TV on Tap: Jewel, Rob Lowe Sign Up for Lifetime Movies, Margaret Cho is Returning to “30 Rock” and Forecasting the Chances of The CW’s Bubble Shows


Raise your glass to the final In Plain Sight.

News

Five of Bart‘s ex-girlfriends will be making a return appearance on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons, bringing Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Silverman and Anne Hathaway back to the animated comedy.

Is HBO’s business model changing? Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes told analysts that, thanks to increased original programming, HBO has more freedom to walk away from negotiations with movie studios, since customers subscribe to HBO more for the programming than the movies.

Starz has ordered a pirate drama from Michael Bay, Black Sails, that’s a prequel to the novel Treasure Island. I’m sure I’m not alone in expecting to see naval battles with huge explosions.

Now that the CW has renewed its sure bets — Supernatural, 90210 (can we talk about bringing Teddy back, now?) and The Vampire Diaries — attention is turning to the network’s many bubble shows. Deadline says that Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie are likely to return while Nikita remains possible but not as certain. The Secret Circle is conspicuously missing from the discussion.

Margaret Cho will appear in the last two episodes of 30 Rock. Two episodes. The only thing that could make me happier is if Kim Jong-Il joined the cast of The Queen of Jordan.

Lifetime was able to get us to move on from discussing that terrible new logo, by announcing some attention-getting casting for upcoming movies. First, Jewel will play June Carter Cash in a movie based on Cash’s memoir. She’ll star with Matt Ross (Big Love‘s Alby) who will play Johnny Cash.

Meanwhile, Rob Lowe, who was already in one true-crime Lifetime movie with Drew Peterson: Untouchable, will play the man who prosecuted Casey Anthony.

In an unsurprising move considering the series’ ratings, Bravo has renewed Million Dollar Listing New York.

Friday’s Listings

The Nate Berkus Show  (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate‘s getting a visit from Jessica Alba who will be the latest guest to demonstrate how to make old furniture look expensive.

The View (ABC) Check local listings
There’s an Avengers double-feature today with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth appearing to discuss this weekend’s big blockbuster.

In Plain Sight marathon (USA) starting at 6:00 AM ET
USA is preparing to say goodbye to Marshall Mary and Marshall Marshall by revisiting the series’ final season.

The Finder (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Walt finds himself dealing with Miami’s voodoo community when a mob boss asks him to find a voodoo doll meant to be used against him. All that voodoo is either going to make me want to reread Brown Girl in the Ring or figure out a way to play Gabriel Knight again.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Ryan sets off a debate among Team Nikita when he suggests its time to take what they know about The Division to the CIA. Unfortunately, it sounds like Nikita better have her “Told you so” scowl ready.

Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
This week, NBC’s celebrity ancestry reality show takes Rashida Jones on a journey to explore her maternal family history. I just hope we get to see Jones’ mother, Peggy Lipton, for part of the journey.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
A death in a wealthy family kicks off the Grimm take on Cinderella but I’m holding out hope for the storyline that sees Juliette dig into Nick‘s family history. Could we finally see Juliette become more than just someone Nick has to keep in the dark?

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
With a light, fun episode behind us, we’ve got an episode that brings back both Meg and Castiel. There’s also a new prophet in town and he might have the answer to defeating the Leviathans. Naturally, that means Sam and Dean have to battle to keep him alive long enough to help. Good thing keeping potential allies alive should be as familiar to Sam and Dean as the music on a K-Tel “Rocking in the 70s” album.

In Plain Sight (USA) 10:00 PM ET
USA’s procedural about US Marshalls in the witness protection program never had a gay character, but it was doing a lot more with the minor gay characters Mary and Marshall helped than shows with regular or recurring gay characters. That’s enough to make me sad the series is ending, not to mention missing the characters, the cases and the glimpses of parts of Albuquerque I almost never visit.


A new season of Logo documentaries begins with Legalize Gay.

Saturday’s Listings

Treasure Island (Syfy) 7:00 PM ET
Syfy’s latest reinterpretation of a classic story has Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver, Elijah Wood as Ben Gunn and a cameo from Donald Sutherland. That said, I don’t see the kind of genre-bending that made some of the earlier Syfy reinterpretations so much fun. Come on, Syfy, if you glue extra gears all over the set you have a steampunk Treasure Island.

Legalize Gay (Logo) 8:00 PM ET
Logo’s documentaries are back this week, starting with the premiere of Legalize Gay which takes a look at the next generation of GLBT activism, profiling people like Ben Cohen and Zach Wahls as a new generation takes on the fight for equality.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 11:00 PM ET
Graham‘s guests this week are Zac Efron, Matt LeBlanc and comedian Lee Mack. I certainly hope Efron’s people didn’t forbid questions about those pictures of Efron on that hotel balcony. It can’t be any worse than when he appeared with David Walliams.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
We’ve got Eli Manning hosting this week’s show with Rihanna as the musical guest.

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