TV Junkie: Tina Fey Back on 'SNL' This Weekend
Ep. 4 Clip - Sansa and Septa in the Throne Room
The AP has a great story on the upcoming pilot season with many a quote from one of our favorite showrunners, Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me"). The lineups of new shows, remakes of vintage shows ("Wonder Woman," "Charlie's Angels"), and Americanized British Shows ("Prime Suspect") are enough to make you barf. How did any of them get past the whiteboard phase, developed, cast, and have pilots shot? Fortunately, not all the upcoming pilots are listed, just the most outrageously stupid ones, so there is hope for this Fall. What is disappointing is that there are fewer pilots which means a lot of dumb ones with big stars in them will get the green light.
Our friend Tim Goodman over at The Hollywood Reporter has posted a list of "Five Not Very Good Ideas In Television" and we agree with them all and the stupidity of each item is already being reflected in the market. "Giving Katie Couric a daytime talk show" is an obvious one - even CBS has dropped this option with her although she's supposedly in talks with ABC. "Launching gender-specific channels" - as of this morning, the CEO of Oprah Winfrey's OWN "stepped down" as that nascent channel is already having major problems. "Going forward with The Office, sans Steve Carell" - We love the moments the show has given us, we love the actors on the show, and we don't have any problem with what Will Ferrell has been doing, but the show lost 17% of viewers just a week after Steve Carrell left, this doesn't appear sustainable but we're always open for surprises.
This weekend: Can't wait for Tina Fey to host "SNL" tomorrow. On Sunday we'll have the incomparable Amy Sedaris on "Bob's Burgers" (Fox, 8:30pm), a great new episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones" is on for Sunday (see clip above) followed by an incredibly epic (do not miss) episode of "The Killing" on AMC at 10pm.
We were very happy to receive the press release from E! confirming the renewal of "After Lately." No word yet on when production starts, but the ensemble that Chelsea Handler has lined up to power this mockumentary show was consistently hilarious for its first season. Congrats to Chuy Bravo, Sarah Colonna, Brad Wollack, Chris Franjola, Heather McDonald, Jeff Wild, Johnny Kansas, Steve Marmalstein and Chelsea’s brother Roy, we look forward to seeing another season of your antics soon!
We have a new edition of the Channel Zero podcast up it includes the audio of our interview with "Daily Show" alum Brian Unger and we may have ranted to much about morons covering the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival, you be the judge. Get Channel Zero (and subscribe) on iTunes.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: Tonight - "Real Time With Bill Maher," "Fringe," "Camelot," "Late Show With David Letterman" (Actor Bill Murray; comic Mike Birbiglia), "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (Actor Will Ferrell; actress Olivia Munn). Saturday - "Doctor Who," "Saturday Night Live" (Tina Fey!). Sunday - "Bob's Burgers," "Game of Thrones," "The Killing," "Treme" (on rerun)
8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Educator Michael Eric Dyson; journalist David Frum; author Jeremy Scahill; journalist Peter Bergen.
8:00pm Friday Night Lights NBC - Coach must mediate when tensions erupt in the locker room; the Lions welcome a new player; Buddy deals with the trials of fatherhood
8:40pm The Girl Hunters TCM - (1963) Private eye Mike Hammer (Mickey Spillane) asks a bikinied blonde (Shirley Eaton) and others about his long-lost secretary, Velda
9:00pm Fringe Fox - Peter faces his destiny; a beloved member of the team meets an untimely death.
9:55pm Camelot Starz - The men of Camelot discover the territory beyond the castle is filled with danger and disorder; Arthur protects Guinevere as she journeys to visit her father.
10:00pm Blue Bloods CBS - An alcohol and drug addict comes under suspicion when his family is murdered; when Jamie's gun disappears, he believes that he is being set up.
10:00pm Our Holocaust Vacation PBS/KLCS - A concentration camp survivor travels with her family through Central Europe, visiting sites of her youth.
10:30pm The Whitest Kids U'Know IFC - Firetruck Pullover; Spanking dads; Careful commandos; Teacher's union; Didgeradoo.
10:30pm Fashion Police E! - Joan Rivers cranks up the cranky up to 10, shredding celeb fashion
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Bill Murray; comic Mike Birbiglia; Brother performs; demonstration by circus performer Brian Miser.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Singer Steven Tyler; actress Aubrey Plaza; The Civil Wars perform.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Will Ferrell; actress Olivia Munn.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Edie Falco; professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony; chef Michael Symon.
A hot (and pregnant) Tina Fey will be hosting "Saturday Night Live" tomorrow - everyone will be on their "A" game
9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - The Curse of the Black Spot The Doctor aids the crew of a 17th-century pirate ship who are being attacked by a sea creature.
11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Tina Fey; Ellie Goulding performs.
8:00pm The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business CBS - Season Finale. This Is Where It Ends (Brazil and Florida) The teams race through Rio de Janerio before heading to Miami where the winner is revealed.
8:30pm Bob's Burgers Fox - Weekend at Mort's Bob and his family spend the weekend with Mort the mortician while work is done on the restaurant; Linda and Bob double date with Mort and a female mortician (Amy Sedaris).
9:00pm Game of Thrones HBO - Ned looks for clues; Robert and his guests witness a tournament; Viserys clashes with Daenerys; Sansa imagines her future as queen.
9:00pm Masterpiece Classic PBS/KOCE - South Riding Robert looks for work in Manchester, where he meets Sarah.
9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC - Paul suspects Susan is causing his health problems; Lynette and Tom argue about their vacation; Juanita won't sleep in her own house
10:00pm Treme HBO - LaDonna confronts the return of crime; Sofia's father rants on the Internet; Toni takes the Abreu case; Janette and Albert apply for Road Home money
10:00pm The Borgias Showtime - Death, on a Pale Horse
10:00pm In Plain Sight USA - A witness who struggles with paranoia wants to reconnect with his son.
10:00pm The Killing AMC - Police learn more about Rosie's whereabouts the night of her death; Richmond deals with a negative ad; Mitch starts doubting the police investigation
Last night's "Jersey Floor" on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" was a blast: