“Warehouse 13” Returns, “Grimm” Gets an Early Renewal and “The Following” Wraps

Plus Aisha Tyler visits “Hawaii Five-0” and “The Big C” readies its final season.


There’s a whole flood of renewal news to catch up on. NBC ordered new seasons of five showsParenthood, Revolution, Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SVU and Grimm. That’s not a big surprise, considering those shows’ ratings. However, it is a surprise that NBC ordered full 22-episode seasons of all five shows, including Parenthood, which usually gets abbreviated seasons.

I just hope Juliet’s storyline is done before season 3 begins…

The CW has gone and ordered its first new series for the fall, giving the expected order of The Originals. (I’d have hopes that taking those characters away from The Vampire Diaries would make it better but now I can’t stand Stefan, Damon and Elena) while also ordering additional seasons of Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Best. Unfortunately, that’s news that makes me think that the future for The Carrie Diaries has gotten bleaker.

Meanwhile, Comedy Central ordered second seasons of Nathan for You and The Jeselnik Offensive.

Nathan for YouHow will a second season of Nathan For You top the first?

EW’s list of the most maligned sitcoms is a nice visit with the ghost of TV trainwrecks past. I still long for the chance to finally get to see an episode of post-apocalyptic sitcom Whoops! (let me repeat the postapocalyptic sitcom part, that’s almost as crazy as ripping off Black Adder in the Lincoln administration).

It turns out Jimmy Fallon will have a cameo role in the comedy pilot written by and starring Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney.

Diamonds' Nicholas Campbell and Peggy SmithartI never expected to have a use for my Diamonds picture.

Tori Spelling is developing a comedy for ABC Family, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series would follow two actresses who go from being co-stars on a detective show to solving crimes together. If you remember Crimetime After Primetime, that probably sounds like a half-hour version of Diamonds.

My current state of video game widowhood is due to EVE Online,
but I think I’ll wait for him to hear that the MMO is being developed into a potential TV series from other sources.

Is Doctor Who going from timey-wimey to jargony-wargony? I’ll admit the Davies era had its faults but at this point I try to remind myself to try to enjoy melodrama and not think about plot holes even I can’t miss.


Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Marilu Henner’s is Anderson’s guest-host for a chat with the cast of TV Land’s Forever Young.

The Ricki Lake Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricki’s focusing today’s episode on transgender people who “follow their own unique paths in life” including a married, opposite-sex transgender couple who have one biological child and a second on the way.

Marie (Hallmark) Noon ET
When Hallmark announced they were replacing Martha with Marie, I figured I was done with the time slot. Sure, Martha devolved into one big infomercial, but I figured Marie Osmond wasn’t going to feature DIY projects that look ridiculously easy until I spend the money on materials, fail miserably at the activity and spend hours trying to clean up the disaster. However, today Marie talks with One Life to Live star Tuc Watkins, who discusses his experience as a gay dad. Watkins is a OLTL fave (don’t forget, it debuts today) so I’m looking forward to this discussion.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sonny gets a reminder of how the whole town ended up suspects in Stefano’s murder as they discuss the chances of getting his help. Meanwhile, Sonny tries to see if he can find anything in Nick’s room. We’ll be following with a Liveblog.

How I Met Your Mother, "The Bro Mitzvah"

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
The gang tries to come up with a bachelor party worthy of a guy who regularly comes up with complicated schemes for everything. Is Ralph Macchio and a game of xing haishi buxing (you know, Barney’s old game in his gambling days) enough to merit a “legendary”?

The Queen of Versailles (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
You usually wouldn’t combine the phrases “award winning documentary” with “like a Bravo reality show” but this film follows David and Jackie Siegel, who went from attempting to build an American Versailles for themselves to hitting financial trouble when the housing bubble burst. (And if you’re thinking of feeling bad for them, remember that Siegel has kept himself in the news)

The Following (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the season finale and that calls for Carroll’s (James Purefoy) big plan to wrap up. After fourteen episodes of twists and big deaths, you can’t expect the season to end without even more bloodletting, though at this point my cheer list is down to Weston (Shawn Ashmore).

The Following, "The Final Chapter" “Walk slowly with music from Pulp Fiction playing in your head.”

Defiance (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
As if life in Defiance weren’t challenging enough, they have to deal with a swarm of Hellbugs. Admittedly, that sounds like it would be an awesome MMO event.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
This season has been ugly enough to inspire bad Raven flashbacks, so lets hope everyone can stay calm as they reunite to relive the season and learn who will get the crown.

The Big C (Showtime) 10:00 PM ET
For two seasons, The Big C was a remarkable drama about a woman facing her mortality after spending her whole life deferring her happiness for others. Sure, Cathy had moments of selfishness but it felt so true in those first two seasons, it ached. Then came the third season, when Cathy and Paul turned into selfish, entitled brats, along with everyone in their orbit. I can’t think of another show that nosedived in quality so drastically, so suddenly. Tonight, The Big C beings a final, short season with Adam fighting his mother’s plans to throw him a party for his 16 birthday. That seems a good test to see if the show has found its creative footing or if these characters will go down making us happy its over.

Hawaii Five-0, "Imi Loko Ka Uhane"

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
When I heard that this week’s episode would see the Five-0 team’s big media interview get disrailed by Wo Fat I was hoping a local anchor might get the job and let me bask in the glow of nostalgia. That’s not the case but I can’t feel disappointed when Aisha Tyler is in the role. Besides, this saves me from realizing that the local CBS affiliate hasn’t been “one of the good things about Hawaii” for over a decade.

Bates Motel (A&E) 10:00 PM ET
Sure, there’s the whole matter of explaining why there’s a dead police deputy on the front steps but Norma’s busy taking care of the Bates Motel’s first guest. Unsurprisingly, he has a tendency to suddenly appear in dark rooms of the Bates residence and doesn’t realize that rarely goes well.

Warehouse 13, "The Living and the Dead""Tonight’s premiere also has James Marsters.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Last season, it looked like the Warehouse team had found its most fearsome foe, a man who managed to destroy the Warehouse. However, it turned out that undoing that damage only managed to create an even more formidable foe — Artie, who used his knowledge of the Warehouse and the idiotic lack of communication among warehouses to unleash a deadly plague. I can’t wait to see how they top that.

Revolution (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Forget political power and deciding the fate of humanity, this week Miles and Monroe are fighting over the return of an old crush.

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


Tomorrow’s Preview

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Dana Delany’s set to chat with Anderson and guest co-host Vivic A. Fox.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sonny’s misadventures in breaking into ex-con apartments continue tomorrow.

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