TV on Tap: More “Downton Abbey” Coming, Celebrate Thanksgiving with Lady Gaga, and Elisabeth Moss Goes British

Logo’s Bad Sex examines sexual addiction.


Mad Men fave Elisabeth Moss is headed to UK TV sets. She’ll star in a BBC mini-series as a detective looking into the disappearance of a drug lord’s pregnant daughter. Could this be her chance to go from Peggy Olson to Jane Tennison?

While we’re still waiting for the second season to debut, ITV has ordered a third season of Downton Abbey, which will take place in 1920 and 1921.

Syfy has announced the casts of some of its upcoming original movies. Lake Placid: The Final Chapter will star Robert Englund, Elisabeth Rohm and Yancy Butler, while End of the World will have Neil Grayston, Brad Dourif and Greg Grunberg.

Mark your calendars! Starz has set the return of Spartacus for January 27.

The next step for Ringer trying to distract us from wondering how no one considers that Siobhan may really be Bridget? Casting Gregory Harrison as Gemma‘s dad.

Before it goes off the airwaves, One Life to Live creator Agnes Nixon will appear on the soap as the creator of the soap-within-OLTL, Fraternity Row.

ABC is giving you the option to celebrate A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, a holiday special that will include several performances from Lady Gaga, including a duet of “The Lady is a Tramp” with Tony Bennett as well as an interview by Katie Couric.

Friday’s Listings

The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate surprises a deserving firefighter and his family with a new family room, then Linda Evans visits to dish about the catfights and shoulder pads of the 80s camp classic Dynasty.

A Gifted Man (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
At this point, CBS has switched the schedule around enough to the point that I don’t have a clue to what’s airing tonight. It could be the episode where Allan Louis is a former football star who is now homeless, or it could be the one with Faith Prince as a bride-to-be with worrisome headaches. Or maybe another episode. CBS is starting to give me a headache.

Chuck (NBC) 8:00 PM ET
For its final season, Chuck has some great guests lined up, and tonight Carrie-Anne Moss makes her debut as the woman in charge of a rival security firm.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
When a prisoner makes a discovery about The Division’s operations, he tries to get in contact with Nikita. However, the resourceful Amanda hears about the communication and tries to send her own people to head Nikita off.

The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 9:00 PM ET
You don’t often see writer Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) make TV appearances, but he’ll be discussing the Occupy movement with Rachel tonight.

Bad Sex (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
Logo’s newest reality series follows ten people as they try to manage their issues with sex addiction in individual group sessions with expert Christopher Donaghue.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Dave meets a family with an unusual background thanks to a breaking and entering case. I didn’t think the first episode was a really strong pilot, but I’m really interested in seeing where things go from there.

Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Sam and Dean head to “the most psychic town in America,” where plenty of psychics reside — and where they are getting killed off by one angry spirit.

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
When the team searches down a fugitive Abnormal, they make a surprising and potentially disturbing discovery.

X-Men (G4) 11:00 PM ET
The X-Men have to fight a member of the U-Men, armed with information on the X-Men’s abilities and how to handle them.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
Neil Patrick Harris will be visiting to discuss the latest Harold & Kumar movie.

David Bromstad has more design insight in a new season of Color Splash.

Saturday’s Listings

True Life (MTV) 6:00 PM ET
MTV takes a look at the Occupy Wall Street protests, and the Millennial Generation’s attitude towards the economy and their prospects for the future.

beCAUSE: The Legacy of Brendan Burke (Logo) 8:00 PM ET
The latest beCAUSE documentary gives us a look at the too-short life of the out college hockey player and his attempts to improve things for other gay hockey players.

Supah Ninjahs (Nick) 8:30 PM ET
Mike focuses on his dating life, but he’s pulled back to his duties as a Ninjah when a creature known as Quake attacks the city.

Color Splash (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
For his season premiere, David Bromstad works on a house inspired by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, taking inspiration from the way the films depict nature, and making use of 35 faux animal heads.

Bedlam (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
In the season finale, Molly faces a ghost that appears as a burning man. I hope they don’t end the season with plenty of unanswered questions.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Grahams guests include Jame McAvoy and Joanna Lumley. Let’s hope she’s got something to say about those upcoming AbFab specials.

Blue Mountain State (Spike) 11:00 PM ET
In a special Saturday episode, Thad gets a concussion that ends up changing his personality. I’m guessing that means a sweet and charitable Thad.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
Charlie Day makes his debut as SNL host (with his big screen co-star Jason Sudekis), as Maroon 5 is the musical guest. Let’s hope Adam Levine decides to perform in a sketch or two

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