“The Comeback” Gets Its Comeback, Craig Ferguson Quits the “Late Late Show” and “Game of Thrones” Renders Smug Book Readers Irrelevant


Craig Ferguson announced that he is stepping down from The Late Late Show. His last show will come at the end of the year, which means CBS’ late night will get a complete reboot in 2015. Ferguson will walk away with the longest run as Late Late Show host, having been on the show for ten years, beating Tom Snyder’s four years and Craig Kilborn’s five (yes, just five, it only felt like it would never end). At least four late night talk shows (both of CBS’ shows, The Colbert Report and Chelsea Lately) will be different next year. So far we only know who will take over one of those shows.

We’re finally getting more episodes of HBO’s lamented one season wonder The Comeback. E! reports that a six episode “event series” is about to start filming. Series co creator Michael Patrick King will return as well as Malin Ackerman and Kellan Lutz (who played Valerie Cherish’s Room and Bored co-stars).

Lisa Kudrow and Kellan Lutz in HBO's "The Comeback"

It started with a dare from Misha Collins, but now the stars of the CW’s sci-fi shows are asking William Shatner to live tweet their shows. Shatner’s price is a signed item for him to sell for charity. The first episodes of Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People that Shatner live-tweeted got a bump in the ratings.

Sundance has ordered a second season of the Jason Momoa drama The Red Road. I thought the first episode was promising, but every time I check I can’t find a repeat airing at a time when the DVR isn’t already busy. Has anyone kept up with the series? What do you think?

Jason Momoa and Martin Henderson in "The Red Road"

This week’s Game of Thrones included a major change from the books. That’s not the first deviation from the books. Last week’s episode had a scene between Jaime and Cersei that was controversial partly because of the difference from the books. Still, this week’s change is big enough for Vanity Fair to declare that “the reign of the smug book reader is over.”

Another step in making Georrge R.R. Martin’s books irrelevant is the HBO viewer’s gude for this week’s episode which may have included a huge spoiler not just for the series but for the A Song of Fire and Ice books?

John Oliver hosts "Last Week Tonight"

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver had a solid start in the ratings. 1.1 million viewers (or if you round up the way a certain candy cereal manufacture would*, 2.0 million). That’s a smidge below Real Time with Bill Maher averages on Friday nights and an improvement over Last Week’s lead in, the criminally-underwatched Veep.
* That’s for people who watched the debut episode. Luckily, if you don’t subscribe to HBO, the premiere episode is available on YouTube. It’s got Lisa Loeb!

Broadway is preparing for a show about Gloria Estefan covering her life up to her recovery from her car accident. According to The New York Daily News producers are pitching a reality show about the search for the two women who will play Estefan as a teen and in her twenties.


Pioneers of Television (PBS) Check local listings
I don’t think I have to explain to you why its important that TV tells the stories of minority groups. Tonight’s Pioneers of Television looks at the trailblazers who broke new ground for racial minorities on TV from Diahann Carroll in Julia to Margaret Cho in All American Girl or from George Takei and Nichele Nichols in Star Trek to Edward James Olmos taking command in Battlestar Galatica.

Chris Colfer and Darren Criss in "Glee"

Glee (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Blaine and Rachel’s Broadway careers bring on the guest stars as Jim Rash shows up as a Fox executive who has an interest in the star of the new funny girl revival. (I wonder if he wants her to star in a new high school musical drama on Fox — Kurt could eventually play a rival/love interest.) Shirley MacLaine also begins a story arc as a socialite who wants to make sure Blaine becomes a big star.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Glee isn’t the only show tonight with a double-feature of guest stars. On tap for tonight’s S.H.I.E.L.D. is the return of Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill while Adrian Pasdar debuts as Colonel Glenn Talbot.

Cobie Smulders and Clark Greg in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Now that we’ve gotten away from the dysfunctional relationship drama, we can get back to the wacky twentysomething career silliness. Tonight, Jess is worried her first dance working at a middle school is about to be sabotaged. In order to defeat this fiendish school-dance-ruining villain, Jess recruits her roommates to save the dance.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
What would it look like if the Supernatural universe inspired a supernatural soap? We finally find out tonight as Sam and Dean learn about the monster crime families that run the underbelly of Chicago and the new hunter who’s got a vendetta against the monster families. This is either going to be amazing or one incredible train wreck. Either way, I can’t wait.

Nathaniel Buzolic, Stephen Martines and Danielle Savre in "Supernatural: Bloodlines"

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
In a challenge that captures the Creature Shop’s best qualities, the designers are tasked with creating a swamp creature with a natural camouflage that lets them hide in plain sight.

The Mindy Project (Fox) 9:30 PM ET
Danny is reminded that the problem with workplace relationships is breaking up and watching your ex date someone new every time you go in to the offce. It’s not any easier when the new guy is a policeman who looks like Tim Daly.

Mindy Kaling and Tim Daly in "The Mindy Project"

Awkward. (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
Jenna and Matty become the latest TV couple to try being just friends with benefits which, as usual, turns out to be far more complicated than it sounds.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
Some of my favorite foods are ones meant to give leftovers a new purpose like corned beef hash, turkey pot pie or even a nice meatloaf sandwich. (Is anyone ready for lunch, already?) However, tonight’s cheftestants aren’t so thrilled to find leftovers in their mystery baskets, including bacon (who cooks too much bacon?) in the dessert basket. If they wanted to really offer a challenge, they’d put some wasabi in the dessert basket.

Fargo (FX) 10:00 PM ET
As the only remaining competent cop in Fargo, Molly continues to find evidence against Lester and Lorne. Meanwhile, Lorne is going after the only blackmailer incompetent enough to leave identifying marks on the blackmail note.

Martin Freeman in "Fargo"

Faking It (MTV) 10:30 PM ET
Okay, I was thoroughly charmed by this one, even if Liam counts as one of those guys. Two people who probably won’t be charmed by Amy and Karma’s scheme are Amy’s conservative parents, as Lauren threatens to out her stepsister.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Nate Berkus faces Andy’s talk show games tonight.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 11:35 PM ET
Jimmy’s got a pretty gay guest list tonight with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet as well as out anchor Robin Roberts.

Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Barney Frank is set to appear on tonight’s show. I hope he has his usual great one-liners.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Queen Latifah Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Olivia Newton-John is on tomorrow’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.