Thomas Returns in a New Season of “Downton Abbey” and Wanda Sykes is “Herlarious” Again


This season, it turns out Community will add the disaster movie to its list of homages, according to TVLine.

The promos for Enlisted don’t really have me excited, it’s looking broadly goofy. However in an interview with Hitfix, series co-creator Kevin Biegel says he’s aiming for a variety of moods, “…the show that’s being sold right now, that people have seen, isn’t the show we intend (to make); the pilot isn’t the show we want to do eventually. The world of Scrubs is where I cut my teeth. That show mixed stuff that was kind of silly with some intensely emotional moments. That’s what this show is going to do.”

Parker Young, Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell in "Enlisted"

How many characters can you recognize in a poster featuring every Futurama character?

This year, the Puppy Bowl will feature an appearance by Keyboard Cat, according to EW — or, at least, a cat who has taken over playing Keyboard Cat since the cat from the original viral video has died. Is that a thing now, do we have animals making appearances as popular viral video characters?

Adam Pally in "The Mindy Proect"

Users of the hookup app Tinder report getting matched with characters from The Mindy Project, leading them to ads for the show. That just sounds like a great way to make people hate Tinder and The Mindy Project. Unless it said Neal Caffery wanted to hook up with me. Anything to let me step into that fantasy world.

The Atlantic estimates that there are 76,897 of those oddly-specific subgenres on Netflix. (You know, like feel-good biographical movies, German-language dramas from the 1960s or gay & lesbian experimental movies.) Getting an actual count isn’t possible since these subgenres are created by mixing tags used to describe individual movies, so The Atlantic’s writer had to create a bot to create a list of all the categories you can find on Netflix.

Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman in "Doctor Who" "Time of the Doctor"

We know Matt Smith’s Doctor Who farewell special was the top show in the UK. It turns out 2.472 million people watched it on BBC America, which the channel says is its most-watched telecast.

Meanwhile, the return of Sherlock hit a new ratings high with 9.2 million British viewers.

Friday’s Listings

The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Can you do a proper teen drama without the story where a teen gets the house to herself, invites a few friends, only to have to deal with an out-of-control party? Since this week’s Carrie Diaries checks off that box (with Dorrit taking the role of the home alone teen) we won’t have test that quite yet.

The Carrie Diaries

Oprah: Where Are They Now? (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
It’s a new Friday time slot for Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which is kicking off with a chat with Kristin Chenoweth and a second Queer Eye reunion. That’s a good way to grab our attention.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Nick encounters a wesen healer who, as you’d expect, doesn’t just heal but offers some unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, from the looks of the promos… Adaline gives birth. Already?

 Sasha Roiz in "Grimm"

Dracula (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Now that Greyson can go out in the sun, he’s feeling really powerful enough to try to reclaim his humanity. That sounds like a good cue for Harker to start seeking revenge.

Saturday’s Listings

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (HUB) 10:30 AM ET
I’ve sampled a couple episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic but, truth be told, I just couldn’t get into the show until it got around to doing a Mad Men parody. Thankfully, that’s remedied this week as Rarity and Mane Six hoof it to “Manehattan” for a fashion show. If only Adventure Time would fix this lack of Mad Men homage episodes.

 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Takes Manehattan

Mythbusters: Revenge of the Myth (Discovery) 8:00 PM ET
Now that Mythbusters has done Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and James Bond themed episodes without movie goers screaming “I see them all as fake as Sharknado!” The Star Wars franchise is letting the Mythbusters team take on their claims, like if it’s really possible to create a trap where two logs smash a hover speeder.

Atlantis (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
Broken-hearted over Ariadne’s impending wedding, Jason decides to drown his sorrows by fighting in a brutal tournament. I bet Jason can’t wait until someone invents ice cream pints and Adele’s “Someone Like You”. That’s a much better way of dealing with heartbreak.

 Mythbusters Star Wars Special

Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious (OWN) 10:00 PM ET
Wanda Sykes returns with another comedy special and this time she’s got Kristin Chenoweth, Wayne Brady, Jeff Probst and Camryn Manheim joining her for comedy bits.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Graham has a ridiculously crowded episode this week. First, there’s Anchorman 2’s Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. Then, Monty Python’s John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gillam sit on Graham’s couch. Finally, there’s a chat with Michael Buble, Frank Skinner along with Joan and Jackie Collins.

Space Dandy

Space Dandy (Adult Swim) 11:30 PM ET
Anime director Shinichiro Watanabe has a history of series that have a unique sense of style that quickly becomes iconic, with titles like Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. (I also hear both series eventually have gay characters, though they came after I started forgetting to set the DVR.) His latest show follows an alien hunter, and it looks like it reaches for the campiness of his past shows, though it’s definitely a V.I.P kind of campy.

The Following Revisited (Fox) 11:30 PM ET
Looking for a refresher course on Kevin Williamson’s Criminal Minds-meets-24 mashup, then let series stars Kevin Bacon and Shawn Ashmore catch you up. It probably beats the 30 minutes of angry ranting my husband gets if he makes the mistake of asking me what I’m doing while I’m watching The Following Netflix.

Sunday’s Listings

Masterpiece Classic (PBS) Check local listings
The new season of Downton Abbey kicks off six months after Matthew’s death. There’s also some changes among the staff at Downton, though one of the staffers gets on Thomas’ bad side. I expect that Bates will be able to sympathize.

Downton Abbey season four

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
When Homer is banned from the Springfield movie theatres, of course Bart’s response is to teach him how to illegally download movies. There’s a long list of guest voices (including Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum and Seth Rogan) who show up in this one.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
I guess it’s intellectual property ownership rights night. First, The Simpsons tells a tale of movie piracy. Now, The Good Wife sees Alicia and Will face off over a TV show accused of infringing on a band’s copyright. I have to admit, when it comes to unplanned programming themes, that isn’t one I would have predicted.

 Matthew Lillard, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, and Christopher Fitzgerald in "The Good Wife"

Chopped (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
It’s an episode dedicated to food remnants with juicer pulp, tea bags, poultry remnants and veggie peels. Since the mystery ingredients aren’t all plant-based, I’m happy there’s no chance of hearing the terrible phrase “vegetable offal”.

The Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
NBC is leading into Jimmy Fallon ascent from Late Night to The Tonight Show with this special collecting some of his best bits, including “Joking Bad” and “The Evolution of Mom Dancing”.

 RevengeIf Emily’s faking it she does have the terrified look that comes with not recognizing someone.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Now that Emily’s careful plan has fallen apart, she’s turning to the refuge of the soap opera scoundrel — amnesia, otherwise known as claiming “I can’t be blamed for actions I don’t remember”.

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Roger goes through The Dead Zone after crashing his car, waking up from his coma with horrible visions of the future. I don’t know what sounds scarier, Roger having precognition or Stan knowing someone who has precognition.

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.