TV on Tap: “Breaking Bad” Will Split Its Final Season, a “Downton Abbey” Death and an Author’s Visit to “Supernatural”


On the eve of Glee‘s return, the cast goes Inside the Actors Studio.

News

Bryan Cranston confirmed something that has long been suspected, the final Breaking Bad season will be split into two half-seasons. At the least, he knows the filming of the season will be split with a four-month break in between.

Veteran reporter Mike Wallace has died at the age of 93. I suspect that won’t stop the words “Mike Wallace is here to see you” from striking terror in some of the people Wallace has interviewed.

It took me a while to get around to watching last week’s Mad Men, but once I did the internet reaction to Betty‘s weight gain seemed a bit strong. Overall, I agreed it was a powerful development in her story arc, one that helped make Betty’s awfulness seem a little more understandable — if not excusable.

Waiting until next January for new episodes of Downton Abbey is going to get much harder with the word that the next season will include a key character’s death. Start your speculation!

Author S.E. Hinton visited the set of Supernatural and tweeted about the experience. That leaves me wondering if there’s a corner of fanfic where someone recast The Outsiders with bad boy characters from supernatural soaps.

Entertainment Weekly has the trailer for the upcoming Eastwood family reality series. So far, it doesn’t look so bad.

GCB hunkadunk Mark Deklin promises he’ll be showing more skin in next week’s episode, though I’ll let you spoil yourself on the circumstances. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like we won’t see much of Blake outside of his marriage (and what he does at the ranch) in the first season.

Fox might be weaning itself away from the Saturday-night staple COPS. The network has been increasingly giving its Saturday nights to sports programming, prompting Fox to cut back its order. Overall, Fox has been slowly revamping its Saturday night line-up and this is the latest step.

Looking at Thursday’s ratings, Scandal had a decent debut, though it fell below the Private Practice average. However, the big news was that Person of Interest beat Grey’s Anatomy for the first time.

Sadly, The Finder lost a lot of viewers in moving from Thursdays to Friday.

Listings

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
There’s a pretty faboo week coming up on Live! starting with a post-SNL appearance by Sofia Vergara.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
It’s “trilogy time” for Barney, Ted and Marshall, which means sitting down for the Star Wars trilogy and reassessing their lives. Since this is supposed to be a once-every-three-years tradition for the boys, I’m waiting to hear HIMYM fans either ask why we haven’t heard of “trilogy time” before or praise the attention to history. Sadly, my memories of HIMYM continuity aren’t detailed enough to know which stance they should take.

Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo) 8:00 PM ET
With Glee returning tomorrow Inside the Actors Studio James Lipton talks with Ryan Murphy and the cast of Glee… and, yes, Lipton does ask that question about Kurt, Rachel and Finn‘s future on the show.

The Voice (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
It’s time for Cee Lo and Adam‘s teams to perform in a live show. I’ve been looking forward to seeing Kim Yarbrough perform solo again, it’s good to have finally reached that in the competition.

2 Broke Girls (CBS) 8:30 PM ET
Another week, it’s another odd job for Max and Caroline and this week they’re signing up for a clinical drug trial. I guess that means it’s time for wacky side effects like heightened sexuality, random ticks or a sudden realization that you’re surrounded by one-dimensional racial stereotypes.

Being Human (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
The second season of Being Human has been a bit of a mixed bag. The world is still compelling and there’s plenty of great chemistry. On the other hand, the pacing has sometimes been as… distracted as the original edition can get. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for tonight’s season finale which sees the return of Sally‘s mom while Aidan and Josh both decide they’ve got to kill a troublesome monster in their lives. Sadly, much like in recent seasons of the original Being Human, the season could end with one less roommate.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
Get all of your canine punchlines including mentions of “going to the dogs” and “bitches” ready because the penultimate challenge has the dolls designing couture for a dog.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
After several episodes of being the adorably non-threatening sidekick, Max finally gets a moment in the spotlight as the Five-0 team tries to find a serial killer who turns out to have a connection to Max’s past. Keep an eye out for appearances by Teen Wolf‘s Keahu Kahuanui and Knots Landing alum Kevin Dobson.

The NewNowNext Awards (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
Kelly Osbourne hosts Logo’s fifth annual awards celebrating the up-and-coming, the buzzworthy and the pop culture morsels on the verge of megastardom. The show features performances by Adam Lambert, Neon Hitch (who is also nominated for the Brink-of-Fame award), Neon Trees and Rye Rye. There’s also the debut of a certain gossip blogger’s new abs.

Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard (Nat Geo) 10:00 PM ET
The latest special to remember the sinking of the Titanic has the man who found the wreck of the legendary ship, Robert Ballard, returning to his discovery to look at it from the perspective of the passengers and to argue that the site be protected from careless tourist groups.

Smash (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Now that the show has a star, there’s a whole new crisis to handle when she gets stuck in Cuba (Cuba?), prompting Derek to seek out an understudy who can pick things up quickly.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Andy‘s guests tonight are Monica and The Big C‘s John Benjamin Hickey.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (Logo) 11:30 PM ET
It’s the last peek at the drama that happens over Absolut cocktails in the Interior Illusions lounge for the Untucked season finale.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Jane Lynch will be visiting Jay tonight.

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

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
Tuesday’s show has Christina Applegate and Gabourey Sidibe.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ellen gets a visit from Jane Lynch tomorrow.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
The moment we’ve been waiting to see for months finally happens tomorrow, as Will comes out to Sonny. To make that moment even better, snicks will give you a liveblog to go with the long-awaited action.

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