Wednesday March 5, 2014

Flipping Out returns to Bravo tonight.  Glad to have Jeff Lewis back in everyone's living room.

If you're curious as to what he's been doing while Flipping Out was on hiatus, he's the new Creative Director for Living Spaces and has been making over their stores and their brand (I'll hurt my arm patting myself on the back on this one):

Deadline is reporting that "USA Network has given a 10-episode series pickup to the untitled drama pilot created by Sean Jablonski. The order marks a very quick return to primetime for former Glades star Matt Passmore who was cast as the lead in the USA pilot the second he was released from The Glades following the series’ cancellation by A&E. Produced by Universal Cable Prods., the Sean Jablonski project is described as a provocative drama exploring a marriage that has grown stagnant. It follows investment banker Neil Truman (Passmore) who accidentally discovers his wife’s (Stephanie Szostak) involvement with an escort. Jablonski, who helped get USA’s hit legal drama Suits off the ground as showrunner on its first season, is executive producing the new series with Russ Krasnoff (Community) of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment. It will film in Atlanta, Georgia for a premiere this summer."  

A new episode of Legit airs tonight on FXX.  If you haven't watched this show, I recommend it.  Jim Jeffries is very funny and if you're a fan of shows like Workaholics, you're very likely going to enjoy Legit.


Another argument against the inevitable conclusion of HIMYM.  I agree with this whole-heartedly: "My problem is—and of course this is all contingent on how the finale plays out—it retroactively makes the series that led up to it nonsensical. If Ted and The Mother are alive and happy in 2030, it’s understandable, if a little eccentric, that he’s regaled his kids with eight years’ worth of stories about how he became the person who ultimately would fall in love with their mom. If she died young, though, why would he spend 90% of his breath telling them about Slap Bets and Robin Sparkles videos rather than the stories he lived through with their dead mother?"

Another plea against the mother dying.

Entertainment Weekly opines that this is all just a big red herring.  "I understand wanting to add dramatic tension to the show’s last few episodes; we can only watch so many scenes set in that gosh darn Farhampton Inn. The consequences of a dead Mother plotline, however, are way too upsetting. HIMYM occasionally flirts with a darkness unusual to long-running 'group of friends' sitcoms — think Marshall’s dad’s death, or Robin’s infertility. That said, at its core, this show is a romantic comedy. We’ve been chugging along for nine seasons assuming we’re getting the happily-ever-after on the front porch Lily has always dreamed about: Barney and Robin, Lily and Marshall, and Ted and the Mother. . . . I can’t imagine a studio being cool with such a downer of a finish, no matter how much Bays and Thomas might dress it up with some kind of “life is unpredictable, every day is a gift” message. For a lot of fans, such an ending would kill any desire to re-watch the show in syndication. For a program that clearly has a mind for longevity — a spin-off is in the works for this fall — this seems like the kind of idea that, if floated, would be shut down immediately by The Powers That Be at CBS."

More from Deadline, "[s]et in 'down east' Maine, Down East Dickering follows a group a colorful locals who wheel and deal their way through life by scouring the classified ads in Uncle Henry’s magazine, searching for odd jobs, crazy barters,  and offbeat goods. History will premiere the eight-part reality series on April 2 at 10 PM ET. For dickering pros Tony, Clint, Yummy and the rest of their gang, opportunity knocks every Thursday when their 'bible' – the latest issue of Uncle Henry’s – is published. Whether it’s building a bridge, climbing a bell tower or officiating a wedding, they’ll do whatever it takes to make a few bucks so they can enjoy life on their own terms."  Gross.

Glad to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will still take a check from anyone.

"Travoltify" your name

"David Kohan and Max Mutchnick’s latest project is already creating plenty of buzz.  The executive producers/writers responsible for Will & Grace are now developing Clipsters (working title), a barbershop-centric comedy which just received a pilot order at TBS, TVLine has learned.

"Set in Charlestown, Mass., the potential comedy series from Warner Horizon Television and KoMut Entertainment follows a group of young adults from different circles in high school, who now work together at a barbershop called Buzzy’s.  In addition to serving as executive producers, Kohan and Mutchnick co-wrote the pilot."

Kellis has her own cooking show?

"HBO has opted not to proceed with The Money, its drama pilot written by David Milch, directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Brendan Gleeson. The project was about wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman (Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family. Nathan Lane, Patrick Kennedy, Dominique McElligott, Laila Robins, Billy Magnussnen and Morgan Spector co-starred in the pilot, with Ray Liotta, John Carroll Lynch, Rosemary Harris and Mamie Gummer playing recurring roles."

Per USA Today, "[t]he producers of Party Down South are facing the hard reality of searching for a new home for their raunchy reality TV show on CMT.

"Faced with outright shunning by locals, they've packed up and are hunting for more welcoming filming locales far from Pensacola — and they've taken more than a million dollars worth of contracts with them, said sources in contact with Burbank, Calif.-based 495 Productions.  It seems Southern pride trumps economic gain.

"Appetite 4 Life director Celeste Southard said producers told her they were scouting Fort Myers after folks here were offended by the image the series, which follows the outrageous, alcohol-fueled antics of eight so-called Southern young adults, would cast on the Pensacola-area.

"On their way out of town the production company, which also produced Jersey Shore, canceled a $150,000 catering contract with her nonprofit to feed the cast and crew for 56 days. The organization had planned to use the cash to feed terminally ill people."  Bravo.

More on this before tomorrow's season premiere, but here's a quick preview of this season of Suits!

Here's a great story about The Nerdist's Chris Hardwick.

Here's an even better one about former Growing Pains star Alan Thicke.  This one is WELL worth the read, trust me.

Norm Macdonald Tweeted a great story about Harold Ramis.