Wednesday June 11, 2014

Per EW, "FX Networks released a statement Tuesday about their untitled upcoming project starring the hospitalized actor-comedian; a half-hour comedy series  created by the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia team.

“'The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident,' read the statement. 'We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery. At the point when Tracy has recovered and decides that he is ready to go back to work, his show will be waiting for him. Right now our thoughts and prayers remain with Tracy, the other victims of the accident, and their families.'

"Morgan was hospitalized early Saturday after his limo was slammed by a truck on the New Jersey turnpike. The truck caused a six-car collision that killed comic James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and left three — including Morgan — with serious injuries. FX’s comedy-channel spin-off FXX ordered 10 episodes of the Morgan show in April from creators Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton. The series was originally scheduled to begin in August and slated to debut in January on FXX along with Sunny."

For what it's worth I'd go Dr. Hank Lawson over McGyver any day of the week and twice on Sunday.  That guy is one resourceful MD.

Suits returns tonight to USA for its summer run.  Last season was more of what we've become accustomed to with this severely underrated show and I expect more of the same this summer.  A handful of things to remember in advance of tonight, courtesy of Television Blend:

"At the end of Season 3, Mike waffled with taking a job as an investment banker. Despite his loyalty to Harvey, becoming an investment banker would ensure he would no longer have to live a lie as a pseudo lawyer. When the U.S. Attorneys office came sniffing around, Mike took the job, and he’ll spend Season 4 as a client of Pearson Specter. Previews for the new season show Mike and Harvey in an antagonistic relationship with one another, as they are now playing on opposite sides. As Harvey noted in Season 3, Mike’s 'still in the majors—it’ll just be a different sport.' At the time, I don’t really think he understood exactly what that could mean for his friendship with Mike, but I think their newly antagonistic relationship should spice things up quite a bit. 

"Moving into Season 4, Scottie should mostly be out of the picture, although executive producer Aaron Korsh did tell TV Line that the door is always open for Scottie to return in a guest stint. The good news is, Harvey’s relationship with Scottie has taught him a little bit about trust, as well as the give and take required in fruitful relationships. Hopefully, she’ll be the catalyst that allows Harvey to open up to another individual in the future. 

"Early footage from Season 4 has mostly focused on Mike’s career transition and the butterfly effect that decision has caused. There’s no sign of Eric Woodall and no hint that the settlement that put Harvey on Woodall’s radar will crop up again. However, with 16 episodes slated for Season 4, I’d expect the writers to bring this plot back up when there is a lull in the action." 

Here's a :30 preview because, why not?

An argument in favor of The Goldbergs Wendy McLendon-Covey winning an Emmy this year.  I whole-heartedly concur.

Speaking of the Emmys, TheWrap offers up 11 lessons, secrets and revelations from this year's ballot, including this: "[f]or this year's awards, the TV Academy opted to split the Outstanding Reality Program category into two different races, one for structured reality shows and one for unstructured ones.

"Structured shows include Antiques Roadshow, Celebrity Wife Swap, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, MythBusters, Pawn Stars, Property Brothers and Undercover Boss, because essentially the same thing happens each week; unstructured shows include Deadliest CatchDuck Dynasty, Keeping Up with the KardashiansThe Real Housewives of New York CityTeen Mom 2 and Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, in which we follow a continuing story.

"The ballot contains 40 structured reality programs, 53 unstructured reality programs and 48 reality-competition programs (The Voice, American Idol, The Amazing Race, Survivor … ), a remarkably even distribution."

Per Deadline, "FX has passed on Hoke, its drama pilot starring and executive produced by Paul Giamatti. Written, directed and executive produced by Scott Frank, the project told the story of midlife crisis and murder that features the hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley (Gianatti) in pre-chic Miami circa 1985. Robert Wisdom, Tammy Blanchard and John Carroll Lynch co-starred."

A recap of Realscreen West 2014, with some pretty interesting tidbits, thoughts and opinions from a myriad of industry experts.

Man, Fargo has been getting better by the week.  The flash forward last week to this week's complete idiocy of Lester has me pretty excited for next week's finale.  If you have missed out on this one, I highly recommend investing the time and starting in on episode 1.

Paula Deen is launching her own on-line network.

Laura Prepon talks about returning as a regular for season 3 of Orange Is The New Black saying that "I’m really excited because I missed everybody so much during season 2, but yeah, we started shooting yesterday, and it’s awesome so I can’t wait to get back to work.”

Evidently Mulaney is NOT the next Seinfeld.  

Per TV Guide, "Parenthood's Season 5 finale could've easily served as a series ending, and a satisfying one at that, so much so that both the drama's showrunner and its stars wondered if the network would feel it was the right place to end.

"'I got nervous watching [the finale] because I felt like, that kind of leaves it in a place where the network can very easily say, 'Oh, that's a nice ending to a series,' Peter Krause told a theater full of fans Saturday at the show's ATX Television Festival panel, moderated by this reporter. Added showrunner Jason Katims, 'This year, I honestly was hedging my bets. More than any other [season], I didn't know whether the show was going to come back and I thought it was a good chance we wouldn't.'"  Read the full story here.

Per EW, "MTV is taking its high school programming to more dramatic heights with its newest series, Finding Carter. Unlike the network’s other teen shows – including the sci-fi spookfest Teen Wolf and the raunchy comedy Awkward – this one is a hard and true family drama. And a tearjerker, at that.

"The series stars Kathryn Prescott as Carter Stevens, a teenager who gets involved in a tiny legal snafu and subsequently finds out that her ‘mother’ abducted her as a child. Her real parents are the Wilsons (Lost‘s Cynthia Watros and Angel’s Alexis Denisof). The show follows Carter (real name: Linden) as she struggles to reconnect with her biological family while also reconciling her idea of the woman who raised her."