TV on Tap: “Hannibal” Gets a Second Season, The Final Chapter for “Merlin” and “The Venture Bros.” Return


Fans of the Fullerverse can finally let out a sigh of relief. NBC has finally ordered a second season of Hannibal.

HannibalDo you think it would help if the Hannibal crew wore “5” t-shirts like the Babylon 5 team did?

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj both made it official, announcing that they would not be returning to American Idol as a judge.

Deadline reports that FX is developing a comedy starring Tracy Morgan. Death Pact has Morgan playing a slacker-turned-war-hero-slash-motivational-speaker who returns to his hometown and takes three down-on-their-luck friends.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan says that he’s working on a Breaking Bad spin-off focusing on scene-stealer Saul Goodman. “So we just have to figure out exactly what kind of story we’re telling. Is it a story about his creation of his own character? Because Saul Goodman, as he explains in his first episode, is not his real name, he is a self-created character, much like Heisenberg. Do we tell the story of his origins? We’re still trying to hash that out. But there are a lot of fun possibilities.” While the idea of a prequel to an acclaimed, beloved series gives me bad flashbacks to Caprica, I do like the idea of seeing how Saul’s network of slimy contacts came together.

Better Call SaulI drove by a billboard like this once, I tried to take a picture
but that’s how I found out my cameraphone is really low-resolution.

According to TVLine, NBC’s upcoming comedy The Family Guide might add Jenna Elfman to the cast, stepping into the role vacated by Parker Posey. Isn’t it time TV networks stopped trying to make Jenna Elfman happen?

SheZow creator Obie Scott Wade talked with io9 and said he was surprised by the right wing outrage about his gender-switching heroine. “”Yes, there are a lot of experiences he has that broaden him as a character, but predominantly it’s about a laid-back kid who’s suddenly forced to save the world. It’s more about the responsibility that he has to take on, and less about gender.”

SheZowPlus I like the art style of SheZow

A number of TV writers have spent some time working in superhero comics, so did they take their bad habits from comics to TV?

Deadline broke the news that Ashley Madekwe won’t be in the upcoming season of Revenge. Madekwe’s character is departing due to “storyline reasons.” I think that means, the creative team finally got tired trying to figure out how to fit the character into storylines and failing spectacularly.

Friday’s Listings

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wanda Sykes has a new movie, The Hot Flashes coming out (with Brooke Shields, Camryn Manheim, Daryl Hannah and Virginia Madsen). That’s a good reason to have her back at Ellen’s couch and to discuss current events. There’s also a visit from Dave Franco, whose movie NOw You See Me is out.

The Hot FlashesA comedy about a women’s sports team? That’s a promising start…

Primetime: What WOuld You Do? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET

Sure, “To Catch a Predator” is dead but ABC News show, where they invite viewers to get judgmental over hidden camera footage, is starting its seventh season. Okay, I have my reservations about this show but it is frequently GLBT-friendly, like this week’s segment that has a transgender teen getting fitted for a prom dress.

Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
Sure, we’ve seen people sneak into a building through the sewers, I even think we’ve seen the Warehouse 13  team sneak into the Vatican through the sewers. (Or am I thinking of another show?) Leonardo shows them all by building a special underwater suit to use in breaking into the Vatican through the sewers.

MerlinNow we need a new way to combine shipping and magic.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
It’s Camelot’s final chapter, except this time the story’s being told with homoeroticism as Merlin finds himself the only person who can save Arthur from a deadly blow. I’m sure we’re all excited to see if the series ends with Merlin wearing the iconic costume of… oh, wait, that was the Smallville finale.

Maron (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
When another relationship with a younger woman ends badly, Marc decides he should be dating women his own age. I have a feeling age differences are not the main problem in his relationships.

Stevie Ryan as Lady GagaStevie Ryan as Lady Gaga — remember when the RuPaul’s Drag Race judges
said Lady Gaga didn’t have enough of a personality to impersonate?

Stevie TV (VH1) 10:00 PM ET
Comedian Stevie Ryan returns for a second season of sketch comedy and celebrity impersonations that go from Lady Gaga, reality TV personalities I wish I didn’t recognize and Justin Bieber. Maybe next season I can hope for Ryan to team up with Katy Brand.

Saturday’s Listings

Matthew Morrison: Where it All Began (PBS) Check local listings
The Glee star gets a PBS special that sees him perform classics like “The Lady is a Tramp” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”.

SheZow (HUB) 12:30 PM ET
You’ve seen the right wing meltdown, now you can see The Hub’s new superhero cartoon about a boy who takes on the identity of SheZow, a super-heroine who has been a part of his family’s legacy for generations. Is it the second coming of Ranma ½? Or just an excuse to make tired jokes about gender roles?

Wizards vs. AliensWizards vs. AliensScott Haran

Wizards vs. Aliens (HUB) 7:00 PM ET
A surprisingly faboo day on the Hub continues with the newest series from Russell T. Davies (and Davies’ Sarah Jane Adventures producing partner Phil Ford). Wizards Vs. Aliens follows a 16-year-old wizard who battles aliens who want to drain the world of its magic. (Did you think it was going to be about a robot battling mermaids?)

Orphan Black (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the season finale and you know what that means — it’s time for Clones vs. Geneticists. Take that plants, zombies, wizards and aliens.

Orphan BlackAnd who is this new clone with the bob of terror?

The Nerdist (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
The first season wraps with the team behind This Is the End, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg along with Zach Galifinakis. Plus, comedy from Natasha Leggero.

Sunday’s Listings

Chopped (Food Network) 8:00 PM ET
It’s the third Chopped of the week (I guess the Food Network isn’t worried about Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?-levels of overexposure). After Thursday’s healthy food challenge, Chopped is binging with an episode featuring deep-fried food on every plate.

The Killing (AMC) 8:00 PM ET
AMC’s police drama started out like a great first date, we noticed the moody atmosphere, the nuanced performances and the harrowing depiction of loss. Then we kept dating and we started to notice the flaws — the over-the-top red herrings that would go nowhere and inconsistent characterization. We talked about breaking up but, somehow, we kept dating for a little while longer before admitting it wouldn’t work out. Just as we thought we closed that chapter in our lives, our meddling friend Netflix convinced us to try to make it work once more. Will things work out this time? I’m not feeling hopeful, even with the stellar Peter Sarsgard joining the cast.

The Killing“Baby! I’ve changed! We can make it work!”

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
As House Tully and House Frey get ready to merge, Edmure meets his future bride.

Food Network Star (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the only summer reality show that makes me cringe more than Big Brother, one that has me thinking (at least three times an episode), about why it’s been years since I spent a Saturday morning binge-watching the Food Network

Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
Oprah heads to the set of The Voice where she talks with the four current judges, Usher, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. But will she write interview rain checks to Christina and Cee-Lo?

The Voice judgesIs it possible to get a bad picture of Adam Levine?

North America (Discovery) 9:00 PM ET
The awwws of last week’s episode about baby animals go away as we look at “the savage edge” of predators. I better make sure not to watch while eating.

Nurse Jackie (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Jackie’s love life is bound not to go smoothly and this week it’s Kevin’s duty to provide the interruption to her dinner with Frank.

Family Tree (HBO) 9:30 PM ET
The 1948 London Olympics were known as “The Austerity Games” thanks to post-war rationing… and it might have included Tom’s grandfather.

The Venture Bros.It’ll be good to have The Venture Bros. back.

Venture Bros (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
It’s been two-and-a-half long years since The Venture Bros fourth season ended but Adult Swim’s gloriously odd superhero parody finally kicks off a new season.

What will you be watching this weekend? Let’s discuss it 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.