“The Simpsons” Reaches Its Lego Anniversary, Six Seasons for “Hot in Cleveland” and “Childrens Hospital”


As of this week, streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu are required to have closed captions the same way broadcast TV is required. That happened thanks partly to activism by Marlee Matlin. Matlin is now working to make captions more accurate (yes, please!) and to try to implement crowdsourcing of captions.

Former One Tree Hill cutie Tyler Hilton has joined the cast of CBS’ summer drama Extant, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hilton will play a techie who is a “rock star” at work but socially awkward away from his office.

Tyler Hilton in "One Tree Hill"I hope Tyler Hilton’s wearing those cute specs on Extant.

TV Land has ordered a sixth season of Hot in Cleveland.

Also renewed for a sixth season: Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital, which will take a longer-than-usual hiatus returning in the summer of 2015.

Here’s the latest poster for AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire:

Halt and Catch FireI’m a sucker for nerdy puns. And Lee Pace.

CBS boss Nina Tassler says she won’t make an announcement soon identifying a replacement for Craig Ferguson. There’s time to start a campaign for your pick.

Queen Latifah has been picked to play blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for HBO.

Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall interviewed Enlisted creator Kevin Biegel who defended running the show out of order, “..to FOX’s credit, they knew that Friday night is an insanely difficult thing for a first-year comedy. If you just go, ’Poof. Here’s a brand new comedy on Fridays,’ that’s tough. So they wanted to go with the four strongest cuts of episodes they had first. Which in theory makes sense. ’Randy Get Your Gun’ is really funny, even if it’s confusing why there’s a new guy in the platoon or whatever.” He also hinted at some strong material in the remaining four unaired episodes.

Parker Young and Geoff Stults naked in "Enlisted"Enlisted

What does a reviewer for The Oregonain think of the current season Portlandia? She liked “The Celery Incident” but thought Jello Biafra’s guest appearance was poorly used. I agree about the call for more Toni and Candace.

Is Chelsea Handler really quitting her E! talk show? Variety questions the story noting that E! has yet to acknowledge that Chelesa Lately is supposed to be ending by the end of the year.

Friday’s Listings

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricky Martin will be on today’s show to perform his new single, the new World Cup song “Vida”. (Thanks roni1133 for the heads up!)

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate Berkus is surprising one of Rachael’s viewers to help decorate for Mother’s Day.

Nate Berkus

The Queen Latifah Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Joan Collins is on today’s show to dish on her eventful love life. Plus, Wayne Brady appears to play the “World’s ONly One-Man Boy Band”.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It’s back to the custody drama (anything to get us away from Jen’s stalker guy) as Will worries about Nick’s influence on Gabi the Easily Influenced.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Knowing what other Grimms are like, Nick decides to try Educating Trubel to be a conscientious Grimm who keeps the peace instead of terrorizing wesen (like, you know, Nick’s mother).

David Giuntoli in "grimm"I bet I look good even in this light.”

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
McGarrett takes a break from the tropical weather of Hawaii for a trip to Afghanistan where he takes on a mission to rescue a young hostage. That’s seems like Steve’s idea of a vacation, at least.

Hannibal (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
We take another step into Hannibal continuity as Michael Pitt makes his debut as Mason Verger (who goes on to be a major villain in Hannibal the movie). That’s not the only troublesome character, Freddie’s back and she’s uncovering a new story.

Michael Pitt as Mason Verger in "Hannibal"

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
In a lesson of how not to propagandize, Liber8 attacks and takes hostages at a TV station. These guys.

Hello Ross (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross is getting a visit from Mario Lopez.

Saturday’s Listings

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner (C-SPAN) 6:00 PM ET, (CNN) 8:00 PM ET,(MSNBC) 9:00 PM ET
Joel McHale is the featured performer this year. If you’re wondering what’s the difference in the different channels’ run times, the speeches that make the news usually happen in the last two hours. If this is anything like last year, MSNBC’s coverage will just follow those last two hours, CNN will start off with an hour looking back at the dinner’s best moments while C-SPAN will cover the whole thing (without any annoying commentary from anchors looking to remind you they exist).

