John Oliver will be leaving The Daily Show to host an HBO show focused on mixing comedy and news as Oliver will get to mock the week on Sunday nights. (Does this mean he’ll air after The Newsroom? That should be a fun combination.) For you Daily Show fans who hoped Oliver’s guest-hosting run would lead to something bigger, how do you feel about it happening away from Comedy Central?
Last night, @Midnight wrapped a four-week trial run. That won’t be the end of the late night panel/quiz show, as Comedy Central has renewed the series for an additional forty weeks, as reported by Deadline. The bad news: new episodes don’t return until next year.
NBC has ordered 12 episodes of Working the Engels, a first-time co-production between U.S. and Canadian broadcasters. The series stars the faboo Andrea Martin as the matriarch of a family that find itself financially strapped after her husband dies.
PBS has renewed Tavis Smiley for two more years. I always try to mention when Smiley talks with someone who has a TBL following, his interviews reach a depth that’s rarely seen on TV.
Jason Ritter will be returning to Parenthood, as reported by TVLine. I’m feeling mixed about the prospect. As much as I like Ritter, I spent his final Parenthood episode yelling, “Run! Get away from this unhealthy relationship!” at the TV.
TV Guide reports that OWN has ordered two more Wanda Sykes Presents: Herlarious. This round sounds like it will include more sketches, with one promising appearances by Kristin Chenoweth, Tichina Arnold and Wayne Brady.
AMC’s Hell on Wheels has taken an unusual journey, getting exiled to Saturdays after AMC almost took back its third season, only to get solid ratings on the traditional graveyard. Now the period drama has been renewed for a fourth season.
FX is developing an event series about Rasputin, the Russian mystic associated with the last days of the Romanov dynasty. That could be… interesting.
Here’s the trailer for Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic, there’s not much to judge but how can it not look better than the theatrical adaptation:
NPR looks at Fox’s focus on diversity and how the network claims diverse casting has made new shows like Sleepy Hollow and Brooklyn Nine-Nine more accessible to a wider audience. That’s quite a contrast to the experience of shows like Homicide: Life on the Street when diversity was a barrier for white viewers.
HBO’s comedy pilot The Brink has added to its cast Tim Robbins and Jack Black. The dark comedy focused on a geopolitical crisis with Robbins playing the Secretary of State and Black playing a foreign service officer caught on the ground in the middle of the crisis.
The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Remember the incredibly hot guy who played the crazy failed model on Major Crimes (otherwise known as Chris Wood)? He’s now making his Carrie Diaries debut as a “difficult yet fascinating” playwright who Carrie meets thanks to Larissa’s assignment. This probably isn’t the time to bring up that Wood is a lot more ab-tastic than most 80s hunk.
Musical Chairs (HBO Latino) 8:00 PM ET
Desperately Seeking Susan director Susan Seidelman’s latest film debuts on HBO Latino this weekend and it sounds like the kind of thing that should grab the attention of TBL readers on a number of levels. First, the cast includes Revenge and Guiding Light alum E.J. Bonilla (Nolan’s hot bookkeeping ex was one of the few moments of hope that last season could get interesting) and Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. Plus, it’s a ballroom dancing romance about a scrappy handyman from the Bronx (Bonlilla) and an Upper East Side princess (Leah Pipes) who is a star of the ballroom dance scene. When she is disabled in an accident, the scrappy handyman helps her find new life by helping her train for a wheelchair ballroom dancing competition. We like movies about ballroom dance, right?
America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Great. I sit through one more episode about how the gay guy is not being butch enough and I’m left waiting through a cliffhanger to find out if I care about this week’s finale or not.
Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
In hindsight, its surprising that Grimm hasn’t revealed sooner that mermaids are wesen but this week it finally get to that obvious-in-hindsight revelation as Nick investigates drowning deaths involving a “deadly postcoital cuddle”. I can’t decide if I think Grimm is smearing cuddling or making it seem edgy.
Raising Hope (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
The Chance family is back and this season starts with a mysterious man (Jeffrey Tambor) moving into Natesville and taking an interest in the Chances. We’ve seen Arrested Development, and this is clearly one of those Bluth schemes they’re always talking about on that Fox station.
