Monday December 2, 2013

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  Lots to catch up on, so let's get into it.

R.I.P. Paul Walker.  Absolutely horrific story.

I learned over the weekend that New Girl was originally supposed to be called Chicks and Dicks.

Here's an interview with Peter Gould, the man responsible for creating the character Saul Goodman.  Regarding a possible premiere date and overall idea/vibe, Gould said the following:

"There's no date that's definite, but we're working on it. I’m very excited to work with Bob and with Vince and some of the other people we're putting together on the team. I think we're going to have something that's pretty unique. I don't think it's going to be exactly what people are expecting, let's put it that way.

"We certainly feel a great responsibility to the fans, but all we can do is proceed as we have been and try to make the best show we can. I'm very excited about it. Frankly, I can't say very much at this point, but I think it's going to be pretty unique."

You must be a HUGE fan of he Walking Dead to send David Morrissey gifts, art, etc.  Morrissey sheds light on what some of the rabid fans have sent him of late.

The Walking Dead's Chad Coleman talks about last night's mid-season finale.

That shoot out [SPOILER ALERT] was pretty intense and we lost a couple of major characters.  I understand the Governor's plan to takeover the prison, but he instructed his troops to bomb the very home he was intent on overtaking.  To me, that's akin to Kramer slipping and falling in mud and dirtying the very pants he was set to return.  In any case, decent ending that will keep me coming back despite the fact that there is no end in sight for the survivors and they are on an endless track to nowhere.

Andrew Lincoln said that the most controversial episode of The Walking Dead is still to come.  Thankfully he'll be there to see it as he was within one breath of his life.

EW interviewed Damian Lews about his character on Homeland here.  He sheds some light on how he prepared for the heroin withdrawal scenes from last week: "I saw this extraordinary video on YouTube where a guy charts his withdrawal at different intervals. He charts his stages as he goes cold turkey. But I found it more interesting to speak to a friend of mind who’s an ex-heroin addict who deals with people with addiction, and he put me in touch with ex-addicts — or I suppose, addicts — who are now working with people. I had a fascinating hour with a guy working in a Charlotte, North Carolina addiction unit at a hospital there. Fairly conventional modes of research — talking to people, getting anecdotal evidence, watching video and trying to reproduce that."

John Corbett is returning to Parenthood as Sarah's ex and Amber and Drew's father. According to TV Guide, he'll show up on the thirteenth episode of the season, which should air early next year. (The most recent episode, Election Day, was number nine.)  Corbett's Seth is an absentee deadbeat, but perhaps his reappearance will help Amber get some clarity about her increasingly problematic relationship with Ryan.

Per TVLine, "How I Met Your Mother's titular mama has been in short supply so far this season, but that will change when the hit CBS comedy airs its 200th episode in January.  The milestone outing, while light on the original cast, will offer up a plentiful helping of the future Mrs. Ted Mosby.

“'You’re going to be so sick of her by the end [of the series],' jokes executive producer Craig Thomas, adding that newbie series regular Cristin Milioti is 'the star' of the momentous half-hour, titled How Your Mother Met Me, which is told from her character’s perspective.

“'Our 100th episode was very much a celebration of the cast – not the cast doesn’t deserve celebrating even more after 200 episodes – but this is a different kind of story,' adds EP Carter Bays. 'It’s about the tale. It felt like a different kind of 200th episode, but it felt like the right one to do in terms of the greater story of the show.'”  #PLEASEJUSTENDALREADY.

Whether or not Nigella Lawson ever did cocaine is irrelevant to me, but ABC says that the allegations won't effect the 2nd season of The Taste.  Thank goodness!  Kudos ABC.  You really seem to have it all figured out.  Your "brand" is coming into form with winners like The TasteDancing With The StarsSuburgatory, The Middle, etc.  Bravo network television. 

Here's the entire arc of George Costanza’s relationship with Susan, told through an Arcade Fire song.

The LA Times sat down with Michael Richards, who is returning to television "as eccentric chauffeur Frank Baxter in TV Land's Kirstie (premiering Wednesday), his first series since his infamous N-word rant at a black heckler at the Laugh Factory in 2006."  What has he been doing since, you might ask?  "I avoided people. I moved out of Los Angeles and lived in Mexico for a little while before I went to live in New York. I didn't expect anyone in Hollywood to hire me, and I didn't feel I was in any condition to perform. The business wasn't with me really before the incident, which was one of the reasons I went into the club environment, to build my own project. . . . I did step away from show business for years. I wasn't even living in Los Angeles. I was living in Connecticut, and we had a place in New York. My wife [Ann Talman] was going to school there, and I studied for years photography. I was hanging out with accomplished photographers and going out daily, probably minimally two hours a day. I did this for a number of years. I had a small studio and an assistant and I collect my work. And I was taking photography very, very seriously. I didn't have my mind on show business at all."

Tiffany Pollard is coming back to your television screen.  You might remember her as New York from Flavor of Love?  Or you might not.

The same cannot be said for Rosanne Barr, evidently.

People really thought Tom Cruise and Laura Prepon were an item?

Michael Jordan is going to be a father again.

The Biggest Loser's Bob Harper is gay.  So is Maria Bello.