Tuesday June 18, 2013

I am officially calling this the beginning of the end for The Bachelorette  franchise.  Last night's episode was exceptionally putrid.  The Mr. America contest was an abomination, difficult to watch and quite insulting to the male gender.  The Soulja Boy rap video was rock bottom, or so we thought.  Enter last night's episode.  One of these so-called dudes was captured taking a bubble bath and eating chocolate covered strawberries . . . by himself.  House of losers.  The producers had better come up with a way to revamp this show and these group dates stat, or the already low ratings will continue to plummet.  To quote Howard Stern, "it's an idiot dating idiots."  And for the record, I had much more respect for Darius Rucker before seeing him chump out with a Bachelorette appearance last night.  Weak sauce.

I wrote about HGTV's Design Star  yesterday and have come to learn that this season's winner is in production on a new show.  I am supposed to visit the set of said show this week, however, I was informed last night that my visit might have to be canceled because the network higher ups have deemed it a closed set.  I'm all for signing whatever release is required so odds are there will be no spoilers forthcoming on this one.

Check out trailer to Ray Donovan , the new scripted series premiering on Showtime on June 30.  Showtime describes the show as follows: 

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players. The new one-hour series stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, played by Oscar® winner Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.

Looks like Gordon Ramsay is in a bit of hot water.  Yahoo reports that "[l]egal papers were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 13 by four former hourly employees at Fat Cow, the culinary artist's eatery at the Grove shopping and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, against Gordon Ramsay Los Angeles LP, the Fat Cow LLC, and FCLA LP. The plaintiffs ― Jennifer Becerra, Montinique Dever, Andrea Bourke, and Lauren Benge ― allege that the restaurant stiffed them of minimum hourly wages and overtime pay, failed to provide break times for meals and rest, and didn't pay them in a timely manner, among other violations.

"The lawsuit goes on to state that it was done 'maliciously, fraudulently, and oppressively, with the wrongful intention of injuring Plaintiffs ... and/or in conscious disregard for their rights.'"

Congratulations to Splash  mentor Greg Louganis on his engagement.

Here is a Q&A with Orphan Black 's showrunners.  I have not watched season 1 yet, but it's in my queue and next up as soon as I finish with Scandal. 

This isn't gonna be good for anyone.  According to The Wrap , "Snooki and JWoww also revealed that filming on the third season of their "Jersey Shore" spin-off, Snooki & JWoww will begin next month. The pair said they aren't sure what exactly is in store for fans, but it might include Lorenzo's first birthday party in August."

If you have some money to burn, you can either flush some down the toilet, light it on fire or donate to James Franco's Indiegogo campaign.  Same difference.   I really don't understand what would compel someone to throw money into a project such as this one or Veronica Mars or anything similar.  I'm often contemplating whether it's worth the $5 to get a movie on PPV or whether I should just wait until it hits regular pay cable.