Behind the Candelabra
Genre: Celebrities | Family | Lifestyle | Music
Status: New Series
Network: HBO ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: May 26, 2013
“BEHIND THE CANDELABRA”: Starring Academy Award(R) winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, this drama takes a behind-the-scenes look at the tempestuous relationship between legendary entertainer Liberace and Scott Thorson, his younger live-in lover. (Source: HBO)
The Haves and the Have Nots
Genre: Drama | Family | Lifestyle
Status: New Series
Network: OWN ( USA)
Airs: Tuesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: May 28, 2013
A drama about two families, one rich and one poor.
Love Thy Neighbor (2013)
Status: New Series
Network: OWN ( USA)
Airs: Wednesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: May 29, 2013
Episode Order: 26
A comedy about a diner filled with quirky characters
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Orphan Black, Bates Motel, Nashville and Criminal Minds!
1 | Was Division’s “death” on Nikita as satisfying for you as it was for us?
2 | Was it a tad idiotic of Orphan Black‘s Cosima to leave Delphine — whom she suspects might be her monitor — alone in her apartment? And who else wants to borrow Alison’s music collection?
3 | With Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and (possibly) Jason Sudeikis heading for the exit, is it possible that Tim Robinson (that is his name, right?) — a total nonfactor in his freshman voyage — might actually get invited back for Season 39?
4 | Weren’t you relieved that Game of Thrones gave us a break from the naked-Theon-torture scenes? Conversely, weren’t you bummed that the drama gave us a break from the Jaime-Brienne storyline?
5 | Which was Mad Men‘s better drugged-out sight gag: Stan vaulting over the coffee table or Ken’s tap dance? And which other TV show’s characters can Dr. Hecht visit/”energize” next? How about the Downton Abbey blokes?
6 | Hey, how about that Hawaii Five-0 season finale that left us wondering who was behind a door and whether Kono would be back?! Oh wait, that kinda was last year too, wasn’t it?
7 | OK, so, um… who’s going to be the one to break it to Bates Motel‘s Norma that, even though she stormed out on her shrink mid-session, she’s still going to be billed for the hour?
8 | Does it feel like Awkward‘s Jenna is sabotaging a good (Matty) thing?
9 | When So You Think You Can Dance puts an untrained street dancer through to choreography, don’t you instantly start feeling bad for his or her partner? And don’t you feel even worse for the untrained dancers who get sent straight to Vegas (and inevitably get their dreams dashed there)? Also, is there an FCC number where we can report Mary Murphy’s hairstylist for the atrocities committed against the judge’s locks during the Austin, Texas auditions?
10 | For all the abuse piled on American Idol for its female-centric Season 12 finals, isn’t it funny how The Voice‘s Top 8 has wound up being comprised of seven women and one male duo? Also, if social-media correspondent Christina Milian can’t correctly identify the contestants standing directly in front of her, how exactly is she keeping her job?
11 | When a TV show stages a “private funeral” — like the one Nashville held for Juliette’s mom — it’s really just code for, “We didn’t have the budget for 100 extras,” right? Also, did that finale short-change viewers by not having a character abducted by a UFO? And isn’t Coleman kind of the worst AA sponsor ever? Not only did he neglect to check Deacon’s place for booze and pills, he trusted the clearly spiraling singer to get to a meeting on his own!
12 | Could Criminal Minds‘ attack on Strauss have possibly been telegraphed any more? “Here, let me share with you a conspicuous account of what I plan to do, alone, when I get to my hotel room…”
13 | Are you now wondering exactly what kind of trouble Modern Family‘s Gloria got into in Texas?
14 | American Horror Story: Coven will at some point add a second male to its ever-growing cast, right?
16 | Are Rookie Blue‘s Nick and Andy giving off a more-than-friends vibe? And we’re not talking about them pretending to be a couple for their undercover gig.
17 | Did Hannibal‘s “totem pole” tableau out-ick the “angel wings” from earlier in the season? And does the low-level background music make every scene seem 20 percent creepier?
18 | Dare we hope that the incessant “Nothin’ says Friday night like a homicide!” commercial for ABC’s Motive (which, by the way, airs Thursday nights) is done running…?
