Monday February 17, 2014

Scandal returns next Thursday.  Here's a preview to put you in the mood:

Scandal returns February 27

Speaking of Scandal, I am exactly halfway through the season of House of Cards and it feels very Scandal-esque, as opposed to, say, West Wing-esque.  (I know there are 13 episodes, I'm halfway through 207).  The story lines are entertaining and suspenseful and I probably could have watched all 13 episodes in one sitting if time permitted.  I will refrain from spoiling anything until "enough" time has passed, but I implore you to at least get episode 1 in this week.  Trust me.  Here's a review that won't kill you with spoilers.  Here is one that WILL ruin it for you if you haven't finished season 2, but give it a read if you spent 13 hours with the show this past weekend (and then maybe re-evaluate things).

One more, a walk through of all 13 episodes from The Verge.

Kevin Spacey doesn't think the season 2 story lines are all all that "crazy."

Here are some stats on how many people watched House of Cards this weekend, if you care.  "

"The drama series’ second season that Netflix made available early Friday is getting far more sampling than its first season did, according to data provided by broadband technology firm Procera Networks.

"A whopping 15% of Netflix subscribers on one particular Internet service supplied by an unspecified U.S. cable operator (Procera can’t identify its clients) watched the first episode during a six to eight hour period monitored Friday. That’s a massive increase compared with a similar measurement Procera made last year when just 2% of “Cards” viewers watched at least one episode over the course of an entire weekend (and that bow was aided by a free-month discount to new subs)."

TVLine reports that HIMYM's Alyson Hannigan has "has nabbed the female lead opposite actor-comedian-Marriage Ref host Tom Papa in More Time With Family, a multi-cam comedy that centers on a husband and father (Papa) making a career change to spend more time with his clan.  Hannigan will play Papa’s onscreen wife, Cindy.

"Papa co-wrote the pilot script with ’Til Death duo Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and all three will serve as EPs alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman."

Per TV Guide, "CBS is teaming with So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe.  The network has ordered a pilot for the reality competition In the Spotlight, has learned.

"Adapted for the U.S. from a Turkish format, In the Spotlight is described as a performance show with a fresh take on the competitive aspect. Lythgoe will executive-produce with Jennifer Bresnan, Jeff Collins and Michael Hammond (Dance Moms).

"Lythgoe, a longtime American Idol executive producer, departed the show after last season."

The cast of  Mixology .

The cast of Mixology.

The first 2 episodes of Ryan Seacrest-produced Mixology are available online.  The show premieres on ABC on February 26th.

Orange Is The New Black returns on June 6.  Here are 17 seconds to get you back in the mood?

Danielle Brooks, who plays inmate Taystee, is confident fans will love season two, telling E! News, "'[w]e're having a blast! I mean, the writing was amazing before and it has gotten even better, I don't know how they made it happen but it's really good. I think that people are going to be so excited about season two.'"

Charlie Sheen is engaged to a porn star and Ellen Page is gay.

I forgot to touch upon Tattoo Titans last week (CMT's new tattoo show).  It's basically Chopped for tattoo artists.  If you MUST watch another show about tattooing, check it out.  If not, you're not missing anything.

Creators of Ray Donovan are being sued for ripping off someone else's idea.

Fallout from the Buzzfeed article about Donald Trump?  If you haven't read the piece, here's the link.

More from Buzzfeed.  10x Friday Night Lights and Parenthood were the same show.