Tuesday May 20, 2014

The finale of The Voice aired last night with the winner set to be announced tonight.  I would be pretty surprised if Christina Grimmie didn't win, especially after last night's stunning performance of Elvis' I Can't Help Falling In Love With You (see below and do yourself a favor and watch the video even if you're not watching the show at all this season).

Just a reminder as to what I wrote back on February 26: 

I'm a day behind on The Voice, but I'm calling it after watching only one contestant perform on the season premiere.  Christina Grimmie should win.  She sang Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus and has as much talent as anyone we've seen on any of these types of shows.  

Per EW, "[i]n anticipation of its newest 10-episode series, Halt and Catch Fire, AMC is launching a two-week, full-episode sneak preview on Tumblr and AMC.com, making it the first-ever television show to premiere on Tumblr.

"Halt and Catch Fire, created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, follows the rise of the PC in the early 1980s, roughly one year after IBM.

“'Halt and Catch Fire is a fun ride through the early days of the PC era, a time when no one could imagine a portable computer weighing less than 15 pounds, let alone one that was a few ounces and doubled as a phone,' AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement. 'It’s a perfect show for summer and – given the subject matter – a good fit for Tumblr’s first TV series premiere and AMC’s first social media screening.'"

Starting yesterday and running through Saturday, May 31, viewers will be able to preview the new series on Tumblr and AMC.com before it premieres on AMC on Sunday, June 1 at 10 p.m.

Under The Dome news is starting to pop up (I have no idea why).  TV Guide is reporting that "Lost alum Brett Cullen has landed a multi-episode arc as Don Barbara, the father of Mike Vogel's Barbie, TVGuide.com has learned.

"The smooth, charming and powerful patriarch of the Barbara clan, Don runs a multi-national corporation. 'Barbie is shocked to find himself face-to-face with his father in an unforgettable turn of events,' executive producer Neal Baer says. Could that mean that Don has been in the dome this whole time? Or, better yet, that Barbie is getting out of the dome?"

In more Dome news, Deadline reports that "[i]n a trailer for that first, King-written episode, The Dome becomes magnetic, sending all the town’s metal appliances, vehicles, etc. careening across the landscape. This doesn’t end well for at least one of the show’s characters.

“'What I love about Stephen King’s way of seeing the world  is that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. The barbeque is only the beginning. In that episode, things we trust become fearful,' Baer said.

“'This is about ecological disaster pending —   that magnetism has caused many things to happen,' Baer said.  He hinted at 'biblical problems of pestilence and bloody rain, because characters haven’t been the stewards they should be, of protecting the land and each other. What is the message The Dome is trying to teach us?'

"This season of the series will include a digital-only character who is able to communicate with characters trapped in the dome, Baer said, which he explained was part of an effort to “reach out to particularly our young audience and embrace this "transmedia."'  'Maybe someone might possibly get out and someone might get in as well this year,' he added."

Under the Dome returns Monday, June 30 at 10/9c on CBS.

Non-TV related, but check out what former Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley looks like these days after almost drinking himself to death:

"Sundance TV has greenlit a second season of non-fiction original series Dream School for a fall premiere. Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson and Chuck D will executive produce and serve as instructors. Series format was created by Jamie Oliver, who also is exec producing under his Fresh One shingle. The six-part hour-long series creates a place for troubled teens to turn their lives around in a place of learning where the educators are achievers and leaders. This season’s instructors include: chef and restaurateur David Chang, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, Emmy-winning screenwriter and director Cliff Dorfman (Entourage), survival expert Les Stroud, journalists Young Turks (Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian), financial educator Alvin Hall, fitness instructor Nicole Winhoffer, historian David Eisenbach, Rabbi Shmuel 'Shmuley' Boteach (author of Kosher Jesus and Kosher Sex), actor Dean Winters, and lawyer and rights activist Gloria Allred."  

The above photo represents Xanadu as far as I'm concerned.

The above photo represents Xanadu as far as I'm concerned.

Per Reuters, "[i]f DirecTV is unable to strike a deal with the National Football League to renew the satellite TV operator's contract to offer the popular NFL Sunday Ticket football package, AT&T Inc can pull out of the merger, according to a regulatory filing.

"In a filing related to the merger, the companies said, 'the parties also have agreed that in the unlikely event that the Company's agreement for the "NFL Sunday Ticket" service is not renewed on substantially the terms discussed between the parties, AT&T may elect not to consummate the merger.'

"The current DirecTV offer allows subscribers to watch football games outside of their local markets on Sundays. The exclusive package, which costs subscribers up to $300 a year, is an important tool for DirecTV to attract subscribers and the company has said about 2 million people receive the service.

"Investors have been watching closely to see whether DirecTV would renew the Sunday Ticket contract with the NFL, estimated to be worth $1 billion annually, with the potential to rise in value as part of a new agreement.

"The filing said that if a renewal isn't struck, AT&T will not be able to claim damages as long as DirecTV used its best efforts to get a deal done with the NFL.

"On a conference call with analysts on Monday, DirecTV CEO Mike White said he and AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson had spoken with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as well as New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft who heads the league's broadcast committee, and the parties were in 'positive and constructive' discussions with the league.  AT&T has said it expects the merger to take a year to close."

Per EW, "[l]ots of exciting stars will join the broadcast TV lineup this fall (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tea Leoni, Ioan Gruffudd) but an equal amount were left jobless after the networks announced their schedules last week in New York. Here’s who (and what projects) we will miss now that the upfronts are over:

Anthony LaPaglia. Last seen: Without a Trace. Rejected fall pilotField of Play, a CBS drama about a retired CIA operative pulled back into action.

Jamie Lee Curtis. Last seenNew GirlRejected fall pilot: Soapy medical show centered around quadruplets – three brothers and a sister – who grew up on a reality show.

Greta Gerwig. Last heard: China, Il. Rejected fall pilotHow I Met Your Dad.

Alyson Hannigan. Last seenHow I Met Your MotherRejected fall pilot: More Time with Family, a family-com.

Kevin Hart. Last seen: Real Husbands of HollywoodRejected fall pilot: Eponymous comedy based on Hart’s life and stand-up.

Paget Brewster: Last seenCriminal MindsRejected fall pilotSaint Francis, about a blue-collar, no-nonsense, Long Island Cop and family man butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock.

Henry Winkler. Last seen: Parks and Rec. Rejected fall pilot: The Winklers, based on his family life.

Katie Holmes. Last seen: How I Met Your Mother. Rejected fall pilotDangerous Liaisons, about the love and rivalry between two equally-matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others.

Rob Lowe. Last seenParks and Rec. Rejected fall pilotThe Pro, about a former doubles champion who is reunited with his ex-partner after a public feud that left them both floundering in life.

Mary-Louise Parker. Last seen: WeedsRejected fall pilotFeed Me, an exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together.

Amy Sedaris. Last seen: Downy commercials. Rejected fall pilotDead Boss, a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence."

Here's a piece on how the "Scandal Effect" has changed television as we know it.

Initial thoughts on The Bachelorette, for what their worth, are that Andi is too good for 95% of the guys she has to choose from, it was weird watching Eric Hill knowing that he passed away after filming, and I was really hoping that Chris Bukowski would get the invitation to join the party.