TV on Tap: TNT Wants a Second Season of “Major Crimes,” Martha Plimpton Could Clean Your House, and a “Wonderfalls” Crossover is Coming … to “Hannibal”

If the Doctor Who team does this right, the angels won’t be the only ones weeping.*
*Disclaimer: Weeping Angels don’t actually weep.


Bryan Fuller is planning for his upcoming drama Hannibal to cross over with Wonderfalls. Chelan Simmons, who was recently seen on The L.A. Complex, will reprise her role as Gretchen Speck-Horowitz. This won’t be the first time a Wonderfalls character appeared in another one of Fuller’s shows. Beth Grant also brought her Wonderfalls character to a 2008 episode of Pushing Daisies. I think that means it’s time we started debating what we should call the various shows that are a part the Wonderfalls universe — the Fullerverse? the Wonderverse? Also, someone let me know when there’s fanfic of Clarice Starling, Jaye Tyler and Olive Snook solving crimes together.

Bones is planning a dance-themed episode with a role for this season’s So You Think You Can Dance winners.

It turns out that Vogue Knitting has become your source for former America’s Next Top Model competitors.

Fox is holding a contest to promote Raising Hope where the winner will get their home cleaned by Martha Plimpton. I expect in many homes that translates into finally getting around to cleaning your home because Martha Plimpton is coming to visit and is prepared to check the corners of your bathrooms.

After cancelling Last Comic Standing (the first time), NBC considered another comedian competition show where comedians battled for a role on Saturday Night Live. In the end, the series never made it to the air because NBC thought the reality TV drama would damage the SNL franchise. Plus, Ryan Murphy could tell them that sometimes the runner-up turns out to be far more interesting on screen than the winner.

Kate Mulgrew has joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming prison drama Orange is the New Black.

Joel McHale will continue to host The Soup for two more years. Additionally, he’ll develop reality shows for E! (please don’t disappoint us the way Chelsea Handler did.) and scripted series for Sony Pictures Television.

TNT has ordered a second season of Major Crimes and made me very happy.

Let me echo the praise for Go On and its lesbian character, Patti. She’s great.

Speaking of Go On, Lauren Graham will be making an appearance on the Tuesday-night comedy.

Magic Mike and Attack of the Show alum Olivia Munn is set to appear in a story arc on New Girl as a love interest for Nick.

If The Sopranos was the most influential drama of the past 20 years, is Louie on the verge of similarly transforming the TV comedy?

TV Land has signed Kirstie Alley to a comedy it’s developing. Giant Baby will star Alley as a Broadway star who seeks the baby she put up for adoption 26 years earlier, only to discover a nerdy schlub who she decides to make over.

Wednesday’s ratings news wasn’t great for ABC and terrible news for NBC. Modern Family still dominates, but a preview of The Neighbors didn’t do much better than Happy Endings, which also had critics cheering for it. Meanwhile, Animal Practice and Guys with Kids make last year’s combo of Up All Night and Free Agents look like a golden age.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
The Carol Burnett Show’s reunion tour continues as Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence and Tim Conway visit Anderson.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Andy Cohen is one of today’s guest-hosts as Homeland’s Damian Lewis and Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison visit.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It sounds like we’ve got more parent-child drama as Adrienne and Lucas discuss their reservations about their sons being together. As good soap city residents, they don’t check to make sure there’s no one in earshot who could turn that conversation into drama.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Friday night is Uncharted night as the remaining models go to a studio that will turn them into videogame characters, with the winner making an appearance in … er, Uncharted 3? (I thought that already came out? Maybe people who have played the game have been spoiled on who wins the challenge?) Then it’s time for Uncharted fans to wait for that big reunion on Haven.

The White Room Challenge (HGTV) 8:00 PM ET
This week, the designers have to turn a trip to the restaurant supply store into impressive design. Whoever makes use of dough-rising buckets wins my votes.

Boss (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
Kane’s starting to feel better, which means it’s time to take back power. Unfortunately, there’s a hurdle to taking back power and it might mean that Kane has to ask the Transit Authority to clean off the bus wheels.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Not only does this week’s Grimm have Monroe going undercover (please tell me there’s a follow-up coming, “Wesen in Chains”) but this week also explores wesen culture further as Nick investigates a robbery at a wesen church.

Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
There are a couple new residents in Haven this week (played by Bullet to the Face’s Kate Kelton and One Life to Live alum Bree Williamson) as Audrey and Nathan have to deal with a barbarian invasion of Haven. Yes, that’s what the episode description really says.

