TV on Tap: Keith Olbermann Sues Current, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” Change Channels, and “The Vampire Diaries” Goes on Tour

Starz gets in on the midcentury action with Magic City.


In a very surprising turn, The Fabulous Beekman Boys will outlive the network where it debuted. The reality series is moving from Discovery’s Planet Green to Scripp’s Cooking Channel. In addition to producing a third season, The Cooking Channel will air the first two seasons with added footage.

Former Empty Nest star Park Overall will be running for the Democratic nomination in Tennessee, saying that the recent anti-choice Blunt Amendment convinced her to run for office. This makes me hope she was barely acting when she played Laverne.

Bad news for those of you who enjoyed The Fades, BBC Three has decided not to commission a second season.

With Bent looking pretty dead, David Walton has joined the Greg Berlanti comedy pilot about a man who goes from womanizer to realizing his business partner of 15 years (JoAnna Garcia) is his soulmate. So they’ve found a way to mix the awfulness of Perfect Couples with the blandness of Better with You?

It already inspired the Matt Damon movie The Informant, now This American Life is inspiring a TV project. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas is teaming up with Owen Wilson and Ira Glass to develop a show based on the story of a man who went from meth smuggler, copywriter to missing persons investigator.

NBC is working on a reality series, Stars Earn Stripes where nine celebrities will train for a weekly military-themed challenge.

Keith Olbermann followed-through on this threat to sue Current after being fired from the fledgling news network. Among Olbermann’s charges is that Current failed to live up to standards promised in his contract, including that the network literally couldn’t keep the lights on in his studio.

Are you looking to spend time with other fans of The Vampire Diaries? A series of Vampire Diaries conventions will tour the country — with stops in Chicago, San Francisco and New Jersey. I have to wonder if there’s going to be some awkwardness at these conventions considering how author L.J. Smith was fired from writing future installments of the book series.

Now that there’s so little history on The History Channel, sister network The Military Channel is expanding to historical shows, including Spy vs. Spy, which will tell stories about international espionage, and just made it to the top of my list of TV shows I want to watch with Rachel Maddow.

I’d like to retitle this list 25 shows Fox should totally honor at its 25th anniversary. Funny, I was just trying to explain Mr. Personality to my partner the other day.

Friday’s Listings

The Finder (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
The Bones spin-off moves to a new time in an episode directed by David Boreanaz, with appearances by 50 Cent and Salli Richardson-Whitfield. I’m going to try to just be happy the show is back.

Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
Before Nurse Jackie starts its fourth season, Edie Falco is exploring her family history, a journey that takes her to Milwaukee and England.

Degrassi (TeenNick) 9:00 PM ET
Eli and Imogen‘s relationship hits a bump when Eli catches her in a lie. Good thing he’s got Adam to keep him grounded… and likable.

Fairly Legal (USA) 9:00 PM ET
Kate‘s latest cast involves figuring out an aeronautics worker’s severance package.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Nick and Juliette‘s relationship has felt like it’s been on borrowed time ever since the pilot episode and a romantic getaway isn’t going to make things much better, especially when his new neighbors turn out to be creatures.

In Plain Sight (USA) 10:00 PM ET
Mary‘s had terrible clients in the past but this week she’s working to protect a bigamist hiding from his two wives. I guess this is the week Mary realizes the men she’s had in her life aren’t so bad, after all.

20/20 (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Barbara Walters will be talking with transgender beauty contestant Jenna Talackova.

Magic City (Starz) 10:00 PM ET
Starz’ new drama has Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the owner of a luxury Miami hotel in 1959 as he deals with the mob, Frank Sinatra and Castro’s revolution in Cuba. Basically, think Mad Men on a channel that allows for nudity and swearing… or the show The Playboy Club hoped it could be.

Monty Python‘s biggest controversy is the topic of Holy Flying Circus.

Saturday’s Listings

To Kill a Mockingbird (USA) 8:00 PM ET
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic film (and the centennial of Universal Films) USA is airing a remastered and restored edition with a special introduction by President Obama.

Being Human (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
We’re at the season’s penultimate episode as everyone tries to get ready to deal with the Old Ones.

Holy Flying Circus (Ovation) 9:00 PM ET
Ovation brings a “Pythonesque” movie about the religious controversy that followed the Monty Python gang upon the release of Life of Brian. How Pythonesque? It has Stephen Fry as God. It’ll be good to see God weigh in on that kerfuffle, even if he did take a few decades.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Sofia Vergara makes her debut as guest-host this week. Is there a pool on how many sketches will be about her accent versus the number that will focus on her figure?

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