The Final “Breaking Bad”, Tina Fey Returns to “Saturday Night Live” and “Doctor Who” Remembers Nine


FX’s Fargo mini-series just got more interesting, thanks to the addition of Martin Freeman. Freeman will play a “henpecked” (now that’s a word that sets off alarms) insurance salesman whose life is changed when Billy Bob Thornton’s character comes to town.

Martin Freeman in "Sherlock"Martin Freeman

The faboo Ana Ortiz is finally making a return to ABC, booking a guest role on Revenge as a PR specialist the Graysons (who else) hire to deal with a crisis.

A few days before its fourth season debuts, Fox has ordered a fifth season of Bob’s Burgers. So we can still hope for that episode where Bob dreams he’s a jerkface spy working for a mismanaged espionage agency.

Why can’t casting directors find a role worthy of Sarah Michelle Gellar since Buffy? The current batch of kickass heroines in movies show Gellar’s influence, but those roles came too late for Gellar to take advantage of them. Now, shows like Ringer and The Crazy Ones can’t figure out how to use her talents.

In this week’s I-don’t-know-about-this news, Deadline reports that NBC is developing a series about DC comics’ horror character John Constantine. I’m a big fan of the character but I’m wary about adapting him after that snoozefest that was Constantine. Plus, after Da Vinci’s Demons, I’m not sure if I trust David S. Goyer with the bisexual supernatural investigator, either.

DC/Vertigo Comics' John ConstantineJohn Constantine,

When BBC America aired the nurses-behaving-badly soap No Angels, I hated it so I can’t figure out why ABC would want to make an American version. Can’t they try again with the Footballers Wives’s adaptation? Remake Mile High instead?

Here is a recipe for sumbitches cookies, How I Met Your Mother fans. Go get baking.

HBO has ordered a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire.

The cult-fave Britcom Peep Show is headed towards a finale. Despite being ratings-challenged in the UK, the critically-praised David Mitchell and Robert Webb comedy will end with its ninth season.

David Mitchell and Robert Webb in "Peep Show"Peep Show

Modern Family was the big winner of Wednesday’s ratings, which managed to beat every other broadcast show, despite losing a quarter of the audience that watched last year. Unfortunately, the return of Nashville wasn’t particularly exciting. Meanwhile, Revolution seemed to survive losing The Voice as a lead in.

Absence certainly makes the hearts of South Park fans fonder. After a 10-month hiatus, the animated comedy was highest-rated episode in four years, giving a good boost to Key & Peele.

Friday’s Listings

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that Will has caught Gabi and Nick kissing, it’s time for him to get into a “why are people keeping secrets from me?” rage.

Great Performances (PBS) Check local listings
Shakespeare’s Henry IV is brought to the small screen with an amazing cast that includes Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal (if you haven’t had a chance to sigh today, be sure to read Hiddleton’s interview with TheBacklot), Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly, Michelle Dockery as Kate Percy and Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV.

Tom HIddleson in "The Hollow Crown: Henry IV"

Undercover Boss (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
I’m just giving you a warning here. Tonight’s episode is called “Twin Peaks” but that doesn’t refer to the historically significant gay bar but some restaurant chain where the wait staff is expected to wear tight t-shirts. Bleah.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Eventually, we’ve got to deal with the episode that stretches the season by one more episode by featuring never-before-seen footage. That happens this week. The clip show better not get in the way of revealing which of the guys are getting a second chance.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
CBS’ drama about hoyay in the tropics makes its Friday debut, it starts with McGarrett having to team up with Wo Fat in order to reclaim his freedom. Let’s hope Danno isn’t too jealous.

Breaking Bad (AMC) 9:03 PM ET
As the Breaking Bad marathon continues, it reaches its gayest episode, where Gus’ motivations are made clear and where we learn that if Gus were the protagonist of Revenge it would be a long, tedious show with one hell of a conclusion.

Giancarlo Esposito and James Martinez in "Breaking Bad"I would so watch a prequel about Gus and Max.

Hello Ross (E!) 10:00 PM ET
Ross is getting to talk with Gloria Estefan this week. But will Ross be able controll himself and keep from doing the conga.

Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
There’s a killer in Haven who is draining victims of their blood. Somehow, this does not help Duke convince his brother Wade to leave town. You’d think having another round of mass deaths would have turned Haven into a ghost town by now.

Christian Carmargo and Eric Balfour in "Haven"Okay, Duke has an ocean view but that’s probably not worth risking death by one of Haven’s troubles.

