Syfy Returns to “Haven”, The CW is Developing a Drama about a Transgender Teen and “Korra” Returns to Nick


Fox has announced that its delaying the debut of the military comedy Enlisted. It was set to air on Friday nights following Raising Hope starting in November, but will now wait until January to debut. Fox says it will be replaced by a second episode of Raising Hope, though I have a feeling that might not happen if the ratings for Dads are half as bad as the reviews.

Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young in "Enlisted"Sorry Ed, you’re going to have to wait a few more months to have Parker Young back on TV.

Deadline reports that the CW has ordered a pilot for a drama centered on a transgender teen and his famly. The script is written by Kyle Jarrow who won an award for his Off-Broadway play A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. I’d be excited if this were an ABC Family project, but The CW isn’t really known for making this kind of topical drama work.

Big Brother will return next summer, along with the TVGN version of Big Brother After Dark.

Stockard Channing will return to The Good Wife this season as Alicia’s mother. No word so far about bringing back Alicia’s gay brother, unfortunately.

Stockard Channing ni "The Good Wife"

In what might sound like Bravo’s running out of ideas, the channel has ordered The People’s Couch a show about people sitting on their couch and watching TV. It’s based on a British series, Gogglebox, but I suspect it’s a plan to convince us that people find The Real Housewives of Miami compelling.

You have my sympathy, fans of The Young and the Restless.

Carson Daly won’t be returning to his late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly, and is taking a social media role on The Today Show.

Carson DalyJust don’t think about what happened to The Voice’s social media correspondents.

In ratings news, the return of The X-Factor was down 22% from last season, making a new series low.

Friday’s Listings

Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon) 7:00 PM ET
Aw, am I talking about my “To watch someday” list, again? I discovered the greatness of Avatar back in the days before DVRs were common. I loved seeing a TV show that bore such a clear Miyazaki influence but, on the other hand, trying to figure out Nick’s schedule for one show was more than a bit of a challenge. That’s the long way of saying that I hope to someday be as excited about the return of Avatar’s acclaimed spin-off series Legend of Korra. For those of you all caught up, enjoy!

Legend of Korra

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
The rivalry between Marvin and Chris heats up, and the episode title promises that one boy ends up crying. Does that mean the boy who doesn’t cry (right now it looks like that’s Marvin) gets the villain edit, as we’d expect if it was one of the women? Meanwhile, this weeks challenges involve sending the models to walk the streets of Los Angeles in their underwear and, later, getting paint thrown on them. That doesn’t sound like a hazing ritual at all.

CMT Crossroads (CMT) 10:00 PM ET
Country trio Lady Antebellum steps out of hiatus to perform with some unknown singer named Stevie Nicks. Maybe she’s good? I should ask if any of the other contributors at TheBacklot have heard of her.

Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum

Hello Ross (E!) 10:00 PM ET
Is it just me or did last week’s debut seem like the show Kathy wanted to be but didn’t quite achieve? I haven’t been able to find out who Ross is interviewing this week, but I’m looking forward to seeing his enthusiastic chatter.

Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Syfy’s supernatural disturbances in a small town drama returns six months after last season’s ending and there’s a new Audrey in town. Hm, isn’t she 30 years early? Maybe that’s why Haven is still dealing with The Troubles.

Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour in "Haven"Lucas Bryant seems to have outgrown his t-shirts.

Strike Back (Cinemax) 10:00 PM ET
For some reason, the episode description I have for this week is the same as last week. Is “a risky rescue is attempted” just a storyline for the season?

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Happy EndingsCasey Wilson joins Comedy Bang! Bang!’s musical episode. Hey, if Grey’s Anatomy can go musical, why not an absurd fake talk show?

Casey WIlson in "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
Bill kicks off his 11th season by interviewing Bill Nye, who I hope will try to make us excited about the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars by explaining how he’ll use science to score the win. Meanwhile, the roundtable guests are Zanny Minton-Beddoes, Michael steele and Matt Taibbi.

John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
You’ve seen him do late night talk show monologues but now you can see W. Kamau Bell’s standup comedy along with Joe Mande and Jamie Lee.

Saturday’s Listings

SheZow (HUB) 12:30 PM ET
SheZow battles a villain named Sarcazmo the Great, and I’m double checking where my husband was a few weeks ago when he had business travel, or, at least, what he claims was a work trip.

Torchwood: Miracle Day (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
The Torchwood team’s stateside adventure makes its basic cable debut for people who thought the show couldn’t get worse than “Countrycide”.

John Barrowman in "Torchwood: Miracle Day"I miss the days when I missed Captain Jack not being on my TV

Robocroc (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Unfortunately, Robocroc isn’t a sequel to Corin Nemec’s National Lampoon movie RoboDoc (I’m not making that up), but a Syfy movie where the Parker Lewis star tries to stop a killing machine (one, I’m guessing is part crocodile, part robot, unless Syfy is guilty of false advertising) that manages to get access to a water park.

Orphan Black (BBC America) 10:000 PM ET
Those of you missed BBC America’s ridiculously compelling clone drama, here’s a chance to catch it again. If the idea of watching Tatiana Maslany play multiple roles doesn’t draw you in, how about Jordan Gavaris as Sarah’s gay, mortician-dating foster brother or just Dylan Bruce being freaking all-around stunning?

Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black"Just some of the faces of Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black.

Jersey Strong (Pivot) 10:30 PM ET
The channel that gave us Please Like Me visits Newark New Jersey, a city mostly known for having Cory Booker as its mayor. Jersey Strong follows two women, Brooke, a tough defense lawyer with a wife and children and Jayda a former gang member married to a man who used to belong to a rival gang.

Sunday’s Listings

Breaking Bad (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
After ending on that whopper of a cliffhanger, WHY ISN’T IT SUNDAY EVENING YET? Will Marie’s phone call turn out to be tragically ironic? Is this why Walt needs some heavy artillery? Am I asking questions to make up for AMC offering an even more vague episode than usual?

Anna Gunn in "Breaking Bad"Is it okay to expose Holly to such tense cliffhangers at that age?

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the penultimate episode of the season which means we’re close to learning who killed Flora but with a vengeful Sam talking to the press, we’re likely to see Alejandro outed.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
It’s also penultimate episode time for the residents of Five Points, who are also recovering from the news that the President has been assassinated.

Billy Baldwin in "Copper"A Billy Baldwin character doesn’t come to town unless there’s some trouble to cause.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy is starting his week by chatting with, er, Andrew Dice Clay . Yeah, I don’t know what to think, either.

Talking Bad (AMC) 11:00 PM ET
Bill Hader reschedules his appearance originally set for earlier in the season for this week’s show along with Dean Norris, who now has that whole Under the Dome thing to explain.

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.