Wednesday January 29, 2014

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[a] year out from the cancellation of Ryan Murphy's gay-themed The New Normal after one season, NBC is teaming with Ellen DeGeneres for a lesbian-themed comedy pilot.

"One Big Happy centers on a lesbian who gets pregnant just as her straight male best friend meets and marries the love of his life. Openly gay 2 Broke Girls writer Liz Feldman will pen the script and exec produce alongside DeGeneres and her Warner Bros. Television-based A Very Good Production banner president Jeff Kleeman."

Are You The One? continues to be enjoyable, at least as far as I'm concerned.  The tiny bit of suspense around the reveal in the Truth Booth and the number of lights that go up to indicate matches at the end of each episode is enough to keep me in til the end.  Again, if you liked shows like Bachelor PadParadise Hotel, etc. you WILL like this show.

The exes return tonight on The Real World: Ex-Plosion.  I don't know how many of you are watching this season, but I've completely warmed up to the new "format" and tweaks to the production.  Here's a sneak peak to the reaction of the housemates when they walk in to see their exes waiting for them.  Nice screen grab below (courtesy of EW.com).

Surprise.

Surprise.

Deadline reports that "Happy Endings alumna Casey Wilson has been tapped as the female lead in Marry Me, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot from Happy Endings creator/showrunner David Caspe, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. The project, directed by Seth Gordon, is said to be in the vein of Mad About You and centers on a young couple who get engaged, something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. The casting makes the premise as real as it can be as Wilson and Caspe are engaged in real life." 

One more from NBC as TheWrap reports that "NBC has ordered a comedy pilot executive produced by Jason Bateman, along with Aggregate and David Janollari Entertainment.

Two to Go is described as a single-camera comedy focusing on long-time best friends grappling with the challenges of modern-day dating, while their group of friends try to convince them they are meant for each other."  These sound like much better options that The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves The World (which was officially shut down yesterday).  Kudos.

This week's How I Met Your Mother rated through the roof, relatively speaking.  10.7 million viewers and a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49, its biggest demo since last February (the day after CBS aired the Super Bowl) and its largest audience since 2011.  Not half bad.  Here's a recap of what loose ends were tied up.

"Romantic comedies have been a hot genre this development season, and CBS just gave a pilot order to one such project, Save The Date, from That 70′s Show alums Jackie and Jeff Filgo. The comedy was developed at ABC Studios, which will co-produce the pilot with CBS TV Studios. Written and exec producer by the Filgos, Save The Date centers on Kate, 35 and newly single, who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. The format of the project will be hybrid, in the vein of How I Met Your Mother: a multi-camera comedy employing shorter scenes and no live audience."

Eric Stonestreet is an active Tinder user.  Good for him.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but Two Broke Girls has actually been entertaining of late.  The additions of Mary Lynn Rajskub and Eric Andre have made this show very watchable.

Tip "T.I." Harris Jr. and Mekhi Phifer are joining the third season of  Showtime comedy House of Lies, beginning Sunday, February 2 at 10p. The duo will be featured in a season-long arc as childhood friends-turned-moguls, who hire Marty (Don Cheadle) to help expand their business empire. 

Per TVLine, "Please tell me Kristina isn’t going to open up an Asperger’s school on Parenthood. I’m willing to cut my favorite show a lot of slack — I was one of the few who didn’t hate the mayor storyline! — but this is beyond preposterous. —Jim
Ausiello: She’s getting her school, and we have Julia to thank for that. Yep, Joel’s estranged wife kicks some legal ass to get the necessary approvals to make it happen — and she may get some ass as her reward. To be more specific, Julia hits it off with the school’s potential headmaster, a handsome educator by the name of Evan."

George Clooney's Reddit AMA.

Non-TV related, but Crest is coming out with a few new flavors of toothpaste: Vanilla Mint Spark, Lime Spearmint Zest, and Mint Chocolate Trek.

Per Variety, "ABC has ordered a pilot for The Winklers, a comedy from Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal.

"Based on the lives of the Winkler family, the multi-cam centers on an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love and life while living unexpectedly with his over-sharing in-laws. Project nabbed a pilot production commitment in October.

"Max Winkler (son of Henry Winkler) is exec producing with brother-in-law Rob Reinis and Jack Johnson through The Walcott Company. Max Winkler has been entering the TV fray in recent seasons, directing for broadcast comedies including New Girl and The New Normal. Henry Winkler may still topline the comedy, but a deal with the star has yet to close. 20th Century Fox TV will produce the pilot."

Buzzfeed really has a thing for Lena Dunham.

Here's an interview with Cougar Town's Busy Philipps and Dan Byrd.

Here's another new trailer for The Walking Dead.