Neil Patrick Harris Returns as Emmy Host, E! Stops Wondering About What Ryan Lochte Does and the “Devious Maids” Finale Promises Answers


It’s a good week for Taye Diggs. First he was booked for a guest role on New Girl, now TNT has ordered Murder in the First, a Steven Bochco-produced drama starring Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as detectives investigating a single case over a season.

Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson in "Murder in the First"Two days in a row of posting pictures of Taye Digs. Yes.

NBC is working on a mini-series about Johnny Carson based on an upcoming biography of the former late night king.

Director Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (who wrote Lee Daniels’ The Butler, stop saying “Aw, it’s Jonathan!”) are teaming up to create a hip hop drama for Fox, according to Deadline.

After a season of mediocre ratings, E! has cancelled the Ryan Lochte reality series What Would Ryan Lochte Do?.

What Would Ryan Lochte Do?Jeah! Has become nah.

That wasn’t the only cancellation announced yesterday, days before the season — now series — finale, BBC America has cancelled Copper. While the period drama got solid reviews and promising ratings in its first season, Copper didn’t show any growth in its second season, which was apparently what the channel wanted.

This is ridiculous. There is an (apparently official) Halloween costume for a “Sassy” Rick Grimes. Apparently, to be “sassy” Rick must be female. That just captures so much of how we’re still pretty messed up on gender.

Seth Green commented about the fate of Detours, an animated comedy set in the Star Wars universe. There are 39 finished episodes, but the series is in limbo due to being a project that came before Disney purchased Lucasfilm. However, Green expressed optimism it wouldn’t be stuck in limbo forever.

Seth Green's Star Wars cartoon Detours

Wednesday’s debut of Survivor was the lowest rated fall premiere yet, but it was still enough to win the night.

Friday’s Listings

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
America’s new favorite gay TV cop, Andre Braugher, is on today’s show.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Emmy nominee Eric Stonestreet joining Ellen today.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
While Neil Patrick Harris is on today’s show to talk about hosting the Emmys and How I Met Your Mother’s final season. I’m wondering if he’s still a Big Brother fan (I kinda hope not) and has anything to say about the recently-concluded season.

Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Emmy Awards

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the go-sees, when whatever remains of the hopeful models’ egos are squashed by meeting people who they’ll have to beg for jobs. Plus, its time for one of the eliminated competitors to get their chance to return. I’m cheering for no one at this point.

Revealing Extravagance (Sundance) 10:00 PM ET
Sundance turns to Elle creative director Joe Zee to look beyond the image projected by the fashion industry, asking if we’ve got an addiction to luxury items. That means looking at The Rainbow Girls and coming up with social experiments like a store filled with ridiculous high-end fashion items, to see how much people will accept if they’re told its cool. I hope he has that burlap couture dress Lucille Ball made famous!

Haven (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
While Duke wants Nathan to put his energy towards finding Audrey he’s more than a little distracted by someone who is immolating residents of Haven. Considering the fire danger, Nate should probable settle that trouble before finding the bar where Audrey is working.

Emily Rose in "Haven"I guess Audrey’ s in a state that overturned their laws forbidding guns in bars.

Best Week Ever (VH1) 10:00 PM ET
Is Michelle Buteau having the Best Week Ever? After performing a comedy routine on Totally Biased, appearing in a Key & Peele sketch and now she’s returnning for another season of VH1’s week-in-review show Best Week Ever. I can’t wait for the return of “Panties On, Panties Off”.

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
Bill’s guests this week are Billy Crystal, Joy Behar, David Frum, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and nerd crush Chris Hayes.

Saturday’s Listings

Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
A tough New York cop heads to Moscow after her daughter disappears there while on a spring break trip. The idea of heading to Russia for spring break is an unusual idea for me, but maybe the daughter felt safe knowing her mother was a superhero with Alias-level martial arts abilities played by Julie Benz.

Julie Benz in "Taken: the Search for Sophie Parker"

The 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (FXX) 9:00 PM ET
Warm up for the Emmys with the Schemmys where, this year, you can see Bob Newhart make his first Emmy acceptance speech. Now, is that a happy occasion or the kind that leave you shaking your head wondering what was wrong with Emmy voters in the 70s and 80s?

Jersey Strong (Pivot) 10:30 PM ET
Brooke sets work aside to go on vacation with Maggie in sunny Turks & Caicos, where Brooke is tempted to treat vacation as the time where she lets herself work on a hotel terrace.

Sunday’s Listings

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Sure, Neil Patrick Harris might be clearly struggling with an addiction to hosting award shows, but his hosting ability always makes for such an entertaining time. Do we need to worry that we’re becoming enablers to this habit? Maybe it’s time for an intervention, though that will have to wait until I get to see the nominee reel for my favorite category Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Aaron Paul in "Breaking Bad"I’m already devistated by the promotional pictures from this episode.

Breaking Bad (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
The episode description this week promises that “Events set in motion long ago move towards a conclusion.” I hear this episode also promises new characters, New Mexico locations and dialogue. If you’ve already turned six million people into addicts, do you need to promise more?

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Sure, Copper is heading into an unplanned finale but at least it goes out with the guys on a manhunt for John Wikes Booth.

Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid and Ato Essandoh in "Copper"Final episode, final toast.

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
The Devious Maids writers have certainly set up a lot of questions to resolve for the first season finale. Not only is Flora’s murderer supposed to be revealed, Taylor has been shot with a bullet meant for Marisol and Alejandro is on the verge of a sham marriage.

Talking Bad (AMC) 11:00 PM ET
Matt Jones (you probably know him as Badger) joins Parks & Recreation star and terrible Breaking Bad predictor Adam Scott discuss whatever terrible thing Walt does this week.

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


Monday’s Preview

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Wendy’s starting out a pretty fabulous week with Carson Kressley.

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