TV Heartbeat! White Collar Returns! The Chair Picks A Winner! Sam Heughan Christmas fun! The Comeback is Back! Chicago Fire, Law & Order SVU, Chicago PD Crossover!

White Collar begins the final con this Thursday with the sixth and final season of the hit show. It’s an abbreviated season (only 6 episodes) so strap in! In the premiere, we pick up where we left off, with Neal’s disappearance. The FBI and Peter assume that Neal’s on the run, so it’s up to Mozzie to work with the FBI (ha!) to figure out what happened to Neal.

White Collar season 6 (3)

Starz’s filmmaking experiment, The Chair, will reveal the winning film during this week’s finale. Two directors took the same script and made completely different films.  Viewers had a week to vote on which is the better film. Let’s hope that the popular vote makes the right decision and Anna Martemucci’s Holidaysburg triumphs over Shane Dawson’s awkward and crass Not Cool.

Chair Anna+Martemucci Hollidaysburg

Not Cool is so bad, two of The Chair producers (including Zachary Quinto) removed their name from the film and are pretty much disowning it. (One wrote an essay on how bad Not Cool is and why people shouldn’t vote for it.) While Shane is great at making YouTube videos for his audience of pre-teen girls, a feature length YouTube video for pre-teen girls seems like it’s 90 minutes too long. This was a missed opportunity for Shane to stretch a bit. (Cutting his Bieber-hair doesn’t count as a big stretch.) The winning director will win $250,000 in the hopes that he/she can take some time to develop their next film project. I hope that Anna wins since I’d be interested in seeing her next film and, well, I have no interest in what Shane Dawson does next.

Chair Shane+Dawson+(Director+of+'Not+Cool')

After a great first season and a blah/meandering second season, the third and final season of The Newsroom will focus on a possible hostile takeover of the network and a scandal involving leaked classified government documents. The Newsroom works best when it’s examining the drama behind how the news broadcast gets made so let’s hope that they have the right focus for this season!  One episode which is going to be full of drama? The Boston Marathon bombing.


The Comeback is back! If you didn’t catch it the first time, this show was a fake reality show about an actress desperately trying to make her comeback. If you like squirm comedy (my term for comedy about painfully embarrassing situations), then Lisa Kudrow’s turn as the awkward Valerie Cherish is worth watching.


What happens when James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Frasier, James Bond and Morgana le Fey make a Christmas movie? I’m quite sure, but their alter-egos starred in a 2011 Hallmark Channel movie A Princess for Christmas.  This holiday movie stars Katie McGrath (Merlin) as an American who travels with her niece and nephew to a far-off castle for a visit an estranged relative.  While she’s there she falls for a handsome prince played by Sam Heughan (Outlander). Roger Moore also stars as the disapproving Duke. It’s amusing to see Outlander‘s Sam Heughan without the red hair, kilt or Scots accent. With 5 months to go until the second half out Outlander’s first season, this cute movie may provide a quasi-Jamie fix for some folks!  A Princess for Christmas airs Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday on the Hallmark Channel.


HBO is also honoring veterans with A Concert for Valor which features a broad array of talent including: Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Dave Grohl, Metallica, John Oliver, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as special appearances by Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, among many others.

Several shows have been borrowing characters for “crossover” events this November.  It’s always fun to see a favorite character in a new situation and Chicago Fire and Chicago PD have these visits nearly every week.  These pop-ups can be a lot of fun — especially with Chicago Fire’s Mouch (Christian Stolte) and Chicago PD’s Sgt. Platt (Amy Morton). However, these fly-bys aren’t true crossovers with an integrated story that picks up in one show and ends in another.

Chicago crossover (1)

Unless you’re talking about a Dick Wolf three-way! The Dick Wolf shows of NBC are going all out and creating a three-part story told across 3 shows and 2 nights. The brave men and women of Chicago Fire will stumble upon a child porn ring that will take the story to New York (Law & Order: SVU) and wrap up on Chicago PD.

Chicago crossover (2)

Tonight: Hot in Cleveland season premiere (TV Land), The Game (BBC America)
Thursday: White Collar final season premiere (USA), Covert Affairs season premiere (USA)
Friday: Masterchef Junior season debut (Fox)
Saturday: Survivor’s Remorse season finale (Starz), The Chair season finale (Starz), Doctor Who season finale (BBC America)
Sunday: The Newsroom final season premiere (HBO), The Comeback season premiere (HBO), Getting On season premiere (HBO)
Tuesday: Chicago Fire cross over (with Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD) (NBC), A Concert for Valor (HBO)
Wednesday: Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD crossover (with Chicago Fire) (NBC),

Health check

The witching hour is over!  Lifetime has cancelled The Witches of East End which is a shame since this was a fun show and one of Lifetime’s more successful scripted shows.  Sadness. this was a fun show and there are so many unanswered questions after that season two cliffhanger…

Witches of East End

Audiences didn’t stick around for the A, much less the Z in A to Z and well, Bad Judge got a death sentence. Yes, NBC announced its first cancellations of the season. Neither was a surprise since the critical and viewer response wasn’t there.

Bad Judge Kate Walsh

Speaking of not getting a response, there is no Utopia for Fox. Fox bet big on this show which crashed on impact with its cast of shrieking, awful human beings. Perhaps this and the cancellation of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will finally let networks know that there are limits on how many human train wrecks should be on TV.

USA has renewed Royal Pains for another 2 years so expect more glamorous Hamptons fun for some time!

With these announcements, the networks probably won’t have a ton of news for a bit. After November sweeps ends, we may get some more announcements after the shows have had a chance to pull out their “very special” episodes. That’ll probably be the last round of clean up since most shows will have their fall finales in the first couple of weeks of December and will pick up new episodes in the new year.

TV HB chart 11-5

Stay tuned!

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