“American Horror Story” Wants Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates for Season Four, PBS Broadcasts Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Colbert’s Performance of “Company”


Now that FX has ordered a fourth season of American Horror Story, EW reports that Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are likely to return. Ryan Murphy says he has invited both performers to return and both are eager to return. Click on the link to find out about the bonkers gift basket Bates sent to the AHS writers.

Angela Basset in "American Horror Story"Yes. Just yes.

In an interview with NPR, creator Shonda Rhimes says she doesn’t expect Scandal to have a long run like Grey’s Anatomy since she has an end in mind for Scandal. “I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told … I can see where the end point is. And I don’t think I’m going to change that.”

Meanwhile, Scandal’s audience is heavily female. However, Vulture argues why more men should be watching with comparisons to guy-skewing shows like 24, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. I like the comparison between Cyrus and Walter White but I don’t find James anywhere as sympathetic as Skyler.

Speaking of Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk spoke with IGN about the upcoming spin-off Better Call Saul, which might not be just a prequel, it might also reveal what happened to Saul after the events of the Breaking Bad finale.

Bob Odenkirk and Bryan Cranston in "Breaking Bad"

NBC is developing a comedy to star Anne Heche. Heche is working with Hung creator Colette Burson to make a show where Heche will play a Beauty Department Sales Manager figuring out reationships. When will TV executives realize that Heche should be starring in a soap opera about an aging magical pixie girl and her evil twin?

Grimm has cast Oz and Fringe alum Kirk Acevedo for a guest-role, according to The Wrap. (Does Acevedo still have those incredible abs?) The same episode will also have Emily Rios of The Bridge and Breaking Bad.

Kirk Acevedo

NBC has ordered a special Holiday edition of Hollywood Game Night.

Should Mass Effect be made into TV next great space opera? I’d say it would make a good setting but trying to turn the video game trilogy into a TV show is a recipe for disaster.

Friday’s Listings

Great Performances (PBS) Check local listings
It’s Stephen Sondheim’s Company performed by the most OMG-iest cast you could possible assemble today. There’s Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Martha Plimpton, Christina Henricks, Katie Finneran, Anika Noni Rose and Patti LuPone — and more. Great cast or greatest cast?

The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
It’s finally time for a clash of the fashionable titans as Larissa meets Samantha. Naturally, their first reaction involve a lot of withering looks. Meanwhile, after a summer of getting comfortable with himself as a gay man, Walt faces going back to school.

Freem Ageyman in "The Carrie Diaries"

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for another wesen feud to ignite as the bauerschwein start killing blutbaden in revenge for centuries of oppression. Sadly, they make no exceptions for any vegan, pacifist blutbad, which means someone has to protect Monroe.

Reggie Lee, David Giuntolli and Russell Hornsby in"Grimm"

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the first part of the finale, and the final three end up facing intense criticism. That means brace yourself to see Rob Evans and his issues with Cory’s androgyny some more.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
Is Hawaii Five-0 now blatantly delivering slashbait, or has it become one of those action dramas where the heroes try to have a family life, and that involves putting suspects in shark cages? This week’s episode sees the Five-0 team trying to care for Mary’s baby while juggling their investigation of an ATF agent’s murder. I can’t think of another way to explain that plot.

Haven (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Leave it to the hapless residents of Haven to spend episodes antagonizing over the idea of Audrey needing to kill Nate to end the troubles, only for that to be reversed just when Audrey and Nate finally accepted the necessity of the move. Now, the town’s hope lies in finding the strange men who Audrey saw when she was in the barn. Thankfully, that includes Colin Ferguson’s return.

Colin Ferguson and Emily Rose in "Haven"

Hello Ross (E!) 9:00 PM ET
Ross is joined this week by Tori Spelling.

Dracula (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Now that Grayson owns his coolant company, it’s time to get back into the business of dealing with the people who are his enemies because he is a vampire, like destroying scrying mirrors and figuring out if Lady Jane is part of the Order of the Dragon.

