Wednesday April 30, 2014

New Kids On The Block hanging out on a cruise ship is being turned into an 8-episode reality show?  TV Guide Network is really up to something over there: NKOTB, The Situation, Alan Thicke?  

Per Deadline, "John Singleton is returning to the setting of his debut feature Boyz In The Hood – 1984 Los Angeles — with Snowfalla  drama series project set up at Showtime. Singleton is set to direct and co-write the project, co-written by Eric Amadio. The two executive produce with Michael London and Underground’s Trevor Engelson and Evan Silverberg. Told through the eyes of a young black kid from Compton, a Mexican wrestler and a CIA agent charged with running money to the Contras, Snowfall will examine the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. Allegedly fueled by CIA involvement stemming from the Iran-Contra affair, the drug started flowing to the U.S. in 1984, with Los Angeles as the first city to get hit hard. The project is described as being in the vein of Boyz In The Hood, which earned Los Angeles native Singleton writing and directing Oscar nominations, meets The Wire."

In honor of Jerry Seinfeld's 60th birthday (which was yesterday and which made me feel very old):

From EW, "[y]ou may know Steve Buscemi as Boardwalk Empire‘s Nucky — or as any of the dozens of other roles the actor’s played over his lifetime — but in a new Web series for AOL, he’s just being himself.

In the new series Park Bench, Buscemi sits on the park benches of New York chatting up his friends, both famous and not. The idea came to him last year when he met Geo Orlando as he was filming one of thepromotional videos for Vampire Weekend’s American Express-sponsored concert on a — foreshadowing! — park bench. 'I just couldn’t stop thinking about this guy Geo and how much I just liked talking to him on the park bench,' Buscemi says. So naturally, he turned this idea into a show."  Naturally.

Here is a pretty awesome list of all of the clients that Don Draper has ever had (courtesy of FiveThirtyEight.com):

Betty White participated in a Reddit AMA in the event that piques your interest.  I had no idea she was so tight with Craig Ferguson.

Making fun of Gordon Ramsay's hair.  This can't miss.

Per Deadline, "Blunt Talk, a live-action comedy series fromSeth MacFarlane and Bored To Death creator Jonathan Ames starring Patrick Stewart (Star Trek, X-Men), has landed at Starz with a 20-episode, straight-to-series, two-season order for a 2015 premiere. The project hails from Media Rights Capital, which yielded a similar straight-to-series, two-season pickup from Netflix for its drama House Of Cards. The comedy project was recently taken out, garnering interest from multiple networks."

The AP is reporting that "Jeopardy! is starting a sports version of the popular game show, with Dan Patrick taking the Alex Trebek role as host.

"Sony Pictures said Tuesday that Sports Jeopardy! will begin this fall on Crackle, a Sony-owned digital service available on mobile devices and services such as PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku. Crackle general manager Eric Berger says the sports-themed game show will diversify programming on the service, best known for the Jerry Seinfeld comedy shorts series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

"Crackle also will offer an online version of the game played through an app, much like Jeopardy! has now."

An update on what shows have been renewed, are still awaiting their fate or have been canceled.  By the way, it "appears" as if The Goldbergs will get a much-deserved season 2.

Colin Hanks talks Fargo and Key and Peele.

One more Columbus Short update, for old times sake: "Columbus Short doesn't know when to stop -- at least according to his wife, who claims the former Scandal star broke into their house over Easter weekend ... and ransacked the joint.

"Short's wife Tanee has filed new court docs, claiming Short busted into their marital home while she was away -- despite a restraining order barring him from the premises -- and left a trail of destruction in his wake.

"Tanee claims Short broke a door off its hinges, ripped off her bed sheets, left on a bunch of lights (electricity ain't cheap) -- and made her fear for her safety and the safety of their 2-year-old daughter.

"TMZ broke the story, Tanee obtained the restraining order earlier this month, claiming Short put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. The order bars Short from entering their home, but he's fighting it ... insisting he has the right to come and go as he pleases because his name is on the lease.

"Tanee says the break-in is further proof the restraining order is necessary."

"Syfy is making tracks for Jasper, Alabama — aka Town of the Living Dead — for the purpose of a comedic docuseries chronicling the small town’s years-long endeavor to make an indie zombie movie, TVLine has learned exclusively.

"For six years (and counting), the residents of Jasper have labored to complete Thr33 Days Dead, which is based on a local urban legend and centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama.

"Premiering Tuesday, Oct 7, Town of the Living Dead will follow the intrepid (and motley) crew of amateur filmmakers as they struggle against every obstacle imaginable to lock a final cut of their film, with hopes that it  someday will become a bona fide movie."