Oprah Talks with Jason Collins, “Merlin” Returns and “Orphan Black” Gets a Second Season

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Plus, American Dad celebrates its 150th episode, Doctor Who encounters Diana Rigg and IFC gives Marc Maron a show.

News

Vulture looks back at the Stand-Up Comedian Boom of the 90s to claim that we’re in a new comedy boom, thanks to the rise of viral video and a new generation of comedian-driven shows on cable like Louie, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Tosh.0.

In excellent news for great TV, BBC America has ordered a second season of Orphan Black. As much as I love the show, I’m holding back my excitement until I see that Cosima survives the finale.

Orphan Black

TV Guide reports that NBC considered expanding The Tonight Show to 90 minutes when Jimmy Fallon takes over, but eventually decided against it.

Howard Kurtz‘s sad attempt to create a controversy in Jason Collins‘ coming out, already lost him his job at The Daily Beast but The Hollywood Reporter says that it looks likely CNN will also drop Kurtz’s show, Reliable Souces, too.

Does Game of ThronesKing Joffrey resemble Roman Emperor Caligula?

Caligula and Game of Thrones' Joffrey

HBO is developing a dramedy starring DwayneThe RockJohnson. The show would follow retired athletes living in Miami.

ABC Family’s upcoming drama The Fosters found a way to get even gayer, AfterEllen reports that Noah St. John is joining the cast. St. John is a poet who won the NPR Snap Judgement Performance of the Year Award at the young age of 15 and was raised by two moms (like The Fosters‘ family). His character is loosely based on himself.

Wow. It turns out the wrong person won the latest season of Big Brother Canada. I don’t mean fans disagree with the winner. The final jury vote was close and one person marked her ballot wrong, giving the victory to the person she didn’t want to win. Even better, the person who made the error declared that she was “150% sure” about her vote.

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Andy Cohen returns as Anderson‘s co-host, where Ana Gasteyer will challenge them to a game of “Which Andy was it?”.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Harvey Fierstein and Billy Porter are joining Wendy to discuss their Tony-nominated musical Kinky Boots. Then Judy Gold joins the Hot Talk panel.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Lance Bass is a guest co-host on today’s show. I expect there will be at least some mention of how he gave coming out advice to Jason Collins.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Since Nick dodged his questions yesterday (yesterday? I watched several episodes in one block), Rafe is asking Will what is Nick‘s problem.

Happy Endings, "Deuce Babylove 2"

Happy Endings (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
A less competitive time slot and a “Save Happy Endings” campaign have failed to boost ratings so this week’s season finale might be the last we see of this gang. Still, at least Happy Endings is going out with one more appearance by Megan Mullally and Michael McKean and the introduction of the third Kirkovich sister (Stephanie March) who is the “alpha sister” of the three. Holy crazyballs, there’s someone more alpha than Jane

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Amanda has started to put the black box up for sale, which means the President is about to figure out The Division is in pieces. Maybe turning to Cyrus (Isaiah Mustafa) can help.

Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) 9:00 PM ET
As the armies of Rome and Florence are close enough to see each other delivering side-eye, Leonardo‘s debuting his newest weapon. I’m already writing a note to the Discovery Channel asking Mythbusters to test it.

Da Vinci's Demons, "The Magician"Whoever decided that TV needed a Leonardo da Vinci with heavage… thank you.

Maron (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
I pause before describing IFC’s new comedy as “Louie but with Marc Maron” but from everything I’ve encountered, that’s a very apt description and an argument for tuning in. Louie‘s taking this summer off, so it’s a good time to give another comedy a sample.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
After taking a bit of a break, Merlin returns for the final five hours as Merlin tries to fix… er, whatever Morganna did to Gwen. It’s been a long break, I hope there’s a thorough “Previously on Merlin…”

Merlin, "With All My Heart"

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Dave‘s talking with recent Tony nominee Nathan Lane tonight.

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