Monday November 24, 2014

Bravo renewed Untying The Knot, the horrific show about divorce hosted by Vikki Ziegler.  Gross.

Stephen Colbert isn't really that interested in politics?

Queen Latifah's nationally syndicated talk show has been canceled.  Be honest, did you have any idea she had a nationally syndicated talk show?

On the heels of that Queen Latifah news, it was announced that The Man In The Middle, the daily talk show starring Jerry O'Connell which CBS Television Distribution has been developing, is no longer a candidate to go national in 2015.  Special thanks to CBS for sparing us.

Heck of a cliffhanger ending to the midseason finale of Scandal.  The show returns January 29.

Homeland was fantastic last night. If you had previously given up on this show, I highly recommend jumping back on board.  It has become a show that you will want to watch live each Sunday night.

The AMAs aired last night.  People sang, awards were handed out.  More stuff probably happened that you don't care about.

I watched the Hello Ladies movie, which didn't make a ton of sense to me.  It really served no purpose whatsoever.  Delete from your DVR and save yourself about an hour and a half.  If you disagree with me and want more Hello Ladies, Stephen Merchant talked to EW about the film.

So this Bill Cosby stuff isn't going away any time soon.  Allegations of NBC enabling Cosby's antics by funneling money to and arranging meetings with models on Cosby's behalf.

An in-depth look at the success of Nicole Richie.  Before you laugh, Richie has "4.6 million Twitter followers and 2.6 million Instagram followers, and those fans have helped her become a New York Times best-selling author (for 2005’s The Truth About Diamonds), an accomplished designer (her two fashion lines, House of Harlow and Winter Kate, are critical and commercial hits), and a TV star (Candidly Nicole is a multi-platform success with webisodes running on AOL and expanded versions airing on VH1).

"As the face of and brain behind an ever-expanding empire, the Nicole Richie of today is a far cry from the rich girl that audiences first met in 2003 when Fox’s The Simple Life debuted. While the sense of humor that endeared her to the nation is still firmly intact, a newfound poise and confidence have smoothed the frayed edges of her youth."

FX and FXX announced winter premiere dates:

Archer -- January 8
Justified -- January 20
The Americans -- January 28
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia -- January 14
Men Seeking Women -- January 14

Per Deadline, "Fox is developing Jump Start, a single-camera comedy based on Robb Armstrong’s long-running comic strip. Co-written by Armstrong and Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm In The Middle), the project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, follows a Philadelphia cop who finds it harder to 'serve and protect' at home than on the streets."

TVLine has learned exclusively that Adam Pally‘s run as a Mindy Project series regular will come to an end in early 2015.  "I’m told Pally’s pact with the Fox comedy was always set to expire with this season’s 13th episode. He joined the show as Dr. Peter Prentice at the start of Season 2 and was quickly upgraded to a regular. Pally is expected to make occasional guest appearances as his schedule permits.

"The former Happy Endings actor recently inked a deal with ABC Studios to produce projects for broadcast, cable and new media.

"Mindy has sustained a few casting changes in its short tenure, starting with Stephen Tobolowsky and the departure of practice-founding doc he played. More recently, Zoe Jarman was dropped as a series regular ahead of Season 3, yet executive producer Matt Warburton repeatedly has told TVLine the show would love to have Jarman’s Betsy appear again in the future."

What on earth are they doing at Spike TV???  Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Spike TV is partnering with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchantto bring Lip Sync Battle to TV.

"The Viacom-owned cable network has picked up the series based on Fallon's regular late-night bit featuring celebrities going head to head and lip synching the song of their choice in a battle for bragging rights.

"In addition to serving as executive producers, Fallon, Krasinski and Merchant will appear and perform on Lip Sync Battle. The series will tape in January in New York for a bow Thursday, April 2, 2015. Additional information about the show's host and participating talent will be announced later.

"Spike's Lip Sync Battle hails from Fallon’s Eight Million Plus Productions, Krasinski, Stephen, Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus, Jay Peterson of Matador and Casey Patterson, exec vp talent development and production at Viacom Entertainment Group. Emmy-award winning Beth McCarthy-Miller (Saturday Night Live30 RockThe Sound of Music LiveModern Family) direct.

"'Lip sync battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved,' Patterson said. 'We're thrilled to be in business with producers as talented as Jimmy, John and Stephen as Spike broadens its programming in new and exciting ways.'"  I want to repeat this Patterson's guy quote just to make sure you've fully digested it:

"Lip sync battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now."  Huh?

Deadline is reporting that "[a]ctress and author Jenny Mollen will be adapting her best-selling memoir memoir I Like You Just The Way I Am as a comedy series for ABC. Mollen (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) is set write and to star in the project, from Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare Prods.

"I Like You Just The Way I Am chronicles Mollen’s impulsive and outrageous life in Los Angeles with pals and fellow actor husband Jason Biggs. The book was optioned by Sony TV in July. Mollen is executive producing with Tarses (Happy Endings) and Karen Kahela (A Beautiful Mind)."

Per Hitfix, "[w]hen NBC aired trailers for all its new shows at last spring's upfront, no new series had me more intrigued than The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a comedy from the 30 Rock team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, starring Ellie Kemper from The Office as a sheltered woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and tries to start life over in New York City. It wasn't on the fall schedule, nor was it talked about in any early midseason plans, and I had heard from several comedy veterans that NBC had no idea what to do with a show that was so weird and incompatible with whatever it is their comedy brand is now.

"Well, NBC finally figured out what to do: they sold Kimmy Schmidt off to Netflix, which has made a two-year commitment to the series, with the first season debuting in March of 2015.  Yup, now Netflix is saving canceled shows that haven't even aired yet.

"In the press release, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt tries to explain the move as follows: 'While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule so we're thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert, and Universal Television. We’re already talking to these extraordinary creators about new development for NBC, but meanwhile, everyone here from Universal Television will do everything possible to see that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt becomes a long-running hit on Netflix.'"

"Another straight-to-series pickup is getting the ax.  ABC will not move forward with its Susannah Grant drama series Members Only, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The cast was informed Saturday that the network did not want to move ahead with the series starring John Stamos and Breaking Bad'sBetsy Brandt.

"Originally picked up straight to series in January, American Hustle's David O. Russell and Erin Brockovich's Grant were attached to co-write and exec produce the 13-episode drama.  A month later, Russell exitedthe project — formerly known as The Club — that was poised to be his first TV project.

"The drama was described as an upstairs/downstairs soap centered on a private country club. Boris Kodjoe, Natalie Zea and Luke Mitchell co-starred.  Grant penned the script and exec produced the CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios co-production. Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly were also on board to exec produce. 

"Members Only becomes the latest straight-to-series pickup to get the ax. NBC dropped Wizard of Oz mini Emerald City, Fox's ancient Egyptian entry Hieroglyph and NBC comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — also picked upstraight to series — just moved to Netflix with a two-season order. (For its part, NBC also dropped comedy Mission Control as the network focuses on drama for its midseason fare.) Straight-to-series pickups have become increasingly common as broadcast networks compete for projects in a crowded and competitive landscape."