Wednesday November 12, 2014

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you news that TNT has canceled Franklin & Bash after 4 seasons.

Enough with Too Many Cooks.  It's stupid and is a waste of your time.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, consider yourself blessed.

Here's a sneak peak at tomorrow's episode of Parenthood.

It looks like Selfie has finally been canceled.

Another Bachelor failure.

Per Deadline, "Fox's low-rated new sitcom Mulaney is getting an expected time-period downgrade. The live-action Sunday comedy, created by and starring comedian John Mulaney, is moving to the 7:30 PM slot, occupied by Bob's Burgers, effective immediately."  Mulaney is an utterly unwatchable show.  I've tried because I really wanted to like it, but it's abysmal. 

It has not crossed my mind to pay for an on-line show airing on Vimeo, but High Maintenance looks interesting enough to make me think twice.  "It sounds like a wacky stoner sketch comedy, but High Maintenance is much, much more than that. Though the desire to get baked is an essential part of each episode, it’s often just tangential to a larger, sometimes funny, and sometimes achingly poignant snapshot of urban existence. It’s a show that’s filled with dead-on microdetails about the particular slice of New York life each installment zeroes in on (In 'Geiger,' the first of the new episodes, one of the Fort Greene buppies mutters, 'I’m going to download the Wine Spectator app,' after shooing away what he saw as a condescending offer of help from clerk at the store). But there’s no in-jokiness or sense of eliteness to its specificity, which is all about quickly transforming its characters from types to quirky, unpredictable, all too believable people."

So if you read this blog regularly, you know of my disdain for A&E and their mantra of going back to their "roots" of "crime and suspense" (their words, not mine).  Imagine my chagrin upon reading the following (per Deadline): "Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy will have their marriage documented in a reality series. A&E has given a 10-episode order to Donnie Loves Jenny, an original unscripted docuseries that will follow the newlyweds. It is the first project in an overall development and production deal Wahlberg and McCarthy have signed with A&E for their newly launched joint production company D&J Productions. Production on Donnie Loves Jenny, from 44 Blue Prods. and D&J Prods., begins immediately for a 2015 premiere. The series will consist of a one-hour episode chronicling the couple’s August 31 wedding followed by nine half-hour episodes.

"Donnie Loves Jenny is an offshoot of sorts from Wahlberg and his brothers’ breakout A&E realty series Wahlburgers, also from 44 Blue. Wahlberg and McCarthy’s romance played out on the first season of Wahlbergers, which is set behind the scenes of a restaurant owned by Wahlberg and his brothers. 'Viewers have enjoyed following Donnie and Jenny’s relationship on Wahlburgers and we look forward to sharing this next part of their journey,' said David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E.

"The series will kick off with behind-the-scenes moments from Wahlberg and McCarthy’s wedding and follow the couple through their nuptials into their first experiences as a married couple as they navigate through life as newlyweds, including blending their families and balancing their busy schedules."  I implore you NOT to watch this rubbish.

An interesting wrinkle in the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal: "CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co. are among companies seeking a court order to stop the Federal Communications Commission from disclosing programming contracts as part of its review of Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable.

Some programmers oppose the deal partly because they fear it will give the combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable too much clout in negotiations over how much to pay for programming from CBS and others. Such retransmission talks are a major flash point in the struggle over who pays for content and rising pay-TV bills. But even the deal's approval process, it seems, now threaten to undermine the programmers' position in such retransmission talks.

"The companies will suffer 'substantial harm' if distribution agreements are disclosed, lawyers for media companies wrote yesterday in a request for an order in the U.S. appeals court in Washington blocking release of the information.

"'The FCC repeatedly has recognized that distribution agreements are entitled to the highest level of confidential treatment,' the companies said in the filing.

"Other companies seeking the court order include Scripps Networks Interactive, Univision Communications, 21st Century Fox and Viacom."

This can't be real, can it?  "IFC has commissioned a presentation for comedy series Gigi’s Bucket List (working title) starring David Krumholtz. The show follows 72-year-old Jewish grandmother 'Gigi' (Krumholtz) from Boca Raton, FL pursuing everything she deprived herself of throughout her life after discovering millions in her dead husband’s bank account. The presentation, from Grandma’s House Entertainment, is scheduled to shoot later this year for 2015 series consideration. Krumholtz is executive producing Gigi’s Bucket List with Grandma’s House Entertainment’s Ben Newmark and Dan Newmark, Ricky Mabe, and Zach Golden.

"Krumholtz originated the character earlier this year for Weather From, a Web site from Barry Sonders, Zach Golden and Mabe, where Gigi provides weather forecasts. In an interview with VH1, Krumholtz said that he had always done this impression of his grandmother that his friend Mabe loved. When Mabe and his collaborators came up with the idea for a website featuring an old Jewish lady character, he asked Krumholtz if he wanted to do his impression. After four and a half hours’ worth of prosthetic makeup, Krumholts became Gigi."  Just when I think we can't hit a new low . . . .

Per Variety, "[t]he lurid case of reality-show producer Bruce Beresford-Redman has provided grist for the Hollywood gossip mill for a few years now, and on Saturday, 48 Hours will give the wheel another spin.  The CBS newsmagazine will present selections from a video diary Bresford-Redman has produced with a mobile phone in which he avows his innocence.

"In 2010, Monica Beresford-Redman, 42, was found dead and naked in a sewer on the property of the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. She was on vacation with her husband, Bruce, a longtime producer for reality shows like Survivor and their two children. Bruce Beresford-Redman was questioned by Mexican authorities and then returned to California. He was later detained in California and extradited to Cancun, where he’s been on trial for murdering his wife.

“'I am accused of the murder of my wife Monica, a crime I did not commit,' Beresford-Redman says in one selection from the video diary. The video is collected from a four-month period in which Beresford agreed to offer people  a chance to 'understand what can happen, to get an idea of, what things are like here in hell.'

"He remains incarcerated with upwards of 10 others in a 12 x 15-foot cell designed for three people.  In the coming episode, he describes the Mexican prison system as a dirty, rat-infested village with razor wire around it. There are about 1.800 men, women and some children living in a prison originally built for 700 people.

"Before their Mexican vacation, the Beresford-Redmans lived in Los Angeles, where Monica Beresford-Redman owned a restaurant. A month before making the trip, the husband admitted to having an affair."