Quick hits: 'Vampire Diaries' spin-off, 'Grimm' move and more
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There's lots going on in Charleston and TV land this week, and only so much space for us at the gazz to fill you in on all of it. So, to keep things brief this week, here's a look at some notable happenings -- as well as the usual comings and goings -- on the tube:
• Spin-off sneak: "The Vampire Diaries" potential next season spin-off, "The Originals," launches in a "Diaries" episode at 8 p.m. Thursday. The episode (and series, if picked up) is set in New Orleans, where Klaus heads when he learns of a plot against him. The hour will include some other "Diaries" characters, as well as introduce new ones like Klaus' protégé, Marcel.
• Timeslot change: NBC's "Grimm" will air one more episode in its current 9 p.m. Friday timeslot before moving to its new timeslot at 10 p.m. Tuesday, where, presumably, it will finish the season without further changes. It's replacing the dating show "Ready for Love," which NBC yanked after just two episodes and may or may not air the rest.
• Sitcom start: ABC launches its latest family-centric sitcom, "Family Tools," at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The show stars Kyle Bornheimer as a ne'er-do-well who takes over his father's handyman business after the old man has a heart attack. It looks about like what you'd expect from a show being launched this late in the season, but it does have character-actor extraordinaire J.K. Simmons as the dad, so it's worth at least a peak for that.
• Network crossover: At 11 p.m. Sunday, AMC will air the first episode of the Sundance Channel miniseries "Rectify." (AMC owns Sundance.) The gritty, Georgia-set show follows a man trying to rebuild his life when DNA evidence frees him from death row after 19 years. The trailer looks really good, and I'll definitely be tuning in. If you do, too, be warned: it appears this will be the only episode on AMC; you'll have to download the others.
Series premieres: "Weird or What?" 9 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy (strange mysteries and unexplained phenomena with William Shatner); "Inside Amy Schumer," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central (sketch and stand-up comedy).
Season premieres: "MythBusters," 9 p.m. Monday, Discovery Channel (10th season premiere revisits show's first myth; preceded by retrospective at 8 p.m.); "Warehouse 13," 10 p.m. Monday, Syfy; "Airport 24/7: Miami," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Travel Channel; "The Little Couple," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TLC.
Returning: "Revenge," 9 p.m., and "Red Widow," 10 p.m. Sunday, ABC; "Criminal Minds," 9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS; "Nashville," 10 p.m. Wednesday, ABC.
Season finales: "Project Runway," 9 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime; "Playing with Fire," 8 p.m. Friday, E!; "My Big Redneck Vacation," 9 p.m. Saturday, CMT; "The Good Wife," 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS; "The Vikings," 10 p.m. Sunday, History; "Bones," 8 p.m., and "The Following," 9 p.m. Monday, Fox; "Forever Young," 10 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land; "The Americans," 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX.
Specials: "Live from Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Carousel' with the New York Philharmonic," 9 p.m. Friday, PBS; "Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited," 8 p.m. Sunday, BBC America (spotlighting the fourth doctor).
Marathon: "Hillbilly Blood," 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, Discovery Channel. Originally aired on Discovery America last year, it follows two men living deep within the Appalachian Mountains.
Of note: "Oprah: Where are They Now?" includes a tribute to fellow Chicagoian Roger Ebert, 10 p.m. Sunday, OWN.
W.Va. alert: "The Dead Files Revisited" returns to Parkersburg, 10 p.m. Thursday, Travel; state natives David Selby, Chris Sarandon, John Corbett and Don Knotts lend their voices to "Griffin and Minor Cannon," 10:30 p.m. Sunday, PBS2.
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