Thursday November 7, 2013

Million Dollar Listing's Josh Altman was involved in a 4-car accident and smashed his Range Rover into the House of Blues yesterday.  I guess production took that Tesla back?

Great cameo last night from Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings) on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia .  Why they don't do more episodes each season is whole-heartedly disappointing, as this show continues to deliver.

Daman Wayans, Jr. has been promoted to a  series regular on New Girl for the rest of this season.  Smart move. 

Here's some speculation from The Hollywood Reporter as to who will replace Matt Lauer on The Today Show:

"Willie Geist, 38, joined Today more than a year ago as co-host of the 9 a.m. hour with Natalie Morales and Al Roker. Geist is well-liked at NBC News and MSNBC, where he continues to appear on the first half of Morning Joe. He and Meet the Press host David Gregory, who has filled in onToday, are the obvious in-house candidates to succeed Lauer, should he leave. And some suggest Gregory, 43, is better suited to Today than Meet the Press, which has endured ratings woes, falling behind ABC's This Week during the third quarter. CNBC's Carl Quintanilla also is said to be a contender.

"Data provided to THR by Q Scores, which measures audience sentiment toward stars, reveals that Geist and Gregory have higher positive ratings than Lauer; among adult women -- the key demographic against which morning TV ads are sold -- Gregory's positive Q Score stands at 18, compared with Geist's 14. Lauer this year dropped to a positive Q Score of 7, compared with 15 in 2012.

"Burke is said to have made Today a top priority. On Oct. 31, reported that the show's longtime entertainment booker, Melissa Lonner, will leave by year's end. And NBC News executives are looking at other possible changes. Today had expressed interest in Anderson Cooper for a role on the show. But Cooper, 46, is negotiating a new deal with CNN and will continue to anchor pieces for 60 Minutes, whose executives want him to do more. Ryan Seacrest, 38, the subject of much speculation last year, and Carson Daly, 40, who in September was appointed Today's digital host and social media correspondent, are considered long shots for an anchor position. (Among Lauer's morning-news colleagues, Daly is the most polarizing and has "the weakest emotional connection" to female viewers, notes Q Scores executive vp Henry Schafer.)"

If you didn't well up when Jack got sent home on MasterChef Junior last week, you're dead inside.  Here's an interview he did with Vulture.  FYI, he owns 10 Hawaiian shirts and plans to double that collection soon.

"TBS has collared Tribeca, a comedy pilot written and produced by Steve Carell and his wife Nancy, TVLine has learned.

"The half-hour, single-camera project is described as a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca, a 10-year veteran of the LAPD’S elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit).  Angie is surrounded by an eccentric but brilliant group of detectives who reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served (or not). These dedicated men and women are more than counter-intuitive; they are non-intuitive.  Carell, who will not appear onscreen (save for the occasional guest spot), will direct the pilot."

From EW, "[b]ack in August, Fox made a pilot production commitment to a project titled Fatrick, written by Nahnatchka Khan (Don’t Trust the B— in Apt 23) and Corey Nickerson.

"And now, Fox has officially ordered the pilot, directed by Oscar winners Nat Faxon (The Descendants) and Jim Rash (The Way Way Back). The series follows Patrick, a 30-something moving man who has to face the personal damage he experienced from his years as a fat kid. Fatrick will follow Patrick through both his past and present."

Interesting story about how The Soup gets made.  "In a typical week, [writer/producer Lee] Farber watches 10 shows, including The Bachelor. 'I’m just sort of obsessed with it,' he said. But some staffers watch more than that."  Ten shows per week?  Ten?  I can break off more than that over a slow weekend!

 Deadline reports that "ABC is developing an ensemble comedy about people in retirement age, this time on the male side. The project, from The Neighbors creator Dan Fogelman and The George Lopez Show co-creator Robert Borden, revolves around three long-lost basketball teammates who reconnect in their 60s and discover they still have a lot to learn about love and friendship."  Yuck. 

 Per The Wrap, "Bob Odenkirk, who played ethically flexible attorney Saul Goodman on the AMC drama, introduced another element to the guessing game surrounding the Goodman-centric Better Call Saul saying it could be a sequel.

"Or, it could be a prequel. Or some kind of hybrid of the two. Anyway, Odenkirk offered his thoughts during an interview with IGN, saying that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and producer Peter Gould have tossed around a few possibilities.

“'Well, I’ve talked to Vince and Peter, who are writing and creating the series, about this and I’ve said that a lot of people do want to see what happens next to Saul,' Odenkirk said. 'So, I don’t know what they’re going to do. I know they’ve talked about prequel, but they’ve also talked to me about sequel, and they’ve also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel.'”

Finally, check out this pretty awesome Breaking Bad  artwork.