Thursday January 16, 2014

The Real World: EX-PLOSION is really shaping up to be a great season.  We're only two episodes in, but the drama has been abundant.  I pretty much dislike all 7 strangers picked to live in that house or building or whatever it is, but we're at about the 3-week mark until the exes arrive.  I have certainly warmed up to the new production "style" and love the constant time line updates.  Kudos to production for the new tweaks and here's to hoping that the intensity is ramped up once the exes do arrive.

Grantland's Juliet Litman conducted a fantastic interview with Frank Sweeney, who pulled no punches and was quite insightful.  The entire interview is below.

Evidently, not too many people watched American idol last night.  The show's premiere garnered the lowest ratings of any premiere in the show's history.

Per Variety, "[t]he CW is strengthening its reality slate with competition programs hailing from Cedric the Entertainer [who we haven't seen since the infamous It's Worth What] and magicians Penn and Teller.

"Halfhour [sic] series Barber Battle is hosted by Cedric and features a different barbershop across the nation in each of the 10 comedic episodes. Hairstylists and barbers will compete to be named the creator of the best 'crowns' in town. Judges, contestants and locations have yet to be announced Barber Battle, which is exec produced by Cedric and Mark Efman.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us gives aspiring magicians the chance to perform their best trick to try to fool vet magician duo Penn and Teller. Those who succeed nab the opportunity to perform with Penn and Teller in their show at the Rio Hotel in Vegas. Hourlong show will feature a live studio audience. The CW has ordered nine segs of “Fool Us” from 117 Prods. and September Films."

I take issue with the fact that either of these shows can be viewed as "strengthening" any network's slate.  How long until the CW ceases to exist?

Paul Rudd will be teaming up with Adam Scott for the next installment of The Greatest Event In Television History.  If you haven't seen any of these videos, here's one for your enjoyment:

"Results were tabulated using data from twelve different American reality singing competitions: American Idol, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, The Sing-Off, The Glee Project, Rock Star, P. Diddy’s Starmaker, The Next Great American Band, The Winner Is, High School Musical: Get in the Picture, The Pussycat Dolls present: Girlicious, andAmerican Juniors, with the wrinkle that not all musical performances fromAmerica’s Got Talent could be tracked down. Also, group numbers aren't included in our tally; furthermore, if the song was part of a medley, we counted each song in the medley as an individual performance. In the case of The Voice’s “Battle Rounds,” where two contestants alternate singing the same number, songs were only counted once, and on behalf of the winner."  Here are your top songs:

1) I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston (17x)

2) Feeling Good by Nina Simone (15x)

3) Piece Of My Heart by Janice Joplin (13x)

T4) Alone by Heart (12x)

T4) Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John (12x)

T4) If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys (12x)

T4) Imagine by John Lennon (12x) **Jordis Unga SLAYED this song on Rockstar INXS.  

T4) Let's Stay Together by Al Green (12x)

T4) Against All Odds by Phil Collins (12x)

T4) I Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith (12x)

NBC announced 3 new pilots yesterday.

NBC announced 3 new pilots yesterday.

Per Deadline, NBC has ordered pilot "Ellen More Or Less (previouslyFormerly Fat Girl), written by JJ Philbin who executive produces with Jason Katims, who is behind NBC’s new comedy series About A Boy. The single-camera, from Universal TV and Katims’ True Jack Prods, is loosely based on the non-fiction book 10 Lessons From A Former Fat Girl and centers on an average size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love."  You recognize Katmis' name from Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.   

More pilot news from NBC per TheWrap.  Will "Ferrell executive produces Mission Control with Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions. David Hornsby will serve as exec producer and writer. From Universal, the project is set in 1962 and is a workplace ensemble in the tone of “Anchorman” that examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon.

"Also, the network has given a pilot order to Love Is Relative, which Werner will executive produce. Tom Lassally is also executive producing, as is Dan Mazer (Bruno, Borat), who’s also writing.  The project revolves around a married couple who start to see their marriage in a whole new way after the wife’s newly divorced brother moves in with them."

In addition to NFL action, some addition drama is in store this weekend with live and next day coverage on NBC and NBCSN as the first-ever US Olympic Freeskiing Team will be named in Park City in addition to the US Snowboarding Team being selected in Mammoth. The action hits the gate tomorrow at 3p on NBCSN with the Sprint US Snowboarding Grand Prix, while the US Freeskiing Grand Prix begins at 11p.  Good luck to all.

There was a girl on last night's My Strange Addiction who was addicted to eating dirty diapers????  "The 22-year-old is addicted to chewing on and smelling dirty diapers. She keeps her cupboards, drawers and purse filled with urine-soaked diapers to make sure there's always one close by to satisfy her craving.

"Where does she get them? Luckily for Keyshia, she has an understanding friend named Kim with twins. 

"I't's very annoying because she doesn't care what time it is,' Kim says. 'She'll wake my baby up to take the diaper that's on the baby.'

"'My addiction to diapers started about three years ago,' Keyshia admits. 'One of my friends was changing her baby and she gave me the diaper to throw out and I kept it for like a week and smelled it every morning.'  Since then, Keyshia has had over 25,000 diapers in her collection."  I've spared you the link to video of this psychopath.

Another Top Chef spin-off is in the works.

Another Top Chef spin-off is in the works.

Per TheWrap, "Bravo has just given a green light to new Top Chef spinoff under the working title, Top Chef Extreme. The series is set to premiere this summer.

"On each episode, the new series will bring back past Top Chef contestants for one-on-one culinary duels. The competitors will go head-to-head in three rounds of challenges in order to move on in the competition.

"Then, all the episodes’ winners will go against each other on the season’s finale with one chef standing at the end. The winning chef will claim the yet to be announced grand prize and, of course more importantly for these folks, bragging rights.

"Bravo is giving fans a chance to nominate the chefs they’d like to compete on Top Chef Extreme. The network asks that viewers share their dream battle pairings on “Top Chef’s” Facebook page at or on Twitter by tweeting @BravoTopChef and using the hashtag #TopChefExtreme."

More Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Larry David at Tom's Restaurant.  Evidently, they were there to film a Super Bowl commercial.

Here is a first look of Prince's appearance on FOX's New Girl.

Here is a look at what's to come on How I Met Your Mother, in the event you care and can stand to stomach this show still.