19 | Of course Fox’s Does Someone Have to Go? was unpleasant and depressing, but how hard did you cringe when the three people nominated for possible termination were the only two African-American employees and the only older woman?
20 | Who wanted to be a fly on the wall backstage at Friday’s Good Morning America following Mariah Carey’s technical/wardrobe malfunction-plagued concert?
21 | Spurred by repeats of Chopped, we ask: Should contestants be banned from making the old reliable French toast or bread pudding for dessert?
The CW is inviting you to rejoin its Cult.
The cancelled drama’s creator, Rockne S. O’Bannon, announced Thursday via Twitter that beginning June 28, the network will air Cult‘s six remaining episodes in two-hour blocks.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Based on the following promo for True Blood‘s sixth season (bowing June 16), not only is there a new Governor in town, but he’s rivaling The Walking Dead‘s one-eyed dictator in the Big Bad department.
• Cinemax’s drama pilot Quarry has found its leading man in Prometheus star Logan Marshall-Green. The project, from Rectify scribes Michael D. Fuller and Graham Gordy, centers on a Marine marksman who, upon returning home from Vietnam and being shunned by the public, joins a network of contract killers.
• Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, Lifetime’s telepic based on the convicted murderer, premieres Saturday, June 22.
• Starz/BBC’s new series The White Queen is slated to debut August 10, following the Magic City finale.
On TV this Friday: Private Practice alum Audra McDonald singing live is what the doctor ordered, XIII wants to be someone else, The Perfect Boss stages a Melrose Place reunion and dating whips Maron into shape. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar tonight.
8 pm The Perfect Boss (Lifetime Movie Network) | Jamie Luner (Melrose Place) plays a ruthless drug-company rep (yep) who’ll do anything to get a new med approved by the FDA – and she’s not planning to let a meddling college kid stop her. Luner’s Melrose hubby Linden Ashby (Teen Wolf) co-stars.
8 pm Audra McDonald In Concert: Go Back Home (PBS) | The season finale of Live From Lincoln Center showcases the Private Practice star singing her favorite music in a gala concert at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall.
8 pm National Geographic (NatGeo) | Tonight’s episode looks at the painstaking preparations and grueling journey involved in reaching the summit of Mount Everest.
9 pm–Midnight Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) | If you’re behind on the Renaissance man’s recent capers, catch up with this mini-marathon of the last three episodes: “The Magician,” “The Tower” and “The Devil.”
10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | In the series’ penultimate episode, Morgana and Mordred prepare their assault on Camelot, and Merlin feels the weight of prophecy.
10 pm XIII: The Series (Reelz) | XIII’s life depends on his ability to take over Victor Gong’s identity. Carrington imposes martial law on America.
10 pm 20/20 (ABC) | Among tonight’s stories: the tale of a woman held hostage for 12 hours by her arsonist ex-husband.
10 pm Mystery Diners (Food Network) | The owners of the Big Easy’s N’awlins Café don’t know that their manager is hiring her incompetent friends… but they’re about to.
