Wednesday September 18, 2013

AMC has decided to split up the final season of Mad Men into 2 parts akin to what they have done with Breaking Bad .  Time magazine argues that this tactic along with the recently announced spin-offs from Breaking Bad  and The Walking Dead  are sending a signal that they might be hurting for good content.  If Low Winter Sun  is their best foot forward, maybe Time  has a point.  On the flip side, "[t]his approach has worked well for us," explained AMC president Charlie Collier, "most recently for us with Breaking Bad, which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second half premiere than had watched any previous episode."  

Survivor returns tonight.  Make sure your DVR is set correctly as the show tends to change names from season to season so you season pass from last year might not pick up the show this season.  Just lookin out!

Hollywood manager Marki Costello, granddaughter of comedian Lou, is the subject of an E! reality show about her life called The Drama Queen. The Collins Avenue Productions project premieres Sunday, November 10 at 10p.  There's something wrong about this, and if you caught her episode of Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewisyou would understand.  She's Lou Costello's granddaughter and that is her claim to fame.  She's barely a "Hollywood manager."  According to her IMDB page, her top clients are Gennifer Jimenez, Gretchen Rossi, and Jason Kennedy.

Here's what Gus Fring has to say about how Breaking Bad  should end.  "I root for Walt, because I want him to become enlightened. When it doesn't come, I hate him more. [Laughs] If people survive their journeys, and the challenges that have been placed in front of them, they can be forgiven. So I watch the show hoping Walt will see the light. And when that doesn't happen, I want him to die. [Laughs] He is, at this point, irredeemable. I hope for some extreme, poetic justice. The ending I want is to see his head on a pike."

FOX premiered its Tuesday night comedy block last night with episodes of 

Dads, New Girl, The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  I thought Brooklyn was funny and will definitely be back for future episodes.  Dads  is one that you can pass on.  It got killed for being a bit too Big Brother 15 -esque, so my interest was piqued, but it's not very funny and I don't see it sticking around for too long.  I also said I was going to get into The Mindy Project this season based on the cameos that have been lined up.  So far so good (or so far, so great according to TV Guide).  It's not hilarious but it does enough to hold my attention.  New Girl  was back with a typical episode.  

Dads premiered to 5.6 million viewers and a 2.1 adult demo rating, up 24 percent from the debut of Raising Hope at 8 p.m. last year. Brooklyn Nine-Nine opened to 6 million viewers and a 2.5 rating at 8:30 p.m., up 19 percent from the first episode of the short-lived Ben and Kate.

That helped New Girl  (5.6 million, 2.9) rise up a tenth a point for its third season premiere. Yet returning companion series The Mindy Project (4.0 million, 1.9) fell 21 percent from last fall’s series opener.

Vulture ranked the worst jokes from last night's Dads  premiere.  Read a few and you'll understand why I am suggesting that you can skip this show.

Suits wrapped up it's ho hum season last night and it barely kept my interest.  I'm happy to have Ava Hessington and Darby and his British contingency out of the picture (hopefully).  The last scene offered a decent "cliffhanger" but not enough to rescue what these past 8 or so episodes offered up.  TVLine sat down with Aaron Korsh to talk about this season and what's next:

"I’ll say the totality of what Louis knows is that Mike doesn’t have a file there and that Sheila is super competent and likely would not lose a file. But also what Louis knows is that Sheila told him not to look in those files, and if he tells her that he looked in those files, she’s going to go ballistic. So Louis is in a little bit of a quandary, a conundrum. Also, as we’ve seen, Louis can spin out of control over the least little bit of something, so the fact that Mike’s file is not there is going to bore a hole in Louis’ crazy mind. I wouldn’t call it necessarily a cliffhanger, but we will definitely pursue that as Louis pursues what is going on with Mike. And it will have ramifications on many different people."

Korsh also sat down with EW  for a similar interview and on the positive, he had this to say:

"I think we started getting like, 'We’ve had enough of this case,' and I’ve read enough feedback that I think other people were ready for it to be gone a long, long time ago. You have to see these things through when you start them, and to me, it served a good function in terms of its impact on the firm throughout the year. Now we can come up with something new that is going to affect everyone. It’s a little less machinations in terms of power struggle within the firm and a little bit more interpersonal stuff."

The finale of Under The Dome aired on Monday and I watched it last night.  I really don't know how I stuck with this show for so long.  It was mildly entertaining after what I thought was a very strong premiere episode.  I guess I'll be back for season 2 just to see how it all plays out with this dome, but if CBS mysteriously decided to cancel it in the interim, I wouldn't lose any sleep.