Tuesday October 7, 2014

I watched Mulaney last night.  Yikes.  This show is abysmal.  John Mulaney's stand up is decent, but his acting makes season 1 Jerry Seinfeld look like Sidney Pottier.  If not for Lorne Michael's attachment to this project, I don't think it would last through Thanksgiving.

AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a 6th season, not surprisingly. 

Call it a 3:30 AM wake up call yesterday, but I was negligent in not mentioning last night's premiere of season 2 of MTV's Are You The One?  That said, casting took a huge step backwards as compared to season 1.  Perhaps people saw the first season and were turned off, or perhaps there was an influx of cheesy trashy people that casting was unable to sort through productively, but either way, it's a shame that this show doesn't have an elimination every week.  Nevertheless, I'm all in as I enjoy the concept of the show on its face.

New Food Network culinary competition show Kitchen Inferno will feature blind taste tests by a panel of judges, and a chance for contestants to “take the money and run,” starting Wednesday, November 5. Curtis Stone hosts.

WE tv series Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars will return next year for a second season with a cast that includes: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (The Hills), Aviva and Reid Dresher (Real Housewives of New York), Natalie Nunn and Jacob Payne (Bridezillas), Tyson Apostol and Rachel Foulger (Survivor) and Syleena Johnson and Kiwane Garris (R&B Divas: Atlanta). The series “fits perfectly against the backdrop of our rebrand,” said Marc Juris, WE tv president, “which puts community and conversation at the forefront of everything we do.”

Andre Braugher isn't sure whether or not he's funny?  He is.

"As Deadline readers found out on Monday that NBC and 20th Century Fox TV were developing a comedy series followup to Cameron Crowe’s 1989 coming-of-age classic Say Anything starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, apparently so did Crowe. And he was not amused. I hear that Crowe had not been aware of 20th TV’s plans for a Say Anything series before my story ran Monday afternoon, shortly after NBC closed a deal for a script commitment plus penalty to the project. I hear Crowe had a very strong reaction to the announcement, and he took to Twitter to share his intent to kill the project late Monday night.

“'Regarding the announcement of a Say Anything tv show… @JohnCusack ,@IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement… except in trying to stop it,' he wrote.

"While legally studios are within their rights to exploit titles from their libraries without the filmmakers’ consent, getting their blessing is considered the right thing to do because of the creators’ emotional attachment to their movie or TV series. I hear that there was an effort on part of 20th TV to reach out to Crowe but a miscommunication with his executives led to the disconnect.

"That mishap puts 20th TV and NBC in a difficult position — do they proceed with theSay Anything series, which they legally can, over the strong objection of the movie’s writer-director who wants the series dead? From what I hear, that appears unlikely."

Per EW, "There will be a meeting of the sci-fi minds as former The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies will be joining the cast of Colony, the new USA Network pilot from former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. Another Lost alum, Josh Holloway, will also be starring in the drama, which takes place in a modern day Los Angeles that is being occupied by alien invaders."

Per Deadline, "Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet is staying in the family with his first producing effort, a comedy at ABC and 20th TV, the network and studio behind the Emmy-winning series. The project, Big Stop, also is keeping Stonestreet close to his real-life family as it is set in his native Kansas. Written by Jerry Collins (The Bernie Mac Show), Big Stop is described as a multi-camera comedy with a modern take on family and today’s current issues as seen through the lens of a bustling Kansas truck stop where stories and characters, like big rigs, come rolling in off the highway everyday. Stonestreet and longtime friend Collins executive produce.

"A couple of years ago, Collins visited Stonestreet in his home state. 'He wanted the Kansas Fourth of July experience,' Stonestreet said. That experience stuck with Collins and Stonestreet when they started hashing out ideas for a TV show. 'We wanted a workplace comedy that felt organic,' Stonestreet said about the choice of setting. 'Truck stops are the airports of the highways where all sorts of characters with their stories come through. It is relatable — no matter if you’re a businessman or a politician or a regular guy, we all find ourselves at a truck stop at one time or another.'

"Stonestreet said he got the producing bug while 'being surrounded by so many talented people and funny writers' on Modern Family. 'When my great days on the show end, I’d like to have the opportunity to continue to create and produce and get a show on the air one day that is hopefully as good as Modern Family.'”

Although Bravo disputes this, TMZ is reporting that "Teresa and Joe Giudice scored a HUGE payday before shipping off to prison ... a deal so sweet the restitution they owe to the government has almost been whittled down to nothing. 

"The two Real Housewives of New Jersey stars snagged $325,000 for a two-on-one interview with Bravo head honcho Andy Cohen ... sources close to the deal tell us.

"We're told the network offered $275K for Teresa alone, but kicked in another $50K to have her less interesting husband onboard.

"The Giudices owe around $400K in restitution -- which means all of the money they made will go directly towards paying off their debt ... but days after the sentencing they can now see the light at the end of the financial tunnel."

During said interview, Teresa said she didn't understand that a plea deal would put her behind bars.  LOL.

Turner Broadcasting announced about 1475 jobs will be cut across the company. Turner CEO John Martin warned in August that a restructuring would focus on becoming more “streamlined, nimble and efficient”; a buyout package was offered to about 600 eligible employees two weeks later. Monday’s memo said job cuts will come from “all levels,” and impacted employees would be advised over the next two weeks.  Thank the NBA for your unemployed status.