Monday August 5, 2013

ABC is finally putting us out of our misery tonight with part 2 of the painstaking 2-part finale to boring Desiree's Bachelorette season.  I don't care whether or not Brooks comes back, whether she picks one of the other two schlubs or whether she ends up alone forever.  I just care that next Monday night, this show won't be on my DVR any more.

It's getting down to crunch time on Food Network Star .  I have no idea how Rodney has lasted as long as he has.  He talks like he has marbles in his mouth and all he does is bake pies.  Sound like a show you'd be interested in watching?  I really wanted to vote for Russell, but I think Damaris' show is the only one I'd actually consider watching.

Although Larry David  sounded iffy about a new season of  Curb Your Enthusiasm last month, Jeff Garlin (who confirmed the pessimism on his podcast) told the Television Critics Association during the fall previews yesterday that David's uncertainty wasn't necessarily a bad sign. "I'm not trying to figure out Larry David, I just try to appreciate Larry David," Garlin said. "Do you think he is never not unsure before a season? I think there's a decent chance we'll do more."  So you're saying there's a chance.

From, "[t]he Summer of Sharks will continue into September, when ABC will air a week-long marathon of Shark Tank.

"The stunt is obviously a play on Discovery's Shark Week (which, incidentally, launches Sunday, Aug. 4). As a way to get fans excited for the new season of the show, ABC will run repeat episodes of Shark Tank at 8 p.m. ET for six straight nights starting Sunday, Sept. 8.

"Each of the show's Sharks picked a favorite episode to air during the week. All come from the show's third and fourth seasons.

"Season 5 of Shark Tank -- which won the Television Critics Association Award for best reality series on Saturday -- premieres on Friday, Sept. 20."

I finally checked out The Profit  on CNBC.  It's really nothing more than a variation of one of the myriad of "rescue" shows out there.  It was entertaining enough, but not something I will record each week.  I can also tell you that this is not the only business rescue show that you'll see on the air.  A little birdie told me that Spike TV will continue its rescue rampage (Bar Rescue , and tattoo and church rescue shows) with a copy cat of The Profit .

If you're looking for a good film to go see, I HIGHLY recommend seeing Fruitvale Station  staring Michael B. Jordan.  You'll recognize Jordan from his work on The Wire, Friday Night Lights  and Parenthood .  He's a fantastic actor and his performance is award-worthy.  Here's a synopsis of the picture:

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler's FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day. Oscar's life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area - and the entire nation - to its very core.

 Vulture  spent the day apartment hunting with Orange Is The New Black 's Natasha Lyonne.

Years later, Josh Schwartz offers some insight about The O.C.   If you were a fan of this show, it's worth a quick read.

FOX has given a pilot commitment to Fatrick, a sitcom about a thirtysomething whose emotional development is stalled thanks to his past as a chubby kid.  Don't Trust the B---- At Apt. 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan is teaming with writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendents) on the project.