I did NOT yet watch the season finale of Scandal so I'll aggregate some links and will try to spare myself from any spoilers. Wish me luck.
Per TMZ, " Columbus Short told our photog, 'I don't know what all the noise is about' ... referring to the rumor he may get fired from Scandal because he's being prosecuted for brutalizing his wife -- she even says he put a knife to her throat. But Columbus says, 'Everything's great.'
"Short was in Hollywood last night where he hosted a Scandal finale viewing party and also promoted his new song.
"His 'everything's great' line ignores the fact that he's being prosecuted for domestic violence and child abuse, his wife got a restraining order kicking him out of the house after alleging he threatened to kill her at knifepoint, she's filed for divorce, he was recently arrested for beating up a guy in a bar, he was arrested for another alleged domestic violence incident, and he pled no contest to assaulting a guy on a basketball court.
"Columbus bailed on us Thursday ... agreeing to appear on TMZ Live and then pulling the plug at the last second."
Per Variety, "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is the subject of a new documentary called “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” which will air this fall on Showtime. The project, directed by Gotham Chopra, is filming in Los Angeles and will offer an in-depth look into the life, inspirations and challenges facing one of the most successful and complex figures in professional sports.
"Bryant is recovering from a serious Achilles’ heel injury that kept him out of most of the 2013-14 season. 'We are thrilled that Kobe has given us this unprecedented access, which will allow our viewers to witness such a challenging period of time in the life of one of the NBA’s greatest players,' said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime.
"The documentary will examine Bryant’s storied basketball career with the Lakers, detailing his mentorships, allies and rivalries that have helped shape his 18-year tenure in the NBA, in addition to his recent Achilles’ heel surgery and current rehabilitation."
Deadline is reporting that "A+E Network has given the green light to unscripted series D.O.A. (working title) fromLaw & Order executive producer Dick Wolf and Left/Right Productions. The series follows an elite team of detectives who will re-examine controversial murder cases in which unresolved questions linger long after the verdict. Production begins this spring on eight hour-long episodes. The team includes Chicago homicide detective Michelle Wood, Miami PD detective Joe Schillaci, and retired NYPD detective and supervisor and Kevin “Spider” Gannon. The three will begin their investigation at a reconstructed crime scene and work the case interviewing first-person players and forensic specialists. The question is whether they agree with the original verdict or if the wrong person is behind bars. This marks the latest reality play for Wolf, who has also cracked the reality space with TNT hit Cold Justice, which wrapped its second season last month."
IFC's Maron is back for season two and Comedy Bang! Bang! returns for season three on Thursday, May 8 at 10p and 10:30p. On Maron, Marc faces off against Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick; Comedy's Scott Aukerman and Patton Oswalt find themselves up for the same role in a Star Wars movie.
Just a reminder, Louie returns May 5!
Ranking the worst child characters on television today. Seems wrong, but I bit.
The Writer's Room returns tonight on Sundance. Here's a sneak peak.
Per EW, "Parks and Recreation will unveil its season finale next Thursday, and it will be filled with all sorts of guest stars, from musical (Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, the returning Jeff Tweedy) to political (First Lady Michelle Obama) to mystery (???). One name you can add to the list from the comedy world: Workaholics star Blake Anderson.
"In the hourlong episode, father-to-be Ben (Adam Scott) and Andy (Chris Pratt) visit Grizzle, a Bay Area tech start-up (whose music service, Grizzle Dump, was referenced in April 3′s “Prom”), and Anderson plays one of its founders, Mike Bean. 'The only thing you need to know know about him is that he’s in the Grizzle office, and he’s not wearing any shoes,' executive producer Michael Schur tells EW. 'He just walks around barefoot all day.'” Brilliant.
This gave me pause: "Reelz reality show Ball Boys makes its premiere Wednesday, April 23 at 9p, with back-to-back eps offering an inside look at sports memorabilia biz Robbie's 1st Base including, of course, the relationships of the sports fanatics who work there. On the show's debut, football's Jim Brown stops by the shop to surprise a die-hard fan." This show aired 2 years ago on ABC and I was responsible for Jim Brown's cameo on this episode.
From Variety, "Oscar winner Jared Leto’s award-winning documentary Artifact will make its television premiere on VH1 and Palladia. Produced by Leto and Emma Ludbrook, the doc follows Leto’s band, 30 Seconds to Mars, and the harsh realities of the modern music business as they overcame a legal dispute with their label and their struggles to produce their album This Is War.
"In 2008, 30 Seconds to Mars was sued for $30 million by Virgin/EMI, the band’s parent label, for breach of contract following the group’s attempted exit from its agreement over a royalties dispute.
“'I hope that artists and audiences watch this film and get a greater understanding of how things work in the music industry, because understanding is the beginning of change,' Leto said. 'Inevitably, we’re all moving toward what I hope is a more transparent system.'
“Artifact took home the 2012 Toronto festival’s People’s Choice documentary award and the Audience Award at the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards. Artifact will be simulcast on both channels at 11 p.m. April 26. It will air on MTV channels later this summer and be available on-demand in the VH1 app."