Friday May 30, 2014

NBC premiered Chris D'Elia's new show Undateable last night with back to back episodes, and I am a fan.  Good cast (which includes Rules of Engagement's Bianca Kajich and Ground Floor's Briga Heelan), simple enough premise and D'Elia is great.  It's worth watching.

Speaking of Undateable, creator Bill Lawrence talks about going on the road for a stand up tour with the cast to promote the show.  Another good read.

I feel like I keep uncovering new lows and low and behold, here is yet another!  E! is reporting that Juan Pablo and Nikki have signed on for the upcoming season of VH1's train wreck of a show Couples Therapy.  "The pair, who will seek counseling from Dr. Jenn Berman and her staff, have already begun filming as production kicked off two days ago. 

"While VH1 isn't commenting on Juan Pablo and Nikki's involvement, they announced season five's cast would have a mystery pair joining the confirmed couples, including Jenna Jameson and John Wood, Big Brother's Dick 'Evil Dick' Donato and Stephanie Rogness-Fischer, Naughty by Nature's Anthony 'Treach' Criss and Cicely Evans, and Jersey Shore's Deena Cortese and Chris Buckner.

"So why weren't Juan Pablo and Nikki included in the announcement? A source tells E! News, 'It's true, they're doing it. The reason it wasn't put in the press release is due to Juan Pablo's deal with ABC. It's not up until August, so, contractually, it can't be mentioned until then.'"  At least the word "Celebrity" doesn't appear in the show's title.

Silicon Valley wraps up season 1 on Sunday and AMC officially premieres Halt And Catch Fire, which I watched and reported that I thought it was average at best.  Let me know your thoughts.

Sunday also marks the return of your favorite Amish TV personalities as the Breaking Amish cast returns to their Amish roots in the appropriately named Return To Amish.  Per TLC, "For Abe, Jeremiah, Kate, Rebecca and Sabrina, escaping their Amish and Mennonite communities was the thing they most desired. After living in the English world, they learn that life on the other side is pretty tough, too. Is going home their only option."  Oy.

Kevin Reilly resigned from Fox, Beats sale to Apple for $3B is official and some lawyer filed a class action suit to stop the AT&T/DirecTV deal from going through.

Here is some news on recent show renewals:

"MTV will play cupid once again with the return of dating series Friendzone, premiering June 2 at 6 p.m EST/PST. The 495 Productions-made show follows pairs of friends taking their relationships into romantic territory.

This season’s entanglements include two girlfriends giving a shared male friend an ultimatum to choose between them, and a gay male friend dating his best female friend after only previously dating men.

"Meanwhile, Investigation Discovery will debut the second season of its newsmagazine Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall on June 1 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Produced by Peacock Productions, the series – presented by Hall, NBC News’ Today co-host and MSNBC’s News Nation host - continues with 10 new episodes covering crimes that shocked the U.S. and the small communities in which they occurred.

"HGTV has also picked up 13 [EDITOR's NOTE: THEY ACTUALLY ORDERED 26] additional episodes of home-reno series Fixer Upper. The High Noon Entertainment-produced show – which premiered on April 24 – follows husband and wife home-remodeling team Chip and Joanna Gaines as they balance their renovation, restoration and remodeling business with a busy family life. Casting for the series is underway in Waco, Texas.

"Finally, Cooking Channel is bringing back chef Chuck Hughes’ Eat the Street for a third season, premiering on July 10 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Throughout the season, Hughes will travel across the south, midwest and west coast of the U.S. and into Vancouver, B.C., looking for the history and folklore surrounding popular food streets. The series is produced by AMS Pictures."

Per EW, yesterday was "a big day for Sons of Anarchy casting news: After the announcement that Marilyn Manson will be recurring in the final season, FX confirms that The Bridge‘s Annabeth Gish will play new sheriff Althea Jarry. The veteran of Stockton’s Organized Crime Unit will be tasked with solving the murders of Sheriff Eli Roosevelt and Tara Knowles. TVLine was the first to report the casting.

"Like the sheriffs who’ve come before her, Jarry will learn she has to work with SAMCRO to keep bullets from flying — but she’ll be no pushover. Gish, who’ll remain on The Bridge, won’t appear in the season 7 premiere, which features the debut of Manson as Ron Tully, a white supremacist prison shot-caller who Jax uses to expand his power base."

Love this list of 23 celebrity names that you can't spell without looking them up.