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
The Five-0 team takes on a mission most of the internet can stand by — protecting Nick Jonas and his rockin’ bod. Or, rather, they’re protecting a hacker played by Nick Jonas. That protective sentiment may not last if this hacker behaves anything like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Skye.
Dracula (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Grayson continues his plan against Lady Jayne, which hopefully involves more seduction and more excuses to get Jonathan Rhys Meyers in various stages of undress. The best plans involve getting the sexy leading man out of his clothes. I wish the characters of Once Upon a Time would realize that.
Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time for the “Mirror, Mirror” version of Haven as Audrey finds herself in an alternate universe version of Haven where there are no troubles. Since it turns out Duke doesn’t have any facial hair in this universe, clearly Audrey comes from the darkest timeline.
Hello Ross (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross is joined by Leah Remini. I hope there’s no talk of cupcakes.
The Challenger Disaster (Science) 9:00 PM ET
THe Science Channel gets into the original movie game with this dramatization of the investigation into the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. William Hurt and Bruce Greenwood star.
The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Graham makes it Lady Gaga night as he welcomes her to her couch and introduces her to one of her bitchiest fans. Or bitch-sayingiest fans. Sharing the couch with Lady Gaga are EastEnders icon June Brown, Jude Law and comic Greg Davies.
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 10:30 PM ET
She already showed us how funny she can be when she appeared on Justin Timberlake’s episode, now Lady Gaga gets to be host and musical guest.
Almost Human (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
I keep going back and forth on whether I think the promos make Fox’s new sci-fi drama — about a cop in a sterile future assigned to work with an android — look intriguing or just ridiculous. The setting, the lone wolf cop who has trouble following rules and the weirdo android all feel a little too familiar — and not in a good way. I suspect it starts ridiculous and gets more interesting as things move along, so Karl Urban and Michael Ealy are going to have to rely on their good looks to keep us distracted until the ridiculous part is over.
The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
The race continues in the UAE as a double U-turn awaits. Somebody make a move against Team Diabla and get that awful pink-haired person off my TV.
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
It’s a battle for Skull Island as Pan tries to get Henry to save magic (like every Once Upon a Time villain, Pan seems to be mellowing) but Henry’s family shows up to turn things into a big fight. Can’t we go back to the Dwarves discussing if they care about Charming and Snow ever returning to Storybrooke? That was a lot more fun.
The TeenNick 2013 HALO Awards (Nick) 8:00 PM ET
It’s time for Nickelodeon’s annual celebration of young people who are working to make a difference in the world and this year’s honorees include transgender teen Zachary Kerr, who will recieve his award from ally Josh Hutcherson.
Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
As Emily’s wedding of doom nears, it’s time for her bridal shower. Only Victoria is throwing the party, so we can expect it to be full of subtle insults to the guest of honor, as Victoria’s wont to do.
The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
While Florrick/Argos moves into their new office (thank goodness, office space wasn’t the most compelling part of this storyline), it’s time for the return of America Ferrera. If Ferrera appeared last week, her Good Wife episode would be airing against Ana Ortiz’s Revenge appearance. Let’s be happy we didn’t have to choose between Suarez sisters
The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
We’ve known all season The Governor would show up eventually. Now, we’re going to find out what he’s been up to and what he’s planning. I better go to the toy store and stock up on nerf balls to throw at the TV.
The Simpsons (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Homer becomes a dad again when his paternal instincts are reawakened by being trapped in an elevator with a pregnant woman giving birth (voiced by Elisabeth Moss) and the thankful new mother names the child Homer Jr. Meanwhile, Lisa is recruited into the school cheerleader squad. I assume that leads to Lisa revamping their routines with fabulous math formulas.
The Witches of East End (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
Have you been feeling the lack of shirtless Freddie Prinze, Jr. ever since Wendy snuck out with that rare butterfly? Don’t worry, as Wendy comes to her senses and realizes you don’t sneak out on a hot nerd like Leo and let things end there. Let’s hope she knows not to waste a resource like Leo’s buff torso.
Talking Dead (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
This week’s discussion brings Ike Barinholtz and David Morrissey.
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Raising Hope (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
The Chance family is back and this season starts with a mysterious man (Jeffrey Tambor) moving into Natesville and taking an interest in the Chances. We’ve seen Arrested Development, this guy clearly one of those Bluth schemes they’re always talking about on that Fox station.