Thursday May 22, 2014

First things first, it's Bananas vs. Jordan tonight on The Challenge.  Finally.  Don't miss it.

What a great little trick CBS played during last night's live Survivor finale.  About 25 minutes in, Jeff took cameras inside the green room where the contestants were waiting and were watching the live 2-hour finale.  Conspicuously absent from that green room were Tony and Kass (who, by the way, I find to be an absolutely despicable human being who I consistently found myself feeling physical hatred for . . . shockingly, she's an attorney . . . I liked Spencer referring to her as a "brain dead weasel" and a "goat").  I rewound the scene to see if my eyes had deceived me and they had not.  My thought was why in the world would they tip off any remotely savvy viewer as to who made it to the final 2?  Low and behold, it was not Kass and Tony in the final 2.  Well-played Probst and [SPOILER ALERT] congratulations to Tony, who deserved to win.

I caught up on Fargo last night.  Wow that show has taken a turn down a long dark road.  It's still worth watching IMO, but I can certainly see how people might refer to it as sick and demented.

Jerry Seinfeld talked to Esquire and mentioned a few upcoming guests on the next season of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.  "Jon Stewart, Robert Klein, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Jessica Parker, George Wallace. And I've done three of the five. Have two more to go. And it's gone very well. The whole thing is leading me around now. It was really just an experiment. But I love the potential that a technology like the Internet gives a guy like me. I thought, What if I just put something out and didn't say anything about it? People would probably start moving it around for me. It's very self-promoting. Unlike traditional network or movies, where you got to hustle your butt off to get people to notice something, I said, This thing, it'll do it itself. The one thing we are deprived of now is 'Have you seen this?' or 'Do you know?'"

He also had this to say about Chris Rock: " I was talking to Chris Rock the other day about taking the Letterman job. I was trying to convince him to take it. He says, 'Absolutely no possible way.'  Both of us are out when you hear 'makeup everyday.' You hear that and I'm out." 

Suits returns in just a few weeks, thankfully.  Here is a quick casting update: "Neal McDonough has been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of USA Network drama Suits. McDonough will play Sean Cahill, who is not so much an SEC investigator as he is a bulldog. Tasked by Eric Woodall (guest star Zeljko Ivanek) to uncover wrongdoing at Pearson Specter, Cahill will go toe-to-toe with anyone. Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty also star. McDonough, repped by Paradigm, More/Medavoy Management and attorney Stuart Rosenthal (Bloom Hergott), is currently shooting Sony’s Mall Cop 2. His other feature work includes Red 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Flags Of Our Fathers, and The Guardian. His TV credits include Mob City, Justified, Desperate Housewives, Boomtown and Band Of Brothers."

Deadline is reporting that "Bill Hader has signed an exclusive development deal with HBO to create and star in a new comedy series for the premium cable network. Hader is best known for his eight-season stint on SNL where he was one of the most popular cast members of the past decade, creating such memorable characters as NY club scene expert Stefon and Italian talk show host Vinni Vedechi and earning two Emmy nominations. Hader also wrote for the venerable NBC sketch comedy show as well as for Comedy Central’s South Park, sharing in an animated program Emmy award."

This Chris Bukowski / Bachelorette story won't die.  "The dude who tried to crash The Bachelorette house on Monday's episode says the show made it seem like he was some sort of stalker ... but his 'surprise' appearance was all the producers' idea.

"Chris Bukowski tells TMZ, 'They made it seem like they didn't know I was coming, but they knew.'

"If you didn't see it, Bukowski -- a contestant from Season 8 of The Bachelorette --  showed up at the house uninvited ... hoping for a shot at dating Andi Dorfman.  When he got there he plead his case to producers and security ... who eventually carted him away."

"Bukowski now tells us ... the whole thing was a set up. He wanted to be on the show but he applied too late ... and the producers concocted the idea of showing up unannounced.  Chris says they even suggested a romantic touch -- a bouquet of roses."

GQ talked with Mad Men's James Wolk who said that he knew "a couple weeks prior to that that they were planning some sort of Bob Benson appearance, and I wasn't quite sure for how long or how many episodes or what the plot would be. And I was also in the midst of shooting The Crazy Ones. So there was a lot to figure out, but I knew it was coming."

Great intel from Vulture as to how MTV's Catfish really works, including:

-The liars get cast first.

-Everyone signs a waiver to appear on camera before filming begins.

-Nev and Max are kept in the dark more than anyone on the show and sometimes the investigation takes them quite a long time.

-MTV sends therapists to meet with everyone after production wraps.

FYI, this week's episode pretty much erased the absolute crap that they been showing this season as it was well-done, involved "normal" people (at least normal in terms of who might ever agree to appear on this show) and [SPOILER ALERT] had a happy ending.

EW talked with Parks and Recreation EP Michael Schur about the decision to end the series after this upcoming season.  Here's the story as he tells it: "At the beginning of season 6, Amy [Poehler] and I started talking, like, 'What’s our endgame here?' We both felt like all we really cared about was that we wanted to be the people who ended the show when we wanted to end it, ideally, if that were possible, and it felt like the time to do that would be at the end of season 7. And that was for a number of different reasons. We knew the basic plot of the season and we hadn’t come up with the idea of the flash-forward yet, but for whatever reason, our gut was saying: One more season. And then, as we talked about it more and more, we felt like the thing that 30 Rock did was the way to go — a shorter season, a manageable season where we can just try to land the plane and stick the landing. So we had a meeting with NBC right before the [Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in January] where we laid out our plan. We were like, 'We know it’s not up to us entirely because you guys own the show, but in our perfect world, here’s how it would go,' and we laid out the whole plan, and they were like, 'Sounds great!' [Laughs] It kind of dovetailed very nicely with what they were imagining the future of the show was. I mean, we were preparing for an hourlong discussion and it was like three minutes. … It was just this wonderful thing. I don’t know if I’ll ever be that lucky again, that the creative team got together over the course of many months, picked a plan for how to end the show, and then the network was just like: Thumbs up."

Did you know that George Wendt is Jason Sudeikis' uncle?  Or that Bonnie Bedalia (Parenthood) is Macauly Culkin's aunt?  Here are a bunch more bloodlines that might surprise you.

A short interview with Bill Lawrence (ScrubsCougar TownSpin CityGround Floor, etc).

Modern Family's Ty Burrell wrote a love letter to the city of Salt Lake.

Even though Ted Leo is mean, you should watch him do some TV cover songs with Aimee Mann: