Wednesday November 19, 2014

Who said it, Will Smith's kids or L. Ron Hubbard?

TBS has ordered 22 more episodes of American Dad.

Dave Chapelle talked with GQ.

The League wraps up another stellar season tonight.

Janice Dickinson claims she was raped by Bill Cosby.

A Q&A with the coaches of The Voice.  BTW, this is usually the point of the season where I drop off The Voice and true to form, I have not watched last week's episodes or this week's.  Let me know who wins.

DIY gave the green light to Breakneck Builds, a series for homeowners in a hurry. Tricon Films & Television production follows construction crews as they build prefabricated homes, then assemble them on-site in just two days. The net also announced renewals for Rehab Addict (Departure Films), Kitchen Crashers (Big Table Media), Building Alaska (Orion Multimedia), Family Under Construction Hawaii (Departure Films), Sledgehammer (JayTV Inc.), Bath Crashers (Big Table Media), Garage Gold (Paper Route Productions Inc.) and Salvage Dawgs (Trailblazer Studios).

Per EW, "Martin Scorsese’s Cortés has a home: HBO.  The drama follows Hernán Cortés, the man who led the fall of the Aztec empire, and the friends and enemies he made along the way. Scorsese is signed on to direct and executive produce. Mississippi Burning writer Chris Gerolmo will write and executive produce, and Benecio del Toro will also executive produce (and might star)."

"Billy Eichner is going from USA Network to Hulu.  After filming pilot presentation Difficult People for USA Network, streaming service Hulu has picked up the comedy with a straight-to-series order, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"In Difficult People — which Billy on the Street Emmy-nominated host Eichner and head writer Julie Klausner created — the duo star as best friends living in New York City with the series centering on their typical, irreverent behavior that lands them in some very awkward situations. Klausner wrote the pilot and exec produces alongside Amy Poehler and 3 Arts' Dave Becky (Louie). The comedy hails from Universal Cable Productions and marks the cable-focused studio's first series order at Hulu.  Production begins early next year.

"'Amy Poehler, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner are a dream team of comedic possibilities. We look forward to bringing this hilarious view of the world to Hulu with our partners at Universal Cable Productions,' said Craig Erwich, senior vp and head of content at Hulu. 

"Difficult People expands Eichner's relationship with longtime friend Klausner, who serves as a head writer and co-EP on Fuse's man-on-the-street game show Billy on the Street, which recently wrapped its third season. (Details about a fourth season are still being worked out.)

"The series also builds on Eichner's relationship with Poehler, who has been a longtime fan of the comedian and a frequent guest on the Fuse comedy. Eichner has a recurring role on NBC's Parks and Recreation. His character, Craig, is expected to return for the seventh and final season of Parks."

According to the New York Post, "Matt Lauer was behind the firing of top Today executive Jamie Horowitz after Lauer found out about a plan to replace his co-anchor Savannah Guthrie with Hoda Kotb, sources exclusively tell Page Six.

"We’re told Lauer went to NBC News President Deborah Turness amid an anchor revolt sparked by rumors that, under a possible plan by Horowitz which had been discussed with NBC brass including Turness, Guthrie would be replaced by fourth-hour co-host Kotb and Natalie Morales could eventually be unseated as news reader by Josh Elliott.

"An NBC source said: 'Savannah, Natalie and Willie Geist heard about the plan and talked to Matt, who went to Turness and told her, "I want to keep these people," so she fired Jamie. Once again, Matt Lauer calls the shots at Today. The idea of bringing Jamie in was to bring change to the show to help beat GMA, but how can you fix it if nobody can make any changes?'”

Per Deadline, "FX has picked up Taboo, the upcoming high-profile BBC period drama series from Ridley Scott, Steven Knight and Tom Hardy who is set to star. Filming on the eight-episode first season, produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for BBC One and FX Prods./FX Networks, is slated to begin in mid-to late 2015 in the UK, with a debut tentatively scheduled for mid-2016. Sonar Entertainment is distributing the series internationally.

"Set in 1813, Taboo, was created by Knight based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. The project centers on James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game."  Zzzzzzzzz.

Alec Baldwin has a new web series where he surprises couples as they get into cabs in NYC and offers them up relationship advice.  I swear I'm not making this up and it's not half bad.  See below: