Wednesday December 17, 2014

"Robin Williams" was the most Googled phrase in 2014, followed by "World Cup," "Ebola," "Malaysia Airlines," and "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge."  And for the ethnocentric Americans, the most Googled athletes in 2014 were: James Rodriguez, Michael Schumacher, Ray Rice, Luis Suarez and Neymar da Silva Santos.

Survivor wraps its season up tonight.  That show is the epitome of a well-oiled machine.  Jeff Probst talks about who he thinks has the best shot of winning going into tonight's finale.  He also confirmed that there will not be a rite of passage portion of tonight's finale.  Again, bravo.

Based on my age, I enjoy MTV's The Real World, WAAAAAAY too much.  Kudos to casting for putting another group of strangers together to live in a state of drunkenness and idiocy for 3 months. 

Buzzfeed has an exclusive look at the upcoming season of The Challenge, which premieres January 6.  The 1-minute trailer offers enough such that if you're a fan of this show (and how could you not be?) you'll be excited.

I think TBS' Ground Floor is an underrated workplace sitcom.  It's not going to receive any critical acclaim, but give it a look.  More on TBS below.

NBC is starting up its own live streaming service.

Ellen’s Design Challenge, HGTV’s new furniture competition series conceptualized by Ellen DeGeneres, has a premiere date: Monday, January 26.  I know a couple of folks who will be on this show and will remind you again prior to its debut.

It's being suggested that you should avoid seeing Seth Rogen and James Franco's new film The Interview.

Here's an update of everything that's been leaked as part of the Sony scandal.  

"Curb Your Enthusiasm creator and star Larry David was asked by Grantland about the possibility of Curb ever seeing a ninth season. David has often seemed pessimistic about the acclaimed and popular show returning, but he sounds even more against the prospect than usual.

'I guess, right now, the odds would be against it, probably 6 to 1,' said David, who is prepping his new upcoming Broadway comedy show, Fish in the Dark

"Interviewer Bill Simmons floated the idea of a 90-minute Curb special to “wrap things up,” but the Seinfeld co-creator shot back: 'Well, you know, I got so much grief from the Seinfeld finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, that I no longer feel a need to wrap things up … I wouldn’t say I’m mad about [the reaction], but it taught me a lesson that if I ever did another show, I wasn’t going to wrap it up … I think the thing about finales is everybody writes their own finale in their head.'”  Blasphemy.

Per Deadline, "TBS has ordered Quality Time, a half-hour comedy pilot written, executive-produced by and starring Paul Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Erik Stolhanske, members of the Broken Lizard comedy filmmaking group behind such movies as Super Troopers and Beerfest.

"This is the first pilot ordered since Kevin Reilly took the reigns of TNT and TBS, though the pickup deal for Quality Time had been well underway when he joined the network.

"TBS has been overhauling its original scripted slate, recently canceling Men at Work and Sullivan and Son after three seasons while ordering three pilots: Wrecked; a family vacation show from Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondents Jason Jones and Samantha Bee; and Quality Time.

"The semi-autobiographical Quality Time is about four college buddies who kept their sophomoric ways in suspended animation throughout their 20s and are now succumbing to reproduction. It’s an untraditional fatherhood comedy about the constant push and pull between the dudes they used to be and the men they are attempting to be."

According to EW, "Dick Wolf’s television shows will basically come alive on his new reality series Nightwatch, which follows emergency responders who work the overnight shift in New Orleans.

"The series, which follows multiple sets of partners from police officers and firefighters to EMTs, will debut Thursday, Jan. 22, at 10 p.m. on A&E. The premiere features a man being discovered bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds, the EMTs who work to save his life and the police who begin to investigate who shot him.

"Nightwatch hails from 44 Blue Productions and Wolf Reality. Wolf, who also producesLaw & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD., will executive-produce alongside Tom Thayer, Rasha Drachkovitch, Shelly Tatro, Drew Tappon, Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham."  I suspect not all of the aforementioned will still have their jobs come the end of 2015.

"The survivors in AMC’s Walking Dead spin-off series will be fighting through zombies and traffic.

"An individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap that the series exploring 'the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world' will take place in Los Angeles.

"Very little is known about the companion show being executive produced by Walking Dead team Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert, other than that Cliff Curtis has been cast as the lead. His long list of credits include short-lived Fox drama Gang Related, M. Night Shyamalan movie The Last Airbender and Die Hard sequel Live Free or Die Hard."