Monday March 10, 2014

Season 1 of True Detective wrapped up last night and while I won't spoil it for you, in the event you have not yet watched, personally, I was a bit underwhelmed.  I thought the season was good, not great, slow at times and didn't deliver in a variety of ways.  I'm not alone in these opinions, but I think I might be in the minority.  From my perspective, I enjoy a show like The Killing more than I did True Detective.  Call me crazy.

Courtesy of HBO.

Courtesy of HBO.

Here's someone who shares my opinion.  "I vowed to watch the finale as a fan, not as someone trying to figure it all out. But even as a fan, I still found these dangling threads and implausibilities frustrating because the show practically begged us to get into the weeds, to wade into swampy waters. That’s okay if it winds up giving viewers some extra insight. But it’s another thing entirely if the show is just messing with us."

Here's someone who does not [SPOILERS}.  "I entered the finale not really caring about whether Errol the Spaghetti Monster was also the Yellow King, whether Audrey Hart's doll crime scene tableaux would somehow tie into the case, whether Marty's father-in-law would somehow be part of the conspiracy, etc. I had no pet theories about the case; I cared much more that the story of Rust and Marty come to a satisfying conclusion than that the case they were investigating did. So the fact that this sprawling, complex investigation all boiled down to Errol Childress as a bogeyman in a really large haunted house — the overgrown Childress estate as the lost city of Carcosa — pursuing and being pursued by our heroes didn't really wreck things for me, because it was followed by a length epilogue that brought the show back to its focus on these two men and the ways they've been changed by the years and this case (and by the ways they haven't)."

And finally (I could go on for pages but won't for obvious reasons), here is show creator Nic Pizzolatto's take on season 1.

Fox gave a big vote of confidence to four shows, with early renewals for Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a second season, The Mindy Project and The Following for third seasons and New Girl for a fourth. "These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars," said Fox Broadcasting's chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly and COO Joe Earley.  Bravo.

Check out this interview with Kaling where she so boldly states: "[p]eople have a higher expectation for me. They say, why aren't you doing enough? And the answer is, I always want to do more because people should always be doing as much as they can, but my fulltime job is not casting The Mindy Project." 

I haven't watched it, but here is a review of Lindsay Lohan's new show.

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EW.com reports that "Marc Maron has recruited a slew of funny folks to appear in the second season of his IFC comedy series, Maron, which has been given a debut date of May 8 at 10 p.m.

"Johnny Knoxville, Ray Romano, David Cross, and Sarah Silverman will pop up as themselves during the 13-episode season, along with Michael Ian Black, Conan O’Brien, and Andy Richter. Also joining the guest list inside and outside the garage are Chris Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Rob Riggle, Bill Burr, Paul Feig, Wyatt Cenak, Joey 'Coco' Diaz, Rachael Harris, Moshe Kasher, Tom Kenny, Dave Koechner, Jimmy Pardo, Eddie Pepitone, Richard Riehle, and Nora Zehtner.

"The show stars the neurotic comedian/podcaster as himself — or at least a '90-percent' version of himself — who struggles through day-to-day life. In season 2, look for Marc’s family to spend some uncomfortable time together under the same roof and for his dear cat Boomer to go missing. While you wait a few more months for the new season to begin, enjoy this pair of images from upcoming episodes: Above, Marc interviews Cross, with contributions (or are those interruptions?) from his onscreen father (played by Judd Hirsch) and mother (Sally Kellerman), while below, in the season premiere, he chats with  Hardwick while serving as a guest on Talking Dead."

Variety argues that The Walking Dead is feeling a lot like Lost.  I disagree, but do feel that it's been quite boring, so much so, that I'll often wait days to watch it (which has to say something).

The Juan Pablo era finally ends tonight, thankfully.

Per TheWrap, Science Channel greenlit new series I F-ing Love Science, executive produced by CBS’ Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson.  Ferguson made the announcement via a videotaped message at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on Saturday.

"The series is inspired by the Facebook phenomenon, I F*cking Love Science, created by British biology student Elise Andrew, which boasts more than 10 million fans. The one-hour show will feature a mix of live-action, animation and re-creations that demonstrate the random manifestations of science that connects us."

Here's a preview of HBO's Bruce Springsteen special:

An interview with Kevin Bacon from SXSW.

The NY Post reports that "[a]s Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice gears up to start filming next month with a new cast, NBC producers have been targeting David Hasselhoff, Kate Gosselin and Sharknado star Ian Ziering.

"A production source tells us one contestant high on the Celeb Apprentice wish list is Baywatch star Hasselhoff, who 'is so unpredictable that insiders say he could be this year’s Gary Busey.' A rep for the Hoff denies he currently has a deal in place to join as a contestant."  We all know that the fact that "reality shows" are relatively inexpensive to produce is what makes them attractive to networks and advertisers and has allowed the genre to continue to grow.  That said, it's time to up the ante a bit and double some of these talent budgets so that we're not recycling E list talent for these garbage shows (that also means you Dancing With The Stars).

"How I Met Your Mother's mother Cristin Milioti is deflecting questions about whether her character dies on the show's finale. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, when asked directly about recently renewed speculation that the mother does not survive the series', Milioti responded, That's insane.'  Note how she did not say 'no,' or 'of course not,' or 'that does not happen.'  What she said was, '[t]here are some crazy conspiracy theories, which really just makes me me love the fans more!' We'll hand it to Milioti — that is a very well-executed dodge — but it is absolutely not a denial."

Kesha has dropped the $ from her name?

An interview with Michael Ian Black.  I have to presume he's done eating snacks with Tom Cavanagh?

Louis C.K. will host Saturday Night Live on March 29.