TV on Tap: “Strike Back” Delayed, FX Infected by a Vampire “Strain” and “Constantine” Seeks New Female Lead


Nominations for the Emmys were announced yesterday and that means it was time for Orphan Black fans to cry, “Why do we make jokes about the Golden Globes’ credibility when they at least had the good sense to notice Tatiana Maslany?” (Among many, many other snubs). The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman argues that the Emmys should expand to include more nominees in each category to “reflect the magnitude of the industry.”

TVLine reports that while there’s no hope for the original How I Met Your Dad pilot, a series is still being developed and could see a new pilot being made with the original cast, a new cast or a mix.

What do you think?

Noah Hawley, who turned Fargo into a mini-series, wouldn’t specify what he’d like to do next, but he hinted he might adapt a different Coen brothers’ movie. “”The Coen brothers are so varied, from Raising Arizona to A Serious Man, there’s so much.”

The second season of The Comeback will see Valerie Cherish followed not b7 reality TV cameras, but by a film crew making a behind-the-scenes featurette as Valerie gets ready to star in a prestige HBO drama.

Lisa Kudorw in "THe Comeback"
I guess that means no more cupcakes costumes. Aw.

Constantine is taking a new direction, writing out Lucy Griffiths, who played an ally of John Constantine, and the show’s female lead. The character will be replaced by Zed, a character from the early Hellblazer comics, who hasn’t been cast yet. If they kill her off that would be really true to the comics.

El Rey has already ordered a second season of espionage drama Matador, which doesn’t debut until next week.

Cinemax has delayed the premiere date of the final season of Strike Back, to allow Sullivan Stapleton to recover from an injury.

Sullivan Stapleton shirtless in "Strike Back"
Sullivan Stapleton

Ali Larter says she won’t be a part of the Heroes reboot. She’ll be busy with her upcoming TNT show Legends.

According to a study, Jimmy Fallon spends less time talking with guests than his competing talk show hosts or his Tonight Show predecessors. Instead, Fallon dedicates more time towards music segments and video clips.

Friday’s Listings

General Hospital (ABC) Check local listings
Port Charles’ gay love triangle hits the General Hospital changing room as Brad interrupts Felix’s shower (I’m sure there wasn’t any other place he could visit) to start a fight over Lucas.

The Young and the Restless (CBS) Check local listings
Robert Gant returns to Genoa City today as Chancellor family attorney David Sherman. He’ll be kicking off a major story that promises to keep those Newmans busy.

Robert Gant in "The YOung and the Restless"

Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear (Chiller) 9:00 PM ET
Chiller asks different directors to depict five basic fears in the latest installment of its horror anthology series. The horror anthology is a sorely missed TV genre, I’m keeping my fingers crossed this one can fill the gap.

Almighty Johnsons (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Syfy’s newest programming import is a New Zealand drama about a family who are the human incarnations of the Norse gods and how godlike power does not isolate you from stupid human drama (or a teenager’s stupid decision making abilities).

The Almighty Johnsons
Almighty Johnsons

Crossbones (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Lowe has a plan to send the alert about Blackbeard’s plan to attack Jamaica, but he’s just starting to realize that the Commodore is pretty terrible, too. Worse than Blackbeard, even. Maybe it’s time to reconsider loyalties?

Saturday’s Listings

Presumed Dead in Paradise (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Troublesome teen Madison is used to being dumped in whichever boarding school will accept her. However, her estranged stepmother (Olivia D’Abo) suddenly invites her to an island vacation, complete with a handsome local (Gavin Houston of The Haves and the Have Nots) willing to show her around. However, Madison’s about to have an accident that leaves her presumed dead.  Maybe stepmom’s vacation wasn’t such a nice gift.

Almost Royal (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Georgie and Poppy face some culture shock when they head to Detroit, where they face the city’s poverty by smashing a derelict house, get their hands dirty by helping a car mechanic and visit a wrestling match.

Sunday’s Listings

Vicious (PBS) Check local listings
Freddie makes the mistake of suggesting that Ash try acting. There’s only one way things can go when someone with an ego the size of Freddie’s gives someone advice — Ash quickly sees the kind of success Freddie can only dream of achieving.

Capture with Mark Seliger (Ovation) 7:00 PM ET
Ovation’s talk show is hosted by photographer Mark Seliger who discusses modern photography with celebrities. This week, he talks with Alan Cumming.

True Blood (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Are we done yet with the Pam and Eric flashbacks? Nope, this week we see how they ended up in charge of Fangstaia. Meanwhile, Sookie finds that gang of hep-v infected vampires. Does that mean someone finally thought to see if there are any vampires at the old vampire hangout? Sigh, the people of Bon Temps.

Nathan Parsons in "True Blood"
Hello, magnificent.

The Witches of East End (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Joanna may be thrilled to have her son back, but Wendy still doesn’t trust him after the way he betrayed them. Sheesh, Wendy has nine lives and she uses them to hold a grudge for centuries.

The Musketeers (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
Aramis gets a visit from an old friend who was last seen deserting his duties as a Musketeer. While the rest of the Musketeers want to turn him in for desertion, he appeals to Aramis to help him get revenge for a betrayal that led to the deaths of 20 Musketeers.

Santiago Cabrera and Hugo Speer in "The Musketeers"

Masters of Sex (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
Showtime’s period drama about the human sexuality researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson returns with Masters losing his job after that disaster of a presentation and trying to figure out what he will do next. We’ll keep our eyes out for Beau Bridges as Masters’ closeted (now former) boss.

The Strain (FX) 10:00 PM ET
Sundays at 10PM becomes a battle of the former Lost co-showrunners. On HBO, Damon Lindelof is in charge of The Leftovers. Now, FX is debuting a horror drama run by Lindelof’s Lost partner Carlton Cuse. The Strain hope to recalibrate how TV audiences look at vampires with this tale of a viral outbreak. With director Guillermo del Toro taking a hand in mapping out the story, there’s good reason to have our hopes up.

FX's The Strain
Things you never want to see in real life.

The Leftovers (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
We’ve mostly seen Reverend Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) ranting from corners and passing out his fliers as if e-mail chain letters also disappeared in the Rapture. (If only.) However, his one-man crusade to tell the world that the Departed included jerks has cut down on church attendance. Now, he’s left seeking a way to save his church from closing its doors.

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
For the season finale, we finally get a reveal on Nick’s secret, along with the repercussions of making the confession to Marisol, who insists that he make amends. This better not result in us losing Mark Deklin.

Mark Deklin and Ana Ortiz in "Devious Maids"

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy starts his week with a visit from Chris Colfer.

What will you be watching this weekend? Please share 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.