Wednesday January 15, 2014

EW reports that FX "has ordered a comedy pilot that’ll star Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover franchise). He’ll also co-write the project with the Emmy-winning Louis C.K., who recently signed an overall deal with FX Prods. Louis C.K. will begin a fourth season of Louie in May.

"Sadly, FX won’t say for now what the pilot is about."  Irrelevant.  I'm all in no matter what, as I'm sure anyone with a sense of humor is.

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More from EW.  Michael Cera is returning to TV.  He "has been cast along with actor John Hawkes (Deadwood) in How And Why, an FX comedy pilot. The logline: How And Why is the 'story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.'

"The behind-the-camera talent is impressive too — the pilot is written and directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the screenwriter of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich."

Per Deadline, "CBS kicked off its pilot pickup season today with a order to Taxi-22, a single-camera comedy that had been shepherded by the late James Gandolfini. CBS bought the project, with Gandolfini on board to executive produce, in early June, just two weeks before the Emmy-winning actor’s tragic death. Taxi-22, an adaptation of the hit French Canadian single-camera comedy, had been a passion project for Gandolfini, who first developed it at HBO where his Attaboy banner had a deal." 

Jersey Shore  creator Sally Ann Salsano

Jersey Shore creator Sally Ann Salsano

Here is an interesting article about Jersey Shore creator and executive producer Sally Ann Salsano.  "In her own Jersey Shore days, Salsano was working as a producer for The Sally Jessy Raphael Show. An accountant by trade, Salsano interned at the talk show while still in school. Then, in a twist worthy of Jersey Shore, she found her true calling.

"'On my first or second day, a couple of the hookers had gotten lost who were supposed to be on the show, and all the interns were going out to find them,' says Salsano. 'We were supposed to stay out until we found them. Everyone else crapped out. Then, at 3 a.m., I found the hookers.' The next day, Salsano was switched to production from accounting and never looked back."  Sadly, Salsano and her 495 Productions and the ones responsible for Tattoos After Dark.  Hey, they can't all be winners.

Enough said.

Enough said.

The details of the Walking Dead spinoff are still unclear, but AMC executives are taking their time to make sure it doesn't negatively impact the original series, which is still the primary focus.

"What we want to do is not diminish the mothership. What we want to do is find something that everyone involved feels as passionately about as being a unique vehicle and unique enterprise as compared to the original series," network chief Charlie Collier tells Vulture. "We'll take our time, and we'll do it right."

Per TheWrap, "USA’s upcoming gal pal comedy, Playing House, has tapped Jane Kaczmarek in a multiple episode guest starring role.

"Kaczmarek will play Emma’s (star and executive producer, Jessica St. Clair) mom, Gwen. She’s described as 'perfectly coiffed and extremely opinionated.'

"When viewers meet Gwen, she’ll be in the middle of a 'midlife renaissance — writing beat poetry, wearing open-toed sandals and discovering the joys of fro-yo.' Emma and Gwen have been estranged and they’ll have to see if they can make their relationship work."

Here's a little preview into season 2 of The Americans, including, "specifically an explicit (and rather spoilery) scene from the Feb. 26 Season 2 premiere involving Philip, Elizabeth and another character who shall remain nameless."

Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan

Check out this interesting interview with Parenthood's and Friday Night Light's (and Fruitvale Station's) Michael B. Jordan.  Great actor who seems like a genuinely good guy.  You should see Fruitvale Station if you haven't already done so.

For a little more about him, here's a semi-recent podcast he did with Grantland's Bill Simmons.

TCA offered up some insight on Justified, which IS officially done after next season, the show's sixth:

"There were plenty of plot and story questions about what’s in store for the sprawling ensemble of characters on the FX series Justified at today’s TCA. A few tidbits from EP Graham Yost: 'You will see the Harris brothers again. I’m not going to tell you who you’re not going to see again.' The current fifth season will be a big season for the character of Art Mullen (Nick Searcy). In Season 6, expect more on the relationship of Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel) and Tim Gutterson (Jacob Pitts).

"But two questions loomed larger: A) Why will the sixth season be the last? and B) What life is like without the late Elmore Leonard, on whose writings the series is based?

"First, the final season: 'A lot of it was just figuring out how much story we had left,' Yost said. 'Our biggest concern telling these stories is that we don’t run out of story and start repeating ourselves. Although there were financial incentives to keep it going, it really felt in terms of the story of Raylon Givens in Kentucky, that six years felt about right.'”

Anthem Media Group officially unveiled its plans for the launch of the 24-hour Fantasy Sports TV Network, which is slated to debut on March 4, 2014. The new platform will deliver content on traditional, "over the top", online as well as mobile video outlets throughout North America, focusing on interactive fantasy sports programming. Programming will include live studio shows, call-in series, panels, celebrity and expert drafts, reality programming, and on-site commentary from sports venues. Anthem also penned an agreement with SiriusXM Radio to simulcast three daily hours of morning drive-time series RotoExperts in the Morning program from 6-9a on the new network. The network will also be supported by its flagship fantasy property, RotoExperts.com, and sports pop culture site SportsGrid.com.

From EW, "[f]our congressmen didn’t find the humor in one of the funniest bits from Sunday night’s Golden Globes. A group of Democratic senators — Dick Durbin, Richard Blumenthal, Sherrod Brown, and Edward Markey — wrote a letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC Universal taking issue with Julia Louis-Dreyfus smoking an e-cigarette during the telecast.

“'The Golden Globes celebrates entertainers who are an influence on young fans,' they wrote. 'We ask the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC Universal to take actions to ensure that future broadcasts of the Golden Globes do not intentionally feature images of e-cigarettes. Such action would help to avoid the glamorization of smoking and protect the health of young fans.'” STFU.

This isn't really why people should be upset with How I Met Your Mother.