TV on Tap: Justin Kirk Joins the “Animal Kingdom,” Mike O’Malley Brings Us A “Prodigy Bully,” and Remake Fever Comes to “Space: 1999″


Todd‘s day in court arrives in the finale of
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.

 

News

I might finally be able to watch Justin Kirk in a show that doesn’t annoy me silly. The Weeds actor has joined the NBC comedy Animal Kingdom, where he’ll play a grouchy veterinarian. However, if you’re a fan of Uncle Andy (why? I mean, aside from all the cute) this might not mean his end since the next season of Weeds is expected to film before Kirk is needed on the Animal Kingdom set.

We’re going to meet the mother of Grimm‘s mysterious Adalind when True Blood and One Life to Live alum Jessica Tuck appears on the sleeper-hit supernatural drama. I’m hoping this means we’ll finally learn about what kind of creatures Adalin and Captain Renard are, and what they’re up to.

It sounds like the next season of Top Chef will happen in the Northwest, with Seattle and Portland competing to be the next location where Padma will eliminate contestants … by reminding them of the sharp objects they own. It comes down to who’s willing to pay to host the show.

Smallville will join the list of TV series that will live on as a comic book.

Mike O’Malley might be even busier next year, He’s agreed to star in the comedy pilot he’s writing, Prodigy Bully. where he’ll play the father of a child genius who uses his intellect to intimidate his peers. There’s no word on if this will keep us from seeing Burt Hummell.

I would not have figured TV needed a new version of Space: 1999. That said, they better find a role for Juliet Landau.

Breaking Bad badass Jonathan Banks is set to appear on Ringer in a recurring role. He’ll play a man with who runs a criminal operation and comes, in conflict with Agent Machado. If he’s one-sixteenth as shrewd as Banks’ Breaking Bad character, Agent Machado will be seriously outclassed.

When Happily Divorced returns, expect guest-appearances from Morgan Fairchild, Sean Kanan and the return of D.W. Moffett.

While it’s not as worrisome as losing to The Big Bang Theory, the return of Modern Family beat American Idol among viewers 18-34.

What are the renewal chances for the 26 shows on the bubble? Things look sunny for the Happy Endings gang but it might be time to start hoping the cast of I Hate My Teenage Daughter finds a pilot that’s at least half as funny as they are.

Friday’s Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Okay, I’m going to admit to something. Throughout its run, I’ve struggled to like Nate‘s show, and today’s show works as an example of why this has never been a must-see show for me. It has Nate showing a couple how to make their clashing design styles work together, then a Food Network chef demonstrates how to make an inexpensive meal (in this case a Mexican brunch). That could have been used in so many times in the past. I mean, sure, Dr. Oz loves the weight loss tips and the secret dangers, and Rachael Ray‘s cutesy nicknames wear on me faster than Zooey Deschenel getting wide-eyed, but they never feel quite so repetitive. It’s too bad, I enjoy watching Nate with celebrity guests.

The Wendy Williams Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Vanessa Williams will be visiting to discuss the final season of Desperate Housewives. Meanwhile, Wendy‘s got a surprise guest-host to unveil.

Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook (PBS) Check local listings
Michael takes a look at the history of music performed in saloons, bars, dives, nightclubs and casino lounges, including the Rat Pack and Liberace. I hope he doesn’t overlook The Mary Kaye Trio, who claims to have created the Vegas lounge singer.

The Rosie Show (OWN) 6:00 PM ET
Rosie‘s getting a visit from Tabatha Coffey, which leaves me hoping to see a sketch where Tabatha takes over Rosie’s show.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
The battle between Nikita and Percy escalates as Percy threatens to go after the woman who helped Nikita get clean, which gives her a chance to reflect on her pre-Division days. Meanwhile, Amanda finally makes use of her resources now that it’s too late (poor Amanda, it’s not fun being the effective minion who isn’t ever ready to become the arch-villain).

Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
This week, it’s Marisa Tomei‘s turn to look at her family’s history. Tomei’s most interested in learning about her great-grandfather, who legend says was murdered for his lifestyle of womanizing and gambling.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Yesterday there was a bit of scoffing at the news that Once Upon a Time would be taking on Alice in Wonderland since Lewis Carrol‘s classic is not a fairy tale. Well, apparently Grimm has expanded to covering nursery rhymes, since tonight’s black widow (Angel‘s Amy Acker) is supposed to be the series’ take on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” I hope this means there’s an episode about Little Bo Peep coming up, since I’d imagine that means killer sheep.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
The Winchesters head to one of those pizza parlor/game arcades where parents are being murdered by their children’s worst fears. Well, that will teach those parents to think it funny to chase a terrified child around with a Cheshire Cat doll. Still, it’s an investigation that leads to Sam facing a killer clown.

Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) 10:00 PM ET
The rift among the rebels continues as Spartacus has to deal with increasing division. I’m guessing it’s a debate on wether they should use free weights or machine weights to maintain those gladiator physiques. Meanwhile, Lucretia starts to figure out how to climb her way back to the top of Roman society.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Morgana decides she’s fianlly had enough of Merlin and Arthur‘s bromance and convinces Merlin he’d like to thrust something into Arthur. Sadly, Morgana’s convinces Merlin to try to run Arthur through with a sword, though it’s not like Merlin makes for a graceful assassin.

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
This week’s sketches include an appearance by Kristin Wiig as an enthusiastic fan of a struggling band — an enthusiastic fan with a gun. Also, Amber Tamblyn interns at the feminist bookstore and starts getting ideas about how the store might function better.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
In the series finale, Todd‘s fighting for his life as his case goes to trial. In the end, his life depends on Alice, who is looking for the evidence that could clear Todd’s name. I expect he’ll have to go to trial in the U.S. next, considering what’s been happening in his apartment.

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Check local listings
Carson will be talking with AE-fave Max Greenfield.

 


“Hey girl, whatcha doing?” Besides hosting Saturday Night Live, of course.

Saturday’s Listings

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
A double-feature of Valentine’s Day Peanuts specials sees the gang go through their usual romantic routines — Charlie Brown wants someone to acknowlege him, Linus and Schroeder try to get away from Sally and Lucy… you know how it goes.

Color Splash (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
This week, David turns to a Miami Beach parking garage as he updates a living-dining room. That must be some garage.

The Fades (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
As Paul tries to figure out why he got another chance at life, the town’s population of Fades seems to be on the rise.

Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Was someone looking to fill their weekend with the latest mockbuster movie? Based on the same novel as that movie with Dwayne Johnson opening this weekend, Syfy’s version has Mark Sheppard and his dad William Morgan Sheppard playing Captain Nemo at different ages (like they did on Doctor Who).

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:15 PM ET
This week Dame Judi Dench and Dev Patel will be sitting on Graham‘s couch.

Would You Rather? with Graham Norton (BBC America) 11:00 PM ET
Some of the funniest WYR guests are back this week with Alan Cumming, Faith Salie, Scott Adsit and Dave Hill.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Zooey Deschanel guests hosts this week’s show, so I’m waiting to see if they go all out and do a magical pixie girl joke … or a parody of her appearance on Top Chef Masters where she revealed that she has a very restrictive diet (which, surprisingly, did not include pixie dust).

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