Monday February 10, 2014

Fox has canceled The X Factor and Simon Cowell is going back to the other side of the pond.  He had a great run over here.  Speaking of Cowell, American Idol has really been excellent so far.  This week is boot camp week marking the return of Randy Jackson, so I'm presuming that it's all downhill from here.

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Per Variety, "AMC has ordered a docuseries focused on the first season of the LA KISS arena football league team, the network announced [Friday]..

"From ThinkFactory Media, show will travel with Los Angeles’ new arena football team and feature players and coaches along with LA KISS owners, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. AMC has ordered 10 episodes of the project.

“'We look forward to capturing all the trials and tribulations of launching a sports franchise in a great sports city like Los Angeles,' said Eliot Goldberg, AMC’s senior vice president of unscripted programming. 'These are incredibly dedicated athletes, coaches and management who want to win, and the fact that the team has rock and roll royalty in the owners box just adds another great dimension to the series.'

“'We are thrilled to partner with AMC in bringing our show to the viewing public,' Paul Stanley said. 'Anyone who knows Gene and I knows we have never played by the rules. This opportunity to see the making of our team of rebels, the LA KISS, from behind the scenes will once again show everyone that we play to win.'"

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Kudos to The Walking Dead for coming out of the gates strong last night.  SPOILER: Teasing Rick's death was a nice trick, but one we saw right through.  Nevertheless, I applaud the effort.  Also enjoyed the flashback to Michone's pre-apocalypse life. Forbes points out what Hollywood should be learning from The Walking Dead.  Rolling Stone gives us 5 things it learned from last night's mid-season premiere.

Andrew Lincoln (Rick) sat down for an interview with EW to give his thoughts on last night's show.

Showrunner Andrew Gimple also sat down with EW for an interview and promised that answers would come quickly.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Happy Endings' David Caspeis having a good pilot season.

"The creator of the late ABC comedy has just landed his second pilot order of the season, with CBS picking up multicamera Cuz-Bros, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Caspe will co-write Cuz-Broswith Community's Erik Sommers, who also was a co-EP and writer on Happy Endings. The Sony Pictures Television-CBS Television Studios entry centers on a successful and suave ladies man whose perfect life is turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay. (The project was developed asRoommates, where the cousin character was a stranger who saves the lead's life.)"

BJ Novak opened up about his friendship/relationship with Mindy Kaling.  "'I would say it was a great and terrible chemistry, and it reflected what we were like in real life,' the 34-year-old actor said. 'No one ever knew if we were together or not, including us. We weren't always on the same page on a given day or a given hour. We fought a lot. We were each other's best friends. We were inseparable and not talking to each other, often on the same day. And people didn't know, if she was gone, they would ask me where she was, and vice versa. We were like E.T. and Elliott a little bit.'"

I touched on it last week, but here's another take on which of the new Amazon pilots you should be watching.  I watched two and a half of them.  I particularly liked Transparent.  It was somewhat slow to develop, but at about the halfway point, it kicked in to full gear and showed that it could be a force to be reckoned with.  There are a number of interesting storylines that were introduced and I'd love to see this show for a full season.  On the flipside is The Rebels.  I REALLY wanted to like this show, which is basically Major League but set in the world of football.  However, the cliches were aplenty, the story seems tired and played out and outside of cameos from the Fox Sunday Football team (because Michael Strahan is an EP) and a lot of Natalie Zea (JustifiedUnder The Dome), I was pretty bored.  The last one I watched (half of anyway) was The After.  I'll reserve opinion on this one until I finish it.

Speaking of Under The DomeTV Guide reports that "CBS recently teased that two characters will die on Under the Dome's season premiere this summer.

"I pushed executive producer Neal Baer to narrow down the likely hit list to these six: Sheriff Linda (Natalie Martinez), moody Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz), Norrie's mom Carolyn (Aisha Hinds), DJ Phil Bushey (Nicholas Strong), slacker kid Ben (John Elvis) and resident hoarder Andrea (Dale Raoul).

"'The dome giveth, and the dome taketh away,' says Baer, who went quiet when asked if the dome's dead may eventually make a return."

HBO ran a promo (see below) for its upcoming series Silicon Valley from creator Mike Judge.  Sold.

I also caught a promo for the upcoming Maria Menounos reality show, Chasing Maria Menounos, which premieres on Oxygen on March 18.  Not quite sold on that one.

House Of Lies is back in its groove while Girls is barely holding my interest.  Thankfully The Walking Dead is back on Sunday nights.

Shia LaBeouf has officially gone off the deep end.

Here's a list of Jimmy Fallon's guests for week #1.