TV on Tap: Disney Enters a “Teen Beach Movie” and “Drop Dead Diva” Defends a Gay Baseball Player


TV Land has ordered 10 more episodes of The Exes, expanding the comedy’s third season and bringing more jokes about accidental homeroticsm to TV Land.

The ExesThe Exes

Fox is planning a Family Guy crossover episode of The Simpsons where a road trip takes the Griffin family to Springfield, EW reports. Considering that dogs and babies don’t talk in the Simpsons universe, I’m figuring this is going to be more awkward than that time The Critic came to Springfield.

Remember Firefly, Bart? It’s back, in POG multi-user online role-playing game for smartphones and tablets form. I have a bad feeling about this.

I have a weakness for big marketing stunts. I guess I just like the spectacle. (That’s probably why I spend this weekend every year with an ache in my chest.) Thus, I love the idea of leaving a sculpture of a dragon skull at an UK beach where dinosaur fossils have been discovered to promote Game of Thrones.

Dragon Skull oat Charmouth Beach

TheWrap reports that Caity Lotz will be joining Arrow in a recurring role as Dinah Drake, aka The Black Canary.

Fresh off her Emmy nomination, Dot-Marie Jones told E! news that she’ll be back for Glee’s fifth season, though it’s not clear how much we’ll see of Coach Bieste.

Friday’s Listings

Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo) 7:00 PM ET
Bravo is remembering Cory Monteith by re-airing James Lipton’s interview with the cast of Glee episode.

Teen Beach Movie (Disney) 8:00 PM ET
Disney gets sci-fi-ish with its latest musical, about a beach movie fan who suddenly finds himself living in his favorite beach musical “Wet Side Story,” along with his female friend. As the two try to get used to doing the funky monkey in a swimsuit every fifteen minutes, the two leads of “Wet Side Story” end up falling in love with them. Maybe they can try to fix things by performing “Johnny B. Goode” at the Under the Sea dance.

Teen Beach MovieConsidering the Disney Channel’s demographic,
I’m guessing I’ll be okay if I don’t get references to Frankie & Annette movies.

Smash (Ovation) 8:00 PM ET
In case you haven’t had enough of talented performers in infuriating (and yet also boring) adoption storylines, dealing with compulsive scarf-wearing or struggling vainly to come off as a less compelling performer than their “rival,” Ovation is debuting repeats of the show that made us talk about hate-watching.

Broadway Bash (Ovation) 9:00 PM ET
Ovation’s companion to Smash is a discussion show where actors, producers and writers discuss their Broadway experiences. Expect former Smash participants of all stripes to show up and share their tales.

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the trial of 2077 — in 2013! It’s the People vs. Julian Randol for the City Plaza bombing. Liber8 is working to make sure their future leader is acquitted by threatening one juror’s family.

Continuum, "Second Degree"Someday, Richard Harmon will get to play a nice fellow.

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
It’s Aziz Ansari sitting next to Scott on the couch this week.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
Jane Lynch is on tonight’s guest list.

Saturday’s Listings

SheZow (HUB) 12:30 PM ET
SheZow battles a villain who believes in the classics — controlling the weather. There just aren’t enough good weather-based supervillains. I suspect that Avengers movie ruined nefarious weather-controlling machines for everyone.

Sinbad (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Sinbad makes it back to Basra and learns that there’s a new leader in charge, one who is pulling a reverse-Uther and banning science, making magic more prominent.

Being Human (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
As Alex meets the other ghost living in Honolulu Heights, Tom and Hal fight over who’s going to be employee of the month.

Being Human

Primeval: New World (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
The latest anomaly opens near a cabin in the woods where there are, sadly, no twists worthy of Joss Whedon awaiting the team. There are, however, ornitholestes.

The Toyman Killer (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
I have no idea what to expect out of Lifetime’s latest thriller. The plot is supposed to be a psychologist trying to figure out if a woman on death row (Caprica’s Magda Apanowicz) is faking symptoms of dissociative identity disorder (that’s multiple personalities). So why does the preview make this look like a Saw knock-off?

The Toyman Killer

Wanda Skyes Presents: Herlarious (OWN) 10:00 PM ET
After a hil…er, excuse me herlarious first installment, Wanda Sykes welcomes more female comics she thinks we should know.

Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male (Comedy Central) Midnight ET
The frequent Portlandia, Burning Love and Newsreaders guest gets his own comedy special.

Sunday’s Listings

American Ninja Warrior (G4) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the final qualifying round as the obstacle course heads to Denver. I guess it’s also time for me to give up on seeing my favorite all-stars if they don’t show up by now.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Lifetime’s legal dramedy dives into the issue of gay athletes as Jane represents a closeted baseball player facing murder charges. He has a solid alibi, but that would require coming out, which feels like a story I’ve seen a few times already, and not just in the pilot episode of Scandal. Still, none of those shows had Brooke Elliott.

Drop Dead Diva, "Secret Lives"Drop Dead Diva, "Secret Lives"

True Blood (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
With human/vampire relations continuing to get worse, Bill turns to Lilith for advice. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that advice includes walking around wearing nothing but a thin coat of blood-red body paint.

Whodunnit? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
As Whodunnit? tries to work through every old-school mystery trope in a single season, it mixes a panicked horse, a snake and poisonous flowers.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
You had to know Lee Tergensen couldn’t show up in Five Points without causing a lot of trouble. This week, he takes over the police station and doesn’t have any problems with racking up a body count.

Copper, "A Morning Song"

The Newsroom (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
It sounds like this is the week The Newsroom takes on the Occupy Wall Street movement — otherwise known as one of the episodes where Aaron Sorkin puts his issues on display.

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
From the look of things Carmen finds a new record producer to try to charm all while Rosie finds herself in the awkward situation where she has to pretend she knows nothing of Spence’s affair to Peri. Perhaps the writers could go for the irony points by having Rosie play dumb while also washing her own lipstick off of Spence’s collars.

Devious Maids, "Taking Out the Trash"I’d start a campaign to save Devious Maids right away
if Carmen were to sign up with a record label run by Diana Canova (and maybe Jane Leeves).

Venture Bros (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
This may be the season finale but it may feel like the series finale as the world tries to deal with the death of Dr. Venture. Then again, the time between this season and the previous one felt long enough for the series to get cancelled and be revived thanks to a Save Our Show campaign.

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


Monday’s Preview

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s Broadway Week, starting with a performance by the cast of Pippin.

Now with Alex Wagner (MSNBC) Noon ET
It’s been three years since financial reform bill Dodd-Frank passed and Alex is talking with the two former Senators the bill is named after, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank.

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