Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Dot Marie Jones
You might know her best as Beiste on Glee, but on Wednesday, Dot Marie Jones is taking her Emmy-nominated comedic chops to Baby Daddy (8:30/7:30c, ABC Family). She's guesting as a no-nonsense masseuse at the spa Bonnie (Melissa Peterman), Riley (Chelsea Kane), and Riley's boss Ms. Jensen (Kym Whitley) visit in the episode. "I'm just this big Russian woman who's manhandling them, basically," Jones says with a laugh.
James Roday, Dule Hill
As USA Network's Psych hangs up its pineapple after eight seasons of tomfoolery — or should it be called Shawn-foolery? — mystery takes even more of a back seat to comedy than usual in the series finale (Wednesday, 9/8c), ominously titled "The Breakup." While there is a murder to be solved (frequently referred to as "our last case"), it's a perfunctory distraction at best to Shawn's main concern: how to tell Gus that their bromantic partnership may in fact be over.
The Simpsons LEGO Figures
The Simpsons are building on their success — literally. The long-running animated series is getting the LEGO treatment this May, with a cool new set of figurines from the popular construction-toy giant.
Katie Cassidy, Caity Lotz
As if Arrow wasn't flying high enough already, the superhero hit is aiming for new heights with this week's episode, inspired by the popular DC Comics title Birds of Prey (which was also the basis for a short-lived 2002-03 WB series). "It's beloved," says executive producer Marc Guggenheim of the comic book, whose menagerie has showcased the Huntress, Black Canary and Barbara Gordon's tech-savvy Oracle. "We're excited to be doing our version of it."
If you like Syfy's Face Off (as I do), then you're already predisposed to enjoy the channel's new reality competition series Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesday, 10/9c), which often feels like a shot-by-shot copy, complete with fetching female host (Farscape's Gigi Edgley), insane time pressures in producing elaborately fanciful Henson-esque creatures, and a three-member judging panel including the likable Brian Henson (Jim's son and chairman of the Henson Company with its fabled Creature Shop). What Creature Shop may lack in originality it makes up for in creative energy, with the contestants further challenged in mentoring sessions by being made to focus on having the full-body costumes be fully functional for the skilled Henson puppeteers within. The climactic "Screen Test" reveals are fun to watch, and the critiques (as in Face Off) are smartly constructive.
Kristoff St. John, Drew Carey and Mishael Morgan
Come on down! Daytime's top-rated drama for the last 25 years — that would be CBS's The Young and the Restless — will celebrate its 41st anniversary on Wednesday, March 26 with a guest appearance by Drew Carey and an epic flashback from 1981 that's sure to leave fans buzzing. Look for Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and Neil (Kristoff St. John) to visit The Price Is Right while on their business trip to L.A., plus a vintage clip featuring Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Paul (Doug Davidson) fresh from their skinny-dipping adventure 33 years ago. Are the Y&R writers planning to reteam them romantically?
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Jeremy with a Black Piranha
Animal Planet is getting into the increasingly popular aftershow business. Immediately following the April 6 season premiere of its hit series River Monsters, Animal Planet will air the live special River Monsters: Live With Jeremy Wade.
In what initially comes off as a Habitat for Inhumanity — fueled by reality-competition juices that upstage the do-gooder impulse of neighborhood home renovation — NBC's derivative American Dream Builders takes its visual cues from Extreme Makeover Home Edition (airing in that show's old time period, Sundays at 8/7c), complete with an elaborate weekly reveal, although the only bus here is the one the contestants repeatedly throw each other under. Dream Builders' emotional dynamic is more attuned to Celebrity Apprentice in its nightmare blueprint of clashing egos getting in the way of a job well done.
Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice
Forget catfights and fashion shows. These days, reality TV is becoming increasingly about court dates and potential prison uniforms. The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, are currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to 39 counts of fraud...