Happy New Year. Hope everyone enjoyed some time off. I sure did.
With a 2-week layoff, there's a lot to catch up on. I won't bore you with news that's old by now, so let's get into it.
Per The Huffington Post, "[t]oday, if you want a certain demographic to watch your TV show, you have to hunt it down. That's what it looks like FOX is doing on Tinder.
"The network is using the popular dating app to do some advertising for its sitcom The Mindy Project, with some singles getting matched up with the show's main character, Mindy Lahiri, played by show creator Mindy Kaling.
"A representative for FOX confirmed in an email to The Huffington Post that The Mindy Project is involved in the promotion. She also confirmed that the show will air a previously-rumored Tinder-themed episode. Tinder did not respond to HuffPost's request for comment.
"Here's a screenshot of the profile that people are seeing, sent to HuffPost by a Tinder user:"
The Bachelor premieres tonight, unless you count last night's preview the actual premiere (I don't). ABC has been over hyping Juan Pablo's season and the cast of women looks to be on par with seasons past, but perhaps they should have done some more homework on their beloved Bachelor. According to Radaronline.com, "in 2011 Juan Pablo was ordered to pay $243.94 a month plus an additional $49.00 to knock down the more than $3,500.00 he owed in back support.
"The reports say the Bachelor's First Latino lead was forced to help pay for his daughter with Latina actress Carla Rodriquez."
This one bummed me out . . . reportedly, Ke$ha has entered a rehab facility for an eating disorder. I've spoken of my affinity for Ke$sha and her MTV show. As crazy as she might appear, she actually looks to be a pretty down to earth, normal and VERY likable person. TMZ has initiated the report that she's Timberline Knolls (near frigid Chicago). I wish her all the best.
Evander Holyfield, who's a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother should learn to keep his mouth shut. "Evander Holyfield told a housemate on UK Celebrity Big Brother that being gay is no different than being handicapped ... because a doctor can fix both ... and was immediately SCOLDED like a child by BB producers.
"Holyfield made the comments Sunday -- during his first week in the BB house -- when reality star Luisa Zissman asked him if there were any gay boxers in the sport.
"Holyfield -- a deeply religious Christian --cited the bible and said homosexuality is NOT a choice ... but rather something like a 'handicap' ... something doctors can fix.
"Zissman respectfully disagreed with Evander ... and it seemed the two were ready to move on with their lives ... when Evander was taken to a private room, where producers RIPPED him for expressing his beliefs."
I caught the premiere of Bravo's Toned Up over the holiday and am committed to at least episode 2. The show isn't all that novel, but if you like looking at attractive people with nice physiques, it's worth a peek.
The interweb is buzzing with the new trailer for House of Cards. I'm sure we'll revisit this between now and February 14, but I'd be remiss if I didn't at least link to it.
Promos for the upcoming season of Justified have hit the airwaves and here's an interview with Walton Goggins on the return of a more violent Boyd, amongst other things.
Here's another Justified interview, this one with new cast member Michael Rapaport.
Per Deadline, "Sundance Channel‘s second original scripted series The Red Road will debut at 9 PM on February 27, the channel said today. The six-episode dramatic thriller centers around local sheriff (Martin Henderson) as he struggles to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up just outside of New York City, and the neighboring mountains—home of a federally unrecognized Native American tribe. After a tragedy and cover-up, an uneasy alliance is forged between the officer and a dangerous member of the tribe, and the lives of both unravel, leading to terrible consequences."
More from Deadline, "Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer has joined AXS TV‘s weekly comedy series Gotham Comedy Live as consulting producer, and will host the show’s third-season season debut on January 9. The franchise received a 24-episode third season order. Breuer will work with the show’s producers, Chris and Steven Mazzilli, Dave Goldberg and Rob Cea, on what AXS markets as the only live, uncensored and unedited stand-up show on TV. Breuer also will assist in broadening the show’s content, and serve as the show’s spokesperson."
The 50 best TV quotes from 2013, according to Buzzfeed.
A few recommendations of new shows premiering this month from Andy Denhart.
Speaking of which, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee premiered this week with none other than Louis CK. Check it out here and enjoy.