TV on Tap: Spartacus’ Final Stand, Patrick Duffy Wants a “Step By Step” Reunion and “Copper” Gets Alfre Woodard

Da Vinci’s Demons spreads its wings tonight.


Patrick Duffy says he’d like to participate in a Step by Step reunion movie and that it would be interesting to see how the Lambert family grew up. I just hope such a series spawns a serious topical drama that desperately adds a laugh track when ratings tank, giving the TGIF generation a The Bradys of their own.

You’ve seen me complain that the dark side of a golden age of television is a too-full DVR that make it challenging to keep up with all the good shows (as well as the guilty pleasures and hate watching) available. It also means that shows like Southland and Switched at Birth don’t quite get the attention they deserve. I’m still looking for time to get caught up on Game of Thrones, much less time to get to that third episode of Top of the Lake. Hitfix critic Alan Sepinwall is feeling similarly overwhelmed, noting that average viewers are also becoming a lot more wary about starting a series.

Similarly, Maureen Ryan uses Happy Endings to ponder the state ot the TV comedy, asking why the latest batch of critically loved comedies have struggled to find an audience. Perhaps it’s time TV networks gave up on the urban hangout sitcom to include characters who come in a wider range of ages (yes) maybe it’s an issue with networks seeking “big” concepts that creators plan to ditch (see Cougar Town) or maybe networks need to give a good show a chance for the audience to find it.

TVLine reports that Revenge is promising to kill of a “core cast member” in its season finale. I was intrigued for a moment but then I started to realize how many series regulars who could go away and I’d barely notice.

Can you really have a list of five worst TV spinoffs that never made it past the pilot without including the various backdoor pilots The Facts of Life gave us in its final season? One of them had David Spade (as a med student who hid his sensitive nature with sarcasm) and Richard Grieco as Natalie and Tootie‘s roommates.

The amah-zing Alfre Woodard will appear in the second season of Copper in a recurring role as a former slave looking to start a new life. I was initially excited but then I thought about Betty Applewhite and started to worry a little. Let’s hope this is the TV role that makes good use of her talent.

I think Buzzfeed‘s list of 25 actors who started on Undressed makes a good argument for why we’re due for the soapy anthology to get the kind of nostalgic treatment Clarissa Explains It All got.

Friday’s Listings

Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook (PBS) Check local listings
Fred Astaire is the entry point to a look at the complimentary relationship of music and dance. That includes a look at rare home movies and a look at memorabilia.

Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings
Anderson‘s chatting with the Johnston family, who call themselves “The Real Life Seven Dwarfs” and have a reality TV special airing this weekend.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It’s another day of secrets and scheming in Salem as Nick runs into Vargas while he’s with Gabi. Meanwhile, EJ, Sami and Will conduct a meeting of the Anti-Nick League. Be sure to join us for a liveblog of the action starting at 1PM Eastern.

Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Amanda starts to realize she’s got more she can use against The Division than her connections — she knows some of its agents’ secrets. Thus, now she’s trying to turn Owen with promises of the memories of the memories she took away in the first place.

Happy Endings (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
Tonight’s double feature begins with couples’ game night. Sadly, Wilson‘s (Wax forever!) not attending but Max is bringing his obsessive-American friend Scotty as his better half. Then, it gets really gay as Penny writes a play that gets produced by Derrick‘s theatre group while Max gets recruited by a guerrilla marketing firm.

Friday Night Spotlight (TCM) 8:00 PM ET
This week, Cher (who is still alive) presents movies focused on how women handled the war while maintaining the homefront. It starts with So Proudly We Hail 8PM, Since You Went Away at 10:15, The White Cliffs of Dover at 1:15 AM, Three Came Home at 3:30 AM and ending with The Best Years of Our Lives at 5:30 AM.

Spartacus: War of the Damned (Starz) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the end of the road for Spartacus and his rebel slaves and unless the producers have decided to rewrite history (we wouldn’t object to that in case the producers still could change things), we know this isn’t going to end well, but will they at least take a good number of Romans with them?

Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) 11:00 PM ET
We’ve spent the last several months asking if Starz’s new historical drama will do a good job of portraying Leonardo da Vinci‘s bisexuality honestly or if that part of the historical figure would get ignored. Tonight we begin to find out. At the very least, Tom Riley‘s good looks will keep us pleasantly occupied.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
There’s a double-feature of faboo musicians with Cyndi Lauper and Adam Levine.

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