Lady Gaga Opens the MTV Video Music Awards, Kim Cattrall Passes the Torch and Dave Salmoni Explores “Killer Islands”


NBC is developing a TV version of Reality Bites, the 1994 Gen-X romantic comedy that starred Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofolo and Steve Zahn. What was once a movie about being young and starting out in the current day, will now be a period drama about the days before Netscape and when The Real World was the basic template for reality TV. Maybe this one can turn Zahn’s character into more than a coming out storyline.

Steve Zahn, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofolo and Ethan Hawke in "Reality Bites"I have to admit, I like the idea of spending time with these characters again.

Last week’s Breaking Bad introduced the euphemism “trip to Belize,” a reference to the excuse Walt made for Mike’s disappearance. It might not work as product placement, but the Belize Tourism Bureau invited the cast to recover from the stress of filming. To show they at least know what Breaking Bad fans like (if not showing that they’re actually fans) they added, “We have the Blue Hole for Walt, purple fish for Marie, geology for Hank, great music and friendly people for Jesse, delicious breakfast cuisine for Walt Jr., several nice locations to swim for Skylar, colorful clothing for Saul, and the list goes on.”

One Breaking Bad plot point I forgot until recently was the Save Walter White website, which gave Saul a way to launder some of those ill-gotten gains. The real world version of that site was passing along donations to the National Cancer Coalition, but after it was listed as one of the worst charities in America, AMC has removed the link to the charity.

Animal Planet has ordered six episodes of a series that will see Dave Salmoni exploring remote islands, according to The Hollywood ReporterKiller Islands will focus on those islands’ dangerous creatures and how they survive in harsh conditions.

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Comedy Central is turning to Dave Attell for its first uncensored stand-up series which will air in late night. My fiance was a big fan of Attell’s Insomniac, so I’m expecting he’ll be happy about this series.

Just a reminder, Kim Cattrall is a class act:

The Discovery Channel is looking at adapting John JakesNorth and South into a mini-series. The previous attempt to turn Jakes’ novels into TV remains some of the most-watched mini-series ever.

I keep waiting to see Robert Buckley in the right role, so maybe his guest-appearance on Hart of Dixie will capture what 666 Park Avenue couldn’t.

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The Today Show’s bad ratings news continued as Good Morning America reached its 52nd week at number one.

Friday’s Listings

Dean & Tori’s Backyard Bash (Cooking Channel) 8:00 PM ET
It’s been a while since Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have been in front of TV cameras. (Right now, I think Tori’s mom is on TV more often.) But they’re back in a special on how to make a summer gathering come together.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Tyra is back to hazing the hopefuls as she sends them to walk on spinning runways. Did Tyra see the New Girl where Jess tried modeling and couldn’t handle stepping onto the car turntable?

Andy Richter on "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Andy Richter visits the craziest talk show to ever exist this week… or maybe its one of his lookalike brothers. I saw this documentary narrated by Ron Howard that revealed one of those brothers takes over sometimes on Conan.

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the penultimate episode of the season, which means things have to keep getting worse as Liber8 gets their hands on the super suit left behind by Kiera’s late partner from the future.

Erik Knudsen and Magda Apanowicz in "Continuum"“You told me you were good at Candy Crush Saga .”

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
This week, John has Phil Hanley, Brooke Van Poppelen and Gary Gulman performing.

Saturday’s Listings

SheZow (HUb) 12:30 PM ET
With great power comes great temptation to use your powers to take shortcuts to responsibility. Clearly, Guy’s still figuring that out as he creates a robot to clean his room.

Escape from Polygamy (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
I usually expect a movie with a title that starts with Escape from to have either telekinetic kids or a hero with an eyepatch but Lifetime’s movie is about a couple of teens living in a polygamous community. They decide they have to get away from the place (as the title might suggest) when they realize their romance is considered a small priority compared to her father’s plans for them.

Escape from PolygamyThere’s something about Escape from Polygamy that feels like a pitch
for us to trust Lifetime to adapt
Flowers in the Attic decently.

Too Cute! (Animal Planet) 8:00 PM ET
Animal Planet’s antidote to all those predator documentaries dares to think it can rank the 20 cutest puppies. I hope the Discovery Channel headquarters are prepared for the protests, there’s no way the top pick can not leave a bunch of people furious.

Continuum Marathon (Syfy) starting at 11:30 PM ET
Syfy is getting ready for Continuum’s finale next week by repeating the past six episodes.

Sunday’s Listings

Meet the Press (NBC) Check local listings
Normally, the only person who could get me to recommend subjecting yourself to David Gregory is the incomparable Rachel Maddow. However, in some markets, NBC is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” by re-airing the Meet the Press that featured an interview with King three days before his speech..

Breaking Bad (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
These final episodes have been delivering some long-awaited scenes, from Walt and Hank’s confrontation, Marie’s realization and now we’ve got a detached, depressed Jesse in an interrogation room with Hank. Oh. Wow. The possibilities.

Aaron Paul in "Breaking Bad"I’m going to miss thinking I recognize a TV show’s locations.

American Ninja Warrior (G4) 9:00 PM ET
We’re heading into the final leg as Midoriyama heads to Vegas. This weekend’s two-hour broadcast and Monday’s hour is only a step towards the September 16 finale, so brace yourselves for plenty for cruel obstacles. At least, we know this won’t be like those seasons of Sasuke where no one managed to get through the first course.

2013 MTV Video Music Awards (MTV) 9:00 PM ET
MTV’s big night for music is set to kick off with a performance by Lady Gaga. Considering her history, there’s a good chance we’ll be discussing her performance afterwards. That’s not all, the ceremony is set to have performances by Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus as well as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Having faced Five Points’ health crisis last week, Dr. Freeman turns to Robert Morehouse for help.

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 pm ET
It’s a big dinner party and, this being Devious Maids, of course there’s a likely killer among the dinner guests. Perhaps the neighborhood should agree to lock up the cutlery.

Drew Van Acker and Edy Ganem in "Devious MaidsI am willing to suspend my disbelief that Remi could have completed rehab already in order to look at Drew Van Acker.

The Newsroom (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
After hints in flashbacks all season, the Project Genoa report and the immediate fallout is part of an episode.

Talking Bad (AMC) 11:00 PM ET
This week Samuel L. Jackson and Bob Odenkirk discuss the latest episode. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Odenkirk’s presence means there might be an announcement coming that he can comment on.

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