Wednesday December 4, 2013

The very first trailer forThe Real World: Ex-Plosion has been released.  Fighting, sex, pregnancy, tragedy.  Looks like we are getting some of everything.  Who else can't wait for January 15 to get here already?

I'm not all that into trailers, but here's a 2nd one for your viewing pleasure today.  This time it's for season 3 of Showtime's House of Lies.  This one is back on January 12.  Big week.

The season 9 trailer for Keeping Up With The Kardashians has also been released.  Consider yourself spared.

Season 3 of Best Ink premieres on Oxygen tonight, FYI.

I'm officially done watching this season of The Voice.  My regular pattern is to stick with these competition shows until it gets down to around 5 contestants.  The 2-hour show followed by the 1-hour results show is egregious to say the least, and I couldn't care less who wins as the odds of me buying any of their records is slim to none.  You know you feel the exact same way, which is perfectly fine.

In a continuing pattern of bashing ABC, this one (per Radar) REALLY made me laugh: 

"Dancing with the Stars producers are considering Oscar winner Renee Zellweger to compete on the hit ABC reality show next season and head up a group of all Academy Awards winners, RadarOnline.com has learned.

"Zellweger, 44, who last was seen dancing in the 2002 movie Chicago, would be 'offered mega bucks to do DWTS and compete for the chance of putting the mirror ball trophy next to her Oscar,' one production source dished.

"According to the source, DWTS producers plan to pull out all stops for a stunt season as soon as next spring to revise the aging franchise.

"One of the main ideas being discussed is an 'all-Oscar winners series, that would include former Academy Award winners from all eras,' according to the insider.

“'They keep raising the amount of money they are willing to give her in the hopes that she’ll say yes, and the theory is that if they can get her to sign on, then it would attract some other really prominent Oscar winning stars — who wouldn’t normally do reality TV — to fall in step.'”  Any representative who lets prominent talent of this nature even take a meeting with the producers of this dated and useless show should be fired.

I've tried to watch a few shows on Esquire.  The network is not offered in HD on DirecTV rendering all programming pretty much unwatchable, save for Risky Listing, which is so bad that it's entertaining.

Inside Amy Schumer will be back for a second season in April.  She's funny.  You should check out this show.

The Blacklist has also been renewed.

You know how much I love a good cameo.  "Ryan PhillippeNumb3rs vet David Krumholtz and Entourage alum Emmanuelle Chriqui are slated to guest-star on Men at Work's upcoming third season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

"Phillippe, who most recently recurred on the final season of Damages, will play himself in a hallucination/fantasy scene that Milo (Danny Masterson) has about his girlfriend, Sasha (Chriqui).

"Chriqui will romance Milo as Sasha, who owns a business with her ex-girlfriend Dylan. Milo is unsure if he is jealous of their closeness.

"Krumholtz will recur as Myron, the editor-in-chief of Full Steam magazine and the guys' new boss.'N Sync's Lance Bass, who recently shared a photo from his time on set, will also play himself on an upcoming episode."

Per Variety, "FX Networks has locked up Louis C.K.’s services as a writer and director on TV series for the foreseeable future, inking a multi-year overall deal with the hyphenate’s Pig Newton banner.

"Deal with the FX Prods. unit calls for Pig Newton to develop pilots and series exclusively for FX Networks outlets, with C.K. retaining the option to write or direct any of the projects and also serve as exec producer."

The "Diane in 7A" story took the internet by storm and now Vulture offers up how 5 shows can mine the story.  Regarding Elan Gale's fake Thanksgiving airplane story, I appreciate good humor as much as the next guy, but I don't get this brand of humor.  Gale has evidently been at this game before as he live Tweeted a blind date which also turned out to be fake.  Bravo Elan, you pulled one over on America.  Get a life.

A little Parenthood news from TVLine who reports that the show "is staging a Six Feet Under reunion! Tina Holmes — whose Maggie illicitly romanced Peter Krause’s Nate in Seasons 4 and 5 of the late, great HBO drama — is set to guest-star as the mother of an autistic teen who seeks out Kristina’s advice with some schooling issues. Sadly, Holmes doesn’t share any scenes with Krause, which totally undercuts my 'Six Feet Under reunion!' declaration."

Here's a sneak peak at what's ahead on The Walking Dead.  "Hershel represented civilization and humanity and everything they had built the prison into.  The next part of the story, for the next half of the season, for the season after that, is all about what happens to them when they lose that. And, of course, Beth and Maggie, but especially Rick. What's sort of more tragic about it is, Rick learned the lessons from Hershel. He absorbed that humanity from Hershel, he believes that we can change, that we can come back. But can Rick come back from this, from the loss of Hershel? It's such a hugely important part of the story, so that was what enabled me to sleep at night. I don't think I've ever used the word 'adore,' but I adore Scott Wilson [the actor who played Hershel]. And actually, it wasn't a phone call, it was a face-to-face meeting with him. And it was definitely one of the hardest meetings of my life."

Here's an interview with Scott Wilson where he offers up his take on the death of Hershel Greene.  Says Wilson, "My first season [Season 2 & 3 showrunner] Glenn Mazzara called me and told me that he was going to take me out... and I said, "Well, you don't live forever." He said, "No, you don't understand. I don't want to take you out. I like what you're doing."  I said, "Glenn, you'll get over it. It's OK."  And ultimately, to make a long story short, he didn't take me out that season. ... Instead, he took my leg off [in] the first episode of the following season. But... when I read 403, where Hershel gives the speech about, "What are you risking your life for... You risk your life when you go outside and you risk your life when you take a drink."  Well, that episode I said, "Uh-oh. This could be dangerous," because Hershel was being really proactive there and usually he had been more reactive to things that were happening and responding to things that were happening. ... Both things are very valid and wonderful to play, but that episode he was being proactive and the same thing in 405... so I sensed that that was a danger and at the end of that episode [showrunner] Scott Gimple called me in and told me that they were taking me out and I said, "Well, I think you're making a big mistake, but it's yours to make and I'm not going to try to talk you out of it."  And I have to say, I would not want to be in his shoes. It's a tough position and he handled it very well. He explained to me where he wanted to take the show and what they were going to be doing with it and you know, I could've maybe tried to talk him out of it, but I didn't and I understood where [he was] coming from. ... He's a wonderful writer and I will be a fan of the show. Now I can watch it. I don't really watch it when I was in the episodes until after the season's over. So now I can follow the characters on a weekly basis."