Tuesday April 15, 2014

HBO's Silicon Valley, a show I was excited about since it was announced, took a leap in the right direction on Sunday night.  After a subpar start out of the gates, the show is seemingly coming into form, setting up its plot lines nicely and hopefully will only get better from this point forward.

Per TV Guide, "[h]igh temperatures, lots of sunshine and not a cloud in the sky: The forecast looks good for the new season of USA's summer hit Royal Pains, and we've got your first look at the Season 6 promo.

"Unfortunately, t won't be all clear skies in the Hamptons after Hank (Mark Feuerstein) decided to leave HankMed in Jeremiah's care to travel around the world with Boris (Campbell Scott) in the Season 5 finale. Also threatening to put a damper on things? The marriage problems between Evan (Paulo Costanzo) and Paige (Brooke D'Orsay) that began popping up last season."

From the People Have Too Much Free Time category, here is a look at links between Mad Men and the Manson family murders (and no, I did NOT read this piece).

An interview with Tatiana Maslany to get you better prepared for the premiere of season 2 of Orphan Black on Sunday night.  Again, if you have not yet seen this show, get yourself season 1 and hunker down.  It's worth watching.  On the positive response she's received since season 1: "It’s really surreal, and in a way I feel kind of disconnected from it. Because I can’t kind of believe it. In one moment it feels normal, but it’s so baffling to me. Like even being on Parks and Rec feels like a dream that I had — talking to those people and hanging out with those people. It’s a strange thing to marry that world that I kind of put on this pedestal and my life. It’s a very strange thing, and a huge honor obviously. It’s nice to be seen as an actor. As shy as you are, you want to be seen. I think that’s why we go into it. So it’s nice to have that feedback."  Nice to see a little humility every now and again.

Is Chelsea Handler to CBS a done deal?

From Deadline, "TV Land has given a 12-episode series order to Younger, the single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And the City creator Darren Star. The show, starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor, will premiere in the fall. It will be the first TV Land series to be produced in New York where Star’s signature HBO series also was set and filmed. 'There’s nothing better than making a single-camera film comedy in New York – and I’m thrilled to be doing this one with TV Land,' Star said.

"Based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, Younger follows 40-year old Liza (Foster), a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world, only to find it’s nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a young guy at a bar convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 – with the help of a makeover, courtesy of her best friend Maggie (Mazar). Armed with new confidence, she lands a job as an assistant to the temperamental Diana (Shor) and teams up with her new co-worker and twentysomething Kelsey (Duff) to make it in the career of her dreams. Now she just has to make sure no one finds out the secret only she and Maggie share. “Younger’s serialized style is different for us, yet fits our brand with its humor and relatability,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. 'Everyone at TV Land is so passionate about this show and working with Darren.'”

Here's your chance to buy some weird TV merchandise.  Why anyone would want to dress up as a waitress from Two Broke Girls is beyond me . . . . 

Fargo premieres on FX tonight.  I'm cautiously optimistic that it's going to be good.  Here's an interview with Billy Bob Thornton to get your interest piqued.

In defense of Chrisley Knows Best . . . sort of.

Per Real Screen, "FYI – the channel set to replace Bio in July – has ordered hour-long pilots You’re the One and Marry Me…Today (working titles).

"The Nerd TV-produced You’re the One follows men and women on an international mission to locate a lost love. The show, hosted by journalist and documentarian Cherry Healey, takes participants through a global obstacle course that ultimately leads to a face-to-face meeting.

"Meanwhile, Marry Me…Today - produced by 44 Blue Productions and online wedding platform The Knot - lets a groom-to-be surprise his fiancée with an engagement and marriage all in one day. Participants are given access to their partner’s online “inspiration boards,” which they use as resources to execute a dream wedding.

"Production on both shows begins immediately."

Bryan Cranston continues to be awesome: