“Saturday Night Live” Picks New Weekend Update Anchor, “Duck Dynasty” Ratings Sink Further and a Big “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Spoiler


Marvel made a big announcement about the future of Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It’s a big spoiler, so I’ll let you decide if you’ll click on the link. I love the concept, if not the specifics.

Access Hollywood talked with Finn Jones about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Sadly, he says, “There’s not enough hot gay sex for Loras this season.” I’m going to sit in a corner where I will think about Daenerys dispensing justice with her dragons and Lady Olenna dropping wit bombs until I’m excited about the new season.

Finn Jones in "Game of Thrones"Come on, HBO, who is going to fill Lafayette’s shoes once True Blood ends?

Adrianne Palicki will be appearing in a story arc on NBC’s upcoming dramedy About a Boy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That reunites the Friday Night Lights alum with FNL producer Jason Katims.

Deadline reports that Saturday Night Live head writer Colin Jost will take over Seth Meyer’s “Weekend Update” chair . Deadline says the segments Jost wrote include the Miley Cyrus “We Did Stop (The Government)” video, which has me optimistic for his ability to comment on current events.

Saturday Night Live's Colin JostColin Jost

HBO made it official and cancelled Family Tree as well as Hello Ladies, which will get a wrap-up special. The prospects for Getting On are more optimistic, as the nursing comedy is seen as a likely candidate for a second season.

Rob Corddry will appear in the upcoming Hawaii Five-0 episode with aspects determined by viewers, according to EW. He’ll play a former classmate of Chin who has grown up to be a “humorously sleazy” magician.

TNT has picked up Transporter: The Series, which puts Chris Vance in the role played by Jason Statham in movie theatres. Vance should be a familiar face to TNT viewers, having appeared in a handful of Gayzoli Rizzoli & Isles episodes.

Chris Vance in "The Transporter: The Series"Vance lives up to the sexy expectations for the character.

The Disney Channel has yet to air an episode of Girl Meets World but it has already gotten a full season order.

Pam Dawber is returning to TV according to TV Guide. Even better, she’s set to appear on The Crazy Ones reuniting her with her Mork & Mindy co-star Robin Williams. She’ll play a travel writer who captures Simon attention.

GigolosVin Armani ventured to Jezebel to write about how his work is far less about sex than providing companionship.

Gigolos' Vin Armani

Vin Armani

TV Guide says that Revenge has cast newcomer Henri Esteve as a “bad boy” suitor for Charlotte.

Angela Lansbury says she was relieved to hear that NBC’s proposed Murder She Wrote reboot didn’t happen. “I have too much admiration for [Octavia Spencer, who was set to star in the reboot] to saddle her with the awful responsibility of having to bring that title into a different venue.”

Here’s your fun weekend reading, Io9’s look at the most memorable costumes from the first three seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Star Trek: The Next Generation "Justice"I think I paid attention to the wrong parts of the ’Wesley Crusher faces the death penalty’ episode.

NBC has ordered a pilot of The Pro, a comedy with Rob Lowe as a faded tennis champion trying to start over. I’ve got my eye on this once since the pilot will be directed by out Emmy winner Todd Holland, who directed the pilots for Malcolm in the Middle, Wonderfalls and Go On.

A&E continues to get bad news when it comes to the ratings for Duck Dynasty. This week’s episode was the least watched episode since the second-season finale in December 2012.

Friday’s Listings

Live! with Kelly & Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
Guest-host Anderson Cooper wraps up the week talking with James Purefoy.

James Purefoy in "The Following" I’m not sure if even Purefoy can pull off that beard.

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Kyan Douglas is back with fashion and makeup tips. I’ll mostly be tuning in to watch Kyan bring the pretty.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ellen is talking with Neil Patrick Harris. While NPH is sure to bring another magic trick, I’m hoping the two-time and future Oscars host will compare notes on hosting awards shows.

Neil Patrrick Harris at the Video Game AwardsThat’s one way to start an awards show. Just saying.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Don Lemon joins Jane Velez-Mitchell for a hot topics panel discussion.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Hmmm. Now we’ve got Julie, Hope and Abigail asking questions about Nick’s disappearance. Sounds like it’s time to guilt trip two  more people into the great Salem Murder Cover-up Conspiracy.

The Real Mary Poppins (PBS) Check local listings
Did you hope that a PBS documentary about Mary Poppins author Pamela Travers would be a little more fair to Travers than the current Disney film about the making of Mary Poppins? This one includes clips from Saving Mr. Banks so maybe not so much.

Bones (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
As if investigating a body discovered in pig slop weren’t bad enough, Brennan has to deal with the return of Douglas Filmore (Queer as Folk alum Scott Lowell) joining the Jeffersonian team as a lab intern.

The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
As senior year gets closer for Carrie, Walt and the gang, it’s time for senior prom and for Larissa to make Carrie an offer that hopes to derail The Carrie Diaries from having to go through those awkward college years that destroy every teen show.

Brendan Dooling in "The Carrie Diaries“Please don’t be wearing a tutu dress. Please don’t be wearing a tutu dress.”

Oprah: Where Are They Now (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
Oprah checks in with funny woman Margaret Cho.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Since Rosalee was the most awkward part of Monroe meeting Rosalee’s parents, why not have her be the point of contention when she meets Monroe’s parents. In this case, the problem is that Monroe’s parents are blutbad racists who weren’t expecting their lives to become a wesen version of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?. Since this version has blutbad someone should organize a betting pool for how much furniture will be smashed to pieces before the night is done.

David Giuntoli and Silas Weir Mitchell in "Grimm"

The Monkey’s Paw (Chiller) 9:00 PM ET
Chiller’s next original movie offers a modern retelling of the classic horror tale “The Monkey’s Paw” with C.J. Thomason, Corbin Bleu and As the World Turns creepy Major dad, Daniel Hugh Kelly.

Raising Hope (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
In a typical bit of sitcom irony, Burt and Virginia try to help encourage Barney and Maxine’s (Molly Shannon back playing a bonkers grifter CEO) budding relationship to blossom and grow, only to have the stress of playing cupid to end up straining their marriage.

 Molly Shannon and Martha Plimpton in "Raising Hope"

Real Time with Bill Maher (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Josh Barro is on this week’s panel while Bill’s closing guest is Willie Nelson.

Dracula (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
For Dracula’s final chapter, Greyson gives a public demonstration of his technology, Lady Jane prepares to hunt down the vampires of London for a final time while Mina learns that she has a doppelganger who was nowhere as fun as The Vampire DiariesKathryn.

Saturday’s Listings

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Lifetimes tries to mash-up America’s current love of period dramas with its accused woman movies. Christina Ricci plays the Sunday school teacher accused of murdering her parents in one of the earliest criminal trials to become a media sensation. As these movies go, only a handsome man (Billy Campbell, playing Borden’s lawyer Andrew Jennings) can save her.

Christina Ricci in "Lizzie Borden Took an Axe"

Atlantis (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
With Medusa missing, Hercules quickly grows impatient with suggestions that they should wait until they have an idea of what they’re facing. Unsurprisingly, his “Plans are for the weak” philosophy gets everyone in trouble.

My Gal Sunday (HMN) 9:00 PM ET
Cameron Mathison and Rachel Blanchard are a married couple who solve crimes together in this Hallmark movie based on a short story by Mary Higgins Clark. It’s been too long for a a Mary Higgins Clark story served as inspiration for a movie.

 Cameron Mathison in "My Gal Sunday"

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
This week, Graham’s guests include Olivia Colman, Idris Elba and Lena Dunham, with musical guest Keane.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Jonah Hill is the host on Seth Meyer’s penultimate show.

Sunday’s Listings

Masterpiece Classic (PBS) Check local listings
As Downton Abbey continues, Thomas finds a new ally on the staff, now that the “manipulative little witch” turned out to be a terrible schemer. I guess he has to find himself an evil fruit fly before he can try to find the guy to turn him into an honest man. (“Honest” not meant literally in this case. We are talking about Thomas.)

Masterpiece Mystery (PBS) Check local listings
The second episode of Sherlock sees Serlock giving the Best Man’s speech at Watson’s wedding, trying desperately not to break into tears and cries of “Why not me, John ?”

 Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in "Sherlock"

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
LL Cool J hosts this year’s ceremony, which promises performances by Daft Punk, Beyonce, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Carole King, a reunion with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and more.

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
We’ve got the rare case of The Simpsons being ahead of a trend* as Mr. Burns gives the power plant employees high-tech internet-connected glasses. As you’d expect Burns’ version of Google Glass is an evil (hm, did I just hear the sound of Google detractors grumpily muttering “You mean more evil”) privacy-invading device.
* Don’t worry, they maintain the dated references with the episode title “Specs and the City”

 The SImpsons

Shameless (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
If you’re the type who watches and screams “When will the awfulness end?” warm up your vocal chords as preparation to watch Carl raising money for Frank’s alcohol by snatching dogs and holding them for ransom. Meanwhile, Frank is busy stalking the daughter he didn’t know, learning she has a son, an adorable kid named Oliver. Okay, that last part was just hope.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Stan celebrates his 100th kill by giving himself a split personality who is committed to doing good deeds and undoing all the terrible deeds Stan usually commits.

 American Dad

Girls (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
Sure, Hannah might be facing some tragedy in her life, but how does that compare to a book deadline?

#Richkids of Beverly Hills (E!) 10:00 PM ET
Brendan thinks taking Morgan to Cabo for their anniversary is a romantic gesture but Morgan thinks it’s a great time to invite everyone over for a wild vacation.

Looking (HBO) 10:30 PM ET
Agustín makes the ultimate sacrifice a man with a home in San Francisco can make for love by moving in to Frank’s Oakland house. (Okay, maybe not the ultimate sacrifice. It’s not like Frank lives in Pleasanton.)

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


Monday’s Preview

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of How I Met Your Mother are scheduled for Monday’s show.

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