TV On Tap: Fox Wants to Cancel “Harry” and David Tennant Returns as “The Escape Artist”


Restoring our faith in humanity, Fox has cancelled the mean spirited I Want to Marry “Harry” as well as the improv show Riot. The remaining episodes of “Harry” will be made available online, while Fox says it will eventually find a new time slot to air Riot.

The Comeback co-creator Michael Patrick King talked with EW about the cult comedy’s new season. “Valerie does get in the spotlight, which is what she always reached for, but we found a unique way of telling the story about what can happen when you get something you want.”

Lisa Kudrow in "The Comeback"

ABC Family’s new drama Chasing Life has booked Ed Asner and Marion Ross for guest roles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They’ll play the grandparents of lead character April.

Joe Morton is a part of the cast of the upcoming TNT drama Proof but that doesn’t mean he’ll be gone from Scandal. Morton tells TVLine that the TNT series doesn’t start filming until January, giving time for Papa Pope to continue to appear.

Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall tries to determine which show is the more improbable success — Fargo or Hannibal. Both series take source material that shouldn’t turn into the great TV shows they have inspired, but which success was more improbable?

Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy in "Hannibal"

Here’s another ethically-questionable moment for CNN. Sunday the channel plans to air 41ON41, a film about President George H.W. Bush. However, the documentary is funded by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, and co-produced by one of Bush’s speechwriters.

A poll finds that The Cosby Show’s Huxtables ranked as favorite TV family, with the Simpsons coming in second.

Jeff Perry says that Twitter makes TV more like theatre, “It reminds me of a subscription audience in the theater, with talkbacks and getting to know the people who came to your shows month after month.”

Scandal's Jeff Perry and Dan Bucatinsky

This has been a tough year for the broadcast channels. Vulture analyzes the trend for returning shows and found that most programs lost a big chunk of its audience this season. The biggest drop for a show that managed to avoid the axe was Glee’s 45% loss.

The ratings for Duck Dynasty continue to fall. The sixth season premiere was watched by 4.3 million people. Last January, when ratings first started to slide, 8.5 million tuned in.

Friday’s Listings

Ronan Farrow Daily (MSNBC) 1:00 PM ET
Ronan gets a special interview, talking with Angelina Jolie about her work with the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence.

Ronan Farrow

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will realizes that Sonny has a secret. He already knows that Sonny thinks he sings off-key, so I’m guessing that Club TBD has one of those “secret menus” that Will doesn’t know exists.

General Hospital (ABC) Check local listings
The gays of Port Charles’ love triangle gets some time today as Brad sees Lucas and Felix together.

What Would You Do? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
WWYD? takes on transphobia with a segment that captures the reaction of shoppers who see a transgender girl trying on prom dresses and eventually sees her father object to the choice of a dress.

Erik Knudsen and Ricxhard Harmon in "Continuum"

David Beckham Into the Unknown (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Showtime celebrates the World Cup by sending football star David Beckham and friends to the Amazon rain forest where they’ll visit remote communities.

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Keira and John Doe make a discovery about his history that gets them to spend time together — time that’s extended when Liber8 makes an attack on the duo.

Saturday’s Listings

The Mentor (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Lifetime’s latest movie about a dangerous man stars Battlestar Galatica vet Aaron Douglas as a man assigned to mentor a woman in her new job. As you would expect, he becomes less of a mentor and more of a stalker as things move along.

Orphan Black (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
Oh. No. There are a lot of gut punches this show could deliver to the audience but Cosima. Lives. Forever. Don’t you dare get any closer to killing off the most lovable clone, show. Not even watching Allison and Donnie bond over covering up crimes could make up for that.

Tatiana Maslany in "Orpahn Black"

Sing Your Face Off (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
The judges get into the fun for the season finale as Debbie Gibson and Darrell Hammond perform as Sonny & Cher.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Graham will be discussing The Normal Heart with Mark Ruffalo and Masters of Sex with Michael Sheen. Britain’s Got Talent’s Armand Holden and musical guest Ed Sheeran also visit.

Emily Bevan in "In the Flesh"

In the Flesh (BBC America) 11:00 PM ET
Horror is often a genre that’s dismissed as just sensationalism and thrills. However, programs like The Twilight Zone, Buffy and American Horror Story: Asylum show how horror can also be a genre that finds a way to comment about humanity in a powerful way. In the Flesh joins that tradition, with a story that turned zombies into an examination of how we treat those on the edges of society. This weekend, In the Flesh wraps its second amazing season. It’s the day when the prophecy claims the second rising will happen.

Sunday’s Listings

The Escape Artist (PBS) Check local listings
It’s a Doctor Who reunion in this legal thriller that stars David Tennant as a slick defense attorney and Sophie Okonedo as his rival. For better or for worse, they’re both about to encounter a client who will challenge both of their survival skills.

David Tennant and Sophie Okonedo in "The Escape Artist"

Enlisted (Fox) 7:00 PM ET
The penultimate episode sees Randy and Pete’s rivalry come up again as they decide to take up the Army Ranger trials. That gets even more heated when Jill joins the challenge.

True Blood: Farewell Show (HBO) 8:30 PM ET
HBO hopes to continue building excitement for True Blood farewell season with this behind-the-scenes special.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
First, Jane loses her fiance. Now, she;s snogging the former death row prisoner she just saved. That strikes most of her colleagues as …unwise, at best.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
There’s plenty happening in Westeros as we head into the season finale. Jon Snow is on a mission to assassinate the Wildings leader. The Hound needs a new plan for his journey with Arya. Tyrion is facing a death sentence. That’s got to lead to another amazing finale.

Masie Williams and Rory McCann in "Game of Thrones"

Nurse Jackie (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Jackie’s reached that point where she’s isolating herself from her friends to avoid any more disapproving looks or meetings where everyone tells her how they feel when she uses.

Oprah: Where Are They Now? (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
Oprah’s got a Knot’s Landing reunion with Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark. She’ll also be chatting with Candy Spelling and Antonio Sabato Jr..

Penny Dreadful (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
Malcolm, Sembene and Ethan head out to a plague ship, hoping to find Mina. Plague ship. I’m sure everyone wishes there were a Pacific Princess Mina could have used instead. Too bad, those ships won’t be around for a few decades.

Reeve Carney and Timothy Dalton in "Penny Dreaadful"

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
This week, “Ty’s obsession with Carmen takes a dangerous turn”. Are you saying a man with manipulative and possessive tendencies on Lifetime would turn out to be a danger to a woman?

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
Cardiff continues to deal with the devastation left from IBM’s attack. Sadly, for Gordon that means calling in people to hand out pink slips.

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.