One of my first ever posts on this blog noted that I'm of the seemingly popular opinion that the home improvement show space is going nowhere but up. NBC has their version called America's Dream Builder with Nate Berkus starting production in September. ABC is developing a home improvement show in house and is in development with a pilot. And on top of that, according to Nielsen, in 2013 Q2, HGTV ranked first in ad-supported cable on weekends with the W25-54 upscale audience (household income $100k+ and $125k). And while DIY Network ranked 84th in all of cable, it came in at #30 in weekend audience for A25-54, HHI $125+. Hopefully this upward trend continues into the far distant future.
Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are leaving Parks & Recreation midway through next season. According to showrunner Mike Schur, "[w]e've been working on their storyline (on and off) for four seasons now, and heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like a natural time to move them into the next phase. We absolutely love Rashida and Rob, and will be sad to see them go," he wrote. Schur praised Jones and Lowe, calling them "wonderful, funny, committed actors" and "a huge part of the Parks and Rec family." Expect Rob Lowe to ink a development deal with NBC in the next week or two, if not sooner.
Who doesn't love agents? Per the New York Daily News , "British actress Alison Wright, who plays the FBI secretary Martha Hanson on “The Americans,” was hit with a $1.5 million lawsuit for dumping her long-running representative, Headline Talent Agency, on the same day she was made a regular part of the cast.
"HTA says it worked with Wright, 37, for more than six years before it got her a part-time role on the show, and that her promotion to a steady role would have earned the firm a commission of $500,000.
"That figure is based on their assumption that her lifetime gross earnings from the program will hit $5 million. HTA gets a standard 10% fee. HTA is demanding its commission and $1 million in damages.
"Wright left HTA for Laurie Smith of Smith Talent Group, who are also defendants in the case filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
"Smith on Wednesday disputed HTA's contention that Wright was under contract to Headline and unable to switch agencies until June 2013. 'She selected me to represent her because they weren't getting her any work,' Smith said, insisting that she, not HTA, got Wright the role on The Americans.
"Smith scoffed at HTA's suggestion that Wright will ever make $5 million from the role: 'She's a newcomer. She's making $15,000 an episode and (her character) could be killed off by the end of the season.'
Per The Hollywood Reporter, former BuzzFeed writer, Jack Moore's feed got him staffed on Fox's upcoming Alexis Bledel/Jason Ritter sitcom Us & Them, about online romance. Since its debut in December, his @seinfeldtoday -- whose 617,000 followers include Jason Alexander -- has become an industry favorite for its perfectly pitched contemporary loglines for the '90s hit. (Sample: "Jerry discovers Newman is secretly an Internet-famous fan fiction writer. George gets aroused reading 50 Shades of Grey, questions self.")
Max Greenfield from New Girl and Paul Scheer (The League) did a near-exact reenactment of a classic Vanilla Iceand Arsenio Hall interview. I have no idea why, but it's not half-bad.
Former Masterchef contestant Josh Marks has had one heck of a week. According to TMZ, "Marks was arrested by University of Chicago police Monday after allegedly punching a cop and trying to grab his gun. 3 officers tried to subdue Marks with batons and pepper spray, but he broke free and took off running. It eventually took 5 officers to chase him down and handcuff him. Once in custody, cops claim Marks blamed Gordon Ramsay for his outburst, claiming the celeb chef had possessed him and turned him into God." Finally, Ramsay has taken over someone's soul.
This one leaves me speechless. EW reports that TLC "has just announced a special titled The Man With the 132 lb. Scrotum. Yes, this is happening. Yes, there are photos. We put them semi-discretely below the text, but beware: Once you see a man with a 132-pound scrotum, you cannot unsee him." Think twice before you click on this link. It's beyond disturbing.