Wednesday December 24, 2014

I think I'm going to begrudgingly watch Black Mirror over the holidays.  More on that to follow.

Vulture offers up its suggestions of what you should watch over the holidays.

Here is your guide to Christmas marathons and specials.

Another 2014 year in review, in case you want to reminisce. 

Looking for a couple hours of diversion today or tomorrow?  Per Deadline, "Sony Pictures has just released its plans for a VOD release of The Interview — and it begins today. After reviving the pic’s Christmas Day release yesterday and signing on more than 300 indie theaters who pledged to show the comedy starting Thursday, Sony has confirmed that the movie will be available for streaming rental in HD beginning at 10 AM PT on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and the dedicated website for $5.99. The film can also be purchased in HD for $14.99.

“'It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this film,' Sony Entertainment Chairman Michael Lynton said in the announcement. 'With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, December 17th, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. We are pleased we can now join with our partners to offer the film nationwide today.'”

Nine shows likely to get the axe in the not too distant future?  Amongst those on this list: Marry MeThe McCarthys, and Mulney.  I secretly very much enjoy The McCarthys.  I'm presuming I'm pretty much alone there.

Well it's about time!  "Under a new deal, DirecTV can give subscribers online access to Disney and ESPN programming. Earlier this week, Disney announced that it had signed a multi-year deal with DirecTV, renewing its right to broadcast the Disney Channel, ABC Family, ESPN, and several other channels, including eight local ABC stations. The deal also adds content to DirecTV Everywhere, the satellite company's online video catalog. All of Disney's "Watch" streaming options — including WatchESPN, Watch Disney Channel, Watch ABC Family, and Watch ABC — will be available to DirecTV subscribers in early 2015 via the company's mobile apps and website."

Here's your first look at the trailer for the Entourage movie.

More hypocrisy from A&E: "The Hollywood Reporter and A&E have partnered to produce The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables series, featuring TV’s top Emmy contenders in intimate discussions leading up to the nominations.

"Broadcast as a four-part series, the Roundtables will kick off June 8 with two episodes, the hourlong Drama Actor and Drama Actress panels. A&E, which reaches 100 million U.S. homes, will air the Comedy Actor and Comedy Actress Roundtables on June 15. Film-focused Roundtables during the Oscar season will follow on A&E later this year.

"Roundtable participants on the Drama side include Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Claire Danes (Homeland), Keri Russell (The Americans) and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan). Participants in the Comedy panels include Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), William H. Macy (Shameless), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory).

“'We’re thrilled to launch our relationship with The Hollywood Reporter with the Emmy Roundtable series and to celebrate these amazing performances by some of the best talent in the business,' said David McKillop, executive vp and general manager of A&E.

“'The Hollywood Reporter’s award season Roundtables have been one of our hallmarks — in print, on and now high-quality television programming,' said Janice Min, co-president/chief creative officer of the entertainment group of Guggenheim Media. 'We’re excited that this innovative series featuring so many of Hollywood’s top talents will be brought to A&E’s audience, expanding the reach of our content.'

"Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s executive editor Matthew Belloni, senior editor Stacey Wilson and television editor Lacey Rose, each Roundtable features six Emmy contenders in a candid and no-holds-barred discussion centered on their careers, personal challenges and triumphs, and revealing behind-the-scenes stories."