TV on Tap: FX Orders a Second “Fargo”, Nathan Parsons Discusses His “True Blood” Hookup and the Return of “Face Off”


In the latest edition of epic rants from TV critics, Morning After’s Jacob Clifton goes after Two and a Half-Men’s fake gay wedding storyline. “Straight people taking a vacation in gay people’s lives is not funny or interesting or smart. It’s gross. Sassy Gay Friend gross. Bachelorette Party At The Gay Bar gross. Which One’s The Girl One gross.”

When FXXX gets the rights to the entire Simpsons catalogue, it plans on introducing an app that will allow for streaming Simpsons episodes and to find clips of memorable moments from the show’s history. I have wanted a library of Simpsons clips for ages.

The SImpsons, "Oh, Streetcar!"
I already plan on making a bookmark for the times I want to hear
a chorus of “You Can Always Depend on the Kindness of Strangers”

FX has ordered a fifth season of Louie, though the season will run a shorter-than-usual seven-episodes. The channel has also ordered a second Fargo series. The new series will tell a new story in a different time period (the 70s) with a different cast.

The Hollywood Reporter talked with Nathan Parsons about his True Blood storyline. Discussing Lafayette and James first love scene, Parsons described it as a challenging scene, “It has to be something that is seemingly organic and loving, instead of just having sex for the sake of having sex. I think that was the difficult line to walk. It comes out of nowhere and we have to do it tastefully, and we all have to be comfortable with what’s happening. ”

Nathan Parsons in "True Blood"
Nathan Parsons

TV Guide reports that Lucy Lawless will appear in the second season of Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Details of the role are being kept quiet.

The Bridge star Emily Rios talks with AfterEllen about being an out actress playing a lesbian character, “The first season I felt was too much of a coming out story… I want it to be an incidental thing, which is what happens in our everyday life. Diane [Kruger] happens to have Asperger on the show. It’s incidental; you don’t ever have to talk about it. So I wanted to make sure the whole lesbian aspect wasn’t this whole coming out story. ”

Why did The Strain give series star Corey Stoll a hairpiece? Guillermo del Toro explained the look, “If you know the books or where it’s heading, we needed the character to change his look… We needed him to have a look that could be altered…and unless he grows a beard or has an eye patch, we needed somewhere for him to go.”

Corey Stoll in "House of Cards"
Corey Stoll, minus that
Strain wig.

Bravo’s first original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce has booked Bernadette Peters for a guest role as the mother of Janeane Garofalo’s character.

Four episodes in, The Leftovers has already provided enough material to inspire a list of the ten most depressing moments.


History Detectives Special Investigations (PBS) Check local listings
The History Detectives take on one of modern American history’s biggest mysteries — the disappearance of union leader Jimmy Hoffa. It should be pretty interesting to see the story retold with modern investigative techniques.

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 8:00 PM ET
So, er, Aria has taken on the task of going undercover at Radley to dig up some information for the team. Considering how much quick thinking and intelligence Aria has demonstrated in the past several seasons, I hope they’ve got a Plan B.

Ian Harding in "Pretty Little LIars"
Sigh. Ezra. I’m already forgetting about all his infuriating dumbness.

Food Fighters (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
NBC tries again for a culinary reality show (after a few trainwrecks) with this show pitting home cooks making family recipes against celebrity chefs. That sounds like a format that will have to walk the fine line between patronizing and bullying, we’ll see if this show can manage it. NBC’s last show was the rage-inspiring America’s Next Great Restaurant which had the prophetic acronym of ANGR. If a similar prediction can be made about Food Fighters, that suggests… well, that’s not good.

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Syfy’s incredibly compelling competition series starts off its seventh season by sending the fourteen hopefuls right into their first elimination challenge. That might be a technique to try to distract everyone from thinking too much that beloved judge Ve Neill will be stepping aside this season.

Face Off seaqson seven

Chasing Life (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
With chemotherapy about to begin, April goes to a fertility specialist to see what her options are to make sure getting treatment doesn’t close those choices. Sounds like April will be thinking about her future and if she even sees herself having one.

The Have and the Have Nots (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
The penultimate episode seems to have a theme of mothers being terrible as Victoria continues to blackmail Jeffrey while Hannah continues… being Hannah to Candace. Meanwhile, who’s that mystery man expecting Wyatt to recognize him?

Tyrant (FX) 10:00 PM ET
As protests continue in the Plaza, Jamal (surprise!) wants to take control with violence while Barry works to find another solution. But what are Sammy and Abdul doing amid the Tyrant Spring?

Fares Fares and Adam Rayner in "Tyrant"


The Wil Wheaton Project (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
(Note the new time slot.)
Kevin Smith and The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green join Wil’s snarking on TV this week.

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
As the teen competition continues, the cheftestants face cooking with frog legs, which should be a new challenge for them.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Tomorrow brings an Eric Stonestreet double-feature, starting with a View appearance.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sounds like we get one of those Will gets indignant about his mother’s scheming” episodes. It’s been a while.

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