Monday December 15, 2014

Fox has decided to dump the American Idol results show this season.  Well done.

HGTV premieres Tiny House Hunters tonight.

Reggie Watts will be James Corden's Late Late Show's band leader, and he will stay on Comedy Bang Bang.

Scenes from the last day of filming Parks & Recreation.

NBC announced its midseason schedule. Starting February 5, The Slap premieres at 8p, followed by The Blacklist at 9p and new spy drama Allegiance at 10p. Chris D'elia's Undateable returns Tuesday, March 17, along with new comedy One Big Happy, following The Voice, which will be the lead-in to Monday medical drama The Night Shift starting February 2.

Fresh Off the Boat has tapped 30 Rock alum Judah Friedlander and former NBA star Scottie Pippen for guest-starring roles, EW has learned exclusively.

Non-TV related but Creed's Scott Stapp has officially hit rock bottom.  It's sad if nothing else.  Listen for yourself.

Per Deadline, "Iliza Shlesinger (Excused) is getting an encore at Netflix with her second stand-up comedy special, Freezing Hot. It will premiere on the streaming service Jan. 23. Freezing Hot follows Shlesinger's first Netflix special War Paint, which reached No. 1 on the iTunes

I watched what was really part 1 of 2 of the finale of 90 Day Fiance.  I have a few comments here [SPOILERS]:

-Danielle and Mohammed did in fact get married.  That in and of itself is quite troubling, but perhaps not as troubling as what Danielle's son was wearing as he walked his mom down the aisle (a polo shirt, cargo shorts, black socks and black sneakers), or the fact that Mohammed refused to kiss Danielle after they were pronounced man and wife (he blamed Ramadan and upon completing some cursory research on the matter, it seems quite clear that a husband and wife are absolutely permitted to kiss during Ramadan).  Also, was that not the motliest crew of people you've ever seen at a wedding?  Lastly, before moving on, who are the 2 girls who are always flanking Danielle's tie-wearing daughter?

-Jason and Cassia took us all the up to the evening before their Las Vegas wedding.  Cassia was hell bent on a joint bachelor/bachelorette party and Jason somewhat obliged.  Before delving into that mess, was production really unwilling to put them up at a nicer hotel than the Mardi Gras Inn?  I'm not suggesting they would blend in at the Bellagio but the Mardi Gras Inn?  And can someone explain those t-shirts to me?  Jason and Cassia wore matching t-shirts that read "I'm Hitch Biatch."  Huh?  The bachelor/bachelorette party took place at a dive akin to the MGI and Jason got drunk and ultimately left Cassia at the table alone so he could seemingly move to another table within the same establishment with his brothers/friends.  Painful to watch.

Per Variety, "TLC is taking a shot at a latenight talkshow franchise, tapping Margaret Cho to co-host a panel yakker focused on sex.

"Cho will host All About Sex with fellow comedian Heather McDonald, actress Marissa Jaret Winokur and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, an Atlanta-based sex and relationship counselor. Show is billed as a weekly dissection of all aspects of sex in American culture with a focus on dispelling misconceptions and helping women tackle intimacy problems.

All About Sex is set to bow Jan. 10 in the 11 p.m. slot following the highly rated [really??] Sex Sent Me to the ER. TLC has ordered six half-hour episodes from Relativity Television and Ellen Rakieten Entertainment.

"The show’s format is a departure for TLC, which typically favors docu-soap series."

TVLine is reporting that "FX Networks has given a pilot order to Donald Glover‘s Atlanta, which combines two of the Community star’s greatest loves: making us laugh and rapping our faces off.

"Atlanta tells the story of two cousins rising in the Atlanta rap scene. Glover will star as Earnest 'Earn' Marks, a college dropout who rediscovers his love for rap when his estranged cousin hits it big in the industry.

"In addition to writing and starring in the pilot, Glover will also serve as executive producer, alongside Paul Simms (Flight of the Conchords) and Dianne McGunigle."

I have zero interest in these Bill Cosby allegations, but couldn't let what he said slide.  "As sexual assault allegations mount against him, Bill Cosby broke his silence to make a statement on the media coverage of the accusations.

“'Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,' Cosby told a New York Post writer, who also writes for black media outlets, in a short phone conversation from his Massachusetts home.

"Although Cosby told the reporter that he wasn’t supposed to speak with media (his attorney Marty Singer has been issuing statements on his client’s behalf), he added that his wife, Camille, remained strong amid the accusations.

“'Love and the strength of womanhood,' he said of how his wife is handling the news. 'Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.'

"More than 20 women have come forward to say that the famous actor and comedian had drugged and sexually assaulted them. And earlier this week, former model Beverly Johnson came forward with an accusation that Cosby drugged her during a proposed audition for The Cosby Show in the 1980s. She was able to escape the situation before any type of possible sexual attack could occur.

"At least one woman has an open defamation lawsuit against Cosbyfor lying about drugging and sexually assaulting her.

"As a result of the allegations, Cosby’s comedy project with NBC was killed and Netflix pulled a stand-up special it had planned to premiere on Thanksgiving. Additionally, dozens of performances on his current standup tour have been canceled."

I have equal interest in the Sony hack as I do the aforementioned Cosby scandal, however, this interested me.  Us Weekly reports that my friend "Mark Cuban of ABC's Shark Tank threw a fit over his compensation on the reality show, Business Insider revealed in a newly leaked exchange.

"The emails, sent between Cuban and Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures television president Steve Mosko, and Cuban Companies general counsel Robert Hart [who is a lovely gentleman], were part of the business mogul's contract negotiations for his role as an investor on the popular entrepreneurial TV show. Shark Tank is distributed by Sony Pictures Television, and the emails were sent back and forth this past September.

"In the exchange, Hart tells Cuban that his compensation would be $30,000 per episode to appear on season 5 of Shark Tank. In season 6, he would receive $31,200 per episode, and $32,488 for each in season 7. According to Business Insider, Cuban would be receiving $904,800 for appearing in 29 episodes of the smash series.

"Cuban was also told that part of the deal was to 'prevent you from exploiting various aspects from the show.' According to Hart, Sony wanted rights to his catchphrases, including 'nicknames, gestures, utterances, etc.' Hart said he wanted to 'push back' but first wanted Cuban's input.

"'Seriously?' he wrote in response. 'No chance... this is beyond an insult and it shows no one cares about the investments I have made or the entrepreneurs. now it's really business.. I will negotiate like any other deal I would do. you may want to start cutting me out of the promos. m.'

"Also looped into the email were the show's executive producer Mark Burnett and Sony's EVP of U.S. reality and syndication programming Holly Jacobs.

"According to TV Guide, Cuban's costar Kevin O'Leary makes $30,000 per episode. Their ABC reality peers, meanwhile, are paid hourly with Bachelor host Chris Harrison being compensated $50,000 per hour and Dancing With the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli at $30,000 for the same time frame."  Good on ya m.