Thursday February 6, 2014

Thursday Night Football is moving from NFL Network to CBS for a reported $250M per year.  This means that the Thursday night comedy lineup led by The Big Bang Theory may have to be shuffled around.  Deadline's take is that "[i]t is early to predict what CBS’ fall 2014 Thursday lineup will look like, aside from most certainly having Big Bang Theory back as an anchor, but it is safe to predict that CBS likely will use a couple of originals of some Thursday returning series — including Big Bang (and Elementary if it stays on Thursday) — on other nights during the weeks CBS’ Thursday lineup is pre-empted for football. That would give the network’s schedulers flexibility to use strong pieces, like Big Bangoriginals, to possibly help launch new shows outside of Thursday. By airing selected few episodes of Thursday shows elsewhere, CBS also would minimize the impact of the eight-week hiatus on its returning Thursday series. There won’t be any effect on the new shows, which will simply launch later that normal. That has been a big issue for Fox, whose baseball coverage starts later in the fall and interrupts the run of new series just as they’re taking hold several weeks into the season."

"When asked if the two-hour comedy block CBS had built on Thursday nights would continue in the wake of the addition of the NFL games, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves told Variety in an interview:  'I expect we will. It’s too early to plan our schedule now. This is another twist to it. What will happen? We’ll have to figure it out, but it’s nice to know we’re gong to have that big block of football on Thursday night to open that season.'

"Moonves said the football deal would definitely change the way CBS launches its fall season. 'Our Thursday night will launch around November 1. The rest of the schedule will launch as we normally would do it.'”

The Office's BJ Novak participated in a Reddit AMA.

USA canceled Psych and NBC canceled The Michael J. Fox Show.


Alan Sepinwall ponders whether or not it's time for The Walking Dead to kill off Rick.  Here's a portion of his long-winded take: "[a]s Rick, Andrew Lincoln, has his moments — his utter despair in the immediate aftermath of Lori's death was one of the series' more wrenching scenes — but ultimately he can't do much with a role that switches back and forth between two primary modes: one where Rick is the greatest leader in the world (or, at least, the greatest leader available in this corner of the post-zombie world), and another where Rick is tortured, mopey and wants no part of leadership. The question of who is and isn't a good leader, and who wants to be, is a popular theme in TV drama — "Lost," a show that's been an enormous influence on this one, at times seemed concerned with nothing else — but it's about the least interesting angle on the zombie apocalypse that I can imagine. And the show has gone round and round on the issue so much with boring ol' Rick that it's all but impossible to do anything else with him. Even if there was another extended period where he wasn't in charge, it would be laced with subtext (intentional or not) about the other times he tried to step down from the top post, only to be pulled back in when someone else failed."  I'm not saying I disagree.

Per Real Screen, "A+E Networks’ Lifetime is preparing to strut further into the dance docuseries space with the Pilgrim Studios-produced Bring It!, premiering on March 5.

"The eight-episode docuseries follows the Dancing Dolls hip-hop majorette troupe of Jackson, Mississippi, as well as their mothers, as they prep for competitions, parades and showcases. The Dolls, under the tutelage of Dianna “Miss D” Williams, are ages seven to 17.

"The premiere will follow the debut of Preachers’ Daughters second season, and is part of Lifetime’s new Wednesday night programming block."  This can't miss.  See a preview of Bring It! below:

"CBS is poised to find its ownWolf of Wall Street, ordering a drama from executive producerJohn Cusack.

"The untitled show is set in the world of Wall Street power and money and is based on an original story from Justified's Taylor Elmore, Ben Cavell, Cusack and Kevin McCabe. Elmore and Cavell penned the teleplay for the CBS Television Studios pilot, which will be executive produced byJustified's Sarah Timbermanand Carl Beverly."

Deadline reports that "Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fennhave signed on for multi-episode arcs on the upcoming second season of Showtime‘s drama series Ray Donovan. Azaria will play James Cochran, the ambitious head honcho of the Los Angeles FBI who becomes a thorn in Ray’s (Liev Schreiber) side, and Fenn will play Cochran’s frumpy wife Holly Cochran.Ray Donovan stars Schreiber as LA’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Production on the 12-episode second season from the Mark Gordon Co is underway in Los Angeles for a summer premiere."

New pilots from Amazon Prime.

New pilots from Amazon Prime.

Per Vulture, "[f]ollowing its first round of original shows, which produced the Congressional comedy Alpha House and the Silicon Valley laughter Betas [both winners], Amazon has just dropped ten new streaming pilots on Amazon Prime. Once again, the Amazon audience is asked to "decide which shows become series." The ten new pilots include five for children (Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, The Jo B. and G. Raff Show, Hardboiled Eggheads, Maker Shack Agency, Wishenpoof!) and five for adults. Here's your line-up:

A supernatural-seeming sci-fi puzzler called The After from Chris Carter (The X-Files).

A homicide-detective procedural starring Titus Welliver (Lost), which is based on author Michael Connelly's popular Bosch series.

A show called Transparent from Jill Soloway (United States of Tara) about "an L.A. family with serious boundary issues" starring Jeffrey Tambor and Gaby Hoffmann.

Football drama (woman's football-coach husband dies, leaving her in charge)The Rebels from writer Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up), starring Josh Peck(The Wackness).

And perhaps the most bizarre of the bunch: Paul Weitz's (About a BoyMozart in the Jungle, with a pilot written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), about "sex, drugs, and classical music." Yep!

You can stream them all here.

"Here’s your first look at Scandal‘s First Kids.  One week after TVLine broke the news that the ABC drama would (finally) be introducing us to Fitz and Mellie’s children, Jerry and Karen, we can now exclusively report that Dylan Minnette andMadeline Carroll have landed the roles.

"Minnette’s TV credits include a recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the role of Jason Isaac’s son onAwake, a recurring bit as Jack Shephard’s son on Lost and Grey’s Anatomy’s Season 4 Halloween episode.

"Carroll, meanwhile, has guested on Shondaland’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, as well as played young Ben Linus’ gal pal Annie in an episode of Lost."

Non-TV related, but you might want to avoid a sandwich from Subway for a minute or 2.  Subway said today, that it will stop using azodiacarbonamide, a chemical used in the production of foamed plastics like yoga mats and rubber-soled shoes, in its bread. 

"We are already in the process of removing azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is USDA and FDA approved ingredient," the company said in a statement. "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon."

Subway was using the ingredient as a bread conditioner, to whiten the dough and allow bread to bake faster.