TV on Tap: “Truth or Consequences” May Be Coming Back, Supporters Plan a Million Muppet March and “The Big Bang Theory” Brings Back Wil Wheaton

BBC America’s moving some new tennants into Bedlam.


The Big Bang Theory is revisiting the “Fun with Flags” episode and bringing back LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton to make it extra special.

Oh. Yes. Sofia Vergara is getting into the drama-importing business. The Modern Family star has sold a remake of Argentinian procedural Mueres Asesinas (Killer Women), about a law enforcement agency that’s focuses on murders committed by women with a focus on their motivations.

In reaction to Mitt Romney’s threats to cut funding for PBS, fans are organizing a Million Muppet March scheduled for November 3.

After repeatedly threatening to quit 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin fought to keep the Emmy-winning comedy from ending, offering to take a salary cut to ensure a full seventh season along with an eighth.

I’d be excited about the news that a Truth or Consequences and Treasure Hunt revival is in the works if it weren’t coming from the producers of the cringe-inspiring Oh Sit! On the other hand, as a New Mexico resident, I’ll enjoy watching people wonder why TV producers based a game show on a town with hot springs.

The CW is developing a post-apocalyptic drama, The Hundred, where 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to recolonize earth a century after humanity has destroyed the planet. That actually sounds interesting and much better than The Selection.

We’ll be seeing Andy’s family again on The Office or, at least, we’ll see Andy’s brother as Josh Groban is set to return.

ABC Family has found someone to play the lead character of its drama pilot Socio. VictoriousAvan Jogia will play the charismatic student suspected of being a sociopath after a student is murdered.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Aside from having a great new book to read, the best part of a new Stephen Colbert book is all of Stephen’s talk show appearances.

John Fugelsang: So That Happened (Current) 6:00 PM ET
I hope this is the beginning of a trend, since I miss the days of weekend week-in-review shows like infoMania (sigh), Best Week Ever and The Dish. They were a great way to re-cover awful things happened in the previous seven days. This time, John Fugelsang is in charge of making the week more sane with the help of MST3K alum Frank Conniff. I hope they’re up for the challenge.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Tyra’s next attempt to get the world to notice her crazy show involves the phrase “random acts of modeling” — but at least it leads to a hosting challenge, which usually delivers great moments.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s wesen visitor week as Angelina returns to warn Monroe that the blutbaten community isn’t happy to see him spending so much time with Nick (clearly they ship Monroe with Wu — dueling fandoms!), while Captain Renard gets a visit from an old friend who is keeping the purpose of her visit to herself.

Boss (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
What’s next for Kane in his attempts to maintain his power base? An uneasy alliance with an old enemy. Surprisingly, the producers of Boss didn’t go with the obvious stunt casting here and turn this into a cameo by Camille Grammer.

Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Haven gets one more new resident as a Boston cop comes looking for a murderer that might be hiding in the troubled little town.

Saturday’s Listings

The Seven Year Hitch (Hallmark Movie Channel)
Hallmark’s latest movie follows a pair of lifelong friends (Natalie Hall and Blue Mountain State’s Darin Brooks) whose careers take very different paths after college — as she quickly climbs up the career ladder, he’s sleeping on her couch taking slacker jobs waiting for his big break. Since this is a Hallmark movie, you know where this lifelong friendship is headed….

Bedlam (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
BBC America’s returning to the most haunted condo complex, though this time Will Young, Ashley Madekwe and Theo James have left the building to make room for a new cast… can they hold our interest or will this go as well as the time Hex changed leading ladies?

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Daniel Craig is hosting this week’s show, I’m still keeping my fingers crossed there’s a sketch about him wearing tiny blue trunks.

Rove LA (TV Guide) Midnight ET
Adam Lambert talks with Rove this week, along with Russell Brand and Kristen Schaal.

There’s a new generation of Steel Magnolias in town.

Sunday’s Listings

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Now that Regina is back in fairy tale land trying to regain her power, maybe the power of Mulan, and Aurora’s sexual chemistry can do the job (that is the plan, right?) Meanwhile, residents left in Storybrooke try to figure out if the end of the curse means it’s possible to leave the town.

Mythbusters (Discovery) 8:00 PthM ET
The team returns for its eleventh season to answer lingering questions about The Titanic and Titanic, including the question of if Jack and Rose could have survived on that board together. Unfortunately, they don’t try to answer why anyone would try to make a Titanic II or a Titanic II. Maybe next time.

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Usually, the “Treehouse of Horror” airs either just before Halloween or is delayed by the World Series (until we hate the sight of that leftover candy), but this year, The Simpsons are a part of building that Halloween spirit. This year’s targets include the Mayan calendar (of course), a supercollider apocalypse and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
Okay, was I the only one yelling at the sisters that there’s something wrong if you’re generating more drama than Team Beekman? This week, be sure to double-check your DVR is set correctly since CBS’ Sunday line-up is set back a half-hour to try to avoid getting a football cutoff.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
It looks like Victoria’s not staying in hiding for long (Are you surprised? That safe house had an antler lamp!) as the Grayson matriarch returns to the Hamptons. Meanwhile, Emily’s latest addition to her vengeance to-do list: take Charlotte away from Victoria.

Steel Magnolias (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
How do you overcome the queasy feeling that comes when you hear that someone’s remaking a classic movie? For Lifetime? Assemble a stellar cast that includes Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard. I know the “assemble a great cast” thing didn’t work for The Women (did I just hear a collective groan across the internet?) but the reviews make it sound like there’s reason for optimism.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:30 PM ET
Alright, so in addition to “Yakety Sax,” last week The Good Wife taught us that everything is better with “Mucka Blucka” and I didn’t even know about “Mucka Blucka” until last week! Maybe they should have used it at the debates when one of the candidates talked over the time limit. Then again, maybe they could use it at Lockhart & Associates to cut the tension at the office as it faces further cutbacks as bankruptcy looms. One thing not cutting back, the great Good Wife guest cast as this week has Nathan Lane, James Urbaniak and Maura Tierney.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
In an unsurprising development, Stan takes the family on vacation only to get a briefing that a war criminal works at the resort, with instructions to assassinate the fugitive. This calls for a La Femme Nikita homage, doesn’t it?

666 Park Avenue (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
As Jane continues to investigate the Drake, Gavin turns his attention to a lonley resident.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Election day has arrived and… er, I’m an episode behind so how about that dentist killed by the regifted fruitcake, eh boyo? Regifting turns deadly!.

Homeland (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
As Carrie finds an operation that might end up making a big strike against Abu Nazir, Brodie starts to face how stressful politics can get, which adds stress to his already-stressed relationship with Jessica.

Watch What Happens Live
Wendy Williams is kicking off Andy’s week.

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

The Week Ahead

There’s more fall TV debuting this week starting with the return of 90210. I’d say that sounds like a cruel joke aimed at The L.A. Complex’s fans but at least Teddy (Trevor Donovan) is back in town. Meanwhile, Encore is kicking off its own Titanic project with the mini-series Titanic: Blood and Steel.

Tuesday, Sundance brings Iconoclasts back for a new season while MTV debuts a new It Gets Better special. A pair of hunky casts debut on Wednesday as Arrow picks up his bow on The CW and NBC hopes Chicago Fire sets the ratings ablaze. Over at ABC, the country music soap Nashville plays the opening chords.

Finally, Thursday brings more debates along with new seasons of The Vampire Diaries and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. If you really want to avoid the debates, there’s also the debut of Beauty and the Beast.

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