Tuesday November 12, 2013

James Wolpert did a really nice version of "Mr. Brightside" on The Voice  last night.  However, it was a far cry from the best singing show cover version of that song, turned in by Chicago's Marty Casey back in 2006.  I'd be remiss if I didn't link to you this Marty Casey gem as well.

With very few exceptions (e.g., Breaking Bad), can we please make a better effort to take television shows for what they're worth: entertainment?  Do we need to delve into the meaning behind How I Met Your Mother (which was actually tolerable last night) or any of the other comedies that fill our nights with slim to moderate amounts of chuckling?  Only one answer: no.  Unfortunately, not everyone agrees.  Andy Greenwald reviewed HBO's Hello Ladies yesterday and spewed this riff raff about the show: 

"Hello Ladies  is an interesting enough vessel that it doesn't require the twin engines of mortification and comeuppance to keep it afloat."

Is that for real?  Did someone just write that about a very simple and entertaining 30-minute comedy?  To quote Shark Tank's Mr. Wonderful, "stop the madness!" 

 Lena Dunham interviewed Mindy Kaling for Rolling Stone .

Per Deadline , "Boston Red Sox’s 2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz and Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star centerfielder Andrew McCutcheon will executive produce [a] weekly, 30-episode series slated to debut on MTV2 in April 2014. It’s part of a new multi-year, cross-platform programming partnership jointly announced today by MTV and MLB. Shot in New York City from inside the MLB Fan Cave, a space that mixes baseball with music, pop culture, media, interactive technology and art, the new series will move beyond game analysis, stats and highlights to showcase MLB athletes off the field, in addition to celebrity appearances."  Doesn't this scream failure?  They could have really done something cool with a partnership between MTV and MLB, but a weekly lifestyle show buried on MTV2 is guaranteed to fail. 

Per TheWrap , "Bravo viewers can get their shows and songs in sync under a new television partnership with Spotify."

"This month, music supervisors for series including The Real Housewives of AtlantaThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules and Thicker Than Water [MORE ON THIS SHOW BELOW] will curate playlists capturing the themes of the shows. They are available at Bravo’s Spotify page.

“'Incorporating music allows us another creative dimension for engaging fans with our content beyond the screen and feeds our passionate fans the extra content they crave around their favorite Bravo shows,' Bravo and Oxygen executive vice president of marketing Ellen Stone said in a statement.

"Viewers can access the playlists on their desktop and mobile devices. Bravo and Spotify will also engage with fans on Twitter to share the playlists."

If you or ANYONE you know might utilize this, I have to know. 

I tried to watch the premiere of Bravo's Thicker Than Water .  I made it about 9 minutes in until they made a mini-storyline about the HOH plunging a clogged toilet (after going shopping for an airplane).  To set the scene, the show "follows Ben and Jewel Tankard with their blended family as they live, love and laugh through the perils and pleasures of life. Self-dubbed the 'Black Brady Bunch,' this southern family integrates their strong religious conviction with their penchant for the finer things in life. Under the watchful eye of the patriarch and matriarch, the Tankard children, although grown-up, still live at home and must abide by Ben and Jewel's rules. With the belief that 'God wants us all to be millionaires,' the Tankards aim to be the best and brightest in everything they do."

Bravo should be ashamed.  The United States should be ashamed.  Please don't watch this show so that it goes away ASAP. 

Here are 14 disappointing facts related to television shows.  For example, John Larroquette won 4 Emmys to Steve Carell's none.  In the same vein, Jeremy Piven won 3 as compared to a goose egg for Jon Hamm.

"Travel Channel has unveiled two hosted series, Eat Secrets (working title) with foodie Adam Richman, who takes viewers on a hunt for the most unique dishes across the country, and Resort Recon, hosted by hospitality consultant Shane Green. With the help of hidden cameras, Green exposes problems at various resorts and gives owners an action plan for fixes. The network also ordered three additional series under the Secrets & Legends umbrella: Castle Secrets & Legends, which features visits to castles, manor houses and mansions and reveals the stories behind them; Hotel Secrets & Legends, which recounts mysterious stories from America’s hotels; and National Park Secrets & Legends, which explores stories of intrigue and unexplained phenomena in North America’s National Parks."   And there are 5 shows that I will never watch.

Hey Rob Lowe, take it easy.  The West Wing was good, but best show ever?

Netflix is used 10x more than Hulu and Amazon . . . combined. 

Bradley Cooper attended his 20 year high school reunion.  Not sure how or why that's relevant, but it caught my eye. 

Vulture interviewed The Walking Dead 's Scott Wilson.

Speaking of The Walking Dead, David Morrissey has promised that his other AMC pilot does not mean the end of the Governor.