TV on Tap: USA is Considering a “Burn Notice” Spin-Off and the “Worst Person in the World” Lives On


Burn Notice fans might not have to say goodbye to the whole team. TV Guide says that USA is considering a spin-off series focusing on Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Jesse (Coby Bell). There’s been something off about Burn Notice for me (even when they’re doing unnecessarily physical work for hacking jobs) ever since they cut back on the Miami locations, but perhaps a new series will be a solid reboot.

Burn NoticeI guess I shouldn’t hope for a Jack of All Trades revival yet.

So far, I’m not particularly interested in The Blacklist which looks er, inspired by Silence of the Lambs with James Spader hamming it up instead. Now that TVLine reports that Parminder Nagra is joining that cast, I’m a little interested.

Between Orange Is the New Black, The Fosters, The Killing, Under the Dome, Mistresses and Pretty Little Liars, Vulture declares that “Lesbians are having the Best Summer Ever”. I’d add that this summer’s lesbians largely avoids the stereotypes that make them less threatening to straight viewers.

The Fosters, "Qunce"

Important question — “If sharknadoes were real, where would they strike?” More importantly, where do I go to enjoy otternado season?

ESPN2’s Olbermann will revive “the Worst Person in the World”, except since this show will be sports-focused, it will beome the “Worst Person in the Sports World”.

Last week, The Talk tied with The View in reaching those younger viewers. Does that mean we can thank Julie Chen for getting Elisabeth Hasselbeck off the airwaves?

Friday’s Listings

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
The cast of Matilda the Musical wraps up Broadway week.

Matilda the Musical

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Margaret Cho’s guest-hosting for one more day, chatting with Dierks Bentley and Harrison Forbes.

Primetime: Would You Fall for That? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Since What Would You Do? didn’t implode the way To Catch a Predator did, ABC… er News? is rolling out another series of “social experiments,” this one focused on seeing if people will fall for mind tricks and pack mentality.

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Kiera’s suspicions that there are more time travelers are confirmed when they start turning up dead. I’d be on the lookout for someone who easily ends up ranting about paradoxes in time travel tales.


Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Anna Kendrick joins the craziness this week.

72 Hours (TNT) 10:30 PM ET
TNT’s survival competition gets gay one more time for the season finale that sends the three teams into the Rocky Mountains. Team Gay will be cheering for Dewayne of the Blue Team.

Dewayne from 72 Hours72 HoursDewayne

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
The Daily Show guest host kicks off a new season of spotlighting stand-up comedians. The premiere includes Colin Jost, Nick Turner and Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Reggie Watts.

Saturday’s Listings

SheZow (HUB) 12:30 PM ET
SheZow teams up with her boy counterpart DudePow, at least I’m guessing he’s her boy counterpart with that name.

Hidden Away (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Have you wanted to see Ivan Sergei as an abusive spouse in a Lifetime movie? (Speaking of which, Lifetime’s missing the boat by not developing the Marissa Alexander trial into a movie — unless they’re hoping that the story will have a happy ending if they wait.)  Here’s your chance as he plays a man who is furious to find out his wife faked her death to get away from him.

Hallmark's Second ChanceIt’s like rewatching Star Wars and seeing Luke and Leia kiss in a horrible new context.

Second Chances (Hallmark) 9:00 PM ET
Oh. Yikes. Hallmark’s latest escapist romance stars Alison Sweeney and Greg Vaughan — you probably would better recognize them from their Days of Our Lives roles as Sami and Eric. (The movie was cast last June, a few weeks before it was learned that Vaughn would be playing Sweeney’s on-screen brother.) Sweeney plays a 911 operator who has been flirting with a local firefighter (Vaughan) who she’s only talked with until he is injured (probably saving a puppy from a fire) and needs a first floor home.

Being Human (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
There’s only four episodes left in the entire series and, somehow, we’re getting a story about Tom meeting a TV personality and learning the secrets of success?

Being Human

Animation Domination High-Def (Fox) 11:00 PM ET
Tired of Adult Swim getting all the love for rude, animated 15-minute comedies, Fox is debuting its own block of late-night animation. It begins with Axe Cop, based on the webcomic of the same name, which was co-created by a 5-year old and his 29 year-old artist brother. The voice cast includes Megan Mullally, Peter Serafinowicz, Patton Oswalt and Ken Marino. Do you think if you close your eyes, Axe Cop will seem like a crossover between Childrens Hospital and NTSF: SD: SUV::? (You know, like the voices on Hanna-Barbera cartoons.) I hear you should brace yourselves for jokes that are literally written by a five-year-old.

After Axe Cop comes High School USA!,a parody of teen dramas from Dino Stamatopoulos, the writer who worked on Moral Orel, Saturday Night Live’s “TV Funhouse” and Community, but is probably best known as “Starburns”.

Sunday’s Listings

Beyond Spelling Manor (HGTV) 8:00 PM ET
HGTV takes a tour of Candy Spelling’s new home and her new gift wrapping room (I was so worried she wouldn’t have the space for a new gift wrapping room, that is such a relief).

American Ninja Warrior (G4) 9:00 PM ET
The regional finals begin with a return to Venice. With so many vets felled by the new obstacles and so many strong newcomers, I’m all confused about who I’m cheering.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
The firm takes on the case of a woman who created a video game with her now-dead boyfriend but now has to fight for her share of the game. I’m guessing this is how the Diva takes on the fake geek girl silliness? I hope?

Drop Dead Diav

True Blood (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
How much will Eric give up to get Bill to save his sister’s life? I know we’ve got our wish list…

Unforgettable (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
CBS’ detective with a really long memory returns to prove that we should all believe in life after cancellation. This time around, it’s getting The Good Wife and The Walking Dead alum Dallas Roberts as the new boss. Really, I’m just hoping this run of Unforgettable does well enough to make it easy for Roberts to show up on The Good Wife more often.

Whodunnit? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Murder by turning two guests into human statues? If only that was done with quick-drying plaster so that I could hope that someone would be offed with a poison powder puff before the season’s end.

Copper, "To One Shortly to Die"

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
She’s finally here, the amazing Alfre Woodard shows up in Five Points as Sara’s mother for a five-episode story arc. As usual, I’m keeping my fingers crossed this doesn’t join the list of TV projects that have failed to live up to Woodard’s talents.

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
We’re in the second half of the season, so Marisol’s investigation needs to get moving if Devious Maids isn’t going to pull a Killing by leaving things up in the air.

Devious Maids

The Newsroom (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
Frustrated by a lack of answers from the campaign, Jim tries to organize the campaign reporters into a revolt. I liked it better when Matt Taibbi started wearing a gorilla mask to campaign events.

Oprah: Where Are They Now? (OWN) 10:00 PM ET
In addition to checking on her long-lost half-sister and Denise Richards, this week Oprah talks with Survivor winner Richard Hatch who has recently learned of the existence of two biological children he didn’t know he had. There has to be some of you still interested in Richard Hatch, right? Anyone?

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


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