TV on Tap: Lifetime Orders “Omen” Series, Steve Zahn Joins “Modern Family” and the Final “Chelsea Lately”


Lifetime has ordered six episodes of a a TV series based on horror classic The Omen, titled Damien. The series comes from former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazara that reimagines Damien Thorn as a “dark, romantic, anti-hero.” The Omen movies scared me with their freak accidents and dark conspiracies, but I’m not sold on the idea of turning Damien into a romantic anti-hero.

Steve Zahn is joining Modern Family in a recurring ole as an annoying neighbor of the Dunphys.

Steve Zahn in "Mind Games"
Steve Zahn

HBO is developing Ashecliffe, a prequel series to the Martin Scorsese movie Shutter Island. The series would take place in the mental hospital from the movie.

The upcoming fifth season of Lost Girl will be the series’ final season.

Having won a bunch of Emmys, Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat teased that the the upcoming season is “devastating”, “We’ve practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan.” It’s going to take a lot to beat the devastation of watching The Normal Heart lose again and again to Sherlock.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in "Sherloock"

Among the reactions to the True Blood finale, Buzzfeed debates why we stick with a show once it becomes terrible. I usually fall between hatewatching and completionism. Once a show goes hopelessly off the rails, I’ll sometimes get sucked in and feel compelled to find out how badly it falls apart.

Meanwhile, Vulture was frustrated by the finale, saying that Lafayette deserved better. For someone who brought so much fun to Bon Temps, he deserved more than to appear as part of a crowd in the finale montage.

Nathan Parsons and Nelsan Ellis in "True Blood"

There’s one thing the True Blood finale did accomplish, it delivered the season’s best ratings, matching last season’s finale.

2.2 million viewers watched the Doctor Who premiere on BBC America. That’s the series’ best season premiere (though a little behind the 50th anniversary special). Meanwhile, about a million viewers checked out The Intruders, which looks like a promising start.


The Simpsons Marathon (FXX) continuing
There are a couple episodes tonight that should be of interest to TBL readers tonight. At 6:30PM, “Pokey Mom” includes the voice of Bruce Villanch. Kathy Griffin is the new bully in town in “Bye Bye Nerdie” at 9:30 PM.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Now that Will knows the truth about how he got his big break, get ready for fireworks between him and Sonny.

House of Style Presents: All Up in the VMAs (MTV) 7:00 PM ET
MTV’s iconic style and fashion program makes a return as Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora look back at the memorable looks of the 2014 Video Music Awards.


The iheartradio Album Release Party with Maroon 5 (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Adam Levine and Maroon 5 launch their new album, V, with a special that combines performance (airing live on the east coast) and interviews discussing how it all came together.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
It seemed inevitable that the Liars would find themselves battling with Alison again. She never seemed too far from the queen bee who terrorized her friends. Now, it’s the season finale with the Liars finding Alison and “A” as their version of Scylla and Charybdis, with their only hope an unexpected and untrustworthy new ally.

Sean Faris in "Pretty Little Liars"

Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
Iyanla Vanzant heads to Ferguson, MO with some TV cameras hoping the stuff she does on her reality show will help the delicate situation that has taken up headlines and cable news coverage.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
The “Ultimate Champions” tournaments kicks off this week as professional chefs put together eel appetizers, use a soda in the entree and a dessert made with a “creepy chocolate item”.

Tyrant (FX) 10:00 PM ET
With the Tyrant season finale here (argh, so many season finales, what will we watch?) it’s countdown to couptime. I have a bad feeling that means we’ll continue to barely see Sammy.

Adam Rayner and Noah SIlver shirtless in "Tyrant"
This may be all the screen time Sammy gets.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Chelsea Handler wraps a seven-season run with a farewell episode that promises a visit from over 30 stars including Tim Gunn, Joe Mangniello, Kristen Chenoweth and Kathy Griffin.

The Colbort Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 11:30 PM ET
Comedy Central’s late night line-up returns tonight and Stephen is talking with another author, namely The Giver writer Lois Lowry. It’s good to see one of the more established YA authors getting a bit of the spotlight.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Dave talking with the great Rachel Maddow tonight.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 11:35 PM ET
Tim Gunn’s doing double duty tonight, showing up to say goodbye to Chelsea Lately and to appear on Jimmy’s guest list.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Simpsons Marathon (FXX) continuing

Tomorrow morning’s episodes include R.E.M. appearing as themselves as one of the musical guests as Homer’s new bar in “Homer the Moe.” George Takei is back again in “A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love” at 2AM. Smithers learns a secret from his past at 2:30 in “The Blunder Years.”

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