Monday November 11, 2013

Fox has ordered 13 episodes of animated comedy Bordertown, about an anxious border patrol agent who lives next door to an industrious Mexican immigrant, from Seth MacFarlane and Mark Hentemann (Family Guy). The 20th Century Fox satire is scheduled for a debut during the 2014-15 season.

Here's a fun Reddit Q&A with Retta from Parks & Recreation.  

TVLine has learned exclusively that [Maria Menounos], the actress/Extra host will once more play a fictionalized version of herself in a handful of the Fox rom-com’s upcoming episodes [of The Mindy Project.]  Menounos will return during Mindy‘s holiday episode, in which she’ll immediately steal the heart of Adam Pally‘s frat boy man, Peter. “There’s a big party in the office, and Peter’s dream woman (Menounos) shows up as one of the Deslauriers’ dates,” the Happy Endings vet teases.

MasterChef Junior came to a close on Friday.  [SPOILER ALERT]  I was happy to see the right junior chef win.  Alexander is a true prodigy and the kids who cooked on this show were absolutely amazing.  They're actually all prodigies, but Alexander was head and shoulders above.  I hope this show returns for a 2nd cycle.  Time  magazine agrees, evidently, as they listed five reasons why MasterChef Junior is the best reality show on TV this season.

Grantland offers up a behind the scenes look with Maury Povich, whose show is going on 16 seasons.

I'm still very much enjoying The Walking Dead this season.  I seem to be in the minority, but am 100% sticking with this show.  Last night's episode was par for the course until the very last scene in which [SPOILER ALERT], the Governor reappeared.  EW  talked to David Morrissey about his character and what's next.  Here's some of the insight Morrissey offered up:

"What you see at the end of this last episode is that he’s fit, he looks well, he looks healthy —  so he’s ready for confrontation in whatever form that takes. So our questions are piqued at the end of episode 5 and that’s where we’ll go in episode 6. We’ll see a bit more of where he’s been in the ensuing months. I think it’s fair to say that at the end of season 3 we left him in a very difficult space. He had turned on his own people and he didn’t do that with any pleasure. He’s not somebody who was doing that in any premeditated way. It comes out of him in a quite spontaneous anger. It’s like a red mist has descended on him and I think what we’ll see in the coming episodes is someone who is coming to terms with that new person that we saw at the end of season 3 — whether he’s embracing that person or fighting that person. That is what we will see. He’s changed. He’s definitely changed. That is fair to say. And what we will see is where that change has taken him."

I'm also enjoying Homeland , another show that people don't seem to be as stoked about this season. Rolling Stone  summed up last night's episode ever so eloquently:

"But the episode's best surprise was what it didn't do: waste any time at all on the goddamn Brody family. I try not to be too hard on that storyline, but the total lack of regret I felt over its absence has me rethinking that policy. Jettisoning Dana's pro-forma acts of teenage rebellion and self-assertion, as well as Jessica's flat exasperation with them, gave the show the time it needed to work with, y'know, the things the show's actually about. Hell, it even found time for some lovely magic-hour twilight lighting and, amazingly, a happy(ish) ending for everyone involved. Viewers included."

Per RealScreen, "Showtime has unveiled its 2013/14 winter programming schedule, which includes Comedy Warriors (pictured), $ellebrity, and a documentary inspired by music from the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

"Premiering on December 13 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, Another Day/Another Time: The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis examines the folk and contemporary music featured in the upcoming comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis, which is set in the Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s.

"The doc was shot during a one-night concert performance, which saw Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens and Oscar Isaac (the star of Inside Llewyn Davis) performing. The doc is produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, executive music producer T Bone Burnett, and producer Scott Rudin.

"Meanwhile, the 93-minute documentary $ellebrity takes a look at the tone and texture of celebrity, pop culture and media, spanning the past, present and looking into the future. The film features interviews with Jennifer Aniston, Elton John and Jennifer Lopez, and debuts on December 27 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

"Comedy Warriors puts a spotlight on five wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who – with the help of comedy writers and comedians including Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, Bob Saget and B.J. Novak – write and perform their own stand-up routines at LA’s top comedy clubs. It airs on December 5 at 8 p.m. EST/PST."

Here are 11 things you probably didn't know about The Colbert Report.  

Pics of Tim Gunn's New York pad.   Not my taste, but very nice nonetheless.