TV on Tap: Nancy Pelosi Will Help Say Goodbye to “30 Rock,” “Raising Hope” Gets Mike O’Malley and the Parents Television Council Goes After Kathy Griffin


Merthur kicks off their final season with tonight’s season premiere of Merlin.

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Typically, the words “Yes, Dear reunion” wouldn’t get me excited but in this case we’re going to get to see Mike O’Maley (along with Liza Snyder) on Raising Hope, as reported by EW. They’ll play a couple that finds the sex tape Burt and Virginia lost.

IFC’s getting into the animated comedy business. Out There will follow three socially awkward boys living in a small town, with a voice cast that will include Megan Mullally, Linda Cardinelli, Pamela Adlon and Fred Armisen.

In an interview with Vulture, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan says that Casablanca provides the bar for Breaking Bad‘s finale, “No one gets everything they wanted. The guy doesn’t get the girl, but he has the satisfaction of knowing she wants him. And he doesn’t get her because he has to save the free world. What better ending is there than that?”

It looks like Scandal‘s about to jump into the torture debate, looking at this preview at EW. For a moment, I totally forgot Shonda Rimes was competing with Ryan Murphy for the craziest mix of redonkulous plotting with social issues. (Has anyone whispered the words “Mary Hartman reboot” to either one yet?)

Great. I can avoid two jerks with just one show.

The series finale of 30 Rock will include an appearance by Nancy Pelosi, according to The Washington Post. There are no details on what she’ll do on the show.

Have you been looking for a collection of drinking games for popular, current TV shows? Buzzfeed has collected 14 of them for you.

Kathy Griffin must be thrilled, her New Year’s Eve antics have drawn the ire of the Parents Television Council. This will make great material for the season premiere of Kathy.

Soon after Al Jazeera’s deal to buy the channel was announced, Time Warner Cable worked quickly to take Current TV off its line up, a move that was quickly criticized on social media. The cable company responded to its critics, insisting that the move was a business decision and not political.

I’ve always wanted to see Channel 4′s House reality shows — The 1900 House,The 1940s House and, most intriguingly, Manor House and Andy Dehnart‘s right, a Manor House could get another look based on the current Downton Abby mania. I know I still love Frontier House, eleven years later.

Thanks to light competition, Chicago Fire it a series high in the ratings. Now, the show has to hope it can keep a good number of those viewers

Friday’s Listings

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s time for one of those miscellaneous topics episodes as Anderson discusses troubled teens, a baby with a feather growing out of its neck and another Frugal Friday where Anderson talks about how he uses coupons just like us regular folk.

Undercover Boss (CBS) 8:00
I quickly tired of CBS’ reality TV take on Horatio Alger novels, but this week’s CEO transformation involves a man whose perspective is changed by a lesbian employee who has been with her partner for 27 years.

Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET
It’s Reba versus the school board principal when she learns that the music program has been dropped. Meanwhile, Lily goes to a protest to preserve her medical marijuana.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
Oh. Yes. The most homoerotic retelling of the King Arthur legend is back for a final season. If Tumblr is a reliable guide, this final season is the most homoerotic yet. Funny, the days when I watched the first season of Merlin and thought the bromance was overstated seem so quaint now.

Over/Under (USA) 10:00 PM ET
In the latest installment of rejected pilot theatre USA giving viewers a peek at this drama about a stockbroker who is fired after a disastrous trade and ends up moving to one of those “transitioning” neighborhoods. This one’s worth taking a look at for its cast which includes WonderfallsCaroline Dhavernas, Steven Pasquale and Giancarlo Esposito. Good thing they’ve all found new projects since then.

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Yes, Portlandia already depicts a hipster utopia but for its third season premiere, the sketch comedy show establishes its Gen X cred by starting a movement to bring music back to MTV and take it away from those Snooki-obsessed tweens. I suspect there will be a generation gap in my own home when my eyes light up at having Tabitha Soren on my TV again (followed by a shallow wish to have Dave Kendall or John Norris back, too) and my partner remembers the days when he’d wish the VJs would stop talking and get back to the music.

The Brit List (BBC America) 11:00 PM ET
Who has it worse? The U.S. or the UK? Debate it as The Brit List counts down the 20 Most Outrageous Celebrities, comparing our two countries. Look, we may be stuck with the Kardashians but you’ve got Splidi on Celebrity Big Brother. (And then there’s Jordan….)

Saturday’s Listings

To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbé (PBS) Check local listings
I have no idea when this PBS talk show is supposed to air nationally but it’s airing on Saturday in my neck of the woods and thise week’s guest is out Senator Tammy Baldwin.

DC Nation (Cartoon Network) 10:00 PM ET
After being abruptly pulled, the Cartoon Network’s superhero block finally returns and that means the world will finally get to see the greatness of Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld.

Made in Chelsea Marathon (Style) starting at Noon ET
So, Style has been airing the UK reality show that seems to be determined to prove that the states don’t have a monopoly on awful rich people with more awfulness than sense — or the cringe-inducing “how do people find this entertaining?” production values of The Hills. The Soup has made this one look like a watchable trainwreck, but I was a little wary about playing a (very minor) role in making a trainwreck the next reason for screaming “Why are we taking this trash so seriously?” at the TV. But since Style is burning off the entire second season on a Saturday afternoon, feel free to laugh at the awkward expressions and robotic behavior that we’re supposed to find compelling.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM ET
Graham‘s got a packed holiday movie guest list this week with Tom Cruise (I forgot he even had a holiday movie until I typed his name), Hugh Jackman, Billy Crystal along with comedian John Bishop, celebrity baker Paul Hollywood and presenter Mary Berry. Finally, for a musical guest there’s Pink.

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