New & Returning TV This Week (April 26 – May 2)

Happy Town
Episode 1.01 – In this Town on Ice
Wednesday Series Premiere


Faced with the Disturbing New Crime, Memories of the Infamous “Magic Man” Return, as Well as Bizarre Secrets about Haplin’s Local Residents

The residents of the sun-splashed town of Haplin, Minnesota — also known as “Happy Town” — have enjoyed an uneasy peace for the past five years — but that is about to change. Still haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings, Haplin now faces a disturbing new crime that brings all of its unresolved fears to the surface. Has the elusive “Magic Man” – who many believe is responsible for the bizarre abductions — returned to claim yet another innocent victim? As Haplin’s mysteries are revealed, many of its prominent citizens’ motives come under scrutiny as their own secrets and personalities are peeled back one layer at a time, on the premiere of “Happy Town,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

In the premiere episode, “In This Home on Ice,” Henley Boone has decided to take up residence in seemingly idyllic Haplin, just as a shocking murder occurs at the local pond. This horrific crime rekindles Happy Town’s dark mysteries, including the whispers about an unknown, evil force that has come to be known as the “Magic Man,” who may be responsible for the past disappearances of Haplin residents. Tommy Conroy, a small town deputy and son of the long-time popular sheriff, must help solve the crime while easing the town’s growing fears. This is made more difficult when it becomes obvious that the residents are hiding secrets, and that includes its newest resident, Henley.

The Haplin founding family, represented by the mysterious matriarch Peggy Haplin and her quick-tempered son, John, run the local bread factory, which is the town’s largest employer. The powerful family tries to wield control even while dealing with the fact that John’s daughter was one of the Magic Man’s many victims. The ever-dapper Merritt Grieves, who runs a charming but perhaps irrelevant film memorabilia shop, seems strangely sinister. The lively widows residing at the Meadows Boarding House with Merritt become all aflutter whenever he is in their presence. Haplin’s other colorful characters include Tommy Conroy’s boyhood friend, Big Dave Duncan, as well as the nefarious Stiviletto brothers.

Many in this small Midwestern town have skeletons in their closets, and some dark truths are being revealed about some familiar faces. There are signs both obvious and hidden that something strange is going on, as exemplified by a recurring bit of curious graffiti: a halo with a question mark under it. They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Happy Town.

“Happy Town” stars Geoff Stults as Tommy Conroy, Sam Neill as Merritt Grieves, Lauren German as Henley Boone, Steven Weber as John Haplin, Amy Acker as Rachel Conroy, Sarah Gadon as Georgia Bravin, Robert Wisdom as Roger Hobbs, Jay Paulson as Eli “Root Beer” Rogers and Ben Schnetzer as Andrew Haplin.

Guest starring in “In This Home On Ice” are M.C. Gainey as Sheriff Griffin Conroy, Abraham Benrubi as Big Dave Duncan, Linda Kash as Miranda, Lynne Griffin as Dot Meadows, Natalie Brown, Carol Haplin, Joanna Douglas as Shell Jenkins, Wendy Lyon as Donna Friddle, Daniel Petronijevic as Ronald Stiviletto, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos as Lincoln Stiviletto, Steve Arbuckle as Baby Boy Stiviletto, Matt Hopkins as Womper Stiviletto, Marcia Bennett as Rose Perkins, Diane Gordon as Esther Klapman,

Anna Ferguson as Irene Vaughn, Deborah Grover as Joanie Jenkins, Greg Bryk as Dr. Pete, Sophia Ewaniuk as Emma Conroy, Boyd Banks as Jerry Friddle, Kedar as Kelvin Tolliver, Brittany Kay as Lani, Luke Aquilina as Eric, Brad Borbridge as Perry Steckler and Cassidi Hoag as Jordan Kirby.

“In This Home on Ice” was written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg and directed by Gary Fleder.

Other interesting TV this week


is a bit less this week with The Big Bang Theory and Castle missing.

Chuck (NBC) is back with the extended season episodes. The first season finale ended with closure for Chuck and Sarah. In tonight’s episode Chuck versus the Honeymooners Chuck and Sarah decides to go on an European adventure. They soon realize they are on the same train as the Basque terrorist Juan Diaz Arnaldo. Even though they’re all alone, they decide to take on these rogue agents. Of course, this impromptu mission doesn’t go smoothly. Meanwhile, Beckman orders her newest  spy ‘dream’ team – John Casey and Morgan Grimes – to track down the missing couple. This weeks episode sounds and looks awesome, Casey and Morgan together again.

House (FOX) was great last week, his dynamics with Wilson is really something. In this episode 6.19 – Open and Shut. House and the team take on the case of a woman Julia, who is in an open marriage and becomes ill during a date with her on-the-side boyfriend. As perplexing as the case is, Julia’s happy and healthy, yet polygamous relationship is equally baffling to the team. Meanwhile, House tests Wilson’s relationship with Sam


is a good day for TV lovers

NCIS (CBS) is still going strong, this episode 7.20 – Moonlightning looks fantastic, I like it when Abby gets bossy. They are putting Gibs on the Polygraph and the polygraph specialist’s night job leads to murder. Gibbs, Fornell and the team have to uncover the truth.

