Tuesday October 28, 2014

Lifetime premieres its new docuseries Prison Wives Club tonight.  This sure fire winner is described by the net as follows: "The new Lifetime docuseries Prison Wives Club follows four women living with their decisions to fall in love with and remain married to convicted felons. While facing judgment from their friends and families, each episode explores how these women struggle to find normalcy despite their unconventional choices when it comes to the men in their lives. Restricted to limited contact with their spouses who are serving sentences ranging from 10 years to life, the ladies band together for support; but this group comes with its own sentence as they don’t always agree on how to behave as a wife on the 'outside.'” 

The hits just keep on coming!  Oxygen premieres its new series My Crazy Love tonight, which it describes as follows: "Each week, real people will share their personal stories about a time in their life when love drove them to a place where rational thinking went out the window. This comedic anthology series follows the wild, romantic and hilarious things men and women have done in the name of love. From jumping out of a plane to hiding out in a girlfriend’s closet, this series will cover it all through stylized reenactments and interviews." 

TruTV's head first plunge into comedy continues tonight with the premieres of How To Be A Grown Up and Friends Of The People.  I might actually check these out.  "Welcome to the weekly comedy series that explores the triumphs and tragedies of being an adult. In every episode, comics provide jokes and personal anecdotes about what it's like to be a member of that very large group of people known as "grown-ups." From marriage and kids to personal hygiene and relationships, if there's a topic out there that has to do with being an adult, chances are these comedians will be talking about it. It's funny, it's personal, it's universal; it's How to Be a Grown Up.

"truTV presents an edgy, irreverent sketch comedy show featuring some of today's most hilarious comic minds: Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, Josh Rabinowitz, and The Lucas Bros. From original sketches that include the celebrity mash-up character 'Tracy Morgan Freeman' and the musical musings of 'The Beached Brothas' to parodies of your favorite '90s sitcoms and pop culture moments, there is nothing off limits for this hysterical cast of comedians. Episodes will also feature fun guest appearances and man-on-the-street segments in NYC."  Then again, maybe I won't.

One more premiere tonight, that you might actually watch.  USA debuts its workplace comedy Benched, which it says "is a single-camera comedy about a high-powered corporate lawyer’s fall from grace into the rough and tumble world of the public defenders.  

"Distinguished corporate lawyer Nina Whitley (Eliza Coupe, Happy Endings) has given up everything in her climb to the top.  However, when she’s hit with her ex-fiancé’s wedding announcement and learns that she hasn’t made partner at her high power firm, Nina snaps -- breaking vases and burning bridges.  Now that Nina is shunned from the corporate world, the only place she can get a job is at the Public Defender’s office: home to the underfunded, understaffed, overworked, 'if you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be provided…' lawyers.   In addition to her new clients, Nina must learn to connect with her co-workers who include the roguish Phil (Jay Harrington, Better Off Ted), the idealist Carlos (Oscar Nunez, The Office), the useless empathetic Cheryl (Maria Bamford, Adventure Time) and the dedicated intern Micah (Jolene Purdy, Under the Dome).  If that didn’t sound tough enough for Nina, she’ll also be going head-to-head with her ex-fiancé, Trent, (Carter MacIntyre, Drop Dead Diva) the rising star of the District Attorney’s office."  Here's a review if you're curious.

I've really come around on Gwen Stefani and Pharrell on The Voice.

More jock sniffing and celebrity infatuation coming from our friends over at Scripps (DIY, HGTV, GAC, etc).  Great American Country and NFL legend Jerry Rice are heading to the gridiron in the cable pilot Friday Night Impossible. Currently in production, the pilot features Rice working with the Irvington, Alabama, Alma Bryant Hurricanes, who are still reeling from their loss in the first round of last season’s state playoffs. He'll meet the coach, assess the team, and train with the players, arming the Hurricanes with the tools necessary to be winners. The pilot is planned to air in early 2015.  Enough already. 

"The Neil Patrick Harris variety show for which Americans have hoped and prayed is finally happening. Vulture has learned NBC has landed the actor/author/all-around host with the most to headline a U.S. version of Saturday Night Takeaway, the long-running U.K. variety show format produced by U.K.-based production company ITV. We hear multiple broadcast networks actively bid for the rights to land the Harris-hosted series, with ITV asking networks to agree to an on-the air, ten-episode order for the project. In addition, two sources tell us ITV was asking for a price tag north of $2.5 million for each hourlong episode (and that’s before the substantial marketing and promotion such a project demands). The Harris show (which will not be called Saturday Night Takeaway or air on Saturdays) is also expected to originate from New York, logical given the actor’s roots in the city.  'As I watched the show, I couldn't stop smiling. Now that I've seen many seasons, my face hurts. It's a game changer,' said Harris. 'Nothing like this has been done before, and it's unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!'

"Harris, currently starring in Gone Girl and just tapped to host next year’s Oscars, has been very open about his desire to one day host a variety show. Just a few months ago, he told Howard Stern that he’d been talking to CBS about such a gig. 'I think if it's weekly, and people really want to see it, and you trust that there's a lot of really great shit on there, then you're gonna get the guests to want to come on there,' Harris told Stern in May. 'A weekly thing, you'd have more time to prep for stuff, you could pretape stuff that would be really exciting, you could flesh it out more.' And three years ago, Harris told CBS’s retiring Craig Ferguson that he’d like to do a talent showcase-style variety hour. 'I want to do an Ed Sullivan–y kind of show, with all the variety acts,' he said. It looks like Harris (and America) will finally get his wish."

Per Deadline, "[t]he Weinstein Company has engaged Armando Christian Perez—better known as hip hop recording artist Pitbull—to be the catalyst for two reality TV series. The first is Pitbull: The Lyfe, which will focus on his world tour, recording sessions, and his life behind the scenes. The second one is The REAL Change Project, in which Pitbull teams with such public figures as Michelle Obama, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Kobe Bryant and others as they look back at obstacles they overcame in their formative years and the mentors who helped them succeed. That series will include live performances and the aim is to raise money for school teachers and educators around the globe. REAL Change Productions and Honey I’m Home will produce both. Pitbull, Michael Calderon, Liam Murphy, President & CEO of Real Change Productions, LLC and Robert Engler will be exec producers and TWC’s Patrick Reardon will oversee the shows.

"This makes him a strong frontman as The Weinstein Company continues its growing thrust in television. TWC adds this to reality series that include the long running hitProject Runway, Mob WivesMillion Dollar Shoppers, Rodeo Girls and Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor for TLC. There are also ambitious scripted projects that include the Netflix series Marco Polo, and the 10-part series The Ten Commandments (each episode covers one of the Commandments, with a different A-list helmer for each segment), and there is an adaptation of the Daniel Stashower’s bestselling Civil War-era spy thriller The Hour Of Peril."

Let's end this nonsense on a high note, with the first trailer for season 10 of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: