement to me is that the network will hold off its fall season until October. In recent years, the network raced to debut its shows before the other broadcast networks. That got more people to sample the CW’s programs, but it also required longer hiatuses in order to end the season at the same time as the other networks.
Meanwhile, now that the upfronts are done, the question to ask is, “Which pilots are still alive?” Sadly, the John Barrowman-starring Gilded Lilys isn’t on that list, though it turns out the CW is still developing a pilot around the Deadman comics and will rework its Hunger Games-influenced pilot, The Selection
A&E has cancelled Breakout Kings.
The Marilu Henner-inspired Unforgettable might live another day on either TNT or Lifetime. The CBS drama generally was thought to have solid ratings, just not good enough for a network like CBS, which has an embarrassment of hits. Both Lifetime and TNT are looking for a cop show featuring a female lead.
Oxygen has ordered a second season of its tattoo artist competition series Best Ink.
Ryan Murphy addressed those questions about who will be leaving Glee at the end of the season… and his answer was “no one!” However, it’s not entirely clear what Murphy means when he says that everyone is “coming back.”
Producer Doug Liman isn’t ready to give up on I Just Want My Pants Back. Liman says he was working on the second season when he learned that MTV canceled the show and now he’s shopping the comedy to other channels.
The next season of America’s Next Top Model will add model Rob Evans, and stylist Johnny Wujek to the judges panel. The show will also add some kind of viewer voting system, though it’s not clear what that will mean.
The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) check local listings
Wendy’s discussing this weekend’s The Celebrity Apprentice finale with final two Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ellen’s celebrating her 1,500th show with her favorite moments from past shows (including dancing, it wouldn’t be Ellen without dancing) and plenty of surprises, including a visit from Mario Lopez.
Jeopardy (syndicated) check local listings
Power players week concludes with a battle between Anderson Cooper, Thomas Friedman and Kelly O’Donnell. Typically, I’d hope a group made up of a news anchor, a columnist and a reporter will face a totally lowbrow category but we know Coop would totally sweep a Real Housewives trivia contest.
Soul Train (Bounce TV) 8:00 PM ET
The networks are only just starting to announce their programming to remember Donna Summer, but here’s a chance to watch her 1976 appearance on Soul Train where she performed “Winter Melody” and “Spring Affair.”
Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
It’s the moment we’ve been building to for the series’ two seasons — Nikita and Michael take on The Division, eventually cornering Percy. Of course, if Nikita does manage to take control of The Division, that just asks what will she do with it? (Wouldn’t that be a great set up for next season?)
Thank God It’s Friday (Bounce TV) 9:00 PM ET
Disco legend Donna Summer starred in this campy disco movie as an aspiring singer looking for her break. Sadly, it turns out I don’t have a Bounce TV affiliate in my market.
Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s taken all season but Nick finally comes clean to Juliette — though we’re also going to learn what happens when a hexenbiest scratches a human. At least, we can look forward to seeing Juliet, Monroe, and Rosalee as the new Scooby Gang.
Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Over all these years, Sam and Dean have battled evil with just the help of a supporting player or two, but to take on Dick Roman they’re finally assembling their own Supernatural League, with Castiel, Bobby, Meg and Kevin. I’m not sure I can expect this team to survive the battle intact, however.
Degrassi (TeenNick) 9:00 PM ET
I said a few weeks ago that Eli and Claire are the most tolerable to me when he’s a supportive sidekick to Degrassi’s GLBT students, so I definitely enjoyed watching him push Fiona to take a chance on Imogen. This week might be less enjoyable as Fiona considers leaving Degrassi and the Eclaire drama raises its ugly head again.
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
Craig is wrapping up his week in Scotland with a visit from David Sedaris.
Oxygen is taking a look back at The Glee Project’s contribution to the latest season of Glee.
Glee Marathon (Oxygen) starting at Noon ET
Oxygen’s getting ready for a new season of The Glee Project with a twelve-hour marathon of Glee’s latest season featuring the episodes that showcased the first season’s winners.
American Warships (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Yes, it’s time for another Syfy mockbuster as Mario Van Peebles and Carl Weathers battle aliens from a totally different battleship.
The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 11:00 PM ET
Graham’s guests this week are Chris Rock (who comments about President Obama’s support for marriage equality), Kristen Stewart, Episodes star Stephen Mangan and Engelbert Humperdinck.
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Mick Jagger takes on the season finale as both host and musical guest. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an Adam Levine cameo so that they can capture the zeitgeist with a “Moves Like Jagger” sketch.
Can Eric Andre step into Space Ghost’s boots comfortably?
Masterpiece Mystery (PBS) Check local listings
In a dramatic conclusion to the season, Moriarity concocts a plan to publicly humiliate Sherlock in this adaptation of The Final Problem.
The 2012 Billboard Music Awards (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen hosts this awards show that will feature feature performances by Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Cee Lo Green, along with a tribute to Whitney Huston (and, probably, a quickly organized salute to Donna Summer).
The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Lady Gaga comes to Springfield to rescue Lisa’s ego when Gaga’s psychic sense warns her that a little girl is losing her belief in herself.
Bob’s Burgers (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
Bob learns that there’s a greater danger to trying to promote your restaurant on a morning show than vapid and cloyingly-perky hosts — the chance of Gene stealing the show.
American Ninja Warrior (G4) 9:00 PM ET
Its time for G4’s annual obstacle course show that delivers a whole lot of beefcake in addition to the feats of athleticism. This year should be interesting, as there’s no Sasuke set to visit. Instead, this year NBC will be bringing Midoriyama stateside.
The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
We’ve got a first out competitor in the final two, so who will be the last celebrity left standing when the winner is announced?
Game of Thrones (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
As if all that Joffrey-slapping weren’t enough, this week sees Tyrion confronts Cersei.
Nurse Jackie (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Jackie gets some stern advice from her divorce lawyer to get in a fighting mood if she wants to win her custody battle, leaving her searching for some character references… which probably means finding someone who thinks they know her but doesn’t really… or a friend with no qualms about lying.
The Big C (Showtime) 9:30 PM ET
Just as I’m starting to think that these people have become the infuriating self-involved asshats the characters in Showtime series eventually become, we get interesting moments like Sean dating a couple and Adam wondering why his non-procreative sex is any less sinful than gay non-procreative sex. I’m going to need those moments (along with Ababu’s sassy moments) to deal with Cathy and Paul, who are becoming unbearable.
Mad Men (AMC) 10:0) PM ET
We’ve arrived at the Christmas episode, which has to bring a Sterling Cooper Draper Price holiday party that will make the workplace of the 60s look like Caligula compared to today’s office behavior.
The Borgias (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
Okay, I never kept up with this series but apparently there’s a recently-outed character (the internets aren’t telling me who) and an attack on Spain happening, an attack that’s headed to the castle of Castle Sforza in this week’s episode.
Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious (Comedy Central) 10:00 PM ET
The Parks & Recreation star discusses sitting next to 50 Cent in a restaurant, approaching strangers in bars and texting dates, in his latest comedy specials.
Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy’s back starting with a visit from The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Kathy Wakile and her sister Rosie Pierri.
The Eric Andre Show (Adult Swim) 12:30 AM ET
Adult Swim brings a talk show back on its schedule with this show hosted by Eric Andre (you might recognize him from Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) that promises to be just as crazy and unpredictable as you’d expect out of an Adult Swim show.
What will you be watching this weekend? Please share in the comments!