Wednesday January 22, 2014

Reminder: Wolkaholics returns to Comedy Central tonight.  Adjust your DVR recording preferences accordingly. 

All in on  Are You The One?

All in on Are You The One?

I watched the premiere of MTV's new scientific matchmaking show Are You The One?  If you are a fan of shows like Paradise HotelTemptation IslandInto The WildThe Bachelor, etc, then you should be watching this show.  It feels like it should be on FOX and not on MTV and I'm hooked.  

Here's the overview of the show: 10 guys and 10 girls are flown out to Hawaii to take part in this matchmaking experiment.  Each person in the house has one and only one true match who has been pre-selected for them based on their profiles, so the challenge is for each person to find their "true" match.  If all 10 couples match up correctly, the 20 of them split $1,000,000.  

So, each week there is some sort of challenge that will allow several people to pick their partner for a getaway date.  While they're out on their date, the remaining houseguests nominate one of the couples out on said date to enter the Truth Booth.  While inside the Truth Booth, the couple is told whether or not they are a true match.  If they are a true match, they are whisked away to a remote location to test out/begin the courtship.  If they are not a true match, they go back into the house and into the dating pool to try to find out who they're "supposed" to be with.

At the end of each episode, there is a match ceremony of sorts where (this week) the guys went one by one selecting who they thought might be their true match.  Once everyone is partnered off, it is revealed how many couples are correctly matched, but they are not told which couples are correctly matched. As you can imagine, there are an inexplicable number of budding relationships that started on night 1 and as feelings grow deeper and these couples learn that they are not true matches, drama will ensue. . . .

Here's what the New York Times had to say about the show: "This is the latest in a string of clever MTV love-themed shows: The sheer numbers, along with the humanly imperfect search for what’s presumed to be a perfect match, create an impressive variety of simultaneous romantic tensions." 

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

"Outgoing Parks and Recreationstar Rashida Jones has lined up her next small-screen venture.

"The actress/producer has been tapped to star in TBS' Steve Carell comedy pilot Tribeca, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Conceived by Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy, the couple will write and executive produceTribeca, a single-camera satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Jones), a 10-year veteran of the LAPD's elite RHCU -- Really Heinous Crimes Unit. The single-camera comedy explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served … sort of. These dedicated men and women are more than counter-intuitive; they are nonintuitive. Carell will direct the pilot, which hails from his Carousel Productions banner.

"Jones' Angie is further described as a lone wolf who is capable, committed, strong and not thrilled when she's told she has to work with a partner. A cut-to-the-chase girl who speaks her mind, she treads where many fear to venture."  In, sight unseen.

Evidently, this is what really goes down when you audition to be on a competitive singing show

Asa's "art" show on last night's Shahs Of Sunset, really stretched the meaning of the word "art" to its outer limits. 

Don't worry, you're not supposed to have any idea who Renee Fleming is.

Don't worry, you're not supposed to have any idea who Renee Fleming is.

Shame on you NFL.  Per The AP, "[t]he Super Bowl will have a touch of the classical this year: Opera star Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem.

"The four-time Grammy winner will perform before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb 2. Fleming is the first opera star to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. In recent years, it has been performed mainly by a mix of pop and country stars.

"Known as 'The People's Diva,' the soprano is closely identified with the New York City region, having spent years singing on iconic stages such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Last year, she received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor the government gives to artists.

"Fleming, who lives in New York City, sang the national anthem before Game 2 of the 2003 World Series at Yankee Stadium."

Deadline breaks down each network's pilot order for 2014.  

It's akin to beating a dead horse for me to praise The Mindy Project but I'll continue to do so as I know a lot of people still haven't caught on to this show. The writing remains vastly improved from season 1 and I hope this show stays around for some time as no one is better at booking cameos than Mindy et al.  On the heels of that unpaid endorsement, here's a Q&A with Chris Messina.  Who knew he was a competitive dancer?

Here's a ringing endorsement for Esquire's new show Friday Night Tykes.  Episode 1 is currently sitting in my queue, but I haven't watched it yet.  You can check out the entire premiere below:

Per Realscreen, "Whole Foods Market’s wellness magazine Dark Rye is making the jump to television following a partnership with Participant Media-owned U.S. net Pivot.

"Created as an online publication in 2012, the magazine posts recipes, stories and creative projects that explore food, health, sustainability, design, technology and social enterprise.

"The series’ first season – which premieres tomorrow (January 22) at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST – will highlight similar topics, including social justice for artists, Detroit’s new entrepreneurs and maintaining sustainable food traditions."

Non-TV related, but too good not to share.  Vice put the myth of the sugar-free gummy bear to the test.  If you don't have any clue as to what I'm talking about, click here.

Buzzfeed makes a good point here by rattling off 23 moments when New Girl's Nick Miller is completely relatable.

Stephen Merchant booked a cameo on Modern Family.  Per TV Guide, "[i]n the ABC sitcom's upcoming Las Vegas-set episode, Merchant plays Stevens, the officious Mandalay Bay hotel butler assigned to take care of the Pritchett-Dunphy clan. Stevens appears calm and confident at first, but while juggling the requests of all three families, he finds himself overwhelmed.  And according to star Ty Burrell, the butler completely loses it!"

NBC has pulled the plug on the Murder She Wrote reboot.

These numbers are pretty staggering: CBS's Denver versus New England AFC matchup averaged 51.3 million viewers, the highest the net has earned for an AFC championship since 1982. FOX did even better with the NFC final, scoring an average 55.9 million viewers for San Francisco versus Atlanta, up 33 percent from last year.

Per EW, "Ryan Phillippe will appear — as himself! — on the new season of TBS’ Men at Work, which kicked off last week and airs every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, including a new episode tonight. . . . Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) also guest-stars as a love interest for Milo (Danny Masterson)."  The rich get richer?