Friday March 28, 2014

Nazanin Boniadi talks about the differences between working on Homeland and working on Scandal.  The biggest difference?  "The 'Scandal pace.' There's a sense of urgency that goes along with the show; it's really fast. OnHomeland, there's more of a chance to let things linger. The camera holds on actors a little bit more so that the pacing is a tad bit slower. That's what I was used to. On Scandal, everything is very fast. It was something to get used to."

DirecTV and Dish Network may be merging?

Exclusive photos from this Sunday's finale of The Walking Dead.

Photo courtesy of Vulture.com.

Photo courtesy of Vulture.com.

A conversation between Mindy Kaling and former Office colleague Mike Schur.  FYI, Schur is a writer/producer and not only did he write on The Office, but he co-created Parks & Recreation AND Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  The banter between them is pretty funny.

Here's another interview Schur did earlier in the week, reflecting on the first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

And some more Kaling for good measure.  Per EW's interview with her (audio if you click the link), Kaling "breaks down Mindy and Danny’s cliffhanger airplane kiss . . . . 

"Asked if the characters join the Mile High Club, Kaling teased, '[t]he attempt is made. I won’t say if it’s successful or not successful. I will say that it’s funny. And kind of hot, in its own way.'

"She goes on to explain all the different ways the show, which returns with a one-hour spring premiere April 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox, could go with the duo in its third season this fall. Have a listen. And yes, we would totally watch them shopping at Costco."

You should really drop everything and watch Corey Feldman's new music video.  If you last more than 90 seconds, consider that a win.

ABC has canceled Mind Games, not surprisingly.

You should check out the Inside The Actors Studio that aired last night featuring the cast of How I Met Your Mother.  

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[w]hen John Tesh walked away fromEntertainment Tonight in 1996, he disappeared from the national TV stage. But Tesh never quit working. He has performed 30 or more concerts a year and since 2003 has hosted (with his wife, actressConnie Sellecca, and stepson, Gib Gerard) a syndicated radio show on about 800 stations billed as Intelligence for Your Life.

"Now, Tesh, 61, is returning to TV with a daily syndicated talk show, also called Intelligence for Your Life, and a business plan designed to tweak the usual syndication model. In an era when the launch of a star-driven talk show like KatieThe Ellen DeGeneres Show or Steve Harvey can cost $100 million, Tesh will roll out his show this fall with a bankroll of less than $5 million to get him through the first year. His L.A.-based TeshMedia is producing and self-distributing, targeting cities where his Christian-themed radio show is popular. 'We really are guerrilla television,' he says.

"Intelligence is part of a small group of syndicated shows -- including RightThisMinuteAmerica Nowand The Better Show -- that flies under the radar but competes with higher-profile players by going cheap."  Those are four shows that I will never ever watch in my entire life.

Mike Judge's cultural influences, if you care.

If you're looking for a good podcast listen, Jared Leto's interview on last week's Nerdist podcast was pretty damn good.  He's an incredibly normal-sounding and seemingly down to earth guy, which was a pleasant surprise.

Here is your full slate of AMC shows, announced at their upfronts:

SCRIPTED DRAMA

Area 51 Based on the NY Times best-seller Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobson. 

Police State A dark comedic tale of Ollie, a big-box store security guard, who is secretly recruited by an NSA-like organization. 

Kingmakers Based on the French series, Les Hommes De L’Ombre

Bombingham In present day Birmingham, Alabama, a murder from 1963 is discovered and buried demons from the Civil Rights Era resurface. 

The Sparrow Based on Mary Doria Russell’s acclaimed science-fiction epic, The Sparrow tells the story of a Jesuit-led mission to make first contact with an alien race. 

Jerry’s World A commitment-phobic artist and the world’s most unlikely caregiver cobbles together an unusual and very modern family. 

Paradise Lost A group of friends withdraw from society to create a new, more positive community in which to raise their families. 

SCRIPTED COMEDY

Untitled John Leguizamo Project This half hour follows a group of men in Queens, The Bronx and upper Manhattan wrestling with careers, relationships, family, ambition, and getting older. 

No Money Down Comedy series follows a guy who bottoms out and begins working at an Austin car dealership with a variety of personalities. 

Random Acts Single girls – and contract killers – work through issues with relationships, family and growing up, not to mention drug lords and crooked cops. 

Sober Buddies Jonesy, a loveably washed up pro surfer turned sober coach works to help Jason, the privileged, ne’er-do-well son of a wealthy industrialist. Executive Producers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver of Point Grey Pictures.

UNSCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT

Untitled Billy Corgan Wrestling Project Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan pulls back the curtains on the pro-wrestling world as he takes over creative direction for the independent wrestling company Resistance Pro. 

Bronx Pop A comedic docu-soap following tough guys and lifelong friends Ralph Rubino and Nicky D’Angelo. 

Prison Redemption Docuseries takes a gritty, no holds barred look at life for both the inmates and the employees of the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma, Washington. 

I'm not seeing too many shows that could conceivably replace Breaking Bad or Mad Men . . . .