Monday June 3, 2013

I caught the season premiere of The Killing last night and came into the show with moderate expectations. I think the plot got off to a great start, but the pace of this show is so excruciatingly slow so much of the time that a 2-hour premiere was difficult to get all of the way through.  The dreary backdrop of Seattle doesn't help either.  I love Seattle and have been there, and I know it rains a lot, but if you watch this show, there's no chance you'd ever want to visit the Emerald City.   

I also caught the series premiere of Long Island Princesses on Bravo.  What the hell has happened over at Bravo?  Between this show and that Newlyweds show, they should fire their entire casting/talent department.  Princesses is a disgusting look into the lives of some incredibly annoying and overweight late 20 something - early 30 something Jewish girls from Long Island (note: all of them still live at home with their parents).  As a Jewish person, I'm offended.  As a television viewer, I'm offended.  As a human being, I'm offended.

Mad Men seems to be getting stranger and stranger this season.  To no one's surprise, Don Draper's trip to the west coast found him engaged in drug use and hallucinations.  Been there done that.  I think this season needs to right the ship, and fast.

On an unrelated note, I was navigating around on Tumblr over the weekend.  What's the point of this exactly?

The Writers Guild of America has named The Sopranos the best-written TV show of all time, followed by Seinfeld (dead wrong IMO).  The writers' list features only one show -- The Twilight Zone -- from the era considered the golden age of television, the 1950s. It came in third.  The top 10 includes three shows that aired at least primarily in the '70s -- All in the Family, M*A*S*H and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and one from the '80s, Cheers.  The newest show on the list looks back on the '60s: Mad Men, which premired in 2007, came in seventh.  Rounding out the top 10 were The Wire and The West Wing." For the list of all 101 shows, click here.

John Oliver will be taking over for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show this summer during Stewart's hiatus/directorial debut.  Here's a little bit more on Oliver along with his plans for the show during Stewart's absence.

Michael Douglas told the British newspaper The Guardian that his throat cancer was caused by contracting HPV through cunnilingus, the paper said.  The idea of an A-lister bluntly attributing cancer to oral sex may sound surprising, but doctors do believe there is a link between oral sex with an infected person and throat cancer. Douglas' apparent frankness should dramatically increase awareness of the threat. 

What's going on with Deadline's Nikki Finke?

ABC has cancelled The Glass House.  If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

According to Vulture, "[a} deal to bring ABC's canceled Happy Endings to USA Network appeared to be dead late Friday. Multiple sources tell Vulture that, despite intense negotiations and general agreement on financials, it now seems as if the characters from the Sony/ABC Studios-produced show are now unlikely to be welcomed at the network where Characters (are) Welcome. A USA Network rep declined comment late Friday, and reps for the studios could not be reached. All of this does not mean Happy is dead-dead. For one thing, negotiations can take radical and sudden turns, and USA's refusal to comment might indicate there's still a chance the situation will change and a deal will get done. What's more, we're already hearing other networks are mulling the idea of acquiring the show, including NBC and TBS. Stay tuned."

Curious to know how NBC's canceled series, Ready for Love wraps? Don't answer that.  On Tuesday, June 4, the dating show's finale will be available on NBC.com and HULU, with episodes also airing on E! and Style networks.

The closest thing to a human version of teflon I've ever seen, Judy Greer is adding another FX gig to her resume. The actress is set to co-star in the network's Andrew Gurland pilot. She'll play Lina, wife to Nat Faxon's Russ Bowman, in the comedy about a couple who gets along great everywhere but the bedroom.