The “Bates Motel” Staying Open for Another Season, “Game of Thrones” Opens Big and the “Justified” Finale

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News

A&E has ordered a third season of Bates Motel. Good news for viewers, bad news for Norma Bates who just can’t catch a break.

At a press conference, Neil Patrick Harris responded to speculation about him taking over for David Letterman as Late Show host, “I’m super-focused on Hedwig at the moment, so that hasn’t even been a conversation at all.” He later added, “It would be an asinine amount of work.”

Neil Patrick Harris

Meanwhile, as the speculation into the next Late Show host continues, TheWrap reports that CBS was talking with Chelsea Handler about hosting a syndicated talk show or taking over The Late Late Show when Letterman announced his retirement. Now, those talks have moved towards the Late Show spot.

Syfy has ordered 13 episodes of Olympus, a drama about a young man who grows to be someone capable of banishing the gods to Hades.

TVLine reports that Enver Gjokaj has signed up for a guest role on Rizzoli & Isles. The hunky Dollhouse alum will appear in three episodes as a University professor who meets Maura at a seminar.

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Fox is adapting an Israeli game show, Boom! where contestants race to neutralize a “bomb” with wires that represent different answers to a multiple-choice questions. Can’t we get a reboot of Whew! and its gauntlet of villains, instead?

The Pink Ranger is becoming a spy! Amy Jo Johnson is set to appear in Covert Affairs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She’ll play an investigator who works with Auggie (while Annie still pretends to be dead, I predict romantic complications).

Samuel L. Jackson will appear in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season finale, according to TVLine. I hope this appearance is better than his first cameo, which left my husband thinking Nick Fury‘s the guy at S.H.I.E.L.D. who policed the different departments’ budgets.

Diana Rigg in "Game of Thrones"Can we have a Lady Olenna spin-off? Please?

The season premiere of Game of Thrones was the series’ most-watched episode with 6.6 million viewers turning in for the first broadcast. The only episode that has done better was the series finale of The Sopranos. That big audience was able to help Silicon Valley start strong, but Veep drew fewer viewers than it did all through its second season.

The ratings weren’t just good for HBO. The finales for Shameless and House of Lies scored their highest finale ratings ever.

Finally, amid all that competition, AMC’s Turn could only get a modest debut, doing 20% below The Killing‘s debut (which was the last time AMC premiered a show without a lead-in from one of its hit series).

Listings

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Clinton Kelly is joining Rachael today to help a woman who lost a lot of weight to revamp her wardrobe on a budget.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
TV talk shows can never have enough visits from Lynda Carter, but The Talk is willing to put that to the test.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
The classic story “One of Us Is a Traitor” is retold as… oh, that’s not a classic Marvel story. Still, there’s a traitor among the team and Coulson has to figure out who he can trust. Melinda May would make a great double agent since everyone is scared to even think bad thoughts about her, but she doesn’t seem like the type to let her loyalty waver.

Iain De Caestecker, Clark Gregg in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."“At this point, I’d be happy to hear you’ve been playing paintball on the helecarrier.”

Glee (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
The episode description says that “Kurt is the victim of an attack because of his sexual preference.” Oh. That lessens my excitement a bit. And what’s with the “preference”? His orientation is not like, say, how he likes his eggs in the morning. (Unless they’re talking about which position he prefers?)

The Mindy Project (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Anna Gunn takes a break from emotionally-upsetting dramas, taking a comedy role in between Breaking Bad and Gracepoint as a high-profile doctor who wants to lure Mindy away from her practice.

Anna Gunna nd Midny Kaling in "The MIndy Project"

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
The final four are tasked with creating their version of legendary vampires. I have to admit, that has me intrigued, I’m not sure who counts as legendary after Dracula. Nosferatu? Barnabas Collins? Lestat? Deborah Harry from the “I Want that Man” music video?

Justified (FX) 10:00 PM ET
For the penultimate season finale, Raylan‘s juggling his search for the person who shot Art (maybe it’s one of his twitter followers?) with going after Daryl Crowe.

Justified

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
It’s usually great when Project Runway does an unconventional challenge. How will this amazing show manage when it sends its artists to make something out of stuff they find in a junkyard?

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

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings

A Scandal double treat begins with Jeff Perry. Plus, Kristin Chenoweth.

The Ellen Degeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings

Guillermo Diaz is on tomorrow’s show.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings

A faboo week at The Talk continues with Joan Collins.

The View (ABC) Check local listings

Kathy Griffin will try to liven things up.

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