TV on Tap: John Barrowman’s “Hollow Earth” Is Being Adapted for TV, “Parks & Recreation” Gets Political Cameos, and How to Keep Twitter from Spoiling You

Portlandia goes back in line for another serving of brunch.


Pretty Little Liars is getting gayer for Halloween with Adam Lambert appearing as himself in the Halloween episode. He’ll appear in one scene, perform two songs and fuel story ideas for the Lucas/Caleb shippers.

Burn Notice has signed Patton Oswalt and Sonja Sohn to appear in upcoming episodes. The Wire alum Sohn will play a CIA expert on counter-intelligence procedures in one episode while Oswalt will play a smuggler the group turns to for help in two episodes.

Here’s how to block spoilers from coming into your Twitter feed. That seems easier than avoiding twitter whenever I fall behind on a show — especially since there’s always some show where my DVR failed.

Aaron Sorkin thinks its all the other writers who are the problem on The Newsroom.

John and Carole Barrowman‘s book Hollow Earth has been optioned to be adapted for TV. The book is available to UK fans but doesn’t come out in the states until October.

Reality TV is getting increasingly fake but viewers don”t seem to care… at least, they don’t if they think the subject matter is serious. I think this is the cue for Big Brother fans who pay attention to the live feeds to feel a little bit superior.

HGTV has ordered more episodes of six series including Kitchen Cousins.

When Parks & Recreation goes to Washington D.C. it will include appearances by Senators Barbara Boxer, John McCain and Olympia Snowe.

With shorter and more focused seasons, cable dramas have an advantage in the Emmy race (where broadcast channels were largely shut out in this year’s nominations). Does that means it’s time to have separate broadcast and cable categories for the Emmys?

Friday’s Listings

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Ed Helms is the sane guest on this week’s show.

Lost Girl (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
I haven’t been able to keep up with Syfy’s Canadian import, but I figure there’s some of you watching and would appreciate a heads up that the series is moving to Friday night.

Bunk (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
Wow. So we’re seven episodes in and Bunk is having its first female guest, Nicole Parker, who will be competing with Michael Che and Ethan T. Berlin. Thankfully, that gets a little better in future episodes.

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
The comedy showcase kicks off with a Daily Show correspondent double-feature as host John Oliver introduces a routine by Wyatt Cenac. Hari Kondabolu, Mark Normand and Ben Kronberg also appear.

Portlandia (IFC) 11:00 PM ET
Portlandia gets back in line for brunch as they revisit the second season finale with additional footage and a behind-the-scenes mockumentary.

Saturday’s Listings

How to Fall in Love (Hallmark) 9:00 PM ET
Hallmark’s latest predictable romance follows a man who overcomes his shyness with the help of a dating coach — one who happens to be the girl he had a crush on in high school. You won’t guess how it ends, at least you won’t if you’re sure there’s a twist to avoid that “been there” feeling. The shy guy is played by Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius, really testing how badly you miss Daniel Meade.

Rove LA (TV Guide) 10:00 PM ET
The TV Guide Channel is importing Rove McManus‘s Australian talk show. The series is starting out with a pretty gay guest list, featuring Kathy Griffin and Lisa Kudrow.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 11:00 PM ET
This week, Graham‘s guests are Will Smith, Gary Barlow and Sir Tom Jones.

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