TV on Tap: The Beginning of the End for “Being Human” and Wanda Sykes is “Herlarious””


A fifth season of Arrested Development is looking more likely as executive producer Brian Grazer said that negotiations for more episodes on Netflix are taking place.

Arrested Development

Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant is shopping a reality competition show focusing on costume design, according to Deadline. I have to admit, I’m intrigued.

Friday Night Lights alum Matt Lauria will be returning to Parenthood, TVLine reports. It’s not clear how many episodes he’ll appear in but TVLine says its about half of the season’s 22 episodes..

Matt LauriaMatt Lauria

TV Guide has the scoop on a character who will be returning to The Following next season.

The faboo Kristen Bell will be appearing in an episode of Parks & Recreation, according to EW. She’ll be playing Leslie’s equivalent from Eagleton.

After two seasons, NBC has cancelled prank show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. I hope someone’s talking about a Just Men! revival now that Betty White’s free to host a show again.

Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Political Animals alum Carla Gugino has joined the cast of Wayward Pines, the Fox miniseries written by The Playboy Club creator Chad Hodge.

The debut of FX’s The Bridge drew 3.04 million viewers a few steps below The Americans premiere.

Friday’s Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
After all that talk about not missing his old life, Sonny ends up staying out all night. This time, it’s Lucas’ turn to worry about his son’s relationship. Maybe he should have lunch with Adrienne. Meanwhile, we’ll be following it with a liveblog so be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Comedy Bang BangPlaid twins!

What Would You Do? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
It’s every anti-gay activist’s fear as the WWYD catch how people react to a baker refusing to sell a wedding cake to a lesbian couple. Will the bystanders persecute the baker by presenting differing opinions?

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
IFC’s surreal take on the talk show kicks off a new season with a visit from Andy Samberg .

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
There’s a serial killer stalking the streets of Vancouver. Good thing this was a case Kiera studdied at the police academy. On the other hand, Carlos is starting to wonder how she could be so accurate with her guesses.

Continuum, "Second Truths"

Stevie TV (VH1) 10:00 PM ET
“Targets of satire include slang and workplace behavior” says the episode description written by an android trying to understand the humor. At least, I’m hoping that episode description is part of a sketch in tonight’s finale. I don’t want to image it as a serious attempt at an episode description.

Stroumboulopoulos (CNN) 11:00 PM ET
Sure, CNN’s promo department think its a big deal that Strombo is chatting with Larry King but he”ll also be talking with the busy Aisha Tyler.

Saturday’s Listings

Beware the Batman (Cartoon Network) 10:00 AM ET
Cartoon Network debuts its newest DC Nation show with this CGI version of Batman. For you gay comic nerds who have a diva complex that extends to superheroines, the premiere episode has Katana while the shorts include a Wonder Woman feature and a repeat of the original magical girl Amethyst.

Beware the Batman

SheZow (HUB) Noon ET
SheZow battles a rogue tooth fairy after Guy loses a tooth. Rogue tooth fairy. That makes me love this show.

Sinbad (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Sinbad gets lost at sea and ends up encountering a woman hoping to keep him at her island by stealing away his memories.

Being Human

Being Human (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the end of the line for the BBC’s supernatural drama as the final season kicks off with a new ghost, completing a cycle of cast turnover and fulfilling the prophecy that would lead to the series’ finale.

Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious: The First Show (OWN) 10:00 PM ET
The faboo Wanda Skyes gives up-and-coming female comedians the spotlight (well, after Oprah gave her Harpo Studios for a night) for this two-part special. Keep an eye out for Wanda’s takes on OWN’s hit shows — if those references would make sense to you.

Primeval: New World (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
The anomaly brings a pack of Daemonosaurus to the modern day, which are apparently smarter than presumed but still easily distracted by shiny things.

Sunday’s Listings

Whodunnit? Catchup (ABC) Check local listings
ABC is giving viewers a chance to catch up on its addictive mystery reality series with the last few faboo episodes. Now that Emily Thorne has given up on her drawing X’s on her Greyson & Greyson corporate picnic photo, you probably won’t find another show where bodies end up in trees or people commit murder by mountain lion.

Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Is Celebrity Wife Swap just about the train wrecks? Watch this weeks episode as Andy Dick and Lorenzo Lamas trade lives and tell us if you think that’s the case. Or maybe you don’t need to watch to answer that question.

The Real Story: Platoon (Smithsonian) 8:00 PM ET
Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning movie is examined, looking at how Stone’s experience in Vietnam affected the movie and whether the helicopter evacuation scene is actually possible. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like anyone asks Stone what it was like to have the future star of 21 Jump Street in a minor role and dealing with the future star of “Charlie Sheen’s life is a train wreck”.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
For those of you longtime All My Children fans who miss your dose of Tad, Michael E. Knight is one of this week’s claimants, as a man suing over his purebreed dog’s unplanned pregnancy.

Drop Dead Diva, "Cheaters"Seems like a shame to dress someone like Justin Deeley in such long sleeves.

American Ninja Warrior (G4) 9:00 PM ET
Hopefuls from the southeast gather at Florida’s local franchised Midoriyama dealer.

Whodunnit? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Okay. Supposedly one of the competitors is the killer but they were all sitting together in the same room for this murder (which, I need to say again, involved a mountain. lion.) This will be an interesting case.

True Blood (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Last week’s episode ended on a “What is Sookie up to?” note. Her next step, asking Lafayette for help in contacting her parents. I’m still hoping she somehow comes up with a way for the world to be saved by Jason homoerotically shaving Warlow.

True Blood

Aerial America (Smithsonian Channel) 9:00 PM ET
Smithsonian’s collection of awe-inspiring views of the country’s most stunning sights kicks off a second season that promises a glimpse of the Grand Canyon, the Key West reef, California’s coastline (presumably not including Barbra Streisand’s home.)

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
Now that we’ve established that Susan Lucci is the new Terri Hatcher, Genevieve’s meddling is bringing her brother Henri back into town to give Zoila closure and make it possible for Drew Van Acker to take his shirt off more often.

Devious Maids, "Making Your Bed"Looks like someone tried to pull the
“Ooops, I just spilled red wine on your shirt! Better take it off and wash it now” stunt on Spence.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
So far, things have been relatively quiet for Kevin. He’s been able to do his police work in peace without Annie becoming a distraction. That had to end sometime. Maybe he can turn to Robert again.

The Newsroom (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
Aaron Sorkin certainly created amazing TV with Sports Night and The West Wing. Too bad, we started questioning it with Studio 60. Unfortunately, The Newsroom didn’t repair things. The first season mixed some of Sorkin’s favorite lectures (“What’s with the kids these days?”, “The internet has ruined everything” and “Women, go fig”) with a diatribe on how the news should be run (apparently it involves hiring a staff that knows everyone who will be key to future news events). Still, for all its faults The Newsroom could be compelling, especially when Jane Fonda was on screen and at least it knew to make its trainwreck moments big trainwrecks. We know the second season will see the show take on the presidential campaign, which could be an opening to say something interesting (like the segment on Gaby Giffords’ shooting) or to just make the Newsroom drinking game into a potentially fatal experience.

The Newsroom

Venture Bros. (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
The OSI are on the trail of the Council 0f 13, which leads them to a… supervillain dance club? If it didn’t take years to make a season of Venture Bros. I’d be calling for a spin-off right there.

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


Monday’s Preview

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Marathon (Bravo) staring at 6:00 AM ET
Bravo might have ended up giving it an unceremonious farewell but at least it’s celebrating the show’s tenth anniversary with a 12-hour marathon.

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