Orphan Black (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
The now-ubiquitous Michiel Huisman adds one more show to his resume this week, showing up as a man from Sarah’s past who Sarah turns to while she’s on the run. Meanwhile, opening night arrives for Alison’s play, making me really want to see a local community theatre production happen.

Michiel Huisman in "Orphan Black"

The Real History of Science Fiction (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Nerd pin-up David Tennant joins the talking heads for this week’s look at alien invasion stories. Naturally, that includes the Daleks and Cybermen along with The Thing, The X-Files and a little thing called The War of the Worlds.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 11:00 PM ET
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron join Graham to promote Neighbors. Matt LeBlanc joins them on the couch while the musical guest is Kaiser Chiefs.

Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Matt LeBlanc on "The Graham Norton Show"

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Andrew Garfield. Andrew Garfield. Does whatever an SNL host does.


Sunday’s Listings

The Simpsons (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
For it’s 550th (!) episode, The Simpsons goes all blocky for an episode where Homer wakes up on a world made of Legos. Is it too much to hope that when he finds his escape he ends up in Minecraft?

The SImpsons' Lego episode

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
Seriously, CBS? How far did you have to go to make Brenchel the scrappy underdogs this season? The Big Brother alum sympathy tour hits a new snag this week as another Double U-Turn turns up.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
As Mary Margaret goes into labor the residents of Storybrooke find themselves in the unexpected position of working together to save Regina. Don’t worry, they’ll eventually forget and go back to ignoring her at social events, making her feel like Martha Dumptruck .

ONce Upon a Time, "Kansas"

America’s Best Cook (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
One of the mentors has a breakdown as the remaining cheftestants show what they can create for brunch. I guess that breakdown is understandable, brunch is the most important meal of the week.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
After building her first night with Grayson with so many expectations and worries, it seems inevitable that Jane would do something to mess it up.

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
Alicia meets a handsome, charming man (Nestor Carbonell) while serving jury duty. Suddenly, her plans about staying monogamous to Peter might get tossed aisde because, you know… Nestor Carbonell.

Matthew Goode and Christina Baranski in "The Good Wife"

Cosmos (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Geology and how the history of the earth is told in the planets’ atoms is on tap for this week’s installment. By now, I see everything on Cosmos through the “where will the chance to take a swipe at creationists” angle (not that it’s not unearned). Carbon dating should do it.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Cersei may have taken a week off from scheming for the crown to spew hate towards Tyrion but she and her dad are back to consolidating their power as Tommen is crowned. Have some nerf balls ready to throw at the TV.

Nurse Jackie (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
While Jackie debates Frank’s suggestions that he move in, Carrie finds the right way to get on Coop’s good side — by providing him with plenty of attention from TV cameras.

Emily VanCamp in "Revenge"“I’ve always wanted to pretend I’m connecting someone’s call to Beechwood4-5789.”

Revenge (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Things are certainly getting moving. Conrad is flat-out murdering people (which just seems like the kind of move that happens before you get caught), Charlotte’s getting filmed with today’s newspaper for her kidnappers. I guess that’s why Emily’s about to take some “extreme measures”.

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
Aw. Did we lose this show’s one gay character so soon? Alejandro was frequently an insensitive jerk, but we’ll miss him if he’s gone already. However, Carmen is busy preparing for her debut as a performer. I’m sure she’d tell us Alejandro would want her to go on with her career.

Dominic Adams in "Devious Maids"

Mad Men (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
Now that Don is back at SCDP, will he team up with Peggy against Lou or will the agency’s creative department just be one big chain of screaming?

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


Monday’s Preview

The Queen Latifah Show (syndicated) Check local listings
There’s more Ricky Martin on Monday.

Bates Motel (A&E) 10:00 PM ET
Bates Motel: After Hours (A&E) 11:00 PM ET
The motel closes for the season on Monday but gets a send-off talk show with Dave Holmes.

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