Tuesday May 6, 2014

Netflix has announced a third season for Orange Is The New Black.  Kudos.

Breaking down the Pied Piper logo.

A review of last night's Louie.  Here's another.  Welcome back!

Drop Junior Mints as either Kramer or Seinfeld.  It's a 45 second distraction.

Fox has green lit a Batman prequel it's calling Gotham.  Here's more on the project courtesy of EW, "Gotham stars Ben McKenzie (Southland) as a young detective James Gordon who battles an assortment of emerging villains in Gotham City. We’re told Fox’s order is for “at least” 13 episodes.

"For Gotham, odds were always stacked in its favor. A live-action Batman-universe TV show will have huge awareness and a potential built-in audience. Plus, the script byThe Mentalist and Rome creator Bruno Heller was very strong. You may have read earlier references online to Gotham already having a series order — it was technically a pilot order with a “series commitment,” which means Fox would have to pay a penalty if they didn’t go to series, but it wasn’t a sure thing. We’re hearing Fox’s other pickups will be made within the next couple days and we’ll have plenty of coverage of Gotham throughout the next week."

Here's a story on Gotham co-star Donal Logue.  You know him from such shows as Grounded For LifeTerriersSons Of Anarchy, etc.  

More from EW, check out this sit down conversation they had with Billy Crystal and Mindy Kaling.

Vulture talked to 24's Mary Lynn Rajskub.  "When Chloe is furiously punching the keyboard, are you really typing? Or are you just pounding on it?
I’m really not good at computers in real life, so what I’m really typing are affirmations. Whenever something serious is happening, it’s, 'You look really pretty today, Mary Lynn.' 'You’re doing a really good job acting.' 'Keep up the good work.' 'Don’t take Kiefer’s intensity so personally. He’s just acting. He likes you.'”

"CMT is hoping lightning will strike twice (or more) for Party Down South. The cable network's recent ratings success, a Southern spin on MTV's Jersey Shore from reality mastermind SallyAnn Salsano, is being pursued as a first-ever franchise with the search for a second cast now underway.

"The Hollywood Reporter has learned that CMT is reteaming with Salsano's 495 Productions for a potential spinoff that would follow another group of exhibitionist Southerners in another locale below the Mason-Dixon Line.

"'There are a couple things I like about the ability to develop a franchise like this,' CMT executive vp development Jayson Dinsmore tells THR. 'It becomes a farm system to mature characters for the long run. We could have multiple spinoffs and we could also find ourselves in a scenario where we have enough castmembers to do something like a challenge series.'

"Additional versions of Party Down South would resemble the Teen Mom or Real Housewives franchises in their distinction from the original."  Gimmie a break.

John Oliver compares the death penalty to the McRib.  You should be watching his HBO show if you're not already doing so.

Per Deadline, "With the body count on The Walking Dead consistently high, the AMC zombie drama is always in need of reinforcements. Enter The Wire alum Seth Gilliam, who has joined Walking Dead as a new series regular for Season 5. He will play a character listed on the breakdown as Michael Todd, though his real name is being kept under wraps. (Maybe fans could recognize a character from the graphic novel in the description – Father Gabriel?) Michael is described as having two sides, displaying a friendly, puckish humor but also having a haunted side stemming from a dark secret. Gilliam, repped by Gersh and Bob McGowan of McGowan Management, first got on AMC’s radar with a recurring role on the 2012 untitled Lagravenese/Goldwyn pilot, which was subsequently picked up to series by sister channel WEtv. He has been recurring on another series, MTV’s Teen Wolfwhich he is expected to continue to do while co-starring on Walking Dead."

Blond hair is not such a good look for Adam Levine:

Catfish returns to MTV tonight.  I'm still watching this show and it just proves the utter stupidity of our society, but that's entertaining to me and millions of others.  Here's a preview of tonight's show: "In the season premiere, you’ll meet Craig, whose sister introduced him to a hottie named Zoe on Facebook. It felt like fast love at first, but then Zoe started hacking into his accounts and terrorizing his sister and friends online. But poor Craig just can’t seem to let go of her, and he wants to find out if it’s possible that she could somehow be the one for him. Things don’t appear to be headed anywhere in that direction in this clip from the episode, as Kayln explains to Craig how Zoe posted nude pictures of her. Click below to watch the clip – and remember: If you start chatting online with someone supposedly amazing, meet this individual before falling in love. Oh, and ask for eight forms of ID, just to be safe."

James Franco talks about his Instagram addiction.  "It’s just that as a performer, you get used to interactions with attention and interactions with audiences, so it feels like an audience that’s both private and large at the same time—intimateand wide-reaching—which is very seductive. And there are positive things that come out of my relationship with it, and negative things. I get pulled into these things and, if I look back on my relationship with Instagram, or Twitter, or whatever, I find that I push certain boundaries to see what kind of reaction I’ll get and then inevitably I go too far. It’s ironic to me because what takes it too far I find, in some realms, not to be racy at all."

"Damon Wayans Jr. is staying put on New Girl. Though the news comes as little surprise given his appearance in 17 consecutive episodes of the third season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned his now officially assuming regular cast member status for the upcoming fourth season.

"The actor's return to the Fox sitcom was quite unconventional. He starred in the 2011 pilot, alongside Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson and Hannah Simone, but had to pull out of the comedy when it was ordered to series. He originally booked the job in second position to ABC's Happy Endings, which scored a surprise sophomore renewal. Happy Endings ended after three seasons in 2013, freeing up Wayans to return to New Girl.

"The 20th Century Fox production booked Wayans for a six-episode arc shortly before the start of New Girl's third season and subsequently signed him on as a special guest star for the remainder of the year."