TV on Tap: “True Blood” Returns and HBO is “Open” to Wes Bentley


HBO has cast the first star of Ryan Murphy’s human sexuality drama Open with American Beauty and Hunger Games stud Wes Bentley as a handsome but arrogant man who will tell you his theories about human sexuality given any chance.

Wes Bentley

TV Land’s upcoming sitcom Kirstie already has a Cheers reunion since it stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman. Now, Deadline reports that will be a Seinfeld reunion, too. Jason Alexander has signed up for a guest-role that could turn into a recurring character, which teams him up with Michael Richards.

An Arrested Development fighting game? Yes please. I can’t wait to play as Lucille and unleash her withering glare special move:

The ratings for ABC Family’s new dramas The Fosters and Twisted have been good. That is actually bad news if you’re hoping to see Bunheads or The Lying Game get additional episodes

Does Game of Thrones play into the nice white lady trope with the story of Daenerys? Maybe HBO could fix things by announcing they’re adapting Octavia Butler’s Patternmaster books next.

Game of Thrones' DaenerysFree a people, go crowd surfing.

Vulture lists the year’s best oral sex O-faces on TV — with animated gifs. The list includes Scandal’s Cyrus Beane and Behind the Candelabra’s Scott Thorson but my favorite is how Olivia Pope looks like she figuring out work problems.

Friday’s Listings

What Would You Do? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
While there are no GLBT-themed segments set for this week, tonight’s installment is supposed to include a preview of next week’s boy scout scenario.

Magic City (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
Last year, Starz debuted a show that was part Sopranos and part Mad Men (I like this game of mixing critically praised shows, someone make a show that’s part 30 Rock and part Breaking Bad — or part Firefly and part Wonderfalls). Initial reviews were tepid and by the end of the three preview episodes, I was a little surprised I watched the whole thing without filling the time by teaching myself to knit socks. I hear it improved quite a bit by the first season’s end, but I’m not sure if I have the energy for another cable show where the sex is so focused on appealing to the straight male gaze.

Game of Thrones' Daenerys

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
While Keira and Carlos work to make sure a prison transfer goes uninterrupted, Kellog makes a move to turn Alec into an ally. That still feels like a situation where “You’re both jerks. Buzz off” needs to be an option.

Maron (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Marc gets propositioned by a fan who suggests they hook up at one of his upcoming appearances. Since the content warning for this episode only mentions language, not sexuality, this sounds like a good opportunity to take on that whole catfishing thing.

Stevie TV (VH1) 10:00 PM ET
Seeing Bryan Safi mock Andy Cohen in last week’s episode was certainly an unexpected treat. This week’s sketches include a sketch with Kim Richards which I hope will be funny to my guy without me needing to explain/admit I know anything about Kim Richards.

Strombo on CNNStrombo and Short

Stroumboulopoulos (CNN) 11:00 PM ET

So. Last week’s debut of George Stroumboulopoulos’ U.S. talk show didn’t do well in the ratings. I missed it and didn’t include it last week’s listings. CNN’s PR team didn’t help, I didn’t see anything to remind me about Stroumboulopoulos’ debut until the ratings news came in. I haven’t had more luck in finding a guest list for this week’s episode either. Strombo’s interviewed Martin Short but that could have happened on last week’s show.

Saturday’s Listings

SheZow (HUB) 12:30 PM ET
This week, SheZow breaks a fingernail. Sure that sounds like a sexist thing to turn into a problem for a superheroine but this fingernail falls into some toxic sludge and makes an evil clone.

Wizards vs. Aliens (HUB) 7:30 PM ETTom’s out of magic and there’s still a rampaging alien on the loose. Too bad there’s no one with a TARDIS who can help.

Sinbad, "Queen of the Water Thieves"It wouldn’t be a sexy take on Sinbad without a queen to seduce.

Sinbad (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
The Providence is taken by a tribe known as the Water Thieves, which gives Sinbad a chance to seduce a tribal queen.

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
The American Film Institute pays tribute to master satirist Mel Brooks for a lifetime of work. The ceremony sees the likes of Cloris Leachman, Amy Poehler, David Lynch (wait, what?), Martin Short and more.

Primeval: New World (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
That New World title is earned as the team faces a sea serpent from the lore of the First Nations.

Sunday’s Listings

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards (HLN) 8:00 PM ET
This year, the Daytime Emmy ceremony is trying something new, as it puts the focus on interviews as the opening of the envelope leads to a live interview with the winner. Too bad that doesn’t include the category we’ll be watching, Best Younger Actor, where Chandler Massey will face two performers from The Young and the Restless. Honestly, I’m worried about this competition, the claim-to-fame for the current producer of Y&R is the way she used strategy to win her show Emmys. At least we can look forward to seeing Massey and Smith present the Lead Actor award. Also, make sure to have your tissues handy for the tribute to Jeanne Cooper. snicks will be here to help you enjoy the action with a liveblog.

Nurse Jackie, "Soul"

Nurse Jackie (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
It’s been a tough year for Jackie but she’s about to celebrate a year of being sober. Let’s just hope a fight with Frank and the need for a season-ending cliffhanger doesn’t push her off the wagon.

Oprah’s Master Class (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
It’s a double feature of African-American trailblazers as Oprah talks with Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr..

North America (Discovery) 9:00 PM ET
Discovery’s airing the final two episodes airing in a single night starting with the behind-the-scenes episode that ways makes these documentaries more impressive. That’s followed by a… top ten list? I guess that explains why Discovery wasn’t in a hurry to air these episodes last week.

True BloodOh. Hey. Bill vs Eric. That hasn’t happened before.

True Blood (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Well. Bill’s back, but no one knows what to make of his new form. Still, transforming Tara finally got her with Pam so maybe this will finally get Bill and Eric to admit their fighting over Sookie was really a way to work through their feelings for each other.

Oprah’s Master Class (OWN) 10:00 PM ET
Oprah’s look at ground-breaking African-Americans in entertainment continues with Diahann Carroll who, as the star of Julia was the first African-American woman to star in a TV series playing a non-stereotypical role. I hope they discuss how, when Julia aired, it was criticized for focusing on a slice-of-life portrayal of a black family that avoided politics and for having portraying a “white Negro.” Topics that remind me of some of our current debates about losing gay culture as we gain more equality.

Mad Men (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
According to the episode description “Don takes a day off” which I expect will mean that no one will notice until someone mentions what a productive day they’ve had.

Family Tree, "Welcome to America"A visual that rather summarizes the ’enduring family’ theme…

Family Tree (HBO) 10:30 PM ET
With the discovery of the American Chadwicks, Tom heads stateside, and while it looks like Bea and Monkey are staying in the UK, we do get Fred Willard and Ed Begley Jr.. I’m going to miss that surly puppet, tho.

Venture Bros. (Adult Swim) Midnight ET
Things take a turn at SPHINX when the OSI decide Henchman 21 isn’t managing things properly. I mean, they even failed to stop The Monarch from updating his look.

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


Monday’s Preview

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
The ladies of Hot in ClevelandBetty White, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Valerie Bertinelli.

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