Tuesday April 22, 2014

HBO has renewed both Veep and Silicon Valley.  Check out PiedPiper.com.

Stephen Colbert appears as a guest on Letterman tonight, FYI.

Richard Gere and Padma Lakshmi are a couple?  The New York Post "has learned the actor, who is divorcing wife Carey Lowell, has been very recently and quietly dating Lakshmi. A source tells us, '[t]hey have been quietly spending some time together. It is all very new and recent, and happened while he has been filming in New York.'”

An interview with Orphan Black co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.  The premiere this past weekend was a pretty good table setter, picking up pretty much right where season 1 left off (although I wish I'd watched the last couple of episodes of season 1 as a primer).  If you're going to pick up this show, I highly recommend starting from the beginning of last season so that you don't lose interest out of the gates as a result of not having the slightest clue as to what's happening.


From Realscreen, TruTV's "upcoming slate includes pop-culture-themed talent competition series Fake-Off (premiering early fall), in which teams compete with theater, acrobatics, dance, costume and illusion acts for the title of America’s Fake-Off champions; reality western Way Out West (July), about three rival outfitter families in the Idaho back-country; and comedy series How to Be a Grown Up (summer 2014), which offers humorous advice and common-sense solutions to the trials of entering adulthood.

"Also on the slate is docu-soap Local News (working title; fall 2014), which follows the rivalry between news teams at two small town television stations; and ambush game show Hair Jacked (fall 2014), where participants compete for big money or a hair-cut.

"TruTV has also ordered 13 additional episodes of comic magician series The Carbonaro Effect, picked up a fourth season of Impractical Jokers, and signed on for spin-off series Jokers Wild!

"The new shows will join the previously announced sketch comedy Friends of the People and design competition show Motor City Masters."

Travel Channel debuts a new show tonight called Chow Masters.  The net describes it as follows: "Chef Sammy DeMarco and best friend/Hollywood director Frank Coraci hit the road to find the tastiest and most creative comfort food in America."  Haven't we seen this idea recycled about 200x?  

Another one from the unoriginal idea category: Spike TV‘s Hungry Investors has a new premiere date: Sunday, May 4 at 10p. Series features Jon Taffer (Bar Rescue) scouting for diamond-in-the-rough eateries.

Here is one where I'm all in, sight unseen.  Deadline is reporting that "Amazon Studios has assembled the cast of Really, a single-camera comedy pilot, written, directed by and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, part of comedy team Broken Lizard.  Sarah Chalke will play the female lead opposite Chandrasekhar in the project, executive produced by Jamie Tarses. Also cast in the pilot, fully financed and produced by Main Street Films,  are Selma Blair, Luka Jones, Travis Schuldt, Lindsay Sloane, Hayes Macarthur and Collette Wolfe. Really, which was quietly picked up to pilot more than a month ago, revolves around a social and opinionated group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago.

"It centers on two of them, happily, messily married neurologist Jed (Chandrasekhar) and lawyer/mom Lori (Chalke). Their group of friends includes Fred (Jones) and his wife Joanna (Blair), Mike (Schuldt) and his wife Margaret (Sloane) as well as Hayes (Macarthur) and his significant other Alison (Wolfe). The dynamic in the group changes forever when Jed accidentally catches Mike and Joanna having a sexual liaison.

"Chandrasekhar, who directed the pilot for the Amazon comedy series Betas, executive produces with Tarses of Fanfare Prods and Craig Chang and Harrison Kordestani of Main Street Films. Production is set to begin shortly in New Orleans."

How Allison Tolman landed her role on Fargo.  It's a nice feel-good story.

Jon Hamm is NOT a big fan of Justin Bieber.  Here's what he told Men's Health: "Look at Bieber or whoever. You’re like, "What the f**k, man? What are you doing? Why?" There’s no one telling those people no, and it’s a shame. [He should have] a mom or a dad or a really good friend who can say, "Hey, sh**head!’ You see people in the world and you’re like, ‘Do you know how a washing machine works? Do you know how to wash a dish? Life skills are something we’re missing… just s**t you needed to learn in life. There used to be a class that kids had to take in high school called home economics, which was cooking and sewing and just s**t you needed to learn in life.'”

Here's your complete list of 2014 fall pilots.  Amazing how few will actually even be given a shot to succeed.

Chris Messina on his break up on last week's Mindy Project.

Handicapping the remaining competitors on The Voice.