Thursday April 18, 2013

I attended the taping of the Splash finale last night, putting a very entertaining end to what I believe is a well-made and very entertaining program (as you've heard me say ad nauseum).  I truly hope that ABC can find a place for this show for a second season.

Thanks to our friends at Cynopsis for this summary of the AMC upfronts:

"AMC's Upfront took place last night at New York's 69th Regiment Armory, with a maze of rooms which featured interactive interpretations of all the big AMC shows such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men, among others. We're talking bloody freaks, drunk secretaries, and very tall men (Freakshow). "One of my clients at McCann said, 'Why didn't you tell me there were going to be zombies here?'" said Scott Collins, Executive VP, National Advertising Sales of AMC and WE TV, with a chuckle. "I said, 'Because you wouldn't have shown up!'" But on the serious side, Collins expressed a lot of excitement about AMC's new slate, especially Low Winter Sun, which he described as "totally stylized, a perfect sandwich between Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. There will be no reason to change the channel."  Other programming highlights included:

Talking Bad, a special weekly, half-hour live after show, will analyze Breaking Bad's final eight episodes beginning Sunday, August 11 at 11p. The show will be produced by Michael Davies' Embassy Row with Sony Pictures Television serving as the studio partner. 

New spring and summer premieres were announced. Small Town Security returns for a second season on Thursday, May 9 at 10p, while Breaking Bad kicks off its final eight episodes on Sunday, August 11 at 9p.

In addition, Showville (produced by Storyvision Entertainment and distributed by Sony Pictures Television), a series about a small town talent show featuring local acts, debuts Thursday, May 23 at 9p. Low Winter Sun (co-production from Endemol Studios and AMC Studios), a contemporary story of murder, deception and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred, debuts Sunday, August 11 at 10p. Owner's Manual (produced by Asylum Entertainment), which tests the most common divide among men who read the owner's manual and those who don't, debuts on Thursday, August 15 at 9p. The Pitch (produced by All3Media America), which focuses on creative advertising campaigns, debuts Thursday, August 15 at 10p.

Series renewals were announced for Talking Dead (a third season), Comic Book Men (a third season) and Freakshow (a second season).

The network also announced an overall deal with Rolin Jones (Boardwalk Empire, Smash, United States of Tara), where Jones will be writing and executive producing projects specifically for the network."

Our friends at are shutting down their blog.  They did a great job of aggregating links and will be missed.

 Disney Channel is reviving Win, Lose or Draw.  This can't miss.

Curious about what the Top Chef Cruise might be like?  The article gives a running diary account and is a good read.

Fox is re-conceiving one of the lead characters in Dads, its six-episode multi-camera comedy series from Ted‘s team of Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane. As a result, the role is being recast, with Giovanni Ribisi replacing Tommy Dewey as the co-lead opposite Seth Green. The decision was made after the taping of the show’s first episode late last week, which was expected to prompt some tweaking. Written by Sulkin and Wild, the 20th TV-produced Dads centers on two successful guys in their 30s, Eli (Green) and Warner (Ribisi), who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads (Peter Riegert, Martin Mull) unexpectedly move in with them. Ribisi’s casting likely stems from the actor’s relationship with MacFarlane, Sulkin and Wild. He co-starred in the trio’s blockbuster Ted and is also on board to star in their follow-up Western comedy feature, also co-written by the three of them and directed by and starring MacFarlane.