Tuesday May 7, 2013

I watched the premiere of Newlyweds: The First Year on Bravo last night.  One word to describe it?  Putrid.  The casting was horrendous.  The couple from Oyster Bay, NY sucks, the Bollywood couple calls themselves "Tarzania," the self-proclaimed "power couple," one of whom is named Alaska, is boring and useless and the 2 guys are mildly entertaining at best.  I'm not surprised Bravo kept this one on the shelf for as long as it did and am actually shocked that they decided to unveil it despite the slate of a dozen and a half new shows it announced a few weeks back.

According to Deadline, "CORE Media Group, which co-produces American Idol, is expanding its unscripted portfolio by acquiring an ownership stake in Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher’s B17 Entertainment. Under the agreement, signed in a competitive situation with multiple suitors pursuing Bachner and Meagher, CORE will join forces with the duo to develop and produce non-fiction programming and explore multi-platform content opportunities, including mobile games and web-based series." 

More from Deadline, "Mark Duplass rounds out four leads in Togetherness, HBO’s single-camera comedy pilot written, directed and executive produced by Duplass and his brother Jay Duplass. Mark Duplass, who is a known actor, originally was not attached to star in the project as he is pretty busy in front of the camera in TV. He stars on FX’s comedy The League and recurs on Fox’s The Mindy Project.  Now he is taking on a lead in Togetherness as a regular while continuing on The League. Togetherness, which stars Amanda Peet, Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey and Steve Zissis, follows two couples living under the same roof who struggle to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. The foursome consists of Tina Morris (Peet) who relocates from Houston to Los Angeles and moves in with her sister Michelle Pierson (Lynskey) and her husband Brett (Duplass)."

Will Steve Carell appear on the series finale of The Office or won't he?

The season 1 finale of Splash airs tonight and I truly hope that this isn't the last we see of this show.  I'm already working on lining up a cast for season 2 and have some soft commitments from 3 or 4 very recognizable names . . . better names that what you this season.  Your continued supports is appreciated.

How I Met Your Mother really stinks.  I am only watching in order for this big payoff that now isn't coming until the end of next season (which means there's no reason for me to watch this season).  I don't even crack a smile during the show of late.

The Voice continues to thrive.  The competitors are super talented and almost any of those remaining (and some of those who have departed) could coast to a win on American Idol.  One key plus for The Voice is the competitiveness of and investments made by the coaches.  You get a sense that they genuinely do care for the singers on their teams and very much want to win.

Who's in for ATX in Austin?  This should make you at least consider.