10 pm Maron (IFC) | Guest star Illeana Douglas (Six Feet Under, Shark) sets Marc up on a blind date with a nice girl. So naturally, he falls for a raunchy dominatrix (played by Maribeth Monroe, Workaholics) instead
|Friday, May 24th 2013|
|Discovery||Sons of Guns||One Man Army (04×06)|
|ITV||Life of Crime||Episode 3 (01×03)|
WE NEED TO TALK NEWS
… A&E is cutting off Intervention after 13 seasons and eight years of the worst surprise parties ever. According to A&E, the series will have covered 243 interventions in its lifetime, with five more episodes in its final season (debuting June 13 at 9pm). ! [A&E via press release]
… Clive Owen and Steven Soderbergh are in talks to team up for a new Cinemax series called The Knick. Set in 1900 New York, it follows the breakthroughs in the medical industry during that era before the dawns of antibiotics and miniature robots. Owen would star, and Soderbergh would direct all 10 episodes. Soderbergh recently announced his retirement from directing, but apparently that comes with an asterisk: feature films only. [Deadline Hollywood]
… ABC Family has ordered the reality competition show Spell-Mageddon), a new twist on the classic spelling bee. Contestants—the network didn’t specific how old they’ll be—will spell words while “hilarious distractions” try to knock them off their game. It’s being described as a spelling bee meets Wipeout. Sounds kind of D-U-M to me. [ABC Family via press release]
SCHEDULING AND NAME CHANGES
… The Season 2 premiere of The CW’s ballet-focused reality series Breaking Pointe has been moved up! Originally scheduled to debut July 29, it will now begin on July 22. Now it can be canceled that much sooner. [The CW via press release]
… Hey! That upcoming Syfy show Notorious Hauntings about paranormal investigators who check out historical sites? It’s now called Killer Contact. And it will debut July 16 at 10pm. You’re welcome. [Syfy via press release]
… Starz’s next original series The White Queen will premiere on Saturday, August 10 at 9pm. Co-produced by the BBC, it’s an adaptation of Phillipa Gregory’s novels about England’s War of the Roses. Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, Janet McTeer, and James Frain star. [Starz via press release]
… FX’s Sons of Anarchy is bringing in one of TV’s most trustworthy performers next season. CCH Pounder (The Shield) is joining the Season 6 cast as Tyne Patterson, a District Attorney who doesn’t play nice with SAMCRO and their violent methods. The move reunites Pounder with Sons creator Kurt Sutter, who was a writer on The Shield. [EW]
… DirecTV’s upcoming high-concept series Full Circle from Neil LaBute is assembling an impressive cast. David Boreanaz (Bones), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) have all joined the drama, which follows restaurant conversations between two different characters in each episode, with one of the characters talking to a new character each week until the “full circle” is complete. The DirecTV exclusive is looking at a fall 2013 premiere. [THR]
… Community‘s Jim Rash will be the host of Sundance Channel’s The Writers’ Room, a 30-minute roundtable examining some of television’s best series and the writers who pen them. Among the shows being featured are Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, New Girl, and American Horror Story. The Writers’ Room debuts July 29.
… You can take Kelly Clarkson’s name out of the running for next season’s panel of American Idol judges. A day after reports hinted that the reality show is trying to shake things up by looking at former Idol favorites to return as judges, Clarkson’s rep has said the singer won’t be judging the show next season. Now that that’s out of the way, hopefully we can get started on the next completely stupid unsubstantiated rumor. [THR]
David Boreanaz‘s new role is less Seeley Booth, more Lenny Bruce.
The Bones actor will star in DirecTV’s upcoming series Full Circle alongside Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Billy Campbell (The Killing) and a slew of other familiar TV faces.
The 10-episode relationship drama from Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things, In the Company of Men), who’s making his television debut, follows 11 people whose lives are unknowingly intertwined. Each episode features a restaurant-set conversation between two characters, one of whose storylines will continue in the next outing during a discussion with a new character and so on.
McMahon will play a charismatic and intense entertainment attorney who represents Boreanaz’ outlandish comic. When the latter takes a joke too far, a young girl’s life (90210‘s Keke Palmer) is irrecoverably altered. Walsh and Campbell co-star as Trisha and Trent, the parents of a classmate (Lost‘s Devon Gearhart) who has a secret crush on Palmer’s character.
The cast also includes Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock), whose aspiring singer intrudes on Trisha and Trent’s special night, Noah Silver (The Borgias) as Trisha’s student and Ally Sheedy (Psych) as his mother, Tom Felton (Harry Potter) as an exchange student from England and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) as his love interest. The final episode of the season, which brings all the characters together, will introduce Robin Weigert (Sons of Anarchy).
Full Circle is slated to premiere on DirecTV’s Audience network this fall.
Another Shield alum is ready to live a Charming life.
CCH Pounder has landed a multi-episode arc on the sixth season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, EW.com reports.
The actress joins SOA as a San Joaquin County District Attorney who comes into contact with the biker bad boys of SAMCRO.
Pounder is the latest Shield star to visit Sons, with previous guests including (but not limited to) Walton Goggins, Kenny Johnson and Jay Karnes.