Wednesday May 7, 2014

I checked out USA Network's Playing House and have to say that it's not half bad.  Maybe the promos for Royal Pains brainwashed me a little bit, but overall it's a pretty decent show, so far.

Rescue My Renovation premieres tonight on DIY.  Make sure you check it out.

"On the heels of giving the Batman prequel series Gotham a green light, Fox has ordered both Lee Daniels’ hip-hop Empire and the Octavia Spencer-starring Red Band Society to series for the 2014-15 season, TVLine has learned.

"With a pilot directed by Daniels and penned by him and Lee Daniels’ The Butler‘s Danny Strong, Empire is described as a unique family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire and centering on music mogul Lucious Lyon (Hustle & Flow‘s Terrence Howard). With Timbaland serving as a songwriter and song producer, the series will feature both original and current music.

"The Empire cast also includes Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest) as Lucious’ ex-wife and business partner, Malik Yoba (Alphas), Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday and recurring player Gabourey Sidibe (American Horror Story: Coven).

"Red Band Society, which counts Steven Spielberg among its executive producers, follows a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the children’s wing of a hospital and become unlikely allies and friends.The cast includes Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Griffin Gluck (Private Practice), Charlie Rowe, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Zoe Levin, Ciara Bravo and Nolan Sotillociara."

Photo courtesy of  Variety .

Photo courtesy of Variety.

Per Variety, "NBC has given a series order to “Marry Me,” the relationship comedy penned by David Caspe(“Happy Endings”) and directed by Seth Gordon (“The Goldbergs”).

The project stars Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Ken Marino (Veronica Mars, Eastbound & Down) as a couple in a long-term relationship. He’s all set to pop the question after a romantic vacation — until she lets loose on him for not proposing on their trip.

"The cast also includes Sarah Wright, John Gemberling, Tymberlee Hill and Tim Meadows."  I'm in.

More from Variety, "NBC has picked up State of Affairs, a drama series that follows a CIA agent, played by Katherine Heigl, who is tasked with briefing the president on the most vital security issues facing the nation.

"Alfre Woodard also stars as the Commander in Chief who has a special relationship with Heigl’s Charleston (Charlie) Tucker — Charlie was engaged to the president’s son before a terrorist attack took his life.

"The cast also includes Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and Leslie Odom, Jr."

NBC has also "given a series order to Allegiance, a drama about a young, idealistic CIA analyst (Gavin Stenhouse) specializing in Russian affairs who learns that his parents are former covert Russian spies that the Kremlin has re-enlisted to plan a terrorist operation inside the United States.

"Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness, Gilmore Girls) and Hope Davis (The Newsroom, In Treatment) play the parents. The cast also includes Margarita Levieva, Morgan Spector, Annie Ilonzeh, Alexandra Peters and Kenneth Choi."

Vulture is calling for a reboot of The Mindy Project?  "The best part of the show is Mindy and Danny's Luke-and-Lorelai–style chemistry, and the second-best part is Morgan's strongly earnest goofiness, which helps temper the more sardonic aspects of the series. So keep some version of those characters vaguely intact! They are fun. Everything else, though, is hurting the show more than it's helping."

More from Vulture, this time, it's snippets from an interview with Fox Prez Kevin Reilly:

-While The Mindy Project will be back for a third season, fans might not get as many episodes as they’re used to.

-Fox hasn’t officially announced it, but yes, American Idol will return next season.

-Fox has high hopes for its new unscripted series Utopia, in which contestants could live for months or years in an artificial environment.

-Don’t expect Fox to jump into the late-night wars any time soon.

-Reilly seemed to be laying the groundwork for a renewal of the Seth MacFarlane–produced show [Dads].

More Fox news: "Fox has made its first episodic comedy order this pre-upfront week, but it didn’t go one of its pilots. Instead, the network has ordered 10 more episodes ofMulaney, its multi-camera ensemble comedy created by and starring John Mulaney. And I hear that, with three comedy series — New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project – already renewed for next year, and three straight-to-series new half-hours, Mulaney, Last Man On Earth starring Will Forte (for midseason) and Weird Loners starring Becki Newton on deck, the network might not be picking up any comedy pilots to series, or if it does, it may be as few as just one. Fox brass have not been particularly high on this season’s batch of pilot unlike the drama pilots, which all got to series. The order to Mulaney is an indication of that. Of the comedy pilots, Sober Companion is considered a front-runner, with Cabot College in the running and Dead Boss also in the mix."

Deadline is reporting that "ABC News announced a return date for its hospital docu-series franchise, this time called NY Med: Tuesday, June 24 at 10 PM ET. The eight-part series, the news division says, toggles between 'the orderly operating rooms of Manhattan’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital – the primary venue for the series – where renowned surgeons perform feats of medical brilliance, and the sometimes hectic trauma wards of Newark’s University Hospital where skilled doctors gallantly struggle to treat a flood of gunshot, stabbing and life-threatening trauma cases.'  It’s from the producers of ABC News’ Hopkins, and Boston Med."  This is actually not a bad show.

We reported on this a while back, but ABC talent competition Sing Your Face Off  has gotten a premiere date: Saturday, May 31 at 9p. Sebastian Back (Skid Row), Landry Fields (Toronto Raptors), comedian Jon LovitzChina Anne McClain (How to Build a Better Boy) and Lisa Rinna (Days of Our Lives) will be physically transformed and trained to perform as music icons in the series, based on the Endemol global hit, Your Face Sounds Familiar.  

Charles Grodin talks about his appearance on Louie.