TV on Tap: A “Whodunnit?” Begins and the Beauty of Writing on “Mad Men” Screencaps


The Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie is breaking new ground with an episode featuring a family with two moms. One of the moms gets along fine with (Good Luck parent) Amy Duncan but the other mom isn’t happy that Bob’s stories are so boring. The episode will air in 2014 and Disney is working with various experts to make sure its handled well.

As the World Turns (and The Mob Doctor) alum Jesse Lee Soffer has joined the cast of Chicago Fire spin-off, Chicago PD. His character will be introduced in a couple of Chicago Fire episodes before he moves to the spin-off series.

Jesse Lee Soffer Jesse Lee Soffer

TV Land has recruited even more star power for its upcoming comedy Kirstie as TV Guide reports that Kristin Chenoweth, Kristen Johnston and Cloris Leachman have all booked guest appearances. Leachman will play Kirstie Alley’s estranged mother while Chenoweth and Johnston will play rival performers, either up-and-coming (Chenoweth) or washed-up (Johnston).

Comedy Central has ordered a stand-up comedy show featuring performances at Meltdown Comics, the comic shop that has become a comedy hotspot. It’ll be hosted by Nerdist co-host Jonah Ray and Kamail Nanjiani.

Meltdown with Jonah Ray and KumailMeltdown: No longer just the comic shop from Free Enterprise

What’s coming up for Hannibal after last night’s finale? In talking with Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall, Bryan Fuller promises Will and Hannibal’s relationship will continue to evolve, “In my mind, everything that he has done to Will… is a radically unorthodox form of therapy, that Hannibal Lecter himself believes will allow Will Graham to get closer to his truer self. Whether that maintains itself to be true as the second season goes on and Hannibal is now looking at Will in a different light will be interesting territory to explore, both philosophically for the character, but also dramatically to see the hoops that we’re going to send both Will and Hannibal jumping through.”

In strange news, Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein revealed to The Hollywood reporter that the FBI Academy requested permission to use one of the show’s sketches in an advanced-intelligence class. The sketch used as a teaching aid was the “recycling twins” sketch on the different ways to sort your recyclables. I’m guessing it’s not being used in Will Graham’s classes. Still, it is one of my favorite sketches:

CNN media critic Howard Kurtz, who recently thought he found Jason Collins’ horrible flaw when his coming out article tried to hide his engagement to a woman (even though it actually … mentioned it in the article), is moving to Fox News.

Great TV-themed single-topic Tumblr blog alert: Mad Men Screenshots with Things Drawn on Them. It’s exactly what it sounds like. And it’s beautiful.

Things Written on Mad Men Screent Caps, Bob Benson as a puppyIt had to be said.

I hope everyone at The Good Wife has shoes with good traction. Zach Grenier, who plays David Lee, the family practice lawyer who leaves a trail of slime behind him, will be a series regular for the upcoming fifth season.

Friday’s Listings

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
True Blood lupine hunk Joe Manganiello is on today’s show.

Joe Manganiello in True Blood

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sonny tries to explain to Will what’s happening with Sami … which, er, leads to an attempt to stop Will from sacrificing himself?

Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET
It’s an hour-long graduation day special as Fiona, Eli, Owen and the rest of the class get ready to say goodbye. In Fiona’s case, that means figuring out if graduating also means saying goodbye to her adorably quirky girlfriend. I just care that someone gets to be Imogen’s on-screen girlfriend and we get to see a little of Tristan since his brother is part of the graduating class.

Degrassi, "Time of You Life"Principal Simpson looks like he’s wondering how this Degrassi event could go wrong.
(As Degrassi events are wont to do.)

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
The schism within Liber8 gets worse as local gang members are recruited into the fight and sadly, neither side says, “The world is quiet here” indicating I should trust them.

Maron (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Marc finds out his friend with benefits, Jen is moving to live closer to him. Marc panics in response to just about everything so…

Maron, "Jen Moves ot LA"

Stevie TV (VH1) 10:00 PM ET
Stevie identifies what Bravo reality shows could really use to make them better — zombies. I’m pretty sure these zombies don’t eat brains, though, there would be nothing to make them hungry on the Real Housewives of Orange County.

Dave Foley: Relatively Well (Showtime) 11:00 PM ET
The former Kid in the Hall gets his own comedy special where he gets to go off on all the things that annoy him.

