Monday March 31, 2014

Good on Will Sasso.  He's a host of one of my favorite podcast (Ten Minute Podcast) and he seems to be springing up everywhere: Modern FamilyJustifiedAbout A Boy.  Hope the streak continues.

Or, I guess, who survived?

Or, I guess, who survived?

The Walking Dead wrapped up its season last night with a nice cliffhanger as we await its return.  What is Terminus, really?  

The Daily Beast  summed it up nicely: "No major characters died. Nagging questions remained unanswered. (Where is Beth? How do we still not know what Terminus is?) Serene flashbacks to the group’s earliest days in the prison, just as peace settled in and Rick gave up his role as leader, made up about half the episode. And the other half comprised of situations so tense, it seemed like they must be escalating toward some bursting point—which, except for Rick’s newfound resolve to kill or be killed, never came."

How did last night's finale compare to the comic?

Tonight marks the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, which you already know.  The Atlantic offered up a strong piece in defense of the long-running sitcom.  "The best seasons revolved around friends helping coming together to resolve personal conflict: Lily and Marshall reconcile after a foolish break-up; Ted and Robin overcome the awkwardness of a past relationship; Barney connects with the father who walked out on him. It was a feel-good story about the importance of friendship and love. The earnestness of that tale can come across as maudlin nowadays, but it’s a characteristic that the current popular television landscape will be left without once HIMYM signs off forever."

The New York Daily News takes a look back at nine seasons

Cobie Smulders talks about life after HIMYM, which includes moving from LA to NY and trying her had at theater.

Here is a list of the show's 10 best "bits."

And a list of the show's top 50 episodes.  Seems like overkill, but ok.

EW reports that "Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is back with his first unscripted series since MTV’s blockbuster Jersey Shore. The six-packed reality star and his family will star inThe Sorrentinos on the TV Guide Network (video below).

"Unlike Shore, the premise focuses less on partying and more on The Sitch spending time with his New Jersey family. The cast includes Mike along with Linda (his mother), Marc (middle brother), Melissa (sister), and Frank (older brother).

“'The reality of the situation is … for the first time, fans and the general public, will be able to see and, well, meet Michael Sorrentino,' Mike Sorrentino said. 'This next chapter of my life is about sobriety and family, and I’m stoked to take people on this journey with us.'”  Oy.

Is anyone else surpassed that Grey's Anatomy is still on the air?

Here's an article coming to the defense of Parenthood's Joel Graham (did you have any clue that was his last name?).  So help me if NBC gives this show the heave ho any time soon.  

Here's another take on the Joel-Julia relationship.  "No one is saying how it all plays out, but [Jason] Katims said fans will see a direction for the marriage by the end of the season.

"'I won’t say it’s the end of the story but I think there’s some sort of clarity for the audience about what it is,' Katims said. 'I think these last four episodes are a little bit of a roller coaster ride for that relationship and what happens and how Julia responds to what’s been going on with Joel. I think she gets to a place where she needs to figure out, what am I doing here? She gets really frustrated living in limbo and she pushes the issue with Joel and that leads to the roller coaster ride of the next four episodes.'"

It looks like Chelsea Handler is leaving E!  "'Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires [at the end of the year],' Handler’s manager Iriving Azoff told The Hollywood Reporter. 'She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.'

"Handler is reportedly weighing multiple options, including launching a new talk show on another network, or even making the leap to radio. She could also potentially shop Chelsea Lately around to other networks."

Josh Elliott is leaving Good Morning America for NBC Sports.  I'm saying it now, he'll regret that decision despite the $8M/year salary at NBC.

From the good news department, "Amazon today confirmed a second-season pickup of Garry Trudeau's Washington DC comedy series Alpha House starring John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy as Republican Senators living under one roof."  On the flip side, it looks as if Betas is NOT getting a second season, very much to my chagrin.  Also, As expected, the streaming arm of the online retail behemoth is moving forward with full seasons of dramedy Transparent, comedy Mozart in the Jungle, and hourlong dramas The After and Bosch.. launched today.  Check it out.

MTV premieres House of Food tonight.  Friends of mine created it so please tune in!