Saturday’s Listings

Meet the Sloths (Animal Planet) 11:00 AM ET
What’s that? A TV show about a family of sloths? A thankful world salutes you, Animal Planet. Except for Kristen Bell, who was overcome with emotion when she heard about this series and is still recovering.

A Country Christmas Story (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Sure, the idea of airing a Christmas movie before Thanksgiving sounds terrible (didn’t there used to be Thanksgiving movies?), but this one involves an Appalachian girl whose country music dreams lead to a reunion with her father, thanks to a Dolly Parton-hosted singing competition at Dollywood. Dolly Parton has the power to make many transgressions and missteps seem sweet.

Dolly Parton in "A Country Christmas STory

Snow Bride (Hallmark) 8:00 PM ET
Sure, Snow Bride sounds like it would be more fun as the title for a Syfy Original Movie but this Hallmark romance has Tom Lenk, who we don’t see often enough on The Witches of East End. (Don’t the East End producers realize how much better the show would be with more Tom Lenk?) This one follows a gossip reporter (Spartacus alum Katrina Law) who infiltrates a political family as she races her colleague (Lenk) to be the first to get a scoop on an engagement in that family.

Beast of the Bering Sea (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Sure, with that title Beast of the Bering Sea doesn’t sound like the next Sharknado, but it does have Sharknado’s Cassie Scarbo, Jonathan “that guy who was a kid in that movie” Lipnicki, and sea vampires that look like sting rays.

Syfy's Beast of the Bering SeaSee? Sting Ray Vampires.

Miss Universe (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Just as I was prepared to completely ignore the Miss Universe pageant this year (I like to call it a mental boycott) Thomas Roberts has to take a stand by hosting this year’s competition. Oh, and then it turned out the Miss USA’s idea of a national costume was a sequined Optimus Prime in platform shoes, which is amaaaaaazing.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
This week, Graham will be talking with Sir Elton John, Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Paxman and John Bishop.

Sunday’s Listings

The 2013 MTV European Music Awards (MTV) 7:00 PM ET
It seems like the media has only just put away the smelling salts after Miley Cyrus’ performance at the Video Music Awards and now its time to perform at another MTV awards show. Maybe this time Katy Perry will find a way to upstage her.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Emma, Neal and Hook decide that Pan and his shadow have been able to stroll down different avenues for too long. Thus, they’re heading to the Dark Hollow of Neverland to try to capture Pan’s shadow.

Once Upon a Time

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Homer catches up to the YOLO trend and invites a childhood pal to come to Springfield and help him whittle down the lifetime goals he set for himself when he was 10.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
Okay, Walking Dead, you gave us a solid character progression with Carol. Now, its time to see how the council handles the news of how Rick handled that particular situation.

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
The race goes to Abu Dhabi, where the challenges include taking a 200 foot climb straight down and race cars.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
With the Greyson fortune restored, Conrad has the money to hire a PR whiz (Ana Ortiz) to try to undo all the damage that has been done to the Greysons’ image (by Emily and the Greysons themselves).

Ana Ortiz in "Revenge"

The Britannia Awards (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
Award show fans have to pick between music and acting as George Clooney, Sir Ben Kingsley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba and Sacha Baron Cohen are honored in this ceremony bridging the two sides of the pond.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Sometimes, American Dad needs to remind us that Francine can be a bad parent, too. Thus, this week, hoping to prove she’s a “cool mom” she teaches Steve all she learned about getting away with shoplifting. That still doesn’t quite match Stan’s record.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:30 PM ET
This week sees a couple Good Wife faves return as Clarke Hayden (
Nathan Lane
) gives Florric/Argos financial advice and Alicia’s brother Owen (Dallas Roberts) returns. Meanwhile, this week’s case involves a man played by former Weeds hunk Hunter Parrish. (And yes, he does look good in orange.)

Witches of East EndI love a flashback in period costume.

Witches of East End (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
Are you ready for a flashback? This week sees Ingrid start to remember one of her past lives. I just hope that means we get to know better one of the people Joanna angered in the past, maybe the guy she buried alive under the floorboards?

Talking Dead (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
This week, it’s >Mythbuster Adam Savage and Breckin Meyer discussing the latest developments.

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