TV on Tap: “Wilfred” Returns and Lisa Ling Revisits the Ex-Gay Movement


Seth MacFarlane will be a guest-voice on this season of Futurama. EW reports that MacFarlane will be the voice if Seymour, a reference to how MarFarlane is the voice of Family Guy’s talking dog, Brian. Seymour (as well as Fry’s 20th century girlfriend, voiced by Sarah Silverman) will appear in a dream, which probably means Futurama’s final season won’t find a way to give the saddest moment in the history of animated TV a happy ending.

Seymour returns in season 6 of Futurama

Psych announced two faboo guest-stars for its upcoming season, with Loretta Devine and Peggy Lipton appearing in the same episode.

Writer Alisa Valdes voices her frustration with Devious Maids at NBC Latino. Valdes starts by recalling how Lifetime optioned her first novel, The Dirty Girls Social Club but the middle class, college-educated characters weren’t “Latin enough” for the channel that’s about to debut a drama about Latino maids. “It is not wrong to be a maid, or even a Latina maid, but there is something very wrong with an American entertainment industry that continually tells Latinas that this is all they are or can ever be,” says Valdes. I’m reminded of debates we’ve had about “stereotypical” gay characters.

Devious Maids

Cher tells EW that she wishes talent competitions like The voice were around when she was launching her career, ” When I first started, we played bowling alleys and roller rinks… but this is amazing, when you have actual people who have been in the business, been successful and want to help you. You can bypass a lot of trashy stuff.”

FX has ordered ten episodes of a comedy starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence as mismatched Chicago lawyers working together. Much like with Anger Management, if those first ten episodes reach certain ratings goals, FX will automatically order 90 more episodes. I’m really excited about this as a way I can keep both actors off my DVR by avoiding just one show. Any chance of Jonah Hill joining the cast?

Netflix has ordered a second season of Hemlock Grove, according to Deadline. I was hoping that Landon Loboiron would have a reason to keep the scruffy look.

Hemlock GroveThe long hair and fuzz is a  seriously good look for Loboiron.

This season’s Big Brother twist: three houseguests getting put up for eviction each week. There will also be an “MVP” with a “secret power” that will be determined by asking viewers who is playing the best game. I’m bracing myself for another season where producers manipulate the game and pretend it’s just following “America”’s direction.

Of all the ways, Hanna-Barbera tried to turn Scooby Doo into a genre, the oddest one had to be the attempt to take a sharply satirical comic creature and turn it into a predictor of Pikachu on The New Schmoo.


The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s a day of Hot Topics with Margaret Cho and Don Lemon on the panel.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Singer Amy Grant is among today’s guests.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Penny Marshall is on today’s guest list while today’s guest co-host is La Toya Jackson.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
I don’t see any spoilers about Sonny or Will for today’s episode, but they do appear in tomorrow’s show — and I’m pretty sure stuff needs to happen today before that show can happen. Still, Kristen “makes her move” which should make for an entertaining show anyway.

Burn Notice (USA) 9:00 PM ET
Ah, well. Watching the gang work without Michael for an episode-and-a-half was interesting while it lasted, but now Sam and Jesse are heading to the Dominican Republic to help take down Michael’s target. At least I’m still getting some Adrian Pasdar.

Burn Notice, "Down Range"Admittedly, I’d prefer to see Adrian Pasdar on another USA show,
 Political Animals isn’t becoming a series.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Henry Cavill helps Graham get super for an episode along with Russell Crowe and Amy Adams.

Our America with Lisa Ling (OWN) 10:00 PM ET
OWN’s investigative news program is delivering a follow-up report on Exodus International. Lisa Ling has approached the topic of ex-gay therapy in two previous episodes and they didn’t go well, to put it mildly. Thus, I was bracing myself for another frustrating installment but considering the latest news about Exodus (which I’m still trying to convince myself is actually happening) this might go pretty well.

Former Exodus members on Our America with Lisa Ling, "God and Gays"A group of people harmed by Exodus meet with Alan Chambers

Showville (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
The talent search heads to San Marcos, Texas. I’m expecting someone to make a cowboy joke during the auditions.

Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Tabatha finds herself trapped in a Married …with Children spin-off where Al and Peggy have opened a salon together and bicker with even more venom.

Wilfred (FX) 10:00 PM ET
FX’s difficult-to-love comedy returns for its third season, mixing hilarious observations about canine behavior with cringe comedy about depression.

WilfredIf every episode of Wilfred were just jokes like this…

Graceland (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Briggs organizes the whole house to work Lauren’s case against the Russian mafia. Can I hope that maybe he can dedicate that organizing ability towards the series plotting? After two episodes, my partner is complaining to me like I made him sit through 26 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles before realizing it wasn’t a very good show.

Hannibal (NBC)10:00 PM ET
Will has been unraveling all season long and for the first season finale Jack and Alana come to the conclusion that he lost his grip on sanity a long time ago — back around the time the copycat killer claimed his first victim. If Jack doesn’t offer a reflective mea culpa for all the times he dismissed Will’s struggles to keep himself together, I’m going to end up cheering for him to end up on Hannibal’s serving platter.

Hannibal, "Savoureux"Usually, when I look like this when a Bryan Fuller show wraps a season
it’s because I’m dealing with a great show ending.

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FX) 11:00 PM ET
Kamau wraps up his second season by chatting with Tony-winner (and, currently, Kinky Boots star) Billy Porter. Unless Fox manages to get FXX on my cable line-up, this is probably going to be the last I get to see of Totally Biased which has been amazing at demonstrating how diverse perspectives can make topical comedy even funnier. I’m keeping my fingers crossed I won’t have to miss it.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
You probably haven’t had enough of Joe Manganiello yet and you can catch him on tomorrow’s Talk.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Hey, look, my cable guide finally mentions Sonny and Will.

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