Wednesday May 28, 2014

Judge Judy makes almost $1,000,000 per day of work on her syndicated daytime show?!?

Nice cameo by Dr. Hank Lawson on this week's #FWBL (which has officially been yanked from the air).  Man, if you know what I'm talking about your problems run as deeply as mine.

Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman will be appearing together at the Paley Center on June 9 to discuss season 4 of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.  You can watch the live stream here so mark your calendars.

HGTV is developing a house flipping show with Mark Ballas and Derek Hough from Dancing With The Stars?  According to Mark, "HGTV stepped in and we're doing like a 5 or 6 episode thing."  If this guy doesn't scream HGTV, I don't know what does (and the downward spiral continues) (**Note: Derek Hough directed the below video so maybe they do make the perfect team):

Variety's in-depth piece with Bryan Cranston.

Per Vulture, "HBO has purchased a gay-rights drama set in the 1960s from producers Adam Shankman and Dave Kajganich. The show, currently called Open City, is set during John Lindsay's mayoral reign and follows characters from different corners of the city as they process and participate in cultural upheaval; the show will also cover the (perhaps) surprising relationship between the Mafia and the Stonewall Inn. (Ronnie Lorenzo, one of the original mob-linked owners of the bar, is onboard as a consulting producer.)"

Apparently, two cast members from MTV’s Are You The One?, John Jacobs and Dillan Ostrom, have created a dating web site called Poor People Date.  Amazing.

Friday night WE tv will be taking us to a new all-time low, or close there to.  In a cesspool typically reserved only for the likes of VH1's Celebrity Couples Therapy comes Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.  The net describes this show as follows:

"Determined not to fall victim to the 'Reality Curse', the most watched Reality Stars in the world descend upon the Marriage Boot Camp mansion for help with their struggling relationships. Relationship Experts Jim and Elizabeth Carroll will be faced with their toughest challenge, yet, in Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. Worlds collide with The Jersey Shore’s JWoww and Roger, Real Orange County Housewives' Gretchen Rossi and fiancé Slade Smiley, Braxton Family Values' Traci Braxton and her husband Kevin; and everyone’s favorite Bad Girl, Tanisha Thomas and her husband Clive. And in the biggest surprise, after 10 years of marriage, America’s first reality sweethearts, The Bachelorette’s own Trista and Ryan, walk through the Boot Camp mansion's doors looking for help."   I'm as big a Roger Matthews fan as anyone you know and I still, despite an ill-advised decision to participate in this trashy show, think we'd be friends.

In casting news, Deadline reports that "Melora Hardin (The Office, 27 Dresses) has joined Amazon’s new comedy series Transparent as a series regular. The autobiographical project, from Jill Soloway, explores the family dynamics of three adult siblings (Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffman) after their father’s (Jeffrey Tambor) bombshell revelation of being a transgender man. Harden  plays Tammy, a hip, out lesbian friend of Sarah’s who has more on her mind than play dates. She replaces Gillian Vigman, who played the part in the pilot."

High Noon Entertainment is partnering with Swedish mobile game developer MAG Interactive to adapt its Ruzzle series of mobile games for the U.S. broadcast, cable and syndication markets. Ruzzle has over 50 million downloads worldwide.

This is a new one: "for $350, a release states, you can buy a 'Binge Watching' package at Kimpton's Hotel Rouge near Scott Circle beginning June 6. For that price, you and a group of up to ten friends can sit in a darkened room for 13 hours straight, watching season two of the hit Netflix show, sitting in 'oversized bean bag chairs' and munching on snacks. Although Rouge's basic 'Binge Watching' package includes the rental of their 'Red Hot or Lava event space for minimum three hours,' a 50-inch TV with laptop access and Google Chromecast, free Wi-Fi, ten 'oversized bean bag chairs,' and free popcorn, you have to provide your own Netflix account.

"But wait, it gets better: For $500, you can get all of the above, plus catering from the hotel's bar, along with a supply of non-alcoholic beverages. And, for a mere $750, you can all that plus house red/white wine and local craft brews."

We're really bottoming out.  Here's a trailer for A&E's new show Big Smo:

Don Johnson has written a script "called Score and it’s set in the ’80s, and it’s about the rise of big-time college football. I play this outrageous fucking coach who breaks all the rules and recruits basically criminals and everybody else and shoots the finger [extends middle finger in my direction] to the NCAA."