Saturday’s Listings

Madonna: The MDNA Tour (Epix) 8:00 PM ET
Couldn’t afford to see Madonna on her last tour? (Who could?) Maybe your cable company offers Epix so that you can catch it as a TV special.

Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Lifetime turns again to a killing that took over the headlines for inspiration for its next movie, turning to Tania Raymonde and Jesse Lee Soffer to tell a story about Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander.

Lifetime's Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secrets
Wait, did I miss the hoyay of this story under all of Nancy Grace’s yelling?

Sinbad (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Sinbad encounters an underground (literally) gambling den where he ends up playing to win his crew’s lives, which is how you’d expect things to go when Sinbad ends up in an underground gambling den.

666 Park Avenue (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
ABC finally gets around to burning off the tale of a building full of to-die-for apartments and people dying within them, but at this point are we still willing to endure a tepid supernatural drama for too-little screen time for the divine Vanessa Williams.

Robert BuckleyOkay, I also appreciated Robert Buckley in glasses.

Primeval: New World (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
An old cargo plane flies through the latest anomaly bringing a hive of beetles with it. Even though its not a passenger plane, I’m hoping we can hope for some retro flight crew greatness.

Sunday’s Listings

Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo) 6:00 PM ET
Bravo remembers James Gandolfini by rebroadcasting his interview with James Lipton.

Wife Swap (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Can we get people to stop pretending the Palins have reason to comment on serious issues? Now that Bristol Palin is swapping lives with Joan Rivers on Clebrity Wife Swap. We should put them in the same category of expertise as the Kardashian clan. (Though the Kardashians probably do deserve a little more respect for their reality TV expertise.) That said, dare we hope of Joan Rivers meeting Sarah or Todd? Rivers’ comedy has become pretty hacky but it would be worth watching her throw obvious Palin jokes at them.

Crossing Lines (NBC) 9:00PM ET
Summer is the season of imported dramas. Usually, those shows come from Canada but NBC is debuting a French crime drama about a retired New York cop (William Fichtner) who joins an international team of specialists tracking down a serial killer. From what I’ve read about the series, if you’re looking for a show set in places not often seen on stateside TV, this show delivers.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
The last season of Drop Dead Diva ended on a huge cliffhanger, as the real Jane returned to life, taking a spot in Owen’s body. Then, Lifetime delivered the real twist and cancelled the show. Thankfully, the show stayed dead as long as its heroines and we’re finally getting some resolution. Even better, there’s a hot new guardian angel.

Drop Dead Diva, Justin DeeleyDrop Dead Diva’s hot new angel.

True Blood (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
In what feels like a thematic Family Tree crossover, Sookie and Jason find a long-lost relative they hope can explain the family history with faerie kind.

Whodunnit? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Some of the most well-remembered (but infuriatingly short lived, I blame the people who like smart shows but look down on reality TV) reality shows challenged participants to figure out a mystery, like The Mole and Murder in Small Town X. ABC revisits that legacy with this “interactive” series, where thirteen people use crime scene investigation techniques to solve the murders happening among them.

Whodunnit?This looks like someone took The Mole and merged it with a parody of mystery series.
I’m already preparing my sacrifices to the TV gods to get a second season.

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry (not to be confused with the singer of the hit song “Go Away, Getaway”) is back on TV with a new series about people with more money and secrets than sense. This one isn’t a suburban satire but a tale of class warfare with a quintet of domestic workers (including Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz and ScrubsJudy Reyes) willing to use the dirt they learn about their employers to get ahead.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
With the Civil War over, there’s a new sheriff in New York’s Five Points neighborhood, a general (Donal Logue, who is suddenly omnipresent on prestige cable dramas) to shake up the neighborhood alliances. Logue’s not the only new face in town as this season promises guest appearances by Alfre Woodard, Eamonn Walker, Billy Baldwin and, in a reunion with his Oz producer Tom Fontana, Lee Tergesen.


Mad Men (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
Yeah, there’s no information about the season finale because, apparently, just acknowledging the existence of characters counts as a spoiler in AMCland. As long as Bob is in good shape to keep being Dick Whitman Jr. and Peggy stays amazing, I’ll be happy.

Family Tree (HBO) 10:30 PM ET
Learning that his great-great grandfather was a Civil War soldier leads to Tom participating in a reenactment. I really wish Monkey were here for this.

Venture Bros (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
Rusty goes on holiday, which either means he’s about wander his way into an exotic, new villain or someone’s housesitting job will involve defending the Venture compound.

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