Fanaddicts (Reelz) 2:00 AM ET
Based on the late night time slot, I’m guessing Reelz’s series about dedicated collectors didn’t compell viewers but tonight’s episode looks at fans of The Wizard of Oz.

Saturday’s Listings

Jersey Strong (Pivot) 10:30 PM ET
Maggie and Brooke start to realize their daughter Nicole is growing up. Even as she tries to break into modeling (with transportation help from her mothers’) they realize Nicole will be heading to college soon.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Break out that Duncan Hines Brownie Husband mix! Comedy superheroine (she totally saved the world that one time — with her comedy) Tina Fey is set to kick off the latest season. That’s totally a great reason to bake up a viewing companion.

Sunday’s Listings

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (BBC America) 8:00 PM ET
The flash back moves to the modern era with a look back at Christopher Eccleston’s run as the Doctor. Yes, they do have the good sense to talk to Eccleston’s most likeable lickable likeable companion, John Barrowman. That’s followed by Eccleston’s final two-part story, when Rose was just starting to annoy me but Captain Jack was able to make the er… viewing figures rise.

John Barrowman in "Doctor Who"Alright, I know that something good is going to happen…

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
The 23rd season kicks off with a leg in Chile. Since Chile is the birthplace of Gustavo Fring, I’ve decided to interpret that as a nod to the Breaking Bad finale.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
The third season begins as Mary Margaret, David, Misunderstood-and-Not-So-Evil Queen, Bad Boy-stilskin, Stupid Stupid Protagonist and the Best Looking Captain Hook There Ever Was make their way to Neverland, where it turns out things are nowhere as nice as in Disney’s Peter Pan.

Colin O'Donoghue in "Once Upon a Time"It seems like no one in Neverland has done the good deed of destroying all of Hook’s shirts.

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Lisa Simpson fills in for Claire Danes (which just makes too much sense once you think about it) when The Simpsons mocks Homeland, as Homer seems to have come back from a convention with a new personality. Lisa’s just the suspicious side of Danes’ Homeland character, Kristin Wiig is the twitchy side as the FBI agent that Lisa calls for help.

Bob’s Burgers (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
The Belcher family kicks their fourth season off by going camping — which means fighting the wildlife, river rapids and intestinal bugs. That sounds like a good reminder for why my husband refuses to go camping.

Breaking Bad (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
At long last, a five year journey is coming to an end as the final fate of Walter White is revealed, along with the consequences for knowing him. We’ve seen characters grow and change, we’ve seen the plot twists pile up and we’ve debated if Walt has always been a jerk or if he was just a jerk without an opportunity to be a jerk. Now, we finally find out which fan theories were crazy and which ones were spot on.

Bryan Cranston in "Breaking Bad"

Homeland (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
The first season of Homeland was a compelling roller coaster ride. Unfortunately, Homeland comes from the producers of 24, which switched from thrill ride to unintentional comedy in its second season. For Homeland’s second season, Brody started undertaking ridiculously complicated missions while Carrie was replaced by her SNL caricature. Maybe it can go back to being more exciting than silly this season but 24 never did.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
Season finales of The Good Wife usually hint at changes to come but last season ended on the verge of some really big changes as Alicia prepared to start her own law firm and Peter elected governor of Illinois.

Christine Baranski in "The Good Wife"I think Diane is wearing her ’Don’t you dare cross me’ pantsuit.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
So, er, this season’s flashforward mystery involves Emily getting shot in her wedding dress? I have to admit, that doesn’t seem particularly compelling. Can’t we just go back to seeing her ruin the lives of awful rich people every week?

American Dad (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
American Dad dips into the creepy-nerd-boy idea well for its season premiere as Steve and Snot decide to use the CIA’s cloning machine to make themselves prom dates. The machine does not make teenage girls, but fast-growing babies, so they have to father their prom dates. I’m probably going to shower before and after watching this one.

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Masters of Sex (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
Showtime’s latest drama guarantees it earns those premium subscriptions by taking a look at William Masters and Virginia Johnson’s groundbreaking studies into human sexuality. Can it avoid being one of those period dramas that just reminds us how terrible the “good old days” were?

Talking Bad (AMC) 10:15 PM ET
Breaking Bad fans will probably need a way to calm down from the finale, so it’s immediately delivering an hour-long Talking Bad with Vince Gilligan (who will face Stephen Colbert Monday night), Jimmy Kimmel and a lot of castmembers including Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks.

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


Monday’s Preview

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Gina Gershon is visiting to discuss her amah-zing Donatella Versace.

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