“The Simpsons” Reaches Its Lego Anniversary, Six Seasons for “Hot in Cleveland” and “Childrens Hospital”



As of this week, streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu are required to have closed captions the same way broadcast TV is required. That happened thanks partly to activism by Marlee Matlin. Matlin is now working to make captions more accurate (yes, please!) and to try to implement crowdsourcing of captions.

Former One Tree Hill cutie Tyler Hilton has joined the cast of CBS’ summer drama Extant, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hilton will play a techie who is a “rock star” at work but socially awkward away from his office.

Tyler Hilton in "One Tree Hill"I hope Tyler Hilton’s wearing those cute specs on Extant.

TV Land has ordered a sixth season of Hot in Cleveland.

Also renewed for a sixth season: Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital, which will take a longer-than-usual hiatus returning in the summer of 2015.

Here’s the latest poster for AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire:

Halt and Catch FireI’m a sucker for nerdy puns. And Lee Pace.

CBS boss Nina Tassler says she won’t make an announcement soon identifying a replacement for Craig Ferguson. There’s time to start a campaign for your pick.

Queen Latifah has been picked to play blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for HBO.

Hitfix‘s Alan Sepinwall interviewed Enlisted creator Kevin Biegel who defended running the show out of order, “..to FOX’s credit, they knew that Friday night is an insanely difficult thing for a first-year comedy. If you just go, ‘Poof. Here’s a brand new comedy on Fridays,’ that’s tough. So they wanted to go with the four strongest cuts of episodes they had first. Which in theory makes sense. ‘Randy Get Your Gun’ is really funny, even if it’s confusing why there’s a new guy in the platoon or whatever.” He also hinted at some strong material in the remaining four unaired episodes.

Parker Young and Geoff Stults naked in "Enlisted"Enlisted

What does a reviewer for The Oregonain think of the current season Portlandia? She liked “The Celery Incident” but thought Jello Biafra‘s guest appearance was poorly used. I agree about the call for more Toni and Candace.

Is Chelsea Handler really quitting her E! talk show? Variety questions the story noting that E! has yet to acknowledge that Chelesa Lately is supposed to be ending by the end of the year.

Friday’s Listings

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Ricky Martin will be on today’s show to perform his new single, the new World Cup song “Vida”. (Thanks roni1133 for the heads up!)

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Nate Berkus is surprising one of Rachael‘s viewers to help decorate for Mother’s Day.

Nate Berkus

The Queen Latifah Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Joan Collins is on today’s show to dish on her eventful love life. Plus, Wayne Brady appears to play the “World’s ONly One-Man Boy Band”.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
It’s back to the custody drama (anything to get us away from Jen‘s stalker guy) as Will worries about Nick‘s influence on Gabi the Easily Influenced.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Knowing what other Grimms are like, Nick decides to try Educating Trubel to be a conscientious Grimm who keeps the peace instead of terrorizing wesen (like, you know, Nick’s mother).

David Giuntoli in "grimm"I bet I look good even in this light.”

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
McGarrett takes a break from the tropical weather of Hawaii for a trip to Afghanistan where he takes on a mission to rescue a young hostage. That’s seems like Steve’s idea of a vacation, at least.

Hannibal (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
We take another step into Hannibal continuity as Michael Pitt makes his debut as Mason Verger (who goes on to be a major villain in Hannibal the movie). That’s not the only troublesome character, Freddie‘s back and she’s uncovering a new story.

Michael Pitt as Mason Verger in "Hannibal"

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
In a lesson of how not to propagandize, Liber8 attacks and takes hostages at a TV station. These guys.

Hello Ross (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Ross is getting a visit from Mario Lopez.

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