“The Real World” Returns to San Francisco and the “True Blood” Finale


Lifetime is making a movie about Donatella Versace and The Hollywood Reporter says that Gina Gershon will play Donatella with Enrico Colantoni as Gianni and Raquel Welch as their Aunt Lucia. I’m sure Gershon will be great but she’ll have to make us forget:

Gina Gershon as Fabia in "Ugly Betty"If only Ugly Betty were successful enough for a Fabia spin-off.

The next season of The Real World wil return to San Francisco and risk comparisons to the show at its peak. However, ratings are sinking — the current season is attracting half as many viewers as 2011’s return to Las Vegas did. Thus, the iconic series may be heading towards its series finale but not before producers try to adjust the format. The Real World has already tried being more substantial and wallowing in the worst of reality TV. What is left to try?

What will third greatest event in the history of television be? Whatever Adam Scott is planning, it involves this couch:

couch from the  net Greatest Event in Television History

Deadline reports that TV Land is developing a single-camera comedy with Darren Star. Single is based on Pamela Redmond’s novel about a housewife and mother who starts lying about her age to get a job.

Newcomer Chris Wood (who shows up in Monday’s episode of Major Crimes and on Girls next season) will be joining the cast of The Carrie Diaries next season, according to TVLine. Wood will play a new love interest for Carrie.

Chris WoodChris Wood

Bex Taylor-Klaus, who played Bullet on the latest season of The Killing, has booked an appearance on Arrow as Sin.

TNT has ordered an additional season of Major Crimes, Perception and Rizzoli & Isles. My excitement about an additional 15 episodes of Major Crimes will depend on whether those 15 episodes include Rusty or not.

Major Crimes

Rachel Dratch is headed to The Middle as the latest school official to try to deal with Brick.

The Media Action Network for Asian Americans says they have asked Fox to reshoot the racist humor in the pilot of Dads. Considering the critical reception to the Dads pilot, perhaps Fox should take this chance to fix things before audiences know it as the show with the racist jokes that were tired and hacky when Sixteen Candles opened in theatres.

Giovanni Ribsi, Martin Mull and Brenda Song in "Dads"In hindsight, Tommy Dewey is the lucky one in all this.

The fourth season premiere of Duck Dynasty set cable records, attracting an audience of 11.8 million. For contrast, broadcast TV’s top show that night was America’s Got Talent which drew 9.3 million viewers, Big Brother came in second among new shows with 6 million viewers.

Friday’s Listings

The Young and the Restless (CBS) Check local listings
Genoa City says goodbye to grand dame Katherine Chancellor starting today as the sad news is delivered to Kay’s friends and family. This is the beginning of a big storyline about the battle over the Chancellor fortune, I hope Phillip shows up to fight for his share, though I’m not feeling optimistic.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Every ANTM fan knows that the makeover episode is every cycle’s first major highlight, as viewers predict who will cry over a haircut. However, this season, we’ve got men in the competition, adding a new twist to the anticipation of a makeover meltdown. Someone gets his chest waxed, right? Or is Tyra saving that for the next co-ed season?

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Gillian Jacobs shows up and probably turns the strange world upside down by confusing them with the pronunciation of her name.

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Carlos and Kiera investigate a series of cyber attacks on the city’s infrastructure. Eventually, they have that awkward conversation about knowing a super-smart man with a lot of tech know-how and powerful equipment. Sure, he may look like he could inspire a character for a series of plush toy boy band members, but wouldn’t that be the perfect way to deflect suspicion?

Rachel Nichols in "Continuum"

John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
Tonight’s line-up includes Seth Herzog (who has been part of the “Dude Spoon” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, I’ll let you decide what you think of that) Rory Scovel and former LNJF writer Morgan Murphy.

Saturday’s Listings

Baby Sellers (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
Kirstie Alley stars in this Lifetime movie about a woman who runs an adoption agency that’s secretly an infant trafficking operation with stolen baby showrooms and babies shipped in padded boxes. I just hope there’s no crisis when someone forgets to put airholes on the box.

Kirstie Alley in "Baby Sellers"It’s a serious issue but the Lifetime movie is too full of ridiculous images.

This Magic Moment (Hallmark) 9:00 PM ET
Former Scrubs cutie Travis Schuldt takes his turn in a Hallmark Movie about a screenwriter in a fake relationship with a starlet. This is a Hallmark Movie so the lies and deception eventually turns into real romance.

Being Human (BBC America) 11:00 PM ET
For the series’ finale, Being Human sets things up for a big final battle between Hal and Tom. However, there’s also the Devil who has taken Alex, maybe Hal and Tom can team up to fight the Devil instead.

Sunday’s Listings

Chopped (Food Network) 8:00 PM ET
Four food truck chefs (coincidentally, the fourth season of The Great Food Truck Race debuts afterwards) take on the mystery baskets. Delicious, delicious soursop (or guanabana depending on where you come from) makes an appearance in the dessert baskets. That will make me sad that soursop is so hard to get, at least, until I remember that malay apples are even harder to find and get even sadder.

Whodunit? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Most elimination-based competition shows find a way to bring everyone back in the final episode, but Whodunnit? pretended to kill the contestants when they were eliminated. That calls for a zombie finale, as the past competitors rise from the dead to find out who the killer was all this time. I can’t wait to find out how the people who though the show were really killing off contestants react.

Whodunnit? finale

Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
I’m not really a fan of the trainwreck variety of gossip where we take a celebrity who seems to be a little troubled and highlight every little mistake until troubled turns into full-blown self-destruction. I like some dish but stories like Lindsey Lohan just make me sad. I hope Lohan’s newest attempt at starting over, an interview with Oprah followed by a reality show on OWN, will take this time.

True Blood (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Seriously?Sarah Newlin lives? Ugh. Still, just about everyone else at that torture camp got what they deserved. While a lot of vampires are free, the war behind vampires and humans isn’t getting a cease-fire.

Anna Paquin and Ryan Kwanten in "True Blood"

Breaking Bad (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
Judging from the promo that aired with Low Winter Sun, this is the all-voice-over episode as characters moodily walk around. I guess after all the plot they burned through last week, there are wheels to spin. Or maybe Breaking Bad gets promos as infuriatingly vague as Mad Men does.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in "Breaking Bad"Also: Product placement you wouldn’t recognize if you weren’t from the southwest.

Copper (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Disease keeps spreading in Five Points, pushing Doctor Freeman to take on some new responsibilities. Meanwhile, Kevin deals with some kind of loss. I’d probably be aware of what that was if I set my DVR properly last week.

Devious Maids (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
Now that Genevieve has gotten an indecent (marriage) proposal, she’s got to open negotiations with Zoila for Valentina’s genetic material. I guess by now it’s clear that Judy Reyes was cast because of how she proved she was great at delivering a withering “Are you serious?” glare when she was on Scrubs.

Judy Reyes and Susan Lucci in "Devious Maids"caption

The Newsroom (HBO) 10:00 PM ET
The team debate whether reports of sarin use can be trusted and if it should be repeated on the air. Since they want a chance to discuss the topic, they decide not to tell Will anything about it. Good to realize someone learns things on this show.

Talking Bad (AMC) 11:00 PM ET
Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader shows up this week to demonstrate his adoration of dramas about blue meth. There’s also a “special guest” from Breaking Bad which I guess is Chris Hardwick’s way of avoiding the worry that comes when a Walking Dead star is set to appear on Talking Dead.

What will you be watching this weekend? Let’s discuss it 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.