Thursday November 13, 2014

Portland Trail Blazers C Robin Lopez's portrait of Parks & Recreation's Aubrey Plaza.  It's pretty damn good.

Kirk Cameron is still garnering press for the nonsense he espouses?

This is more along the lines of the response I expected to Jerry Seinfeld's autism comments.  

There is a Duck Dynasty musical opening in Las Vegas.  What has this world come to?

Andy Cohen was on Howard Stern earlier this week.  He's become a great interviewer as well as interviewee.  I don't watch his show, but he could not be more candid.  He talked explicitly about how much he loves to spoke weed, using Tinder, about Madonna coming to his birthday party, etc.  You can listen to the interview here.

A preview of tonight's Scandal.

And a preview of tomorrow's 100th episode of Shark Tank.  “'The six Sharks we have now are fantastic,' [EP Clay] Newbill said. They are Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec.

"'We’re very happy with them, but we’re always looking for guest Sharks and to keep the show fresh,' Newbill said. GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman will be a guest Shark next week.

Shark Tank won an Emmy this year for top structured reality program and bolsters ABC on Fridays. Saturday Night Live has spoofed the show twice. A spinoff, Beyond the Tank, will debut next year and give detailed updates about deals.

"The spinoff hasn’t begun shooting, but Newbill knows what he wants. 'One of the things people love about Shark Tank is it’s real, real people pitching real businesses, Sharks dealing with their money,” he said. “It will be another show that’s real.'”

Per Real Screen, "The Cooking Channel in the U.S. has picked up the Matt Basile-hosted food lifestyle series Rebel Without A Kitchen.

"Rebel Without A Kitchen, produced by General Purpose Entertainment, follows Basile – aka Fidel Gastro – and his roving food truck around the North American street food scene."  Pass.

"NBC is bringing back envy-TV classic Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

"The series, which lovingly profiled the lavish homes and toys of Hollywood’s elite, is returning in a new form, EW has confirmed. The new version of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous will be hosted by America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon and 'will focus heavily on Cannon’s point of view and include fun profiles on ultra-wealthy individuals with vibrant personalities, hobbies and tastes' reports THR. Also, tech moguls will be included this time, not just traditional celebrities.

"The original series ran for more than a decade in syndication during the 1980s and ’90s and was hosted by Robin Leach. The format was recently revived for basic cable by NBC’s parent company Comcast’s Style Network (since rebranded Esquire). The concept was also essentially the same concept as MTV’s Cribs. Yet it remains to be seen, with income inequality continuing to rise, whether the format will still hold the same appeal."

Infidelity, shopping addiction, prostitution – hidden cameras follow people leading double lives in new LMN series Living In Secret, premiering Tuesday, December 2 at 10p. Four one-hour eps come from Brownstone Entertainment.

In case you were wondering why Redemption Island was swapped back out for Exile Island on this season if Survivor, you can thank School of Rock's Mike White.  According to Jeff Probst, "I am glad we did not do Redemption Island this season because I do think it has made for a more clean and in some ways brutal season because of the impact of loved ones being voted out. With Exile, I loved what we got early with the cross pollination of relationships and I love where it’s going to head now that we’re in the individual part of the game. It will definitely have an impact on how the season plays out.

"So just generally speaking, yes, I am glad that we decided to change it up — and in a weird way I owe thanks to Mike White. Mike is a big Survivor fan, a former contestant on Amazing Race and a tremendous writer/director/actor/storyteller (School of Rock, Nacho LibreEnlightened).  He was over at our house for dinner just a couple of weeks before we started shooting. I confided in him about the basic creative for the Blood vs. Water season and when I mentioned Redemption Island coming back he had a very lackluster response — 'Oh, you’re doing Redemption again?' The words hit me like a stray, leftover Medallion of Power right between the eyes. We had debated Redemption Island during our Survivor creative meetings and for some reason hearing him say it at that moment tipped the scale. Redemption Island duels became Hero Arena challenges and Redemption Island became Exile Island. It was a pretty simple switch and didn’t impact anything we had built or designed.'"

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[t]o promote their Christmas Day release The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen got Naked and Afraid.

"The two will appear on a special episode of the Discovery channel's reality series, in which two people are tasked with surviving in the wilderness for an extended period of time without clothing or supplies. Following the actors' Instagram tease of the stunt last month, Good Morning America premiered a sneak peek of their meeting in the woods.

"'You're supposed to be a hot Australian-like survivalist!' Franco tells Rogen, who asks him, 'Do you know anything about surviving about here?' Franco then says he's glad that Rogen's his match, and shows it by sharing a very naked hug.

"How did they feel about being paired up? 'Honestly, I was little surprised,' says Franco, while Rogen tells the camera, 'I was hoping to be teamed up with a woman, but I guess Franco's the next best thing.'"

An interview with How To Get Away With Murder's Katie Findlay.  She says that "[I]n general, people should be a little bit worried about Wes because the boy’s messed up. Everyone reacts to crises very differently. The way that I react to crisis in real life is like Michaela — so that’s not good. But we actually had a talk with our beautiful, life-giving creator, Pete Nowalk, about the tone of Wes and Rebecca during this crisis, and he made a good point. He said, 'They should be the calm in the storm, because they are both really the outsiders of the group, and they are the people who have really seen bad stuff go down before in their lives.' And Wes is truly, I think, a much darker character than Rebecca. Rebecca just wears it on the outside more.

"Absolutely, be a little bit worried about Wes — because there are some deep, deep unsettling issues at play there. Also, I mean, Rebecca and Wes are sort of madly in love and don’t know how to say it to each other because they’re screwed up. So him willingly sitting there and patiently cleaning her until the blood is gone from her skin, her hair, her eyelashes — and her sitting there and letting him to do it — is the closest thing to an expression of actual intimacy, other than having sex, that they have, which is creepy and fun."