Thursday October 9, 2014

Today would have marked John Lennon's 74th birthday.

Amazon has greenlit Transparent for a 2nd season.  Despite some of the lewd storylines, I'm certain I'll be back for season 2.

Survivor needs to get rid of Exile Island and bring back Redemption Island.  Exile does nothing to enhance the game.  Redemption allows people who have been blidsided to return and exact their revenge.  You tell me which one makes for more interesting television.

I could not possibly have less interest in Stephen Collins.

A&E reality series Country Buck$ follows a family running a wildlife sporting empire, including a sportsman fantasy camp in Louisiana, with drop-ins on the way from celeb pals like Ducky Dynasty’s Willie Robertson and Swamp People’s Troy Landry.  So on the one hand, A&E bails on show it has IN PRODUCTION because it wants to return to its "roots" of crime and suspense, but on the other hand, it greenlights the aforementioned $hit??  Come on. 

An interview with Jeff and Jackie Schaffer, the couple behind FXX's The League.  "On The League’s beginnings:

JACKIE: The League got started because I am married to someone who’s obsessed with Fantasy Football.
JEFF: Probably me.
JACKIE: And we were on vacation, a very nice, romantic vacation in France, skiing on Christmas Eve, and Jeff kept telling me that he had stomach problems and had to leave this very fancy restaurant and go out into the snow, with no jacket, pre-Skype, so on actual, real minutes of call-plan time, calling back to the States because he was in the Fantasy Championships of two separate leagues that night.
JEFF: I’m standing out in the middle of the snow, and I see her in the doorway.
JACKIE: And it’s just snow up to his knees. No jacket. Screaming into a phone, 'Ahhh!' This is a grown man having a temper tantrum in a snow drift in the middle of France on Christmas Eve, and I just thought to myself, 'This is a television show.'”

An interview with A to Z's Ben Feldman.

Before Chuck Todd's ego gets too inflated, New York magazine reports that "[b]efore choosing Todd, NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press, according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks. One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually 'anything' to bring him over. 'They were ready to back the Brink's truck up,' the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart's agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment."  Here's Chuck Todd's stupid response.

Per Vulture, "Jennifer Lawrence would like you to know that she's not really into the glitz and glamour. She's just looking for someone to watch TV with. Or so she told Vanity Fair: 'Like, why do you still want to be fighting? It’s just unattractive. We should both just move on and watch TV. Basically, what I’m saying is all I need in a relationship is somebody to watch TV with me.' But don't get too excited, guys. She won't be watching football; she's got other plans:

“'Shark Tank. Wait, Oh, Dance Moms — that is a good one! O.K., maybe my favorite is Dance Moms, but I do love my Real Housewives. But there’s also — there’s Doomsday PreppersHoarders is O.K. I find it gets a little boring after a while, but it’s great ... I love Intervention, New York Housewives — and Beverly Hills, New Jersey, and AtlantaHousewives. I mean, I love them all, but Miami — oh, my God! Miami is really special.'”

Bill Murray was on Howard Stern yesterday.  Some interesting tidbits:

-The only episode of Seinfeld he watched was the last episode and he hated it.

-He turned down Tom Cruise's role in Rain Man.

-He turned down the role of Forrest Gump.

-He has never seen either of the aforementioned films.

-He doesn't use email.

-He loves In-N-Out Burger.

Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro is launching his own production company.  I have no idea why I'm sharing this as I couldn't care less.

Per Deadline, "Splitting The Difference, a comedy created by filmmaker Kat Coiro (And While We Were Here, A Case Of You), has sold to ABC with penalty. It hails from EvaLongoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV, where the company is under a first-look deal. The project is based on Tré Miller-Rodriguez’s memoir Splitting the Difference, which chronicles her life in New York as a 34-year-old widow who reunites with the daughter she gave up for adoption at 18.

"The ABC show, written by Coiro, centers on a buttoned-down 17-year-old who reunites with her recently widowed 36-year-old biological mom and they become the heart of a patchwork family bound by more than blood. Coiro and UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector executive produce."

"The Walking Dead introduced three significant new characters in Season 4: Abraham, Rosita and Eugene. The three newcomers had a mission of the utmost importance -- getting Eugene to Washington, D.C. to find a cure for the zombie virus -- that got waylaid by a journey to Terminus. 

"It's no secret that the mission to get to D.C. will be picked back up in Season 5, which premieres on Oct. 12 on AMC. Zap2it spoke with Josh McDermitt, the actor who plays Eugene, about the role his character plays this season and how his relationships will change with those around him. 

"Though audiences only know as much about Eugene, Abraham and Rosita as those characters shared in Season 4 (which wasn't much), McDermitt teases that will change soon. 'The cool thing is we're going to jump into the backstory of Eugene and Abraham and see where they're coming from and how that shapes the decisions moving forward,' he says. 'People are going to learn a lot about the characters who are new and a lot about the characters who have been around for a while.' 

"When The Walking Dead left off in Season 5, all of its central characters, with the exception of Beth, were being held captive at Terminus. Once they inevitably get free, a decision will need to be made about where to travel to next. Glenn had prioritized finding his wife Maggie over finding a cure in Season 4, but now that everyone is reunited, that could change. 

"McDermitt says the characters will continue trying to balance their own needs and desires for survival with Eugene's mission in Season 5. Some will see the logic of trying to find a cure, while others will want to follow their own paths. And with Eugene's introduction into a larger group, there could be a change in the relationship between him and Abraham. 

"McDermitt promises that Season 5 has a high intensity from the opening moments of the premiere episode, and that the show is 'continually try to outdo itself.' 'It's jam-packed full of moments where you're going to be at the edge of your seat,' he says. 'I know the producers were really concerned with whether it was going to be too much. ... From the little we've seen so far, they probably could have gone a little further and still gotten away with it. It's really tremendously intense. I just can't over emphasize that enough.'"  I'm ready for Sunday night.