“The Vampire Diaries” Graduates and “The Office” Shuts Down

Plus Hannibal threatens a move to cable, advice on fixing American Idol plus finales for Scandal and Elementary.


CBS’ fall schedule includes a few big moves, surprisingly. Hawaii Five-0 gets demoted to Friday nights, with two shows taking its place on Monday nights — Intelligence, with Josh Holloway as a “high-tech intelligence operative with a super-computer microchip in his brain” (it also stars TBL-fave Michael Rady but I don’t know if Rady can get me past that premise). Also Hostages, a limited series about a surgeon (Toni Colette) who is blackmailed into assassinating the President by Dylan McDermott. They’re also adding an hour of comedy on Thursday nights.

According to Deadline, while NBC is debating if it will order a second season of Hannibal it already has a cable network interested in picking it up. I’d be incredibly amused if that network turned out to be TNT.

HannibalMaybe if they sent Hugh Dancy and Mads Mkkelsen to stare down NBC brass.

Kristen Wiig has booked an appearance on The Simpsons, according to EW. She’ll appear in a Homeland parody that sees Lisa thinking  Homer is behaving oddly after returning from a trip.

I’m not a fan of American Idol but Vulture’s advice on how to revive the show sounds about right. Sure, The Voice had spinning chairs but what made the first season compelling were great performers. I wish these talent shows would remember that, bickering judges aren’t compelling TV the way an Adam Lambert makes TV compelling.

Despite plans to make a series that could be watched in any sequence, the upcoming season of Arrested Development will have to be watched in order. That sounded like an exciting experiment in TV storytelling but I guess I’ll just be happy to spend time with the Bluth family again.

 Arrested Development

Turner is planning to release an app that will let smartphone and tablet users to watch TNT and TBS live — if you already subscribe to cable.

Just yesterday Heydrichmuller, asked about the fate of the Amazon pilot Alpha House. Now, Deadline reports that its about to decide which pilots it will turn into series. The decision will be based on how many people watch each pilot and how often it gets shared on social media, so you can try to influence it.

The ACLU has started a petition asking Modern Family to give Cam and Mitch a wedding. I’m still debating how I feel about that.


The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
Andy Cohen visits the show today.

The Big Bang Theory, "The Bon Voyage Reaction"

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
The balance of power shifts a little between Sheldon and Leonard thanks to a bit of success for Leonard. As you’d expect, that makes Sheldon insufferable.

The Office Retrospective (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
I don’t know about this. The Office was a great show and it looks like it’s on the way to delivering a great finale. I’m just not sure if I appreciate it enough to watch talking heads find new ways to say how much the loved the show. Can I make it through an hour without grumbling about all the little things that frustrated me about the series? Maybe I should let my guy play games for an extra hour.

The Vampire Diaries, "Graduation"At least Damon remembers his best look.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
At this point, I’m so removed from The Vampire Diaries that the promos for tonight’s finale made almost no sense to me. I guess that’s what happens when you get annoyed and hit the fast forward button too often. I did see Alaric. At least, there’s something for me to eagerly anticipate.

The Office (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
To be honest, I never fully warmed up to the classic Office. It was one of those shows I appreciated but never really enjoyed. However, I loved the series’ wrap-up which checked on the characters after their lives had been turned into TV drama. Thus, I’m thrilled the series’ U.S. counterpart is similarly ending a few months after the documentary aired, giving the show a chance to tell a story about how life changes after the cameras stop filming. Oh, there’s also a long list of guest stars including returnees Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak and Mike Schur as well as the likes of Joan Cusack, Ed Begley, Jr. and Rachael Harris who somehow never had a guest role until now.

The Office, "Finale"“Whatever happened to Andy Bernard?” This looks very promising.

Elementary (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
For the two-hour finale, Sherlock deals with the discovery that Irene Adler is still alive and remembers his days with her. Oh, and I’m pretty sure that guy claiming to be Moriarty is still out there. That might come up.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Graham’s guests this week include Olivia Colman (remember Simon’s mom from Beautiful People?), Hugh Laurie and reality TV host Lord Alan Sugar.

Scandal, "White Hat's Back On"

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
The second season finale is called “White Hat’s Back On” which suggests that “white hat” delusion is back. (As much as Scandal is an hour of schadenfreude for me, Olivia’s relative sense of morality does say a lot about the city of Scandal.) Still, after last week’s revelations, we’re no linger sure what color hat David is wearing nowadays. That should be an interesting revelation.

Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo) 10:00 PM ET
Tabatha heads to a salon where the owner struggles to get anything resembling respect from the staff. Yeah, I’m foreseeing great displays of patience on Tabatha’s part.

Hannibal (NBC) 10:15 PM ET
The latest reason for Will’s sanity to keep slipping away is a killer who uses his victims’ vocal chords to make some gruesome music. Me, I’m losing it over the idea of that cabernet sauvignon barrel-aged porter. (I’m guessing porter that didn’t look dark enough to be a stout.)

Hannibal, "Formage"Good thing that isn’t a roomba. That would be too much adorable in a room full of dogs and Hugh Dancy.

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FX) 11:00 PM ET
The faboo Aisha Tyler’s headed to chat with Kamau this week.

Conan (TBS) 11:00 PM ET
Zachary Quinto continues promoting Star Trek with a visit to Conan’s couch.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
The faboo Vanessa Williams’ next stop is a chat with the Talk ladies.


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