TV on Tap: HBO Goes “Behind the Candelabra” and “Smash” Ends at the Tonys



A&E has cancelled the long-running reality show Intervention. That puts the end to a pretty remarkable run that helped 156 people turn sober and stay sober.

Mrs. Frederic has found a new job, C.C.H. Pounder is taking a role for a multi-episode arc on Sons of Anarchy, according to EW.

In the Flesh doesn’t make its stateside debut for a couple more weeks, but you won’t have to worry about how it ends. BBC Three just ordered a second season (or commissioned a second series to follow the UK TV terms) of the zombie drama.

In the FleshIn the Flesh

At the very least, appalling reality TV gives the chance to give critics a chance to write epic takedowns. This time, NPR’s Linda Holmes goes after Fox’s Does Someone Have to Go?, which turns out to be so much worse than I imagined.

Speaking of appalling reality programming, Deadline reports that the National Geographic Channel has ordered a series described as “Kitchen Nightmares for churches.” I hope the show is nowhere as awful as I imagine, with the same kind of focus on profitability these other business rescue shows have

ABC Family is planning to air a game show where people have to spell words while facing “hilarious distractions,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. For a moment, I thought a spelling bee show sounded wonderfully nerdy but the “hilarious distractions” made me think of the awfulness that is Killer Karaoke. At least it has the amazing name of Spell-Mageddon.

The Americans, "The Colonel"With this kind of costuming, how could The Americans not be a hit.

Nielsen released the season’s ratings and most of the news is pretty depressing so I’ll just point you to this FX press release that declares The Americans as tied for the channel’s most-watched freshman season and the most time-shifted drama.

Friday’s Listings

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Grizzly Bear will be performing on today’s show — but not before they can surprise one of their biggest fans.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
La Toya Jackson is joining the Talk table today…

Syfy Mega-Monster Movies (Syfy) starting at 9:00 AM ET
Syfy’s Memorial Day weekend with a run of some of its memorable mega-monsters. It starts with Mega Piranha, followed by Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus at 11AM,
Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus comes next at 1PM and it ends with Tiffany and Deborah Gibson in  Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid at 3PM.

Mega Shark vs Gatoroid…and Kathryn Joosten!

Audra McDonald in Concert: Go Back Home (PBS) Check local listings
The multiple Tony and Grammy award winner performs selections from her new album in this concert from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

The Twilight Zone Marathon (Chiller) 9:00 AM ET
The 1985 revamp of The Twilight Zone is mostly remembered for having neutered the biting social commentary that made the original a classic. However, maybe time will provide the distance that will let us see it had its own qualities worth admiring? If so, Chiller has 8 hours to consider the possibility. At the least, it has occasional good segments.

A-List Listings (E!) 9:30 PM ET
This warmed over Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous wasn’t the show for me and I’m guessing I wasn’t alone based on the way it’s getting burned off on a Friday. Still, it is hosted by the adorable David Burtka.

Best Week Ever (VH1) 10:00 PM ET
Speaking of revivals, VH1’s attempt to bring back its week-in-review show wraps its first season this week. Best Week Ever was always a bit hit-and-miss, though this one did have Michelle Buteau to ensure the good parts were really good. That’s mostly my way of saying I’m hoping this season finale ends with a lengthy “Panties On/Panties Off” segment.

 Merlin, Colin Morgan

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the beginning of the end for Merlin with the beginning of a two-part finale. Morgana has found a way to separate Merlin from his magic… well, his spell-casting magic. Morgana doesn’t have enough power to undo Colin Morgan‘s charms.

Maron (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Marc usually needs some sort of personal issue to get him to do something, which is how finding out his ex-wife had a baby gets him to try dating again. ..

The Moment (USA) 11:00 PM ET
USA’s reality series about people getting a second chance at their dream career may have fizzled (too bad there isn’t a reality show where reality shows get a second chance) leaving it to a burnoff run on Fridays. Still, tonight’s episode follows someone who dreams of becoing a costume designer and gets a chance to join the Broadway show Kinky Boots. Burnoff or not, that might grab some of your interests.

Gabe LiedmanGame Liedman

The Half Hour (Comedy Central) Midnight ET
This weekend’s double-feature should be of interest to TBL readers. It starts with Jonah Ray, who you’ll best recognize as one of the Nerdist guys. That’s followed by a set from out comic Gabe Liedman.

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