Monday February 3, 2014

David Schwimmer has a new pilot in the works at ABC titled Irreversible,about a self-absorbed couple and the problems they often cause for themselves. The "Friends" alum plays one half of the couple, a pessimistic writer named Andy.

Now that his run on Homeland has come to an end, Damian Lewis is looking to find some new work on the small screen. It's being reported that Lewis is in talks to play King Henry VIII in a six-part BBC Two production of the historical fiction novels Wolf Hall  and Bring Up The Bodies.  Mark Rylance is already playing the part of Thomas Cromwell. The project is due to start shooting in Spring 2014. 

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Per the recommendation of Mark Duplass (The League), I watched an 8-part miniseries about the murder trial about Mike Peterson. The story is over a decade old, so you may already be familiar with it, but you can and should check out the series, called The Staircase, for free on YouTube

Rest in peace Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  

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I listened to the entire four and a half hour Howard Stern Birthday Bash on Friday and it was as advertised. Here is a recap from Rolling Stone, which doesn't do it it justice.  Howard's interview with David Letterman was pretty epic. You can listen to it here.  

The star-studded event included performances from John Fogerty, Rob Zombie, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine, The Black Keys, Jewel, John Mayer, Dave Grohl and Steven Tyler and brought the likes of Louis CK, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Christie, Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Silverman, the aforementioned David Letterman, and a host of others to the stage.

Here's a rundown of the entire event, with photos.

The Puppy Bowl was filmed in October

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The Seinfeld reunion that aired during halftime of last night's Super Bowl was an enjoyable five minutes as far as I'm concerned.  To see Jerry, George and Newman back in character, some 16 years after the show stopped filming, was a joy and I welcome any and all future reunions.  Evidently, not everyone agrees.

In a statement released after the segment appeared on Fox Sunday, Seinfeld said: “Fox approached Larry and me about doing some kind of Seinfeld reunion for the halftime broadcast because of the New York connection. So we thought throwing Jerry, George and Newman into a Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was a fun way to do it. Larry and I wrote the script in one sitting, just like old times, and working with him, Jason and Wayne was a total blast, as it always was.”

The Super Bowl promotion was not a commercial, as Seinfeld also promised, because neither he nor Sony Entertainment, which owns the Crackle site, paid for the Seinfeld presence during the game. Fox was looking for an entertainment feature to lead into its halftime coverage and contacted Seinfeld.

Which Seinfeld character are you?

"EW has confirmed that casting is officially in progress for the host of characters that will populate the show, which will revolve around a woman named Sally (Girl Ted), a 'vibrant, messy and unpredictable' woman described as a 'female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life.' The real twist for this main character, though? She’s got a husband! But we’re guessing ISN’T the 'dad' to which the title refers, as the character description for Sally says she’s 'thinking of calling it quits' with said husband (named Gavin).

"As for her circle of friends, here’s the scoop, via TVLine, who first reported the news:

"Juliet is Sally’s 'sexy, flamboyant, energetic, party-girl BFF' who runs a successful fashion blog and thinks Gavin is 'terminally boring.'

"Danny is Sally’s gay older brother who is a Type A, overachieving lawyer with whom she has little in common. 'They nonetheless share a tight bond,' says the casting description, 'although Sally’s decision to move in with Danny after her split with Gavin promises to test that bond.' Danny is also married to Todd, another member of the inner circle who is described as warm, outgoing, and one of Sally’s closest friends from college.

"Then there’s Frank, a 'hot nerd' who works in IT at Juliet’s company and has a huge crush on Sally. Too bad 'it’s a one-sided flirtation,' says the casting announcement 'at least for the moment.'

"The last character of sorts described is the narrator, who will fill a role similar to Bob Saget’s voiceover character on HIMYM. The voice will tell the story from the future, as she, too, is telling the tale to her children."

Kudos to Fox on some great cameos on both of its post-Super Bowl episodes last night.  Clayton Kershaw (and of course Prince) on New Girl and Adam Sandler, Fred Armisen and Joe Theismann on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Aziz Ansari Tweeted a Friday Night Lights Super Bowl last night.

I think HBO's Girls has fallen off a cliff of late.  Lena Dunham's Hanna has become one of the most self-absorbed and narcissistic characters on television (by design, I know).