Wednesday June 12, 2013

Hats off to John Oliver for filling the big chair vacated by Jon Stewart.  He should be very entertaining over the next three months and I will continue to watch/DVR 4 nights a week. 

I missed this earlier in the week, but evidently Bachelor Pad EP Mike Fleiss said he wanted to sit this season out because he "did not feel like we had enough superstars to populate the pad."  I'll second that.  Part of the problem with the entire Bachelor  franchise is that it's turned into a slew of interchangeable guys and gals.  There is nothing to differentiate the low v-neck wearing losers on this season of The Bachelorette  which leaves little room for intrigue as these guys are all identical. If Fleiss is hopeful of Bachelor Pad  returning in 2014, he should think about doing a better job casting the feeder shows.

Royal Pains  returns to USA tonight.  It's one of my favorite summer scripted shows and I'm actually amazed (and pleasantly surprised) that it's stuck around for so long.  In a TV Guide  interview with co-star Paul Costanzo, we learn that "[s]eason 5 will see Evan step out of his brother's shadow in more ways than one. In addition to a possible acquisition of HankMed by another company that threatens to change the 'whole landscape of the business, and of the show,' according to Costanzo, Evan will find a big rival in one of Shadow Pond's affluent new neighbors, Blythe Ballard (played by Frances Conroy). 'They're basically arch-nemeses,' Costanzo says. 'She's really out to get him.'"

Not necessarily TV related, although the NBA Finals were on last night, but here's a visual history of LeBron James' hairline

Former "Diff'rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges has dropped a bombshell: He makes less than TMZ thinks he should make.  In documents TMZ says were filed by Bridges as part of the actor's ongoing divorce case, the 48-year-old actor reputedly cites a gross annual income of $22,500: TMZ is all-caps aghast, but the number puts Bridges in the 55th percentile for single-filing U.S. earners.

This story made me smile.  Evidently, WME manufactured a series of posters mocking rival agency CAA and plastered them across the Century City Mall just a few steps away from CAA's headquarters, several individuals close to the agency told TheWrap.  The red and white CAAN'T posters have also popped up in other locations acoss Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

Not surprisingly, neither CAA nor WME will comment publicly, but one individual said the logo was floating around internally at WME after agents saw an item with the phrase in the New York Post. WME co-chiefs Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel found it "hilarious" and the agency decided to act on it. 

"It was something we saw and we thought it was funny," an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. "So we put it out there."

The joke stems from a recent item on the Post's infamous page Six, which appears on the parody website CAANT.com. WME launched the site as well.

Under the New York Post masthead the homepage reads, "Just asking…WHICH recently nominated Oscar director loudly groused in a high-level meeting about being frustrated with his Hollywood agency by yelling: 'They should be called Caan't! Caan't, Caan't Caan'tttttttt!'?"

TV Guide  has listed the top 60 television families of all-time.  Spoiler alert, the Bradys came in at #1.

I'm done watching The Voice  until next season.  They really need to do something to keep the excitement of the show up after the battle rounds because it's become a real snoozefest.