Friday March 7, 2014

Debunking some of the craziest True Detective theories.  The season 1 finale airs this Sunday.  I'm looking forward to it.  Here's a story on the origins of 13 different True Detective set pieces to get you in the mood.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[m]ore than two years after E! first vowed to expand into scripted programming, the cable network has made good on its promise.  The NBCUniversal-owned cabler has picked up its first original scripted series with The Royals, from One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"The Royals is an hourlong drama about a fictional British royal family in modern-day London. Produced by Lionsgate, the series will premiere in 2015 and is executive produced, written and directed by Schwahn.  Brian Robbins and Joe Davola (One Tree Hill, Smallville) are also on board as executive producers on the project that is framed by William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

"Elizabeth Hurley plays Queen Helena, who will protect her family's image by any means necessary. Also featured in the ensemble drama, which will film in Great Britain: Vincent Regan, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn. The series pits public perception of the royal family against the reality of life inside the castle walls — from parties and high-stakes political summits to private family gatherings and secret romances."  The only takeaways I get from that story is the hope that it's really Crazy Joe Davola from Seinfeld who's EP'ing.

Season 2 of  Ground Floor  has been announced!

Season 2 of Ground Floor has been announced!

Deadline reports that "TBS has picked up a 10-episode second season of multi-camera comedyGround Floor, created by Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins and starring Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan. The renewal extends TBS’ streak of renewing its freshman series, which includes sitcoms Men at Work and Sullivan & Son and reality comedy King of the Nerds.Ground Floor started off lower than the other two scripted comedies, drawing 1.6 million viewers for its premiere vs. 2.7 million for for Men at Work and 2.5 million for Sullivan & Son. But Ground Floor launched against much stronger competition during the November sweep; it has been pretty consistent, and TBS brass believe in its upside potential."  Hallelujah.

Seven things that happen on every episode of Suits.  True or not, it's nice to have the show back for a short run, as it got off to a solid start last night.

The stars of Suits talk about the roles that transformed their careers: Gabriel Macht (Beverly Hills, 90210), Patrick J. Adams (Friday Night Lights), Meghan Markle (Fringe), Rick Hoffman (Jake In Progress), Gina Torres (One Life To Live).  It's worth clicking on the link just to see the picture of Macht from 90210.

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"FX is sticking with Archer for at least another two seasons. Seeing the animated spy series through to 2016 and syndication possibilities, the cable channel today said it has ordered 13 episodes for each of Archer’s sixth and seventh seasons. The double pickup comes with a lot of confidence from FX. "Archer is one of the best comedies on television and has played a significant role in the growth of the FX comedy brand,' Eric Schrier, one of the presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, said today in a statement."  Amen.

EW has a "clip of Chris Harrison and Juan Pablo discussing this season’s most talked about moment: Juan Pablo’s late-night swim with Clare. At the rose ceremony, just after Juan Pablo left Clare in tears, Chris confronted him about how the Bachelor “devastated” Clare. As Chris put it: “You really think Camila’s going to be upset if she found you swimming at night?” Suffice it to say that Juan Pablo’s answer didn’t exactly put Chris at ease.

Is this the first time in Bachelor history that Chris really doesn’t like the guy sitting across from him? Decide for yourself by watching."

Per TMZ, "NBC is coming down like a hammer on celebs who want to get on Jimmy Fallon's show ... if they dare do a show on CBS or ABC ... they can forget about The Tonight Show.

"Sources connected to CBS, NBC and ABC tell TMZ ... the Peacock network believes Jimmy Fallon's ratings success gives them extreme bargaining power. They put the word out to celebs, agents and publicists ... if they want to be on Fallon they can't appear on ANY other network ... and not just shows that go head-to-head with Jimmy, but morning shows as well.

We're told NBC is saying the stars who go on Fallon are also allowed to appear on Today, Dateline and any similar shows they air, but that's it.  A GMA source tells TMZ ... they've already gotten fallout from people they were trying to book.  Fallon is dominating late night .... crushing Jimmy Kimmel by bringing in more than twice the number of viewers."

14 late night hosts ranked by popularity.

Sorry, that whole HUVr board thing you might have seen yesterday or the day before was a hoax.

HBO is set to air Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes on April 4.

The half-hour documentary was directed by Thom Zimny and follows Springsteen during the recording of his latest album, High Hopes, which came out in January.

The film includes behind-the-scenes studio, rehearsal and tour footage, and interviews with Springsteen and guitarist Tom Morello, who joined the rock icon and his E Street Band on the band’s 2013 Australian tour.

Do the teasers for the 2nd season of Orphan Black contain secret messages?

I'm a sucker and I WILL be watching Bravo's new show Dating Rituals Of The American Male on Sunday night.  My LORD does it look atrocious.

Cobie Smulders talks about getting her role on HIMYM and about other topics here.