Friday May 2, 2014

A preview of USA's new drama Satisfaction.

Follow your favorite sitcom writers on Twitter.

A sneak peak of tonight's all new Shark Tank.  By the way, I don't think I've met anyone who dislikes this show.

Just how long will it take to binge watch certain shows (thanks to Gizmodo):

Which TV group of friends do you belong in?  I got Happy Endings and will take it, gladly.

Louis C.K. talks about the upcoming season 4 of Louie, which premieres on Monday.

More speculation about where Chelsea Handler may land, if you're interested.  This article suggests she may end up staying at E!

A Q&A with Amy Schumer, in which she talks about her TV show and upcoming film project with Judd Apatow and Bill Hader.

Remembering Max Headroom.

The flaws of House of Cards?  I'm not one to scrutinize and poke holes through implausible storylines because I take virtually all shows I watch at face value and know that they are there to entertain me.  However, not everyone shares this view.  Per the over-revered Alan Sepinwall, "House of Cards wants very much to be an Important Show about the intersection of power and government and media and business, and about the depths people will sink to in order to hang onto what's theirs. It has the veneer of that kind of show, with a polished look crafted by David Fincher, then maintained by later directors. . . . But Cards is really a sleazy potboiler about a sociopath politician who will do anything to get what he wants, and about the line of amazingly stupid people briefly standing in his way."

Sepinwall goes on to pontificate: "Worse, though, is the way that almost everyone Frank comes up against turns out to be an utter moron. Every now and then, the writers will devise a genuinely clever gambit for Frank to use against his enemies (the maneuver to get entitlement reform past the Senate was one of this season's more impressive bits of plotting), but most of the time, he gets by because no one seems to understand they're not dealing with the House majority whip, or the Vice-President, but a supervillain who left his cape and trident in the closet. Even the people who get wise to him and the threat he poses make the fatal mistake of telling him, more or less, 'Okay, Frank, I know you've tried to screw me 17 times in the past, but I'm going to give you one more chance! But if you screw me for the 18th time, so help me...'"

Have we seen the last of Hank?

Have we seen the last of Hank?

"Ray Romano is headed for HBO.  The actor, who has spent the past two seasons recurring on NBC's Parenthood, has boarded the cabler's untitled rock 'n' roll drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"From exec producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, George Mastras (Breaking Bad) and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), the drama is set in 1970s New York, and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all told through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound."

"Romano, who received multiple pilot offers this past season, will co-star as Zak Yankovich, the close confidante and right-hand man to Richie's (Bobby Cannavale), the tough and sharp-witted head of promotions of American Century with decades of experience dating back to the dark, mob-infested days of the recording business."

"The project is based on an idea from Rolling Stones frontman Jagger, who conceived the entry as a film first at Disney and then at Paramount. He will exec produce with his Jagged Films partner Victoria Pearman, and Scorsese's manager Rick Yorn and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. The drama marks a reunion for Scorsese, Jagger and Pearman, who collaborated on the 2008 documentary Shine a Light."

"Production will likely start in early summer 2014."

Not really sure why I'm passing this story along, but "RadarOnline.com has learned that the authorities in South Carolina have put out an all-points bulletin for the arrest of Chrisley Knows Best star Kyle Chrisley, after he allegedly assaulted his baby mama and threatened her sister with a knife!

"According to a new Facebook post by the Anderson (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Office, police in that state are 'requesting the public’s assistance' in bringing Chrisley to justice after an alleged incident on February 24, 2013.  On that date, the sheriffs claim, “Chrisley struck his common law spouse, Angela Victoria Johnson, and threatened Johnson’s sister with a knife.” His child with Johnson, Chloe, had been born not long before.

Tyson Ritter

Tyson Ritter

Per TheWrap, "VH1 is undertaking an ambitious around-the-clock battle of the bands titled Make a Band Famous that will take place on its digital platforms.

"Along with partner Republic Records, the cable channel will live stream 24 Bands competing over 24 Hours with the last band standing winning a contract with Republic Records, a live showcase at Brooklyn's Northside Festival, as well as being the recipient of VH1's “You Oughta Know” campaign.

"Hosted by All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter, “Make a Band Famous” will live-stream from Brooklyn, NY starting June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on VH1.com and the VH1 App."

Spike premieres Hungry Investors on Sunday night.  Described by Spike as follows: “Bar Rescue star Jon Taffer teams up with acclaimed celebrity chef and author John Besh and Top Chef All-Star Tiffany Derry on a cross country search for struggling restaurants with incredible potential for success. In each episode, these 'diamond in the rough' restaurants will compete head-to-head in challenge based competitions, giving these owners a chance to save their livelihood – their business – and prove to the experts that their restaurant is worthy of an investment."

Craig Robinson is a very talented man.

Who will replace Craig Ferguson?