Wednesday March 19, 2014

In anticipation of the NCAA Tournament, which begins tomorrow morning, here are 68 facts about the teams in this year's tourney.  By example, the Denny's used in Breaking Bad is right across the street from the University of New Mexico campus. (Thanks again JSS)

Food Network premieres Save My Bakery tonight @ 8:00 PM.  The network describes the show as follows: "Family-owned bakeries used to occupy vital places on Main Streets everywhere, but these days they are more often rundown than thriving. Enter renowned cake maestro Kerry Vincent, who answers the desperate call of bakery owners in over their heads. Armed with a spot of tea and a no-nonsense approach, Kerry gives each place a makeover from the inside out, turning stale pastries into delectable deserts and outdated decor into a brand-new, inviting space — but most importantly, transforming the families who have kept these businesses open."  Pay special attention to Jared Dostie, Kerry's counterpart.

Per Deadline, "[w]ith Mad Men filming its seventh and final season, regular Jay R. Ferguson is set to co-star in CBS’ half-hour hybrid pilot Save The Date. The romantic comedy, from writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo, ABC Studios and CBS Studios, centers on 35-year-old and newly single Katie (Maggie Lawson), who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time."

Those were cast members spouses on this weeks episode of HIMYM.

Here's a piece written from the set of the finale of HIMYM.

Per E!, "[a]re Bachelor stars Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell already consulting with a marriage counselor to save their relationship?  Well, not exactly.

"The couple was seen meeting up with Jim and Elizabeth Carroll, stars of the showMarriage Boot Camp, at the Rusty Pelican restaurant in Miami. They had a light lunch, which Nikki enjoyed with a strawberry daiquiri while her boyfriend had an iced tea. An eyewitness tells us that the duo held hands and seemed very much together.

"Meanwhile, we're hearing that the Carrolls offered to meet with Juan Pablo and his leading lady after they saw the Bachelor finale last week.

"It only seems fitting that the new couple would seek a bit of relationship advice from the Carrolls, as the two have worked with many celebrities in the past such as fellow Bacheloralums Trista and Ryan Sutter, Jenni "JWoww" Farley and hubby Roger Matthews, and Real Housewives of Orange County stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley."  Talk about being in some stellar company!!

More from Deadline, "Oscar-nominated Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich, Capote) have joined the cast of FX‘s How And Why, from Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, Synecdoche). They join John Hawkes and Michael Cera in the half-hour comedy pilot, which begins production this spring in North Carolina. How And Why tells the story of Goodman Hesselman (Hawkes), who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is clueless about life. After losing his gig hosting children’s science show How And Why, he tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market in the middle of nowhere when he encounters the supernatural world. Hawkins and Keener’s character information was not provided, but if the show receives a series order, Hawkins will be a series regular and Keener will guest star."

Mary Steenburgen talks about her new gig on Justified.

Vulture delves into some of the more obscure reality shows that have made it to the airwaves.  Sad to report that I've watched most of them.

Parks and Recreation at PaleyFest.

Taco Bell is making socks now?

GSN announced a handful of new shows on tap, including Idiot Test, based on the poplar app game, with teams answering rapid-fire questions. The Chase was renewed, along with The American Bible Challenge, which will get a two-hour season premiere.

Dating show It Takes a Church will also return, on June 5 at 9p, with church members playing matchmaker to congregants looking for love.  GSN also announced a pilot order for App Wars, offering hopeful app creators a chance at stardom, and Say What? (wt), based on the childhood game of telephone.

In development: The Line, a traveling game show that has contestants waiting to answer questions in "The Tent," and culminates in a live season finale; diet competition Heavy Betters (wt), trivia contest The Tunnel and dating game Star-Crossed Lovers.

Not exactly a companion show for House of Cards, but "[f]ormer Nine To Five co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting on screen in Grace And FrankieNetflix‘s next original series. The streaming service has given a 13-episode order to the half-hour comedy, created by Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris (Sullivan & Son) and executive produced by Paula Weinstein through Skydance Prods. Grace And Frankie stars good friends Fonda and Tomlin as long-time nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) who are facing the last chapter of their lives. When their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married, the women find their lives both turned upside down and to their dismay, permanently intertwined. Eventually, to their surprise, they find they have each other."