Monday November 3, 2014

I watched a little bit of The Shatner Project on DIY network over the weekend.  Absolutely horrendous.  Captain Kirk/Denny Crain should be ashamed and embarrassed.  Stay in your lane pal.

Vanderpump Rules returns to Bravo tonight followed by the premiere of Euros of Hollywood.  Check out the six pack of idiots that make up the cast of this sure fire winner from Bravo.

Rest in peace Brittany Maynard.  You should read her story if you're unfamiliar with it.

I remain disturbed by Carrie's sexual exploits on Homeland.  Frankly, I'm finding this entire season incredibly boring and borderline unwatchable.  I'm about ready to say the same thing about The Affair if they don't move it along a little faster.  

Great setup episode by The Walking Dead last night.  It was good to see Beth back.  Here's an interview with Christine Woods, who played officer Dawn Lerner (and who also guest starred on HBO's Hello Ladies).  Here's her take on the character she's playing:

"Its funny: I consider Dawn a hero. Not to get political, but look at today’s climate with police officers and people in horrible emergency situations trying to make the best out of what’s best for the people around them and 'within their authority.' So this person, after all of this stuff happened, is not someone who went and took power. She is someone who was essentially socially in a position to protect and go out of her way to save people and keep things kind of going in an orderly way, because that was this person’s job in normal life. So she’s just acting in a way that is trying to keep her regular identity going. And so she thinks she’s being very helpful. And she’s keeping things going and keeping people safe, and so I think 100% her heart is completely in the right place here. She was dealt a hand that was really stressful in relation to her former colleague and former boss Hanson, and she had to take care of some things that I think were very brave of her to take care of. So I don’t see her as a villain at all. I see her as a hero, and as the story unfolds you can decide if you think that too. I think she’s a brave, scared person who is trying to be a hero. So I think she’s a hero. I really do."

Here is a long and in-depth interview with Jon Stewart.

The Carbonaro Effect on TruTV is worth checking out.

7.6 million people watched Shark Tank on Friday night, a season high.  I was amongst that 7.6M.  I cannot get enough of that show.

I'm still watching On The Menu, but I have no justification as to why.  It's ok.  Very rote and I don't see myself going to CPK this week or to the nearest Planet Hollywood to try the new dishes.

Which Big Bang Theory character are you?

Are you impressed by Nik Wallenda?  Seems like a bloody fool to me.

In an announcement that should surprise exactly NO ONE, Deadline reports that "Fox’s reality social experiment in building a new society is over two months in. The network is pulling the plug on struggling unscripted series Utopia effective immediately. The live-streaming feeds from the Utopia compound will stop later today. The show participants, who had committed to spending a year away from their normal lives, will be notified and sent home.

"This is an inevitable yet sad ending to one of the most ambitious and expensive reality efforts in the past few years and a rare misfire for Utopia creator John de Mol, the powerhouse reality producer behind mega hits Big Brother and The Voice. Despite a promising preview on Sunday after football, Utopia never took hold.

"The series was originally scheduled to air on Tuesdays and Fridays for the first six weeks and then stay on Tuesday. After several low-rated outings on Tuesday that pulled in a 0.8 in adults 18-49, Utopia was pulled from the night and moved to Friday. It has performed dismally there even by Friday standards. This past Friday, which was Halloween, its episode, which would now be a series finale, tied a series low of paltry 0.5 in 18-49 and 1.56 million viewers that it previously hit in September. Contributing to its fate is the fact that Utopia never created any buzz or made any headlines, a must for a successful reality series, wrapping a very quiet run."

"Bad Judge has been disbarred and it’s R.I.P. for A to Z as two more fall shows have fallen prey to the broadcast ax . . . NBC announced Friday it will not produce any more episodes of the two Thursday night comedies beyond their initial ordersBad Judge has shot 10 episodes; A to Z has shot 11. Five episodes each have aired. Both shows will finish production on their 13 episodes and all will air, but NBC has confirmed it will not order episodes beyond that. So the duo are sort of like the walking dead for the next eight weeks.

"The comedies started modest in the ratings then collapsed against tough competition from ABC’s Scandal and CBS’ comedy block. The most recent episode of Bad Judge had 4 million viewers and 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and A to Z had 2.6 million and 0.7 rating. Since the shows are going to be on the air for awhile, there’s always the possibility of a ratings surge that gives NBC second thoughts about their fates, but that rarely seems to happen for freshman shows."

Per EW, "TNT announced on Friday that it has ordered a 10-episode first season of Agent X, an action drama that stars Sharon Stone (Basic InstinctCasino) as Natalie Maccabee, America’s first female Vice President who learns that she has a super special agent in her service to help protect the country in times of crisis. Jeff Hephner (Interstellar) stars as John Case, the aforementioned operative who tackles those cases deemed too sensitive for the CIA and FBI. Gerald McRaney (House of Cards and Major Dad) assumes the role of Malcolm Millar, the Chief Steward of the veep’s mansion—and the person who introduces her to the world of Agent X.

"The pilot is written by William Blake Herron (The Bourne Identity), who also will serve as an executive producer alongside Stone, who hasn’t headlined a TV series since the 1983 NBC sitcom Bay City Blues.  Agent X is slated to debut in mid- to late 2015."

Reelz has two new reality series on the horizon. The first is Extreme Escapes, featuring death-defying stunts (i.e., a magician attempting an insane car drop before being crushed) and Screen Machines (misfits building replicas of famous cars).  See the net's full description of each show below:

"Each one-hour episode of Extreme Escapes brings the shock, wonder and danger of escapology to television with astonishing performances by artists including America's Got Talent contestant Spencer Horsman, MASTERS OF ILLUSION LIVE! performer Farrell Dillon, Las Vegas Laugh Factory's headlining comic magician Murray Sawchuck and his counterpart Jan Rouven and Hungarian escape artist David Merlini. Other daring stunts attempted on Extreme Escapes include illusionist Jonathan Pendragon putting himself in the line of fire for a dangerous and often deadly feat - attempting to catch a speeding bullet. The series also features a precarious escape set in China where internationally acclaimed illusionist Franz Harary must break free from the chains binding him to railroad tracks in the face of a powerful locomotive. 

"Robert 'Videobob' Moseley is the creative mastermind behind a unique prop shop in Dallas that creates iconic replica vehicles from TV shows and movies. His clients are often adult 'fanboys' who still hold onto the big screen obsessions of their youth. But it's not cheap - a Delorean with Flux Capacitor will set you back a cool $60,000 just for starters. In each half-hour episode of Screen Machines Videobob and his crew - a ragtag bunch of MISFITS including an aspiring illusionist, a brainy engineer and an exotic-dancer-turned-accountant - take on a new project where they research, gather materials, build, refine and test their vehicles before unveiling them to clients. No detail is too minor, no client too demanding and no challenge is too great for Videobob and his crew. Among the epic replicas the team builds is a 1960 Cadillac ambulance transformed into the Ghostbusters Ecto 1, a revamped 1963 Cadillac convertible to mimic the iconic 'creampuff' from Scarface, the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) from Knight Rider and a custom Jurassic Park style Jeep. Screen Machines will air Tuesdays at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT."