Wednesday December 10, 2014

Workaholics returns to Comedy Central on January 14, followed by the premiere of season 2 of Broad City.  You'll be reminded again before then, trust me.

Living In Secret didn't let me down last night and, as I said last week, if you like shows such as Intervention, this one is worth a look.

Non-TV related, but Billy Corgan was on Howard Stern yesterday and didn't relent on his disdain for Pearl Jam.  I hate saying this about a fellow Chicagoan and Cubs fan, but he really needs to shut the hell up.  He actually dismissed Pearl Jam as derivative. “I don’t think they have the songs. I think you stack my songs up, Cobain’s songs up, and that band’s songs, they just don’t have the songs.”  He did acknowledge that Pearl Jam has gotten it done as an arena act for a long time and that he “has to bow to them” for that, but said he still doesn't under stand why they’re so successful.  In other words, Corgan is dead to me.

Per People, "[h]old on to your sequins, Dancing with the Stars fans: two-time mirror ball trophy winner Cheryl Burke is quick-stepping over to a new network! 

"People has learned exclusively that Burke, whose contract just expired on the ABC show, will star in a new project for NBC in 2015

"Burke, 30, will be one of several stars on a new variety show. The network isn't ready to reveal the title now, but insiders promise the show will have a competitive element and that Burke will perform. 

"'Instead of teaching people how to dance, I need to be taught something,' Burke continued. 'I need to feed my brain with other knowledge. This was a perfect opportunity. My contract was very restrictive on Dancing with the Stars so I couldn't do anything else. I've been waiting to add to my résumé now for years.' 

"And hanging up her Capezios for a judging spot alongside former DWTS hoofer Julianne Hough wasn't an attractive option for Burke. 

"'I would rather judge in America's Got Talent than Dancing with the Stars,' she explained. 'They are my friends. I'm blunt and very honest. We all take it personally. It would be very hard for me to judge my friends.'"

Deadline is reporting that "[i]n a competitive situation, Showtime has landed Professionals, a half-hour comedy project from I Just Want My Pants Back and Us & Them creator David J. Rosen and feature director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, (500) Days Of Summer). 

"Showtime has commissioned three scripts from the project to be written by Rosen. Professionals centers on two partially-broken mid-level employeeswho become ensnared in a dangerous game of corporate espionage. If the project is greenlighted, it will still go through a pilot stage unlike the remake of In The Heat Of The Night, which Showtime recently bought also with a commitment for multiple scripts but a plan to go straight to series upon script approval."

Per TheWrap, "truTV is doubling down on it's laugh-heavy rebranding, ordering more of its flagship comedies and greenlighting new ones.

"Second season orders have been given to comedy/magic hybrid The Carbonaro Effect and dance competition show Fake Off, as well as episode orders for the sketch comedy Friends of the People. To hype January's Season 4 premiere of Impractical Jokers, the network will air a one-hour special documenting the cast's recent tour.

"King of Cue and Santas in the Barn have been ordered, with a pilot for Those Who Can't.

Cue follows the competitive landscape of New York City pool halls, while Santas will follow 10 St. Nicholas 'enthusiasts' as they uncover Christmas traditions from around the world."  Not sure what to make of these new offerings other than the fact that they don't sound very interesting to me.  Chris Linn is certainly not afraid to green light unique concepts in the non-fiction space.  I applaud him for that.

Not sure how I missed this gem from last week!  "Universal Sports Network and Lagardère Unlimited today announced plans for Beyond the Medals – The Business of Sport, a new, original sports program that providers viewers with an inside look at the world of Olympic sports.

"Hosted by sports business expert Rick Horrow, the 18-episode one-hour magazine show will air on the third Wednesday of each month exclusively on Universal Sports Network beginning January 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The series began production this week in Colorado Springs, Co. for the premiere episode which will feature an interview with U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun and delve into the Olympic host city bid process.

"Every month, Beyond the Medals – The Business of Sport will take an in-depth look at the economic, political and social stories affecting the Olympic sports industry on the road to the Rio Olympics. In each episode, Horrow will provide comprehensive analysis of a different sports business issue through interviews and features with key industry leaders, governing bodies, athletes and corporate sponsors.

"Host and co-executive producer Horrow is Chairman of Horrow Sports Ventures and the architect of more than 100 deals worth more than $20 billion in sports and infrastructure projects. Horrow pioneered the public/private partnership concepts that have enticed more than $4 billion in corporate funding to urban development projects. A television veteran with successful sports business programs for Bloomberg, Versus, Fox Sports and PBS under his belt, he is also Harvard Law School Visiting Expert on sports law."  Can you say guaranteed money pit?

Deadline is reporting that "[h]ot off winning Dancing with the Stars, Alfonso Ribeiro is staying in the reality arena with Hometown Rebound (working title). It is one of several projects the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum has in the works with Thinkfactory Media, the ITV-owned unscripted and scripted production company founded by Leslie Greif. This marks a reunion for Ribeiro and Thinkfactory who previously collaborated on the 2013 ABC Family spelling bee competition series Spell-Mageddon, hosted by Ribeiro and produced by Thinkfactory.

"Hometown Rebound is described as a new twist on the makeover genre that features Alfonso working with entire communities as they tackle big projects that result in big reveals. Thinkfactory’s Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Greif executive produce alongside Ribeiro and his manager, Konrad Leh of Creative Talent Group. 'America has proven once again that they love Alfonso, and we want to keep him right in their hearts where he belongs — both in front of and behind the camera,' Reed said."  Go away Carlton.