Thursday August 29, 2013

As you know I am a devoted fan of MTV's The Challenge .  However, how about a little less "challenge" and a little more in the house drama, strategizing, debauchery, etc?  I understand the name of the show is The Challenge, but do we really need to see 10 pairs falling off of a make shift trapeze into a body of water and then swimming out to a buoy?  Maybe shorten that package just a little bit for us?  Thanks in advance!

This should be interesting.  Per Deadline, "Friends alumna Lisa Kudrow has been tapped for a recurring role on the ABC series’ upcoming third season. In typical Shonda fashion, details about Kudrow’s character are kept under wraps, but I’ve learned that she plays a politician. On the Kerry Washington-starring drama, Kudrow is joining her long-time producing partner Dan Bucatinsky, who received an Emmy nomination for his recurring role as Cyrus’ (Jeff Perry) long-suffering husband. This marks Kudrow’s biggest series acting commitment in a long time. Since the end of Friends and her follow-up series, the cult HBO comedy The Comeback, Kudrow has been focused on producing as well as her online-turned-TV improv show Web Therapy."

More from Deadline, who is reporting that Harry Connick, Jr. "is on a shortlist of candidates for the seat on the [American ] Idol judging table, which became vacant again after a deal with music producer Dr. Luke fell through at the last minute. Asked in May on The Ellen DeGeneres Show whether he would be interested if asked to become a judge on Idol, Connick said, 'Well, yeah, I mean I had a really good time! I had a good time mentoring. Judging is a whole different deal; I don’t know how good I would be at that.' Because the judge search is dragging on, Fox has not set dates for the taped auditions yet [which may end up having to be pushed back]."

EW  talked with How I Met Your Mother 's mother Cristin Milioti who revealed that prior to booking the role on the show, she "had never seen it.  My whole time in New York I lived in one of those lofts with a giant projection screen, so we just watched TV on the Internet, and I never had the experience of flipping through the channels. I’m catching up on them now — I watch them every day at breakfast."

The New York Times reports that Netflix is about to make good on its promise to release more comedy specials. Aziz Ansari, whose first hour special premiered on Comedy Central and his second he self-released, will be releasing his third special directly through Netflix. Entitled Buried Alive, it will go up on November 1.

Per TheWrap, "[t]he Mexican restaurant that factored into last Sunday's Breaking Bad, reports a surge in orders for tableside guacamole since the appetizer was prominently featured on the AMC drama.  Garduno's' dip was a recurring punchline during an excruciatingly tense exchange that found meth-dealer Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his wife (Anna Gunn) involved in a tense standoff with his brother-in-law, a DEA agent named Hank Schrader (Dean Norris). As tempers flared, a Garduno's waiter keeps butting in at inopportune times to talk up the restaurant's guacamole."

Jon Stewart is back as the host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on September 3.  

Kyle Chandler has no interest in a Friday Night Lights  movie.  

One pair was removed from Survivor: Blood vs. Water  before filming even began? 

Time to order that home genie service from DirecTV.  September 29 makes the finale of Breaking Bad  as well as a primetime football game on NBC, an episode of Boardwalk Empire on HBO, and a myriad of premieres, including: Homeland; the final season of Eastbound & DownThe Good WifeThe SimpsonsBob’s Burgers, and the rest of Fox’s animation block; The Amazing Race; and the series premiere of both Lizzy Caplan’s Masters of Sex and Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies.