Tuesday June 17, 2014

I missed this last week, but a good interview with Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani who said that "'[t]here have been very, very preliminary talks about doing a live Silicon Valley tour with all five of us. Very early talks to see if we can do a little tour before we start shooting the next season, I would love to do that. I feel like it would be super fun.'

"When asked what fans can expect from the show in its second season, he wasn’t able to give much information. However, he did say the conversation between Richard and Monica at the end of the season one finale was a pretty direct setup for the tone of season two."

Louie wrapped up a very ho hum season last night with a pair of episodes that I thought were a step up from the previous entries.  That said, seems like not everyone agrees.  "C.K. and Louie are both genuinely original and idiosyncratic, but this has overshadowed the ways in which they are not, in fact, all that original. Yes, many Louie episodes exhibit a flagrant disregard for TV conventions, for standard episodic structure, for punchlines, for logic; its best installments are unbuttoned, touching on so many ideas and possibilities that they make old subjects feel observed anew. This effect is so powerful that when C.K. delivers a sophisticated variation on a Full House-style lesson—the word “faggot” is hurtful, bullying is crappy, other people are mysterious, fat women are human beings—it feels like a Zen koan rather than a fortune cookie.

"But with this finale, C.K tried to upend the myth of his special acuity. In the episode C.K. teed up his mission statement, using Marc Maron as a Louis C.K. stand-in. Maron appeared as a very successful comedian with a new TV show who castigates Louie for his bad-friendship and jealousy, inspiring Pamela (Pamela Adlon) to deliver a rant about the relative worth of successful comedians with TV shows. “None of you guys are special or magical,” Pamela tells Louie. “Some of you are luckier and some of you work harder than others. You’re just guys.” Louis C.K. is just a guy. He even went so far as to explain what has long been cited as a hallmark of Louie’s unique surreality, that his lily-white kids have a black mom: Turns out, it’s just that Janet is biracial. We only thought it was a mystery.

"The entire season, like the finale, played around with originality, or rather, a lack of it."

Here's another not so flattering review.  "I don't know if the conclusion that CK intended is the conclusion that comes across. I loved many individual moments tonight, but the overall effect was muddled."

Anthony Anderson has more lives than a cat.  He's the male Judy Greer.  This time around, Anderson is hosting Food Network's new show Food Fest Nation.  Per Deadline, "Anderson will tour food festivals around the country, spotlighting regional cuisine.  Stops on Anderson’s fest tour include the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Fla.;  the Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia, Ark. where 4,000-plus  kinds of ribeye steaks compete for a $10,000 prize, as well as the Long Grove Strawberry Festival in Long Grove, Ill. where the specialty menu items are strawberry ricotta ravioli and strawberry balsamic chicken. Anderson previously competed on Chopped and appeared as a judge and competitor on Iron Chef America."

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Electus Digital has struck a licensing deal with Fuse to bring rap battle reality series Road to Total Slaughter to the music-focused cable network this summer. 

"The series, co-produced by Eminem's Shady Films and Electus Digital's hip-hop web property WatchLOUD.com, will debut June 18 at midnight on Fuse. Additional episodes of the four-part series will roll out weekly following the premiere.

"Road to Total Slaughter is a reality competition that follows eight up-and-coming battle MCs who live together as they vie to join single-elimination tournament Total Slaughter at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on July 12. Battle rap legendsLoaded Lux and Murda Mook mentor the contestants and each episode ends with a competition judged by Shady Records crew Slaughterhouse. Following each episode's Fuse premiere, WatchLOUD will post an extended, uncensored version and other bonus footage."  I will watch exactly zero episodes of this one. 

Bill Cosby participated in a Reddit AMA over the weekend.

"The Fulton County District Attorney’s office is NOT getting a rose from Bachelorette Andi Dorfman ... because TMZ has learned she has decided not to go back to the job

"As TMZ first reported, Fulton County D.A. Paul Howard Jr. allowed Dorfman to take an unpaid leave to do the show ... as long as she was back by May 31. 

"The Fulton County D.A.'s office tells TMZ ... Andi did not want to ask for an extension on her leave, so she decided to resign instead. The D.A.'s office had nothing but good things to say about her ... even going as far as saying they would be open to re-hiring her if the opportunity arises."

You can follow along here as Vulture hands out its version of television awards.  Funniest female went to a much deserved Amy Schumer.

Outtakes from Billy Bob Thornton's EmmyWrap magazine shoot.  The season 1 finale of Fargo airs tonight.  I'm very much looking forward to it.

"Mixology star Adan Canto has landed a lead role in the Amazon drama pilot opposite Mena Suvari and T.R. Knight, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Hysteria centers on Dr. Logan Harlow (Suvari), a bright but socially awkward doctor at the University of Texas medical school who travels to Austin to investigate a mysterious epidemic among high school girls that might be spreading through technology.

"Canto, who also appeared as Sunspot in X-Men: Days of Future Past, has been cast as Matt Sanchez, a self-deprecating survivor whose sister, Daisy, was best friends with Logan when they were kids and who begins to enter a complicated relationship with Logan. Logan's brother Carter (Knight) is convicted of a crime, but Matt has always believed he is innocent."  Is it wrong to say that I actually liked Mixology?