Monday July 8, 2013

I checked out an episode of American Ninja Warrior this weekend.  I had never before seen an episode of this show and the episode I caught was only a prelim competition round, but just making sure I'm not missing anything, this is kind of like a combo of American Gladiator  and Wipeout , yeah?  Over the two hours, I watched some 25 or so fit rock climbers, gymnasts, etc compete on the exact same obstacle course.  I understand it was a prelim round, but where's the intrigue?

Reviews of FX's The Bridge  have been pretty positive so far.  Here is what Variety  had to say.

USA Network has announced the launch of TV Everywhere, giving viewers access to its original content the day after air. USA is the first cable entertainment network within NBCUniversal to provide this offering. USA fans will be able to access shows via and a new app, "USA Now," which derives its name from the Bravo Now app. Launched last Wednesday for iOS, "USA Now" will be available in an Android version in mid-July.

Nine passionate fans will put their imagination and skills to the test to compete in the new Syfy series Heroes of Cosplay, the network has announced. The six-episode docu-series spotlights comic book fans who dress up as their favorite characters at conventions.  This can't miss.


"Esquire Network (the re-branded G4 channel) debuts this fall with several original series. But the one I’m most excited about is The Getaway (Sept. 25 at 9 p.m.). From executive producer Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero Production, each hour-long episode features a revolving cast of travel-loving celebs who take viewers on a tour of some of the world’s greatest cities. And since it’s the closest I’ll ever get to actually traveling with Joel McHale, I’ll gladly live vicariously through my DVR. A few of the participating celebrities had previously been announced, but check out the full cast of season 1 and a first-look video after the jump:

++ Joel McHale (CommunityThe Soup) in Belfast, Northern Ireland
++ Aisha Tyler (Archer) in Paris
++ Grammy Award-winning performer/songwriter Eve in Kingston, Jamaica
++ Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) in Hong Kong
++ Acclaimed chef José Andrés in San Juan, Puerto Rico
++ Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) in New York City
++ Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) in Los Angeles
++ Brothers Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live) and Josh Meyers(MADtv) in Amsterdam
++ Rashida Jones (Parks and RecreationThe Office) in London

++ Paul Feig (creator of Freaks and Geeks, director of Bridesmaids) in Boston"

Per The Wrap , "[a] new unscripted We TV series will follow R&B trio Sisters With Voices -- perhaps better known as  SWV -- as the group makes a comeback attempt.

Six one-hour episodes of “SWV - Sisters With Voices”  will air in early 2014. Of course, one could say that the group has already made a successful comeback by landing a reality show, but why quibble?"

Who's joining The View? Jenny McCarthy is rumored as a serious contender to replace Joy Behar, allegedly. One source tells Us Weekly that McCarthy's VH1 talk show "isn't quite working out, so she's definitely open to it." A second passive-aggressive source opines that the formerView guest co-host "is a good fit" and "may not be able to carry a show, but she works well with a group ensemble." There have also been talks about Brooke Shields joining if Elisabeth Hasselbeck indeed departs.

Regardless of how you might feel about Rosie O'Donnell, I highly recommend listening to her sit down interview with Alec Baldwin.

Speaking of worthwhile listens, Jeff Garlin's sit down with Aziz Ansari is worth an hour of your time.