Tuesday October 22, 2013

Come on Cee Lo Green.  Roofies?   Mark Burnett has confirmed that Cee Lo's job on The Voice is safe.  Damn.

I will say this about The Voice, while it's becoming harder to watch the judges with each passing week, the talent level of the contestants is simply ridiculous.  As is usually the case, I'll likely stop watching once it gets closer to the end, and I will definitely not buy the record(s) released by the winner, but the contestants thus far have been entertaining.

The Hollywood Reporter  is NOT happy with what went down on Homeland  on Sunday.  Tim Goodman writes that "it undermines viewers' faith and brings Homeland's heaviest albatross – plausibility – back to center stage, but also because [showrunner Alex] Gansa seems to be suggesting that this 'phase' of the season is over and now it will go back to breakneck speed in its storytelling, which scares me far more than Sunday's trick annoyed me."  My advice to Goodman: get over it.

Variety reports that : "FX Networks, a 21st Century Fox-owned portfolio of channels including FXM and FXX, will launch an app with the kind of library aimed at squarely providing multichannel subscribers with the kind of movie selection they might otherwise look to Netflix to provide.

"FXNow will boast the kind of library titles that are in Netflix’s sweet spot, including multiple installments of popular franchises such as Iron Man, Twilight, Thor and Grownups, not to mention The Avengers, Captain America, Ted and World War Z. (Netflix gets some of those titles in the pay-TV window, but they disappear from the service in the basic-cable window where FX and Netflix buy most of their movies.)

"Some 40-60 titles will be available on FXNow at one given time, and they will not be available to any SVOD service. FXNow will also have recent episodes of FX and FXX original series."

The New York Post reports that "[e]mbattled hedge-fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen, whose SAC Capital Advisors is charged with insider trading, paid spiky-haired chef Guy Fieri $100,000 'to be his friend for a day,' a new book reveals.

"Cohen paid Fieri to drive around Connecticut with him to reenact a fantasy episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” reveals Allen Salkin in his book, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network.”

Vulture examines 11 fall shows and how close they are to being canceled.  This is truth:

"MasterChef Junior (Fox) -- The latest addition to Fox's Gordon Ramsay empire has been doing fine on Fridays, even beating ABC's sitcom among younger viewers. If it holds up in the next few weeks, Fox will almost certainly order another cycle of the show for next summer or fall."  Quite a scare for Alexander last week, huh?

 NBC is pre-empting the next three episodes of Parks & Recreation  and replacing said episodes with The Voice and Saturday Night Live .  That's criminal.

If you're in the mood for some Sarah Silverman, here's a link to her failed NBC pilot, and here's one to her podcast interview with Jeff Garlin.

Here is a story about Top Chef 's Padma Lakshmi and how she gains 15 pounds during each season of the show.  "[a]s for her dietary habits after each season of Top Chef, Lakshmi says she follows 'a clean diet: no meats, no sweets, no alcohol, no cheese, no fried food, no wheat.'"

The writing on Two Broke Girls (yes, shamefully I still watch this show) is so bad that the entire writing staff should be dismissed today.  The jokes are so formulated that they make me cringe.  By way of example:

Han: That's a least a two-pack (referring to his abs)!

Earl: The real Tupac is more alive that your two pack.  (followed by canned laughs)

Are you really going to tell me that a group of people read this, sat through a table read AND a taping of the show and found this to be funny enough to make it to air?  And truth be told, that wasn't the worst of the bunch. 

Per Deadline, "Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and Happy Days star Henry Winkler have teamed with Winkler’s son, director Max Winkler, and son-in-law, actor Rob Reinis, for a new multi-camera family comedy project, which has landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment. The untitled project is designed as a starring vehicle for Henry Winkler and is based on his relationship with his son-in-law."