Wednesday December 3, 2014

HBO is remastering The Wire and will be re-releasing it on January 5.  Get ready to dig in to those 60 episodes again after the first of the year.

I watched the premiere of Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce. No bueno. I can't imagine watching another episode. Don't waste your time.  Here's a review that disagrees with me in case you want a second opinion.

On the flip side, I could watch a 12 hour marathon of Ink Master.  

Nick Kroll is pulling the plug on his Comedy Central show after the upcoming season 3.  I really wanted to like this show, but it just didn't do it for me.

USA is really getting the max out of the Chrisley family, as they have green lit two specials. First they will host a broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life on Sunday, December 14, then they will appear in A Very Chrisley Christmas, December 17, which includes never-before-seen footage from season two of Chrisley Knows Best.  I don't get it but am happy for my friend who created the show.

If you enjoyed Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me, check out this story about a guy who drank 10 cans of Coke a day for 30 days.

The People Magazine Awards air two weeks from tomorrow.  The two-hour special will air live on NBC on Thursday, December 18.  The show will include performances from two bands featuring the number five: 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.  Exactly what we need!!  

Per Deadline, "[o]n the heels of the series order to J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan’ star-studded drama Westworld, HBO has given a formal series pickup to another drama pilot stocked with A-listers behind and in front of the camera: the untitled Rock ‘n’ Roll project from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter.

"The long-gestating drama, created by Winter, had been in the works at HBO since 2010. It took a slow route after long waits for Scorsese’s schedule to clear and for Winter to wrap up HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which he created and ran. The project gained momentum last year when Boardwalk Empire standout Bobby Cannavale was cast as the lead and Brian Koppelman and David Levien were hired as showrunners, subsequently replaced by George Mastras. With Boardwalk Empire over, Winter is set to serve as showrunner on the Rock ‘n Roll series, on which he is credited as writer alongside Mastras. Scorsese directed the pilot, just as he did with the pilot for Boardwalk Empire, winning an Emmy for his work. Scorsese also had worked with Jagger, directing the 2008 Rolling Stones documentary Shine A Light, which led to their collaboration on the Rock ‘n’ Roll drama.

"The untitled hourlong drama is set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive (Cannavale) trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano and Juno Temple co-star, and the cast includes Andrew Dice Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Bo Dietl, Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano."

"The Happy Endings gang are getting the band back together for a comedy set up at Fox.

"Happy Endings creator David Caspe is teaming with writer Gil Ozeri and producer Jamie Tarsesto develop Frauds for Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"The network has handed out a script commitment for the single-camera comedy that centers on a family of two-bit criminals who decide to pull off an elaborate Ponzi scheme.

"Ozeri, who wrote on all three seasons of critical darling Happy Endings, will write the script and executive produce alongside Caspe. Tarses and her Fanfare banner — which also exec produced Happy Endings — is on board to serve in the same capacity on Frauds, which is also being produced by Rough House Pictures. The comedy hails from Sony Pictures Television, where both Caspe and Tarses are under overall deals.

"Ozeri, a writer-performer who started his career with UCB N.Y., was a writer on Fox's sophomore comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He previously starred on NBC's comedy pilot Friday Night Dinner and Comedy Central's Duty. He's currently co-writing a film in development at Disney with Happy Endings alum Adam Pally."  In, sight unseen.

Buzzfeed sat down with Lost's Evangeline Lilly, who confessed that she hated acting.  "Lilly is at the tail end of a promotional tour for The Squickerwonkers, her first children’s book in what Lilly dearly hopes will be a long and satisfying writing career. Storytelling seems to be her forte, actually, because all it takes is a question about her book’s dedication — in which she thanks her mother for praising The Squickerwonkers when she first wrote it as a poem at 14 — for Lilly to launch into a lengthy narrative about realizing while working on the sensationally popular TV series Lost that she would be perfectly happy if she never acted again."

"As for Lilly’s future, she has no other acting gigs on her immediate horizon, which is fine with her. 'I call it my day job,' she says of acting. 'You know, it pays the bills. It’s a great job. I’m grateful for it. But it’s not my passion.'”

Here's a sneak peak at Tom Colicchio's new Bravo show Best New Restaurant.  The show is described as follows:

"In our newest food competition series, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio dines across the U.S. as host, judge, and executive producer, taking a look at the food world from a fresh direction: the restaurant. The series is also executive produced by restaurateur and TV personality Gordon Ramsay. 

"The majority of the series takes place on location in the restaurants themselves to highlight each establishment’s unique point of view. In the end, only one will be crowned Best New Restaurant and win an editorial feature in Bon Appétit, a featured spot at America’s number one global food festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit 2015, and $100,000.

"Joining Tom on this gastronomic journey across the country are culinary experts Maggie Nemser (CEO & Editor-in-Chief, BlackboardEats) and Jeffrey Zurofsky (Co-founder & Partner, ’wichcraft), who will offer their unique and diverse opinions to help guide Tom in his final decisions. The team will evaluate each restaurant on not only the dishes that are served, but also everything from décor to hospitality to overall concept.

"In the first round of competition, the restaurants are divided into pairs based around a common theme reflected in their concepts or culinary influences. All are challenged to the same three tasks testing their overall performance, the strength of their staff, and the clarity of their concept. First, the restaurants are subjected to a 'Pressure Test,' in which 30 hungry diners descend on the restaurants without notice to see how the businesses handle the stress of a packed house.

"Next, Tom sends in two 'Undercover Diners' wired with hidden cameras in order to get a patron’s perspective when the restaurants do not know they are being judged. Finally, the two paired-up restaurants come together in a neutral location and serve dinner for 30 VIP diners. At the end of each of the first eight episodes, Tom declares one restaurant the victor, and the establishments move on to the semifinals.

"The semifinal rounds will feature the restaurants battling in two groups to open a pop-up restaurant based around what the eateries see as the next evolution of their current concepts. The grand finale pits the final two restaurants against each other in a head-to-head contest to put forward their best service possible for a group of 50 VIP diners at Tom’s restaurant Riverpark in New York City."  So basically, it's a combo of a bunch of other food competition shows.  I'm sure it will work.

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Per TheWrap, "GeekNation has announced a quartet of new shows that will debut in January and come as a direct result of its recent partnerships with celebrity brand marketing agency VIIVIIVII and talent management company Advanced Management.

"GeekNation will premiere Kamikaze Comedy with Jamie KennedyGirl on Girl with Danielle HarrisThe Chavo Show with Chavo Guerrero Jr. in January, while GeekNation News with JoJo Wright and Manny Streetz will debut later this month.

[Let's pause for a second here, outside of Jamie Kennedy, have you heard of ANY of the other aforementioned names?  Me neither.]

"Wright and Streetz are well-known radio personalities for KIIS FM, while Harris is a famous scream queen and Guerrero Jr. is a popular WWE wrestler.

"The partnership between the three companies should prove to be mutually beneficial, as Advanced Management brings talent and content creation to the table, VIIVIIVIIVII brings brands and talent, and GeekNation creates and distributes to their audience of more than 10 million viewers."  The whole things seems like a laughable waste of time, but what do I know?