Tuesday June 4, 2013

I've been pretty tough on Bravo's casting as of late, but here's their chance to redeem themselves as they have announced a premiere date for the MUCH anticipated Eat, Drink, Love.  Here's Bravo's description of the show: "Five single ladies claw their way to the top of the male-dominated Los Angeles food scene." Eonline boldly reports that "foodies" will be able to "experience the glitz and glamour of the Los Angeles culinary world from the comfort of your own couch."

Also the cast list made official: Eater LA editor Kat Odell; Brenda Urban of the PR firm Urban + Allen; Jessica Miller, Senior Director of Sales & Events at the LA restaurant group Cardiff Giant (editor's note: this is pulled from the movie Made and was the code words given to Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn from their limo driver) (The Hudson, The Churchill, Clover Juice); Nina Clemente, "one of Los Angeles' most sought after private chefs"; and Waylynn Lucas the pastry chef behind fōnuts in LA.

Watch the trailer here and see for yourself.

IFC has announced the rest of the cast for The Spoils of Babylon, an epic parody of television mini-series produced by Funny Or Die and starring Will Ferrell. Rounding out the cast will be Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Tim Robbins, and Kristen Wiig. The show, a television adaptation of a best-selling epic novel by fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell), will have six half-hour episodes that will premiere in early 2014.

The Spoils of Babylon, a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business,” according to a press release. “The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms. Cynthia and Devon’s unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia’s evil son Winston (Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a mercurial potboiler. Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two U.S. Army generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.”

“This amazingly talented cast will give this decadent genre its due respect,” said Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC in a press release. “Never before has a parody of a mini-series been more poised for showers of accolades.”

Oxygen is getting it right!  The network is developing two new series: Tattoos After Dark [wt], featuring the outrageous antics that transpire during the night shifts at two popular tattoo shops, and Break Up Tattoos [wt], which brings exes together to rehash their drama and redo a tattoo that once symbolized their love.

Deadline reports that Steve Agee is set as the sidekick host alongside Diablo Cody on her TBS pilot Me Time With Diablo Cody

Soulja Boy made a cameo on last night's episode of The Bachelorette, which has sunk to a new low.  The suitors made a rap video that was simply unwatchable.  Also, what was up with the uncomfortable dancing between Brooks and Des?  I'm no expert, but they were not exactly oozing chemistry.  I know, who cares?

Here's Vulture's list of 10 summer shows to get excited about.

When does Suits return?  Here's your answer, along with some casting news from EW  .

"Michelle Fairley has booked her TV return.  The Game of Thrones actress has been snatched up by USA Network’s legal dramedy Suitsfor a recurring role in season three.

She’ll play Ava Hessington, a British entrepreneur who runs a successful international oil company. Faced with a lawsuit that may cost her the family business, she puts her trust in Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) to fight the charges against her.

Fairley will make her Suits debut in the season premiere on July 16."

If this doesn't conjure up memories of "Must See TV" . . . Gods, Guns & Automobiles debuts on History on Monday July 8.  The 30-minute series follows Mark Muller and his brother and business partner, Chicago radio personality Eric "Mancow" Muller, as they run their throwback auto dealership, Max Motors.