Tuesday May 27, 2014

I watched the premiere episode of AMC's new 80's computer show Halt And Catch Fire.  I thought it was so so, at best.  It is probably worthy of checking out an episode or two, but I'm not holding out much hope that this is AMC's answer to the absence of Mad Men and Breaking Bad. 

Here's how much each of the SC&P partners made on Mad Men this week, both in 1969 dollars and present day value.  Poor Harry Crane.

What's up with Louie this season?  I get the Woody Allen storyline comparisons, but I've been disappointed thus far, to say the least.  The LeBron James death joke was extremely odd (and not funny), as was the entire flashback to the siring of Louie's first child.  The Greg Fitzsimmons and Todd Barry cameos were a pleasant surprise, but overall, I'm left scratching my head . . . . 

MasterChef returned last night and Chef Graham Elliot looks like a shell of his former self after bariatric surgery.  See for yourself:

A couple of premieres of note on NBC this evening, including America's Got Talent and The Night Shift.  By way of background (courtesy of TV.com), "[s]omewhat oddly, The Night Shift was developed by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, a writing duo who worked on Freaks and Geeks, created ABC's Life as We Know It, and helped shepherd The CW's 90210 reboot to the airwaves. I guess they wanted to make the big jump from the melodramatics of high school life to the more adult world of the ER. The cast is full of people you'll recognize: Jill Flint (Royal Pains) plays the well-meaning shift leader; Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under) is the less well-meaning, penny-pinching administrator; and Ken Leung (Lost), Brendan Fehr (Roswell), and Daniella Alonso (Revolution) portray a trio of other doctors. The key face you might not be familiar with is the very handsome one belonging to Eoin Macken, who plays bad boy and former war medic T.C., who's also an ex-boyfriend of and nuisance to Flint's Jordan, and current fling of Alonso's Landry." 

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Good to see Patrick J. Adams on Orphan Black this week.  Here's what creator John Fawcett had to say about "Mike's" big scene: "This is an episode where we just wanted to have a ton of fun with Helena. We always laughed about the idea of Helena getting the chance to make out with a boy. And were kind of like, 'Has she ever even kissed a boy before?' That sort of began a kind of whole conversation about Helena’s backstory and has she ever slept with a boy? Has she ever been romantically involved? And so it was fun to think about putting her, this awkward weirdo, with a guy who kind of likes her. We really wanted Patrick to come in and do something on the show for us. And when we wrote this part, we all thought of him immediately and thought he would be the best person to put with Helena. I think Patrick knew we were trying to find him something in the show, but I don’t know that he was thinking he was going to get scenes with Helena where he actually had to slow dance with her and make out with her."

Per Variety, "Macaulay Culkin and his comedy cover band The Pizza Underground was booed off stage and pelted with beer over the weekend while performing at British music festival Dot to Dot in Nottingham, England, according to English newspaper the Nottingham Post.

"The newspaper reports that, after just one song, the audience began booing and throwing pints of beer at the Home Alone star’s band, despite the fact that they handed out free pizza and sang a cover of Lou Reed’s It’s a Perfect Day called It’s a Pizza Day.

“'Why are you throwing those? I’d rather drink them,' the 33-year-old Culkin reportedly yelled as security guards tried to remove perpetrators.

"The band was only on stage for 15 minutes — three songs — before storming off."

Netflix is in talks with the creators of Wet Hot American Summer to adapt the 2001 summer camp comedy into a series, reports Variety. Original cast included Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and David Hyde Pierce.

Regarding season 2 of True Detective, "[c]reator Nic Pizzolatto says casting hasn't started. He also says this time there will be three leads.

“'Right now, we're working with three leads. It takes place in California. Not Los Angeles, but some of the lesser known venues of California and we're going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambience of the place, much like we did with season one."

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talked to Deadline about his post-Mad Men plans: "'In terms of what is my next project, I am not planning a sequel and I do not have my foot deep in anything else,' says the writer/director of his post-Mad Men career. Long since in the can, Weiner does have his sophomore featureYou Are Here. Shot during breaks between Mad Men seasons, the road trip-themed pic stars Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis. Having debuted at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, You Are Here was picked up in April by Millennium Entertainment for distribution. Beyond the release of the movie, Weiner says he has no immediate plans. 'For me, I need to take a break. That’s really what I’m planning to do,' he insists. 'It’s scary because I’m stepping off a moving treadmill but I think it’s the best way to not just keep doing more of the same.'”

Weiner also spoke with Vulture.

Looks like Pauly D has a new friend.