Joe Spano (“NYPD Blue”) reprises His Role as Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell.

The Good Wife is awesome, the acting is fantastic. 1.19 – Boom (CBS). When Alicia goes head-to-head in the courtroom with former boss Jonas Stern, she debates whether or not use personal information to her advantage. Meanwhile, Peter uses religion to work on his appeal.

Glee (FOX) 1.16 – Home When Kurt sets his dad, Burt, up with an unexpected partner his plan for a nuclear family may backfire. Sue demands that the Cheerios! go on a crazy diet in preparation for a big interview with “Splits” magazine and April Rhodes returns to save Will and the Glee club.

Justified (FX) is one of spring’s great newcomers. The intro reminds me of True Blood, wonder if the same people where involved? Episode 1.07 – Blind Spot.  Raylan’s ex-wife Winona realizes her husband Gary is in over his head and asks Raylan to intervene on Gary’s behalf with loanshark Emmitt Arnett and his enforcers, Wynn Duffy and Billy Mac; meanwhile, Gary has asked for some help on his own from his old college roommate and former NFL pro, Toby Griffin…

VHeretic’s Fork (ABC) Erica, Father Jack and Hobbes realize that the Vs know names and addresses of The Fifth Column members and must take drastic measures to protect them. Meanwhile, Ryan finally reveals to Val that he’s a Visitor, and Chad, with the camera rolling for “Prime Focus,” begins the process aboard the Mothership’s Medical Bay to have his aneurysm removed


is definitely comedy day. I might get Cougar Town, Ugly Americans and of course the new series Happy House.


is another good genre day.

Flash Forward (ABC) goes on my pile nowadays and I will watch it all when the season is over. This week it’s episode 1.18 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Janis continues to thwart her fellow FBI agents as an inside mole to a mysterious employer; Olivia is given some disturbing news by Gabriel (James Callis, Gaius Baltar on “Battlestar Galactica”), who has been subjected to numerous flashforwards; and Aaron’s life is in danger in Afghanistan when he tries to blend in with the locals as he continues his search for his daughter.

The Vampire Diary (CW) Episode 1.19 – The Blood Brothers. Elena learns what really happened when damon and Stefan were turned – While Stefan  struggles to come to terms with his past, both he and Damon reveal parts of their history to Elena, until she finally learns the truth about how they became vampires. Pearl has an ugly confrontation with Johnathan Gilbert. Damon and Alaric try to find a mysterious invention before Johnathan does. The friendship and flirtation between Jeremy and Anna continues to grow.

Fringe (FOX)  has it’s musical episode 2.19 – Brown Betty this week. I am skeptic but try to keep an open mind, if it’s Walter and Astrid involved it might work. Singing and dancing occurs when Walter explores his mind. While Walter deals with some very upsetting news, he tells Olivia’s niece, Ella, a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia and Agent Broyles.

Supernatural (CW) 5.20 – The Devil You Know. Sam and Dean face off against the Horsemen – The demon Crowley tells Sam and Dean he can help them find the remaining Horsemen rings so they can trap Lucifer. The brothers are doubtful until Crowley leads them to Brady, the Handler for Pestilence and Death. However, Brady refuses to give up their locations and sets Pestilence after the Winchesters.

Friday April 31

Ghost Whisperer (CBS) 5.19 – Lethal Combination. Melinda’s gift are put to the test when she is forced to investigate a ghost’s terrifying accusations of an evil nanny. When Aiden is put in danger, Melinda won’t accept anything but the truth and sets out on a shocking investigation into the life of an angry murdered ghost.

Smallville (CW) 9.19 – Sacrifice

Medium (CBS) 6.19 – Sal. After a neighbor is murdered, Allison’s fears for her own family prompt her to install a high-tech talking burglar alarm, which she later suspects may be communicating with Marie. Also, Ariel meets a ghost who could help her get into the college of her choice.

Stargate Universe (SyFy) 1.15 – Lost.

The situation is dire for Lt. Scott, Eli, Chloe and Greer. While trapped beneath the ruins in an underground maze, Destiny jumped back into FTL leaving them behind. They must first find a way out of the ruins before they can figure out how to survive without the Destiny.

Meanwhile, unable to turn the massive ship around, Dr. Rush and Colonel Young work to devise a plan to get the lost crew members back. But the situation grows even more desperate when Rush learns that Destiny will soon be leaving the present galaxy, stranding the away team forever.

Saturday May 1

Legend of the Seeker (SYN) 2.19 – Extinction.

Sunday May 2

Treme episode 1.04 – At the Foot of Canal Street (HBO) has a lot happening. So far Treme has been enjoyable gritty music and good acting. If you haven’t seen it yet you should.
While Antoine heads to Baton Rouge for a holiday visit with his sons LaDonna and Toni probe a case of mistaken identity in New Orleans.
– Sonny takes a gig in Texas, leaving Annie behind;
– Albert accepts a dinner invitation from Darius’ aunt Lula;
– Delmond considers a tour offer;
– Davis and Creighton decide to take their angst to the masses;
– Albert’s Indians bury their Wild Man.