Monday April 28, 2014

An argument in favor of killing of Sarah on Orpah Black.  This season has been pretty ho hum thus far.  I'm looking forward to things picking up a bit.

I checked out Bad Teacher.  Save yourself the time and skip this one.  7.9 million tuned in for the premiere.  That number should dip significantly if anything is right in this world.

Silicon Valley is still not living up to expectations as far as I'm concerned.  Last night was another subpar offering.  Come on Mike Judge.

"Olivia Pope and Associates will be one Gladiator lighter when the show returns in the fall.  EW has learned that Columbus Short, whose character Harrison has been on the show since season 1, will not be returning for Scandal‘s fourth season.

"Short released this statement via a publicist:

“'At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I’ve called home for 3 years, with what is the most talented ensemble on television today. I would like to first thank [creator] Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast. Thank you GLADIATORS, who have supported me throughout my entire career and of course to ABC and Shondaland for allowing me to play such a pivotal role in the Scandal series. I have enjoyed every single minute of it. Everything must come to an end and unfortunately the time has come for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas. I wish nothing but the best for Shonda, Kerry and the rest of the cast, who have become like a second family to me in such a short amount of time. For this, I will forever be grateful.'

"In the season 3 finale, which aired last week to record ratings, Harrison’s future was left unknown, as reinstated B613 head Rowan (Joe Morton) and his Secret Service henchman held him at gunpoint in the final minutes.

"Short, who has been dealing with a slew of personal matters in recent months, is not the first regular cast member to make a between-seasons exit from the show, which stars Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. Lost alum Henry Ian Cusick, who played associate/Abby’s love interest Stephen Finch, left the show at the end of season 1 to pursue other endeavors and was subsequently written out in exposition at the start of the following season."

Speaking of Scandal, you should probably check out their episode of The Writers Room, presuming you're a fan.  They haven't gotten network notes since season 1?!?

An old story, but here is a profile on Judy Smith, the woman on whom Olivia Pope is based.

"TNT’s Franklin & Bash is arraigning two TV titans for its upcoming fourth season, which premieres Aug. 20 at 10/9c, TVLine has learned exclusively.

"Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope) will guest-star as Irina Lottye Kruskal, a frightening gypsy with pertinent knowledge of an allegedly haunted house.

"In a separate episode, Barry Bostwick (Cougar Town) will play Jake “Falcon” Reilly, a boozy resident of a retirement community who seeks to adopt his late girlfriend’s grandson. The catch? Jake’s potential adoptee is a full-grown adult."

A day late and a dollar short, but I liked what Parks & Recreation did last week with the season finale.  Pretty bummed that next season will likely be the show's last.  EP Michael Schur talks about the final scene and the show's future.  "One thing I think you could assume is that the politics in the town as we’ve come to know them are not going to be essential to the show as they were in the first six seasons — especially in the Leslie era of City Council. The intention at least, at this point, is to move beyond the town a little bit. Obviously Leslie is still living there, but she’s playing on a much bigger stage now and it wouldn’t feel that logical if she were still battling it out with Jamm every week."

What Parks & Rec can learn from its time jump.

Per RealScreen, "Syfy will bring back special effects competition series Face Off for a seventh season in July. The new season of the series – produced by Mission Control Media – promises a host of make-up challenges under the theme of 'Life and Death.'

"Elsewhere. . . TruTV has renewed Impractical Jokers for a fourth season, ordering 26 episodes of the NorthSouth Productions-made hidden camera series. A premiere date is as-yet-unannounced.

"Finally, Food Network’s long-running competition series Food Network Star is back for a 10th season. Veteran chefs Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay are back to mentor 12 new contestants in the LEG/Triage Entertainment-produced series, which premieres June 1 at 9 p.m. EST/PST."

"Netflix is close to a deal with wisecracking author and E! talk-show host Chelsea Handler for a new show, The [New York] Post has learned.

“'Handler has a deal with Netflix, but the format is to be decided,” said one source close to the talks.

"Handler raised a ruckus a few weeks ago when she went on Howard Stern’s satellite-radio show and criticized her current employer.

"During the interview, she also mentioned that she thought Netflix would be a good place to land a new gig."

A review of the upcoming USA series Playing House.

Comedy Central has been airing an animated show called TripTank.  It's out there, but has made me laugh out loud a few times, if that's worth anything.  Suck it Gary!

I watched MTV's Faking It.  I have no idea why, but it was mildly entertaining.  I don't think I'm their target audience . . . .