TV on Tap: Will’s Uncle is Coming to “Days of Our Lives,” Sherlock is Not a Sociopath and Should “Saturday Night Live” Nominate B.J. Novak to Play Paul Ryan?

Yeah, I’m still looking at Major Crimes and thinking,
President Roslin‘s solving crime! With Hugh of the Borg!”

Yiiikes, with the Olympics out of the way, there’s a whole lot of TV. I’m still figuring out how my DVR is going to catch all of it.


Former General Hospital star Greg Vaughan is headed to Salem. Vaughn will join Days of Our Lives as Sami‘s brother Eric, who was last played by AE-fave Jensen Ackles (remember the early rumors that Eric would turn out to be gay?)

In further soap news, Ronn Moss one of only four actors who was a part of The Bold and the Beautiful since the beginning, is quitting the show after 25 years.

io9 asks “Are fan fiction and fan art legal?” Frustratingly, the answer is complicated, very complicated and probably comes down to who’s involved.

A mini Sopranos reunion is coming to The Good Wife as Annabella Sciorra will appear as a mob lawyer who looks a lot like Alicia.

Will The Office‘s B.J. Novak become this election season’s Tina Fey? Fans on Twitter have suggested he should play Vice President nominee Paul Ryan on Saturday Night Live.

GSN, the former Game Show Network, is justifying its venturing into reality TV by calling it “real-life games” starting with a show about a car dealership that accepts bartered deals.

Lifetime has picked up a reality show about aspiring inventors who want to get their product into grocery stores — basically, a packaged food take on Shark Tank. The winner gets a national launch, which seems like an apt move following the debut of such a lengthy commercial for the product.

One of the many memorable lines from the first episode of Sherlock comes when the lead describes himself as a “functioning sociopath.” However, if you consider how psychologists define the term, he’s no such thing.


Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sheesh, I know we had the Olympics to watch but having some shows I expect to always be there suddenly go away for a couple weeks — that wasn’t a fun way to find out which shows I’d miss. (It’ll be good to have Thomas Roberts appearing on my DVR again.) Today, we finally get back to the Daysaster which gives Will a chance to be a hero. After those two weeks without any Days in them, we’re celebrating with a welcome back liveblog to be sure to join us starting at 1PM Eastern!

Bunheads (ABC Family) 9:00 PM ET
You know that saying “you can’t fight city hall”? Apparently, Michelle can be inspired to disregard that bit of advice when it comes to coffee and standing up for the coffee genius she just found. Fighting for good coffee makes it clear Michelle has her priorities straight.

The Closer (TNT) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the final chapter and Phillip Stroh is back to tussle with Brenda one last time. Will Brenda take him down in her final case?

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
The next artifact takes the team to New Orleans where they encounter Being Human‘s Sam Huntingon, who seems to be trading his hurt puppy looks for a bit of scruff (he looks good either way).

Grimm (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
NBC’s surprise hit (so much for that Friday night time slot of doom) makes an early return tonight with Nick‘s mother (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) suddenly showing up and throwing a wrench into things. While I thought much of the first season was more “solidly entertaining” than “great,” Grimm steadily improved as it better defined the world of the wessen, which makes me even more eager for this second season.

Mythbusters (Discovery) 10:00 PM ET
My tastes in nature programming runs more to the “Lifestyles of creatures so adorable you wish you could hug them without risking major injury” than to programs about predators, so I don’t really see the big deal about The Discovery Channel’s shark week. That said, the Mythbusters usually manages to come up with shark week programming that gets past my disinterest.

In the Big House (Logo) 10:00 PM ET
It’s time to get to know even more of the Verdi family as Big Lou and Louis go to visit grandma Verdi.

Major Crimes (TNT) 10:00 PM ET
Whatever happens to Brenda, the Major Crimes team is moving on with Captain Raydor in charge, and her by-the-book attitude will strike a major contrast to Brenda’s anything goes tactics. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the way Dr. Morales is dressed in that cast picture hints that we’ll see him outside the autopsy room.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10:00 PM ET
We’ve been waiting all season for an explanation to Lydia‘s hallucinations, and we learned in our Jeff Davis interview that she’s crucial to the finale. Considering the way the first finale set up this season’s status quo (and how Teen Wolf storytelling voice has become bolder with each episode) I can’t wait to see where this one goes. And be sure to stay tuned for the “Revelations” special afterward where the cast discusses the finale and where they want the series to go in its third season.

The Glass House (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
We’re at the penultimate episode, which makes me sad becase it’s nice to have one reality show about people living in a house together that doesn’t hype a vile, gross man… or one that doesn’t feel so blatantly rigged. With several competitors still in the house, I’m guessing tonight we’re going to be voting for a winner among the several remaining competitors. Considering the ratings, I’m not expecting a second season but I’ll hold onto hopes that CBS might turn to the Glass House team to get Big Brother out of its horrible rut.

What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!

Trivia Triptych

Congratulations to NYCguy who was the first to figure out this week’s trivia challenge!


While plenty of reality TV participants have managed to stay in the spotlight by participating in other reality shows, these three were first introduced to audiences on reality shows and are now better known for other roles.

Grimm star Dave Giuntoli first appeared in Road Rules: South Pacific (he also competed in one season of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, but apparently had the good taste to get away from that series). Kristen Wiig is best known for her roles on Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids but her first major role was in the reality TV parody/prank show The Joe Schmoe Show, where a crew tried to convince one man that he was on a Big Brother-style reality show, even as he was surrounded by situations too crazy to be real. Wiig was a standout as Dr. Pat, a therapist who probably had more issues than any of her patients. Finally, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is best known for being one of The View hosts since 2003, but she first appeared on TV in the Australian Outback season of Survivor. Where we mistook Jerri as the awful one.



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