Friday March 21, 2014

Animal planet continues to shy away from shows about animals and announced this new gem: "Redwood Kings, which is set to premiere in July, 'uncovers the artistry that goes into turning ancient reclaimed redwood trees into creative works of art,' according to the network. It features twin brothers Ron and John Daniels, who work side-by-side at their company creating carvings of animated characters, movie and theme park facades and even treehouses. Things sometimes get tense between the duo as Ron must rein in John -- dubbed the 'carving cowboy' -- at times to keep every project on schedule and on budget.

"In the premiere season, the brothers and their 40-person crew create a life-size replica of a gold stamp mill and spinning waterwheel; head back to the glory days of the gold rush for a rustic roadside mall in California; build a Noah's Ark-themed treehouse for the youngest members of a small family church; and design a massive 22-room, interactive theme park experience in a historic building in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf."

Nate Berkus' American Dream Builders premieres on NBC on Sunday night.  Girls ends its ho hum season on Sunday as well.

I guess putting Mark Wahlburg's name on a TV show doesn't guarantee success.  His Breaking Boston show was pulled by A&E after only one episode.



Deadline is reporting that "[c]oming off its season finale last night, CMT said today it has picked up a second season of Party Down South, its highest-rated original series ever. The new 13-episode season will premiere June 5 at 10 PM, following an advance first look that will air immediately following the 2014 CMT Music Awards on June 4. CMT promises more muddin’, funnelin,’ and gettin’ country in Season 2 after an unforgettable summer in South Carolina in its debut season. A special two-part reunion show will kick off Thursday March 27 at 10 PM."

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix has nabbed exclusive rights to Short Poppies, a comedy series written by and starring New Zealand actor Rhys Darby.

"Darby, best known for his portrayal of Murray Hewitt in cult hit Flight of the Conchords, created the series that follows a journalist as he meets the not-so-ordinary characters in a small New Zealand town. All of the townsfolk are also played by Darby.  The eight episodes will roll on Netflix from April 3 in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

"Short Poppies is billed as an 'hilarious, quirky mockumentary' and marks Darby’s first foray into writing and starring in his own vehicle."  In.

EW reports that "IFC is solidifying itself as a destination for top names in comedy. Ahead of its annual upfront event scheduled for Thursday evening, the network announced a 2014-15 programming and development slate that includes a new series from a trio of Saturday Night Live veterans and Communitystar Joel McHale.

"Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are behind the new comedy American Documentary, a half-hour anthology series featuring documentaries and biopics about completely made-up historical figures. Also added to the schedule is American Storage, a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens HospitalHuman Giant) as a free-spirited L.A. bachelor who lives in a storage facility. Both new series are slated to premiere in 2015.

"Next year IFC will also introduce the Comedy Music Awards, a collaboration with CollegeHumor that satirizes traditional awards shows, while honoring the best in the musical comedy genre.

"On the development side, IFC is working with Joel McHale on the scripted comedy Westside, about suburbanites forced into a life of crime, and producer Teri Weinberg (The OfficeUgly Betty) on The Bank, about a dysfunctional family who runs a sperm bank."

"Eric André, who’s currently recurring on 2 Broke Girls as the boyfriend of Kat Dennings’ cash-strapped waitress, is joining FX’s Jay Baruchel-fronted comedy pilot Man Seeking Woman as a series regular, TVLine has learned.

"The potential series, created by Saturday Night Live scribe Simon Rich, centers on Baruchel’s Josh Greenberg, a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. André (whose credits include ABC’s late, greatDon’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 and Adult Swim’s The Eric André Show) will play Josh’s cocky best friend, Mike.

"Additionally, Britt Lower (Unforgettable) and Maya Erskine (Betas) have also come on board as Josh’s intimidating sister, Liz, and ex-girlfriend, Maggie, respectively."

Speaking of Two Broke Girls, Hal Linden will be making a guest appearance.  Honest to god, I had no idea Barney Miller was still alive.  Good on him!  I'm looking forward to seeing Jeff Garlin's cameo on Monday.  Maybe he'll have some time to get back to podcasting soon?

Which Braverman are you?  Be forewarned, this quiz is fatally flawed as it gave me Sydney Graham?!?!?!

An article in support of The Crazy Ones?

Scandal's Darby Stanchfield all dolled up for O Magazine.

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"EW has learned exclusively that [Kevin] McKidd, best known for playing Dr. Owen Hunt on ABC’s veteran medical drama [Grey's Anatomy], has been tapped for a guest spot as a man named Albert Daugherty, who is also the Duke of Weddington. Per the storyline, the testy landowner — who is described as the kind of guy who would rather settle a dispute with a claymore than a discussion — crosses paths with the lawyer duo played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer after he finds himself in a spat with his neighbor.

"Additionally, EW can report that Office alum Creed Bratton is set to appear as a judge in a separate episode. His character, Judge Semmer, is described as an aging athlete whose career ended in the cul-de-sac of family court."  Creed!

WE tv renewed Braxton Family Values for a fourth, 26-episode [?!?!] season and SWV Reunited for an expanded sophomore season of 10 eps. "WE tv has become a true destination for quality unscripted originals on Thursday nights," said Lauren Gellert, SVP, original production & development. "These shows have played a significant role in expanding our audience, reaching new viewers, attracting advertisers and building momentum for the network."