Wednesday March 12, 2014

Big Brother has a summer premiere date of June 25.  A tad bit earlier than in years past, but we'll take it.

WE network ordered a pilot for relationship reality series, called Sex Box, that calls for couples to have sex in a soundproof box, then confront their issues with a panel of experts upon their exit.   Wow.

Per EW, "Olivia Wilde will co-star in HBO’s untitled rock ‘n’ roll pilot from Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, and Mick Jagger, EW has confirmed.  According to HBO, the pilot, set in 1970s New York, explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.

"Wilde joins co-star Bobby Cannavale, who plays Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-tier record label (American Century Records) who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. She will play his wife, Devon Finestra, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to go back to her former lifestyle.  Production is expected to start early this summer."

Per Variety, "Amazon Studios has settled on four series orders among the 10 pilots the company announced last month were under consideration, according to sources close to the deals.

"Getting the greenlight will be Bosch,  a cop drama based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, written by Eric Overmyer and Connelly. Pilot follows title character, played by Titus Welliver (ArgoThe Good Wife) as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Cast includes: Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.

"Written and directed by Chris Carter (The X-Files), The After is a drama that follows eight strangers thrown together by mysterious forces and who must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Executive producer is Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television and produced by Gabe Rotter. Cast includes: Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot.

"In addition to the two drama orders, two comedy orders: Mozart in the Jungle a dramedy based on a memoir by Blair Tindall about what happens behind the curtains at the symphony. Written by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited), actor-musician Jason Schwartzman (Saving Mr. Banks, Moonrise Kingdom) and writer-director Alex Timbers (Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher). Paul Weitz (About a Boy, Admission) directed the pilot and executive produced. Cast includes: Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcom McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Peter Vack.

Transparent is a dark comedy about an L.A. family with serious boundary issues. Written and directed by Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under and United States of Tara). Cast includes: Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass."

Matthew Weiner talks about the final season of Mad Men.  "The interesting thing is that we came back with this split season, and I had this 14-episode story to tell, but what I didn’t realize is that I would have to do two premieres and two finales in one season. On the one hand, you look at last season and say, “OK, the seventh hour of Season 6 was the merger. That’d be a great place to stop.” We’ve always organically had a midpoint in the show. This has required a little bit more focus. What it really comes down to is the responsibility of where we’re going to leave everybody, and what we have to say — not just about these people’s lives, but about the entire experience of the show on some level."

Grantland ranked all 18 seasons of The Bachelor from worst to first.  Yes, Juan Pablo's season ranked dead last.  Who was 1st?  Matt Grant.  Last I ran into him, he was tending bar for a private catering business in LA. 

Speaking of The Bachelor, Chris Harrison insists he wasn't angry during the post-show interview with Juan Pablo: "[p]eople thought I was mad and angry, but I really wasn't at all. I think I was just confused and a little disappointed. I kept [thinking], 'What are you trying to accomplish?' I didn't know if there was some sort of act or charade going on or like a revenge thing against me or the show. He does this a lot, I've noticed, in life where it's never his fault. He's a controlling person and he was never able to let go. He created this battle in his mind and it manifested itself last night in a really bizarre manner, like I'll show the world, I'm not going to tell this beautiful woman who loves me that I care for her. That only hurt two people in the entire world last night: Nikki and himself."

Sorry, one more.  If you really want to get sick to your stomach (why would you?), watch the below video posted by Juan Pablo himself:

Complaints about this season of New Girl?

Two quick questions about The Voice: (1) Does it seem to anyone else that 4 out of 5 times Shakira only turns her chair about a half second after another judge hits his button? (2) How does Carson Daly maintain the same level of excitement with every single family in the viewing room?  Kudos to him.

The Big Bang Theory was picked up for three additional seasons.

Season 3 premieres April 2.

Season 3 premieres April 2.

A first look at season 3 of Million Dollar Listing New York.  Read Bravo's description for Season 3: "[a]s Fredrik settles into married life, he has baby on the brain and takes a new approach to life by becoming more Zen, but that might not be so easy in the cut-throat world of high-end real estate. Ryan's days of being single and lonely are a thing of the past as he welcomes a very special lady into his life, leaving him to balance his new relationship with his growing success. Luis is growing up both professionally and personally as he now works with Fredrik at Douglas Elliman and leaves the comfort of his shared apartment with his brother for a luxurious bachelor pad overlooking the city he hopes to dominate."

Who knew Busy Phillips was this interesting?