Saturday’s Listings

Homeland Marathon starting at Noon ET
Showtime’s giving subscribers a chance to catch up on its Emmy-winning series with a run through the entire first season. I recommend clearing your schedule and emptying your DVR before you start watching this one, you’re not going to want to take any breaks.

A Mother’s Nightmare (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Glee alum Grant Gustin (did you catch our interview with him?) stars in this movie about a boy who falls for the new girl at school (90210’s Jessica Lowndes), one who turns out to be a dangerous and possessive manipulator, leaving his mother (Annabeth Gish) to try to save him. Huh, is this the first time a Lifetime movie put a guy in peril?

Doctor Who (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
We got a four-episode reprieve (which, admittedly, had its moments that inspired a combination of cringing and head scratching) but it’s finally time to say goodbye to Rory and Amy. Thankfully, to make it a little less sad, the Doctor Who team is bringing back River Song and the weeping angles to distract us.

Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Can you really have a final chapter for a cheesy horror franchise about giant crocodiles? I mean, sure, Syfy also has Gatoroid, Dinocroc and Supergator but can Syfy really go “and there were no more giant crocodiles, the end”? That’s what the latest installment (this time starring Robert Englund and Elisabeth Rohm) of the Lake Placid series promises.

If this picture is any clue, the green screen on Revenge is going to be even more convincing this season.

Sunday’s Listings

Call the Midwife (PBS) Check local listings
PBS is hoping this BBC hit drama, which looks at the role of midwives in 1950s London, can be the next Downton Abbey. With a period setting that asks the viewer to question how things have changed, and a cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave (in a series of voice overs), Jenny Agutter and Miranda Hart, it sounds like it has potential, at least.

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
It’s time for another race to begin with two teams that include out gay men: Team Beekman (made up of Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of The Fabulous Beekman Boys) and Team Chippendale (out Chippendale dancer Jaymes Vaughan and his fellow dancer James Davis).

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
For its 24th season, the Simpsons are returning to New York City in search of Bart’s lost love, Mary (Zooey Deschanel), and memories of enjoying Shakespeare in the Park for Lisa. As you’d expect, complications and hijinx ensue.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
The first season of Once Upon a Time combined some intriguing ideas, genuinely surprising twists, some questionable plotting (a sluggish middle followed by a rush to the finale) and a great end. Now, the town of Storybrook has to deal with the fact that magic has returned to their lives, along with their memories, but they’re still stuck in Maine. There’s a new status quo in town. It should be interesting to see where this goes.

Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
We don’t often get an unfiltered look at Stephen Colbert, since that faux pundit persona works as a barrier to getting to know the real man, but he’s taking Oprah to visit his family in Charleston, South Carolina, and to sit down with Stephen’s wife Evelyn for her first television interview. I hope we get her take on Jane Fonda’s habit of kissing Stephen whenever she appears on The Colbert Report.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
We’ve seen some amazing guest actors and that doesn’t change for the fourth season’s premiere, which has Kristin Chenoweth and Nathan Lane, as Kalinda gets ready to reunite with her ex-husband (Marc Warren).

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
After a nearly-perfect first season, Revenge moves to Sunday nights, where Emily works to manage a plot that continues to get more and more complicated. I can’t wait to see how she takes her next target down.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Roger’s latest venture sees him opening a crooner bar where Hayley becomes a big star thanks to her voice. Since this is American Dad and Roger, it gets inappropriate quickly.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
As Annie’s behavior keeps getting worse, Corky finds himself questioning what he’s done for her recently, wondering if he should try to back up and try to change things.

Homeland (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
As great as the first season of Homeland was, I’m approaching the second season with a little bit of trepidation. The first season could look to another well-done show for inspiration, but that series lasted just one season, and the unfortunate lesson of Being Human is that showrunners who can brilliantly adapt a show can get completely lost when creating their own storylines. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this season.

666 Park Avenue (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
Since ABC has decided to put two of its campiest shows together, there’s quite a lot of pressure on its new supernatural series, which mixes deals with the devil, fabulous real estate and Vanessa Williams’ ability to toss off a withering glare. Let’s hope it lives up to that pressure.

Watch What Happens Live  (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy’s week begins with Joanna Garcia-Swisher and a guest to be named at a later date.

Monday’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson will be chatting with America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, Meg Ryan and Gabrielle Union on Monday.

Kiatie’s visiting various celebrities’ homes on Monday, including Andy Cohen.

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