TV on Tap: Fox Renews “Bones,” Tori Spelling Referees Some “Craft Wars” and Elizabeth Banks Will Return to “30 Rock”

It’s already time for the Spartacus: Vengeance finale.



Elizabeth Banks will return to 30 Rock for an episode that will air in May. Sadly, there’s no word if Margaret Cho will reprise her performance as the leader of North Korea.

Fox has renewed Bones for an eighth season, guaranteeing the show will reach its 150th episode.

Tori Spelling is headed to TLC as the host of Craft Wars, a series where three crafting enthusiasts are challenged in different forms of crafting.

What does it take for a series to be a success on premium cable channels? Slate has a nice breakdown of how HBO and Showtime’s business model works and the factors that determine if a show is worth continuing.

In live tweeting the latest Survivor, Jeff Probst accidentally revealed that the show edited out a racial comment. While this comment is fairly mild in its bigotry, I’m frustrated to see CBS once again giving its reality stars a pass for their bigotry.

Reba McEntire‘s comedy pilot, Malibu Country, which co-stars Lily Tomlin, just got a little gayer by adding Jai Rodriguez for a recurring role.

Next Sunday, ABC will air a double-feature of GCB. Usually, that sounds like the beginning of a burn-off, but this time ABC wants to see how the series does in Desperate Housewives‘ time slot, with an eye to making the Texas dramedy a replacement next season. That’s a good sign that, despite the low ratings, ABC sees life in the show.

Since this will be Luck‘s only season, producers hoped to compete in the mini-series categories of the Emmys. However, since the single season ends on an open-ended note, it will have to compete against other drama series.

Katie Couric will be returning to morning television next week, as she’ll be sitting in for Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

Jeremy Piven will star in ITV’s upcoming period drama Mr. Selfridge, about a flamboyant American entrepreneur who opens a London department store. Considering the success of ITV’s Downton Abbey, it looks likely this series will hit U.S. airwaves eventually.

Friday’s Listings

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Oh. Yeah. Finally. It’s Nikita versus Amanda in their first face-to-face confrontation. Considering how Melinda Clarke has been scaring the bejeesus out of me since this version of Nikita began, I can’t wait for this battle.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
The death of a coffee shop owner might lead to some bigger developments for Nick as the victim’s sister might be a potential ally. Meanwhile, Adalind is back and trying to work her influence on Nick’s police partner, Hank.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Garth (DJ Qualls) returns seeking the Winchester brothers’ help in battling a shojo, a Japanese creature that turns any situation into a wacky/angsty romance. No, that’s shojo manga (huh, now I want to catch up on Absolute Boyfriend), this shojo is a creature you can only see when drunk.

Fairly Legal (USA) 9:00 PM ET
In a case that’s bound to make Kate think about what happened to her houseboat, a fishing boat captain and an injured deckhand have to find some common ground.

Primetime: What Would You Do? (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
WWYD‘s hidden cameras catch how people react to seeing a child bullied for having a same-sex couple as parents. Yeah, you know how the formula goes from there, but sometimes you need something where you know there’s a happy ending coming.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
With Camelot looking lost and Arthur‘s confidence fading, Merlin takes his pal to a certain legendary stone that holds a certain legendary sword.

In Plain Sight (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Has it really taken to the final season for In Plain Sight to tackle a case that brings them onto an Indian reservation? The reservations are such a big part of New Mexico’s land. That finally comes together this week as Mary and Marshall turn to a Native American detective for help in finding a witness.

Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) 10:00 PM ET
For the second season finale, Spartacus tries to ready everyone for Glaber‘s final onslaught. I’m sure it will be as bloody, but can this finale capture the giddy thrill of the first season’s finale where we finally saw the Roman nobles get their just desserts for treating humans as barely-valued playthings?

Magic City (Starz) 11:00 PM ET
Starz is previewing its new period drama — set in 1959 Miami Beach, just after Havana fell to Castro — with Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the owner of a lavish hotel who owes his empire to the mob.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
Megan Mullally will be visiting Dave tonight.

Esai Morales faces an apocalyptic wind machine on Syfy’s Seattle Superstorm.

Saturday’s Listings

Being Human (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
It’s the dating episode as Tom meets a woman online who is also a werewolf while Hal has his first date in decades. I just hope those dates doesn’t eat up screen time that would otherwise go to Tom and Hal being cute together.

Seattle Superstorm (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Syfy’s latest original movie starts with a UFO crashing in Seattle — but the real trouble begins when the crash starts deadly storms around the world that only Esai Morales and Ona Grauer can stop. It’s about time disaster movies started showing the Space Needle falling apart spectacularly. It can’t always be the Chrysler Building.

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